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2 of 5 bubbles Review of Amfibie Treks

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Amfibie Treks
Lausanne, Switzerland
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“Definitely disappointed!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

We spent a week on this site at the end of July and were really disappointed with what we found.

When I booked in March I had understood the camping site was right behind the beach which is not the case. Must have overred this. Apparently it was in the past but in the meantime that site had changed owner and Amfibietreks moved to a camping located 30 walking minutes away from the nice sandy beach with the water sports rental outlet. Now this walk is very nice and easy, on the waterfront, but less fun if you travel with children who do not like to walk 4 x 30min in the hot sun every day. Not to think of who carries all the beach stuff. We used the shuttle that was organised in the morning, at lunch time and in the evening. Now some people might not mind, I did not enjoy having to watch the time all day long to make sure we did not miss it. On top of it a 9:30 departure for a teenager on vacation can impact the happiness factor, too.

The site itself was well organised and we enjoyed the premium price for the suite tent location, really comfortable and nicely build on the little hill. Unfortunately the tent was located only 50 meters away from the “Bar” – what seemed a plus during the day for a quick cappuccino or a cold drink, turned out to be anything but premium at night when the bar became a sort of disco. Two out of 7 nights the music was on until 2pm. Pretty hard to fall asleep with techno music on, not only for my kids! And yes it felt as if our tent was standing right on the dance floor. The other nights music stopped at around midnight or 1pm, obviously it always took another half an hour minimum for the “dancers” to find the way back to their tent. So if you are looking for a relaxing sleep at night this might not be the right place to go to. Now one could say why don’t you just stay up every night and become part of the party? Well your teenagers and pre-teenagers need to want to go dance, mine did not. Also, consider that breakfast the next morning is served at 8:30, and the shuttle bus at 9:30 so not much of a sleep in possible.

Judgement of food is always very personal. I have been to Italy many times, for fun, work and even lived there at one point. What I can compare the food we were offered to is what you get at an Italian University mensa. Quality was really average and on top of it we needed to queue up every time. Often enough the good stuff, i.e. fresh fruit in the morning, was gone quickly. So as we booked camping “all inclusive” we started going to the local restaurants behind the beach which were up to what I expect from local cuisine at a really affordable price.

The staff on the site was really nice and tried to accommodate us well. The water sports rental team though seemed to be less organised in terms of planning courses, and at times less customer oriented…

We will certainly not go back to this place again and consider the “premium camping option” overpaid.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

The spirit of the original Dutch-founded camping/sailing experience is alive, just about, but budget cuts and complacent management will have killed it off by the end of the season unless something changes.

This was our first visit but lots of Dutch guests who had been before confirmed that standards had slipped, for example in the quality of the food, but that although the staff (who were universally helpful and friendly) knew of the problems they were not actioned when escalated to the senior team.

There were originally two campsites; one was near the beach (in Santa Lucia but that one has now closed) and the other one 2 miles further south. This is the root cause of most of the problems we experienced - to get to the beach there was a dilapidated old 8-seater minibus for the 15 minute round trip and frequently this had to make 5-6 trips ferrying guests back and forth so many people had to wait for 30+ minutes in the heat then (at lunchtime) rush their meal to start queuing again for the ride back to the beach. More buses were not available apparently so in the peak August season this was an ongoing issue. No one wants to spend time queuing on holiday, but this added unnecessary stress in temperatures of 35c+ and was hardly a major logistical challenge to solve.

Next, the food. We knew this was a campsite and were not expecting 5* cuisine (and didn't want it anyway) but we had no fresh fish or local produce all week. The meals were formulaic and unimaginative - tomato pasta every evening followed by a salad of unripe tomatoes and iceberg lettuce. One guy I spoke to said he liked the food because it helped him lose weight! We ate very well and cheaply when we left the campsite for Santa Lucia, so Amfibie could improve this a lot easily enough.

Lots of good things to report though; lovely staff, free cold water, great MTB trips, good sailing facilities when the wind comes and free drinks at Happy Hour plus the communal dining created a very friendly vibe.

But overall, not an experience we'd repeat unless they can get these basics right. It's run by amateurs at the moment.




  • Stayed August 2013
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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

We spent three weeks last Summer at the Mandras camp: two 9 years old children, my wife and me.
What can I say: wonderful beaches at walking distance, yoga at sunrise, food and beverages prepared and served by a friendly crew.
I miss it...

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2011

“Geat camping experience - full board and tents are pitched already. Nice atmosphere.”

We stayed with two adults and 2 teenager 19 year old girl and 16 year old boy


We stayed in Santa Lucia

Tents:
Very spacious. Good wooden beds, electricity, shelves for storage, a broom, chairs, table, a bin. The mattresses are made of foam. . We booked one comfort tent and 1 basic tents (the latter come with mattresses only – no electricity). I would have gone for the comfort plus but they were all booked they are on raised platforms and have a fridge.

Meals:
Mealtimes are breakfast 8-9 am (rolls, cereal, tea, coffee, milk, eggs, salami, cheese, fruits), lunch 1-2 pm (pasta and salad, fruits, fizzy drinks), dinner 8-9 pm (meat/fish, vegetables, salad, rice or potatoes, wine, water, dessert). All meals were actually very good. The cook uses good and fresh ingredients. We all enjoyed the food but a week was enough.



Happy Hour
Happy hour starts at 7 pm – free unlimited drinks for everybody. A very nice opportunity to meet people. Cold water was available at all times

Washing/Toilet houses:
Are cleaned two times a day. Very basic but fine. no problem with hot water

Beach:
The beach is 500m from the campsite through another campsite. It is a beautiful beach. We enrolled for wind surfing and sailing


There were 3 walks on offer
The Fruit Tour is not very demanding (take mosquito repellent), the Berchida/Bernina tour is a bit more demanding but both can be done by anyone really.
The walk on top of Monte Albo (1040 m) is more strenuous and you need hiking boots

There are other activities on offer mountain biking Climbing canyoning
Bikes can be hired next door to the site.

Santa Lucia is a lovely little village with some good resturants and cafes

Recommendations

Do not book activities until you get to the site
Wi fi would be great we spent a lot of money having coffee and ice-cream off site in a wifi cafe which we would have spent on site

Would go with another family

Great value for money in a beautiful spot in Sardinia near Olbia Airport









Stayed August 2011, travelled with family

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Hannover, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

We stayed with two adults and 3 children between 10 and 14.

There are two campsites:
We stayed in Mandras which is the family campsite.

Tents:
Very spacious. Good wooden beds, electricity, shelves for storage, a broom, chairs, table, a bin. The mattresses are made of foam. We asked for a second layer and then our sleep was fine. We booked one comfort tent and got 2 basic tents for the three children (the latter come with mattresses only – no electricity). I would have gone for the suites as they come with own bathrooms and a veranda but they were fully booked.

Meals:
Mealtimes are breakfast 8-9 am (rolls, cereal, tea, coffee, milk, eggs, salami, cheese, fruits), lunch 1-2 pm (pasta and salad, fruits, fizzy drinks), dinner 8-9 pm (meat/fish, vegetables, salad, rice or potatoes, wine, water, dessert). All meals were actually very good. The cook uses good and fresh ingredients. The children did like the food and so did we.

Downside: The break between lunch and dinner is very long for the children so we fed them on cookies and icecream during the day as they were really hungry in the evenings. It is impossible to find any pizzeria or similar as the Italians hold their siesta and start evening meals very late at night anyway. So the evening meal at 8 pm is quite early in Italian terms…


Bar:
Next to the pool is a nice Happy Hour Bar. Cold water is available at all times here for free, coffees, drinks and ice creams are available during the day. Happy hour starts at 7 pm – free unlimited drinks for everybody. A very nice opportunity to meet people. Nice music and very charming staff at the bar too. We even had live bands playing four times during our stay!

Washing/Toilet houses:
Are cleanded two times a day. Very basic but fine. No toilet seats.

Bus shuttle beach:
There is a bus shuttle to the sandy beach in St. Lucia two times a day. It was often fully booked so one group has to wait until the bus comes back for a second round. Very annoying if you hurry the kids to be punctual and then you have to wait for half an hour until anything happens.

Beach:
Superb! Kanus, snorcheling stuff and other things are lend for free. The water and sand were just great and the whole family loved it.

Bus transfers airports:
Very good buses with air condition. We had very sensible drivers (Mariusz and Schando), absolutely reliable and very welcoming. Perfect.

Hiking tours:
The Fruit Tour is not very demanding (take mosquito repellent), the Berchida/Bernina tour is a bit more demanding but both can be done by anyone really.
The kids were doing the fruit route and enjoyed it. Highlight for people who are into trekking is the tour on top of Monte Albo (1040 m).

Yoga:
Very good and qualified teachers who do lessons at 7 am (near the Mandras beach) and 5.30 pm (in the Mandras pine forest). There is no yoga platform – mats are put on the floor in between the trees. They could really do better here. The teachers were great though.

Atmosphere:
The camp attracts a lot of families from Holland, Belgium, France and Germany (some Italians as well) who could obviously afford better accommodation. We found a lot of likeminded and bright people there who made very good company during our holidays. The whole organisation is run quite well and very responsive. Whenever one asks for anything the response is immediately (we asked for a second mattress and had dietary requirements).
We had four live bands during our ten day stay and danced in the evenings at the pizzeria while most of the children were happily playing football on the tennis court. Great!

Standard:
There is a great team which is highly motivated - you will meet a lot of very likable and friendly people. The campsite lacks management and could easily do better in many aspects – but then it is a nice and friendly spot on Sardinia. We will absolutely be going again.

Tipps:
Bring a hammock – there are only four next to the pool and they are always full.
The second camp run by Amfibietreks is in St. Lucia and focuses on teenagers. The teenage camp is said to be very noisy due to loud music at nights - so be aware which camp you are booking. Sign up for the newsletter on the website to get discounts - we saved several hundreds by this.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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norfolk, uk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2010

I was recommended the Santa Lucia site by a teenager who had been several years before and loved it. I took my two teenage children without dad and wanted somewhere chilled and easy. Certainly the place to come... Made the mistake of flying to Alghero which is a good two hour drive (they did forget us at the airport - for several hours) Make sure you take direct campsite number with you just in case as it took hours to get hold of someone. Nerves were frayed when we arrived and were wondering what we had done. But got to say after the first day we found out feet and loved it. You do have to walk through another campsite to get to beach but not really a hassle. You also have to walk down the beach to get to the Amfietreks water sports area which is the best place as closer to the village it gets very crowded. There is little shade so make sure you take a brolly/shadecloth as it is very hot! Also take drinks and refreshments as its a pain to have to walk back for the loo etc. The tents are basic and yes I wish they had provided sheets as sleep bags are not necessary mid summer. Also there is no safes on site. Also no cash machines in local village so you have to take monies with you or take a trip further away (make sure you take some for fab ice creams in village). The food was basic and a bit samey but fine. Now the good bit.... we had a great time. The people were very friendly (we were the only English there) but had no problem meeting people. There is plenty of entertainment in the evenings providing your up for it. There is a really communal feel to the place which is lovely and relaxing. The teens met loads and had a great time. I did not feel out of place being a lone parent. We stayed in a a family tent which was ideal. The campsite is set under pine trees which is a relief. I would definately go back flying to Olbia instead. I only wish we had a bit longer and had done some local trips. Apparently the early morning walk is definately worth it. Also the half day snorkelling trip. Definately would recommend.. Ps. do not let your young children walk barefoot on the pine undergrowth especially at night. There is the odd small scorpian that can give you a bit of a nip.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2010

Amfibietrek is quite a unique experience, but a great one. We booked last minute and so stayed in the small tents, with 3 in a row. They are as basic as it gets and in future I would book one of the bigger family tents with 2 smaller ones, just for the storage shelves alone.
It frustrated me that you have to supply your own bedding, we brought a sheet and light fleece blanket, but along with towels this is a significant contribution to the measly 15k luggage allowance. It is possible to buy these cheaply in the nearest town, which I would do on a repeat visit.
Great atmosphere and a high spot was the way the teens all made friends with French, german, Dutch, Belgian and Finnish friends.
Food is basic as everyone has commented, but I did love the relaxed atmosphere.
The one day team cooking is also a great way to bond.
Be prepared for the late disco they have one night over the weekend!
Showers are adequate.
Santa Lucia beach is beautiful, uncommercialised. The village is small, with a couple of great little restaurants.
Kayak hire no problem.
We ended up not doing other courses due to winds.
Take one of the boat trips down the coast they are stunning.
Washing machine in the opposite campsite.

We hired a car and while not essential if I were to return I would definitely get a car again.

All in all, it is no frills, but considering we got very cheap Ryanair flights it was a great relaxing holiday and as cheap as chips. As long as you are not expecting Eurocamp style luxury you will be fine.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Amfibie Treks
Address: Localita Mandras snc, 08029, Siniscola, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Nuoro > Siniscola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Siniscola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amfibie Treks has been organising unique beach and activity holidays in Sardinia for more than 25 years. Our campsite Cala Pineta-Mandras is situated at a beautiful location on the east coast of this Italian island. The Amfibie Treks formula is all-inclusive: tent and full board are included, this is real hassle free enjoyment! If you like relaxing and enjoying the sun, sea and nature or if you like to be active and sail, catamaran sail, windsurf, snorkel, hike, cycle, kayaking or take part in yoga, everything is possible at Amfibie Treks. ... more   less 
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