We stayed at this hotel for a week in June/July 2010 and loved it. After seeing it in the Thomsons brochure we decided to book it through an independent travel agency to get a Friday-Friday holiday (Thomsons only do Saturday-Saturday).
We had a friendly welcome at the reception. The hotel doesn't use cash anywhere so we were given a chip card. We were able to top this up at any time at the reception and used the card to pay for everything at the hotel (except at the spa). We could use cash or card to top-up. Before we went, we read some reviews which made negative comments about this but we actually quite liked the card system. After every transaction we were given a receipt with the remaining credit stated on it. Topping up was really easy and the reception is right next to the restaurant and very near to the bar. It meant that we didn't have to carry cash around. The hotel guests were mainly couples and there were only very small babies/children around. We seemed to be one of the youngest couples (mid-twenties) but didn't find this to be a problem unlike some previous posters. Everyone was very friendly and we did speak to some of the other couples when at the bar and spent most of the days alone as a couple. Overall we thought that this hotel was the ideal place to have a relaxing holiday - with a lovely pool, friendly bar and fantastic restaurant.
We stayed in a standard first-floor room. We had made a special request for this after reading reviews on Tripadvisor. Each room comes with a balcony or terrace and some reviews had mentioned that the ground floor rooms with a terrace were not very private due to having pathways running alongside. We were really pleased with our balcony, which had a bit of a sea view. The room was an adequate size with a comfy bed and good-sized bathroom. Some other reviews have commented on the old TVs in the rooms but we didn't go to Sardinia to watch telly so we were not at all bothered by this (and there was one English channel - BBC World News). My partner wanted to watch the World Cup games and these were all shown on a widescreen tv at the bar. The room had a minibar (decent enough prices) with plenty of space for us to put a bottle of wine, bottle of water, some beers and some chocolate into (although the room info did say it shouldn't be used for this!). There is a supermarket less than 5 mins walk away if you want to grab some things (although bring a corkscrew - we bought one out here for E7). Our room safe was broken but the staff did try to fix this and did offer to put our valuables in the hotel safe instead. We didn't spend much time in our room during the day but on one of our last few days we did go back to our room for a 'siesta'. Unfortunately this was less than relaxing due to our room being over the service entrance and loud lorries (and drivers) were coming and going. Overall we were very pleased with our room - after all, we didn't come to this hotel to sit in the room watching tv!!!
We were really very impressed with both the quality and quantity of food. Breakfasts are buffet-style with a wide range to choose from. Scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, bacon/sausages, bread, cheese, cold meats, juices, yoghurt, fruit, cereal, toast..... You get the idea! We had 7 dinners at the hotel - 3 buffet nights and 4 "a la carte" nights. We are somewhat fussy eaters (1 vegetarian who eats some fish, 1 who doesn't eat cheese or tomatoes or salad...) but were always well-fed. There was always bread, cold meats, cheese and salad to choose from. The wine list is also very good, reasonably priced and filled with Sardinian choices. We mainly had bottles priced at between E20-35. 1 litre bottles of mineral water were E2.50. The only negative we have about the restaurant is that the upstairs outdoor terrace restaurant was closed for our whole stay. This was disappointing seeing as so much was made of it on the hotel's website. The manager told us it was due to open the next week... We did get to see some absolutely gorgeous sunsets during dinner - lovely!
We really enjoyed the outdoor bar and sometimes had a snack lunch there. We watched World Cup games in the afternoons and evenings and went to the bar after dinner. There was entertainment each night. Local beer E5, glass of wine E5, cocktails E8. During the afternoon and early evening we were offered a range of complimentary snacks with our drinks (e.g. olives, pizza bites etc). The friendly staff gave fantastic service.
Lovely outdoor saltwater pool with gorgeous views. We managed to get under one of the umbrellas on one of the days but the little shades with the sunbeds were sufficient at other times.
We paid E100 each for a spa discovery package - 3 mornings in the spa pools, saunas etc; back massage and hydrotherapy treatment. We pretty much had the pools to ourselves when we were there. There are 3 pools and one shaded. We then had an hour long couple's Californian massage on another day (E156). The spa was a little expensive but we really enjoyed it. Couples on honeymoon get a complimentary spa package.
The town is very small but it does have a nice beach and a few places to eat, drink and shop. There is a small pharmacy, a couple of supermarkets and a few Sardinian jewellery shops.
E5 for 1 hour on the hotel's laptop.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Relax Torreruja Thalasso Isola Rossa
- Hotel Relax Torreruja Thalasso And Spa
- Hotel Torreruja
- Hotel Relax Torreruja Thalasso & Spa Sardinia/Isola Rossa