Where do I begin? We spent a week there in September. This place seems to be suffering from an identity crisis, you could really be anywhere in the Med staying here, and having much less fun. There’s no ‘hotel’ sign at the entrance, there isn’t a sign above reception, no info in rooms (but there’s probably not much to say) and absolutely no information given out unless verbally requested except a weather report near the desk. It’s like it’s pretending to be a hotel but wasn’t really cut out for it.
FOOD – most of it tasteless and lukewarm, nothing was hot, even the coffee and that had nothing to do with the fact that we had to sit outside to eat in 35 km/h winds. It was indeed preferable to eating indoors where they were packed out like a works canteen, having had to accommodate most of the terrace diners. All the fish tasted exactly the same. As said before, wine and water very expensive. We didn’t get invited to any Prosecco parties or musical interludes so they must be for special guests only.
BEACH – I mistakenly thought it had a private beach. What it has is a sectioned off piece of the small public beach that is on the road leading up to the hotel. All the day trippers drive down this road, realise they can’t get any further and turn around. The beds are packed too closely together for it to be a relaxing experience. The “secluded coves” in the grounds are quite tricky to get to unless you’re a mountain goat and add up to about 8 beds in total. The pool area is quite nice and seemed very clean.
ENTERTAINMENT – dire. The same guy each evening singing on his electric piano in the tiny bar area.
FACILITIES – there is a large foyer which is the only place to get wi-fi. There are only 10 seats, so there’s an interesting scramble for places in the evening when we were all looking for something more interesting to do than listen to the guy on the piano. There are no public areas other than the foyer except the tiny bar and a small gloomy TV lounge. There are no facilities that I encountered, not even a courtesy room for late departure guests.
STAFF – can’t fault them, all very nice and professional, a credit to the hotel.
ROOMS – I don’t know what we stayed in (“twin with balcony” on our paperwork) but it was in the Residence and lovely. Although quite rustic it was huge, clean and relaxing; some noise through the walls and from above but nothing too bad. A great bed, bath and shower.
RESORT – Baia de Sardinia is a newish collection of hotels, residences, shops and restaurants built around a small but pretty bay. It is a really tiny place and once you have walked around it there isn’t much incentive to go back. It’s impossible to walk along the coast, or to another resort. All activities are sea-based (and therefore restricted if it’s windy). There is one road out of town that eventually will reach Porto Cervo, which is a purpose built designer mall built around a harbour. We hired a car to try and escape but did not find anything that led us to understand why people visit northern Sardinia, although Cannigione looked quite interesting as we drove through. Alghero is on Citalia’s Top 10 things to do but our rep advised we would never do it in a day trip (2.5 hrs one way), so we didn’t. We went to Santa Teresa di Gallura (pleasant for a short visit) and Tempio Pausania (not very pleasant at all). We also had a look at the Lago di Liscia which seemed covered in green algae.
I can’t believe I visited the same place as described by some other reviewers. It has to be my most disappointing holiday ever – and the thought of spending £2.3k on the package alone just makes me want to weep. I know the weather wasn’t great and I’m not blaming the hotel for that, but they are not geared up for it and unfortunately neither is the resort. Unless you are a 100% beach lover and can go in Jul/Aug, when I presume the weather is perfect (although wind does seem to feature in other reviews during these months), I wouldn’t recommend this hotel. I’m scoring it as average because it will be OK if that’s your thing. And if you’re not in that category then don’t even think about Sardinia. Save your money and choose elsewhere. Good weather or bad, it must be one of the most characterless places on earth.
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- Also Known As:
- La Bisaccia Hotel
- La Bisaccia Arzachena
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