The resort and rooms are really very good and would score a 4.5 for us, but the on site restaurant and food?? - a big zero! but read on.....we had a great holiday.
Location is perfect to drive to the beaches of La Cinta, Capo Coda Cavallo, Lu Impostu (our favourite) and others. (You must have a hire car for your entire stay). Fabulous beaches for kids.
Rooms are in single storey bungalows of about 4 or 5 in each building. We took a superior room in one of the main hotel blocks. It was huge, 2 rooms, a big double bed and a double sofa bed for our son. Big well equipped bathroom with bath, walk in shower, etc. Nice swimming pool (salt not chlorine so good for your tan) with sun beds and great views of the sea and the islands of Molara and Tavolara. The resort staff are all great from the animation team to the bar staff. There is a small beach within walking distance but it is nothing compared to the others within 5-10 mins drive.
That is the resort. The restaurant is a very different matter.
To describe it as like a hospital canteen would be to do a disservice to hospital canteens! I hope the resort owner reads this - it is really, truly terrible. Cold pasta, cold pizza, unrecognisable meat and fish, plastic jugs of poor quality wine, breakfast which is either full sugar or full fat. There is no fresh fruit, no fruit juice (they serve sugared flavoured water from a machine), undrinkable coffee from a machine, old stale croissants, ........and yes, this is Italy, the home of great food. My wife is Italian and we are both well travelled so this is not a cultural issue, but this is perhaps the worst holiday catering we have ever experienced. Italian friends we met who had booked full board changed their return journeys to cut short their holiday and leave early as the food was so bad. But we were not going to let this spoil our holiday. We were half board, so like some others we simply bought our own breakfast food (cereals, fresh fruit, etc - very cheap from good local supermarkets) and ate it in the restaurant. We ate great lunches in local restaurants (try L’ea Cana 100m from the turn in to the resort, or the bar in Residence Cala Paradiso near Capo Coda Cavallo)) and we ate salad in the evening in the restaurant (the safest choice).
There is another a la carte restaurant on site (actually another room attached to the main restaurant) but there are no menus to see, it was always empty and frankly would you want to pay extra for the same chef and ingredients? There is also reference to an outdoor "Grill Bar". This was never open in our 2 weeks - the restaurant manager blamed the weather (how much hotter and sunnier does he need it?).
I had a strong conversation with the restaurant manager one evening when there was simply nothing edible but he is hopeless and in denial. Very sad. I hope they change things for next year as the resort deserves much better.
There is an alternative, however, which we would do if we book again. The resort also has self catering options with small kitchens. There are really good supermarkets within 5/10 mins drive selling great fresh fish, meat, salad, fruit and veg. Take this option. Seriously, do not even risk the restaurant breakfast. You have been warned!
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