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The Free Beach Club
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Costa Rei
Rome, Italy
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Ideal for families”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

The resort is located in a beautiful area along Costa Rei in the South-east coast of Sardegna. The set-up is very nice, with the “villini” arranged around small alleys and surrounded by flowers, especially bougainvillea. I was given an “oleandro” (oleander) room and was happily surprised when I opened the windows and discovered that it had a balcony with a fabulous view over the sea! The room was pretty basic, but functional and kept very clean.

The first impact when I arrived was at the reception: the service was extremely slow and not all the staff were particularly kind. The system they use of separate vouchers and cash deposits for many services, even for the beach towels, was rather annoying; I wish I understood why they do not charge fees to the rooms to simplify life. It was also surprising to see that, in a beach resort in a hot summer, even bottled water in the rooms was not included in the package. So, the surprise with the room with a view well compensated the reception’s disappointment.

The beach was nice, a relatively narrow strip of sand with several rows of “ombrelloni”. The resort has many facilities to meet a variety of requests and needs. Included in the package are family-oriented activities, performed by an active “animation” team, with shows held every night in a (modern) amphitheater-like structure. Even tennis, with a very friendly trainer, and canoeing are included. But there are also facilities for diving, going on sailing on a yacht or small sailing boats (with instructor), and enjoying outgoings on motor boats around the coast. These are unfortunately all extras, are charged separately and are expensive. I did enjoy fully the day I spent on the sailing yacht, with a friendly captain who also cooked for us unforgettable pasta with sea urchins and “bottarga”, one of the most delicious dishes I have ever tried in my life! We were also lucky as strong wind blew in the afternoon and so the sailing was really great! The day-long trip was relatively expensive but certainly worthy!

Food at the main buffet restaurant is varied every day, quality varies from dish to dish. Waiters are very helpful and one was particularly nice and had a good sense of humor, ready to accommodate us right away as soon as we stepped in the restaurant.

The resort claims to offer Wi-Fi in a few areas of its premises, but it hardly ever worked most of the times we tried during our stay. The resort is an hour drive from Cagliari airport, but there are efficient car transfer services.

In conclusion, I liked the place, most of the staff were very helpful and dynamic, our room was very quiet and overall I enjoyed my stay. It is an ideal place for families with children. The price, though, is expensive.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Biel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Wonderful beach. Very nice location. Quality of food and staff motivation poor. You constantly feel to disturb the staff - especially in the restaurant. The way how the waiters deals with customers of every age is just unbeleavable. There is only a choiice between one red and one white wine. Both with low quality. Never again Free Beach Club...

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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south staffordshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Just returned from a week at this hotel with our 2 children. We love Sardinia and this is the 4th time we have visitied. first time in Costa Rei. The hotel is very clean and in a nice position to the town and of course on the beautiful beach.

We were in a room at the back of the complex good as away from the noise, bad with 2 pushchairs as the previous reviews state it is very very hot and very difficult climbing these slopes the children aged 3 found it impossible!
The room was clean and adequate, the air con and fridge good.
The pool/beach are excellent.

Restaurant was very good, we couldnt book for the Moby Dick the time we were there.
The main restaurant was very busy and sometimes very hard to get a table but the staff were always happy to help.

The childrens baby dance was excellent and the entertainers our kids loved it,
We had a brilliant time spoilt a little by our last day when leaving the hotel.
We went to breakfast early as our flight was early and we didnt have time to eat there, so we asked for a bag to put some in, the restaurant manager told us to go to reception and order.
So we walked all the way back to reception up 3 big hills to be told by the girl on reception you need to order a pack lunch the day before - were we ever told we could do this - NO
She also told me she cant get us a packed lunch as the restaurant was open - she was extremely rude we had two three year olds who went to the airport with no breakfast we paid for the day there inc breakfast and couldnt get it and the girl on recpetion could not have cared less.

Apart from that had a great holiday but wouldnt return her attitude put me off.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Bruxelles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2011

This year again, for the fourth consequtive year, we relaxed with kids at Freebeach, a place we find perfect for our beach & sport holiday needs after testing four other 4 and 5 star holiday villages on the island. Freebeach is not the most luxurious of them but cosy, not too big (when you need to control small children), not too trendy (sometimes a stress factor in Italy particularly if you have to suffer Ryanair luggage terrorism..), the staff is very friendly (special thanks to Robertino, Ivano, Giulia, 'Fungoporcino' and many others), food is tasty and at a stunning beach with no need to take 'treninos' or minivans to reach it. Every year we bring more and more friends along and this time we were a group of six families from our town Brussels. The village has changed little over the years with the main novelties being wireless hot spot (finally..) and some renovation at the beach restaurant. Personally I am especially grateful to Ivano, the rock'n'roll tennis coach who managed to correct my backhand during our two weeks. Rarely you see such an enthusiastic coach who manages to keep both kids and adults on the court under the scorching sun of Sardegna. The rooms are relatively modest but clean, restaurants just two (the beach one to be recommended), pool cafe, small shops, nice pool (we don't use it as swim caps are required and the sea is better), a spa of very high quality and water sports plentiful. So all in all, good place for guaranteed sun (July/Aug), good Italian cooking and stressless holiday. Yet, I would recommend other places in the Costa Smeralda and Villasimius for someone looking for active nightlife, professional in-house entertainment or 5 star services.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

We stayed at the Free Beach and found it a great venue for the family. Aside from the awesome beach and tranquil sea - ideal for the young children - we found the service from the staff very pleasant and a refreshing change from the standard intolerance of young children and their ways. Compared to many other places we've visited in the Mediterranean the food was great,especially suitable for the children, the rooms clean and tidy and the extra activities a welcome break from the summer Sardinian sun!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2011

This was our second stay (our first was in August 2009). In the meantime, the Free Beach Club had gained a 4th star and hiked its prices -- while keeping service identical. So what was a good 3-star beach club has become an overpriced 4-star place. The location is great, the rest is mediocre.

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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2009

We had a really great time at the Free Beach Club, if you looking for paradise and relaxation holiday is the perfect place, if you expecting a bit more party and night life you will need a car to move to a nearest town ( 20 min drive), such as Villassimius or Muravera. Staff was very friendly, even not speaking much english, they were very helpful. The scenario was amazing, we stayed in a room with a excellent view to the sea. Food is very good, good choice on 3 different restaurants and you can feel the freshness of the ingredients. Recommending it to everyone and we will definitely go back there :-)!!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Free Beach Club
Address: Via Icnusa, 25, 09043 Costa Rei, Muravera, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Cagliari > Muravera > Costa Rei
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Costa Rei
#4 Family Hotel in Costa Rei
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Costa Rei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Free Beach Club 4*
Number of rooms: 410
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