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.
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- Also Known As:
- The Free Beach Club Hotel Costa Rei
- The Free Beach Club Sardinia/Costa Rei