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So pleased I read these reviews
We've returned from the Baia di Nora and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a complete break. We did nothing for two weeks! But we needed it. Some may find it a bit boring, the only thing we had to think about was where to sit for dinner (until we had our table allocated for us for the remainder of our stay).
Beach chairs are allocated as well. The pool was really quiet (but it was nearly the end of the season). The weather was beautiful, right to the end of our stay (last day of September).
We spoke at length to one of the waiters and asked him about the poor reviews the Is Molas had received, and he confirmed our thoughts in a nutshell - the staff at the Baia di Nora care. They are polite, look after you, and want you to enjoy your stay.
The hotel complex was spotlessly clean - and I'm accommodation phobic!
The only teensy weensy downside was the isolation of the place. We did (once) walk into Pula - a 40 min boring roadside walk and there was not much happening here. However, we did replenish our mini bar with beers, so the journey was not wasted. We also felt we were a tad too young (43 & 50) to enjoy the nightly music provided by a variety of singers and keyboard.
But if you are looking for rest and relaxation in an unfussy, clean atmosphere, I do wholeheartedly recommend the place. We'd definitely return.
Have just returned from eight days at this hotel and really enjoyed the experience.Lovely hotel in spectacular gardens right on the beach.Good size rooms although the bathroom only had a somewhat cramped shower and no bath.Excellent staff in general although there is a somewhat authoritarian regime over the issue of extra towels for the beach/pool.However my complaint on this matter was personally and sympathetically dealt with by the manager.Stayed on a bed and breakfast basis so cannot comment on the lunch or dinner meals.Plenty to eat for breakfast from a comprehensive buffet.The nearby town of Pula is small and unpretentious in a charming way.There is a surprisingly wide selection of good ,reasonably priced restaurants in the town.I had hired a car from the airport and found this to be essential as the hotel is a bit out of town.Also it allowed several visits to the surrounding area including the city of Cagliari and excellent beaches at nearby Chia.Weather was excellent and it is somewhere that I would definately return to.
A sunny September holiday
Arrived in mid September. Stepped off the plane into the middle of a thunder storm and it rained all day!!! Was really concerned that the weather was going to be disappointing at ths time of year but for the rest of the week, the sun shone and shone!!
This hotel is fantastic. Spotlessly clean (and I have extremely high standards!!) and in a picturesque and relaxing setting. The gardens and three pools are lovely. The private beach was also pleasant although I felt guests were rather too packed in and I didn't like the rigid seating policy. The beach attendant basically dictated where you were able to sit and you weren't allowed to swap seats for the rest of the week!
The food was also good - varied with a good choice. Be careful though if you are not a huge seafood fan as some evenings can be a little restrictive. Wine was reasonable and a good selection was on offer.
Customer Service was above average. The waitors were always pleasant. Again though I didn't really like having to sit in the same seat with the same view and neighbouring eaters every single evening!
We didn't leave the hotel complex during our week's stay. We went to chill out and escape busy jobs back in the UK and this hotel certainly enabled us to do that. Would definitely recommend to my friends and family.
A little tip: Save lots of money by booking your accommodation direct with the hotel via their website and buy flights online too. We flew from Manchester to Cagliari on British Airways via Thomas cook online and by booking everything ourselves we made a very tidy saving compared to guests booking through Travel Agents. Also, email the hotel and they will arrange for a taxi to collect you for 60 euros each way - very reasonable. Especially as we were quoted 65 euros by the taxi drivers waiting outside the airport doors.
A lovely hotel. Ultra relaxing.
Lovely hotel but terrible food
My boyfriend and I have just got back from a week at the Baia di Nora. Whilst the hotel setting, pool and beach are faultless, the food was unbelievably bad, in fact it was probably the worst food I have ever been served in a hotel. I can only think that the food has gone significantly downhill since other people's reviews on this website, as there is absolutely no way that I would ever recommend anyone going to this hotel purely because the food was so bad. This is a shame, as we spent two weeks in Sardinia and all of the other restuarants we ate at had great food, and other than this, the hotel is good. Having paid for half board we ate in the Baia di Nora restaurant for 3 nights, and ended up going into Pula to local restaurants. Most of the other hotel guests did this, obviously showing that we were not alone in our thoughts on the incredibly poor food.
Brilliant Baia di Nora
The hotel is set in the most idyllic location. It is set in a small bay with wonderful views of Nora on the right. The bedrooms were immaculately clean, amply proportioned with all the features you would require, air conditioning, comfortable beds, mini bar large bathroom which was suitable for disabled people as well. The whole complex was well designed in particular the bedrooms, in that the room attendants did not have to enter your room via the patio doors at the front, but by a rear entrance. The bedrooms overlooked the gardens and during our stay they were in full bloom and they were absolutely beautiful. The gardeners seemed to work everyday keeping them maintained and keeping them in fantastic condition.
One of the main benefits of the hotel was that it was a relatively small hotel, with bedrooms which only were two storeys high (it was not part of a large chain which had 1,000 bedrooms and towered into the skyline). The dining room and bar area were set apart from the bedrooms which made it ideal as it was all on the level and you did not have to climb stairs or go up in a lift. We stayed half board and it was well worth it as the food was wonderful. The breakfast was buffet style with lots of wonderful fresh food, which you were able to eat outside under shades to protect you from the sun. You could eat as much or as little as you wished, so if you went hungry it was your own fault. It appeared that they baked their own bread and the breakfast was typical continental with lots of different types of juices, breads, yoghurts, meats, salamis and cheeses. There was also lots of fresh fruit as well as cereals and mineral waters.
The dinner was fantastic again with lots of fresh produce all made in house and was also well organised in that you had the same table for the duration of your stay. The dinner menu changed everyday and during our ten-day stay they did not repeat a menu item once. You could help yourself to salad or fresh fruit to start with, and then there was a set starter. This was followed by a pasta course with three choices. The main course also had three choices. For dessert it was a set item or you could help yourself to more fruits or local cheeses. Sunday evening is a must as they put on a traditional Sardinian menu with items such as suckling pig roasted over a pit outside and pasta filled with the local cheese and a typical Sardinian dessert (fritters filled with the local cheese and drizzled with local honey).
The pool and Jacuzzi were spotlessly clean and again were cleaned each day. They had pool attendants for the pool and the beach which were on duty at specified times of the day. The pool had showers at the corners which enabled you to shower before you went into the pool/Jacuzzi or came out of them or the sea. The pool area was also well thought out in that it started with a pool bar in the middle of the spiral (with seating accommodation) and as the spiral spread out the pool got deeper. The Jacuzzi was set just beside the pool. Around the pool there were lots of loungers and parasols with beautiful gardens surrounding it. They provided you with towels for the beach and the pool so that you did not have to carry towels from the bedrooms. The beach was only one minute's walk away and you were provided with a parasol, deck chairs/loungers which were yours for the duration of your stay. Again they had thought of everything as when you returned from the beach there was a little tap in the shape of a fish/dolphin for you to wash the sand from your feet so you did not bring it into the pool area.
The hotel also advertised day and half day trips. You simply spoke to the reception staff and they organised it for you. The hotel staff also organised a taxi to collect you at the airport and one to take you back. The service by everyone at the hotel was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for them and everything was done for you, you did not have to do anything for yourself.
If you are looking for a hotel which is set in a slightly remote location which is about ten minutes away from the nearest town and forty minutes from Cagliari (the nearest city) and forty five minutes from the airport, which has fantastic views, a relaxing atmosphere, excellent food, attentive service then this is the hotel for you. The highest recommendation that we could give is that we have only returned from it and are considering booking it again for next year.
My wife and I have just returned from staying at the Baia di Nora. The Hotel, its staff and especially the food and service was just incredible.
We stayed in a first floor standard room, with wonderful views across the gardens, very peaceful and relaxing.
We cannot thank all the hotel staff enough for making our holiday so enjoyable from the moment we arrived until ( sadly ) the end of our holiday.
Just a quick review for someone who wants a bit of class in an unspoilt area of sardinia. One of the friendliest hotels we have stayed in, the food is superb - really - and the mark-up on the wines not excessive (unlike some smart hotels). You need a car to explore and go past Chia for some stunning unspoilt wild beaches. The beach at the hotel is pleasant enough though. In seasoin I am sure the long beach becomes rather crowded but out of season it is almost empty except for families at weekends. We stayed a week and are definately going back next year before the mid/high season prices kick in. Great value then.
Fantastic food and nice beach
We are in our early thirties and were looking for a relazing beach holiday with good food. This hotel surpassed our expectations, especially with their food. Outstanding really!! The menu changes every day and the food is fresh and extremely tasty. It is not overcrowded and just soooooooooooo relaxing.
My friend and I went to the Baia Nora at the end of August 2004 for a chill out week. Neither of us had been to Sardinia before.
The hotel was 150% better than presented in the brochure. Gardens even at the end of the summer were magnificent and gave me loads of ideas for my own garden next year. The staff were professional and fluent in both German and English.The food was varied,fresh and exquisitely served and the drinks and any extras during the week inexpensive.
This is not a venue for young families as the entertainments are non-existent and the young parents that we met were exhausted by evening.However, as I didn't have any this did not worry me.
I was totally relaxed going home and the only complaint I have is why can't they make a decent cup of tea ??????????????????????
Unbelievably relaxing surroundings
We spent a week at the Baia di Nora last July as part of our honeymoon.
After the hustle and bustle of Florence and Rome (both of which were fantastic experiences), Sardinia brought welcome relief in terms of relaxation.
The service at the hotel could not be faulted. Once we'd been shown to our beautifully clean and spacious room, the staff just melted into the background although always on hand if needed.
The hotel accommodation sprawls across luscious green grounds with the restaurant, bar and pool being away from the rooms themselves making for very peaceful nights.
The main features have to be the pool with shaded bar area and the private beach. Both being very well attended by the hotel staff.
Food is typically Sardinian, plenty of fresh fish and vegetables - however as a non-red meat eater, chicken was sorely missed. We'd highly recommend you get a table on the patio rather than inside as the warm sea breeze across the gardens during your evening meal is truly magical.
Pula itself is a small, quaint town which can be reached via a local bus that runs from outside the hotel. However, if you'd rather get out and about than languish by the pool all day, a hire car is a must. Chia is well worth a visit.
The Baia di Nora comes highly recommended, we'll definitely be making a return visit. Just need to save the pennies again !
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