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Agriturisimos . . .Before we left for our trip, when I would tell people that we were coming to Sardinia, people generally responded in one of two ways: Where? OR Have you seen the Anthony Bourdain Sardinia episode?!? We had not seen that episode, so of course we quickly found it on Netflix and watched to see what Anthony Bourdain had to tell us about Sardinia. Turns out his wife his Sardinian, and they spent the episode visiting one Agriturisimo after ...
... were extremely excited on our second flight to find their very own screen with on demand videos, movies, and games. Abby settled in with Frozen and Jackson chose the LEGO movie before they both fell sound asleep! Unfortunately, the sleep didn’t last long, and we spent the next few hours tossing and turning. I think all in all, everyone got 2-3 hours of sleep on the flight. We arrived in ...
... the contents of the bird's stomach. This convinced the Saracens that the castle had longterm food supplies so they abandoned the siege and retreated from the Sardinian coast. Thus, Castello della fava. By the time we explored the village and the church at its base it was about 12.30 and the lady on the gate had to call someone and make sure we could go up as it closed for lunch at 1pm. They granted us 15 minutes and we raced up the ...
... first prize, as the best restaurant in Sardinia! Its' offspring "Refettorio" is a cheaper option, still exquisite! Don't forget to try the foccacias from "Milese"! Best sandwiches in the world, to die for! Oh, almost have forgotten to mention "Baraonda", come for an aperitif (e.g.aperol spritz) and enjoy little starters with it for free, and eat them as much as you like, why not! Good option for an after beach / ...
... lunch and to see if the kids missed us. Saw 2 small turtles walking about in the front of someones yard which was sweet.
An afternoon spa then relaxing ready for our 5 course dinner. Kids rushed through dinner as keen to get back to their social life. Gave them until 10.45pm to come home as us old parents are tired. Al and I headed to theatre to watch Pirates show which was really good.
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Easter in Sardinia
We chose hotel Oasis in Alghero for a holiday for our family of five at Easter this year. Part of our reason for choosing Oasis is that it appeared to be a good hotel for children. The pools had slides and in the summer season there are children's clubs. We arrived at night and decided to eat at the hotel restaurant rather than spend time looking for somewhere else. The receptionist informed us that the hotel restaurant was only open for breakfast at this time of year but that there was a restaurant called La Pergola about 300 metres away. We then asked about the pool for the children only to be told that none of the pools were filled. We were extreemely dissappointed as the pool was one of the reasons we chose this hotel. We were staying in the appartments across from the reception area and when we went into our appartment all I could think was 'basic'. We were unfortunate with the weather for the week that we stayed in Sardinia and there was very little for the children to do. The beach across from the hotel is beautiful however there were very few children around. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and although the appartment was basic it was cleaned daily. The fridge sounded like a train starting up at various times during the night. It was a long week and not a holiday any of us enjoyed. I do think it is probably a good hotel for a family to go to during the summer season but certainly out of season it is not to be recommended. From what I can gather the season starts at the beginning of May and before that it is fifty fifty as to what is open.
The towns are quiet by day and siestas at this time of the year seem to be a bit longer than you would expect. We did look around on the second day for an alternative hotel but found that most of the other hotels did not have a pool or if they did it was not filled either. Easter is not a good time to travel to Sardinia.
We also stayed at the Hotel Oasis & had a very enjoyable experience. The pool is lovely & remarkably empty with great sunbeds. The only time we ever saw them with towels on the sunbeds was on our second week ( with 2 Brits of course). Staff really nice tho the reps do get a bit wearing but have a break for about 4 hours in the afternoon. Alghero is lovely & I would recommend it to anyone. Trips were good & it can be as dear as you want it to be. Most definitely no dearer than London ( & it operates a no smoking policy in all premises).
A lovely hotel, a lovely place, great people, great holiday!
We have just returned from a very enjoyable holiday at the Hotel Oasis in Alghero, Sardinia. Having read some of the other reviews before we left, I was very worried that we had booked a bad hotel. How wrong I was to worry. The staff were all very pleasant - couldn't do enough for us. The food was delicious - very varied, very fresh and very Italian! We went with our 7 year old daughter who had a fabulous time and the entertainment staff were all very friendly and had loads of time for all the children, the langauge barrier was definately not a problem - in fact our daughter has come home speaking some Italian! The rooms are basic but clean and spacious and every room has a large balcony either overlooking the pool, or the front of the hotel, with lovely pine trees and a water fountain. We were lucky enough to have a nest in the tree in front of our room with 2 baby birds which we loved to watch every day! On site there is a pizzaria serving nice pasta, pizza and salad, which can be eaten in or taken to the poolside which is lovely. The bar is a little expensive, but most hotel bars are and the measures are very large so you can't really complain!! One thing we thought was excellent was that the hotel operates a cash-free policy. You are issued with a payment card on arrival and all drinks, meals, pool toys etc are paid for with that and you settle your bill at the end. You have a running total showing on each receipt which helps you to budget but its so nice not to have to carry cash around with you everywhere. The walk into the Old Town is about 40 - 45 minutes at a slow stroll (with a 7 year old) or a simple 10 minute bus trip (tickets are bought at the tabacconists 5 minutes from Hotel) but well worth it. Lovely cafe's and shops await there and its a glimpse of the "Real Sardinia". I would definately return to Sardinia and indeed to the Oasis Hotel and would recommend it for anyone wanting a ralaxed break with no worries of where to eat! The beach opposite is lovely - very safe for children and very clean and sandy! The weather was fab and we really have no negative comments to make. We were very sad to leave.
3 Stars?Meaning what?
Just returned from here yesterday and was very disappointed. 3 Star Hotel? What does that mean in Europe?This hotel lacked the following room facilities-
* No hair dryer
* No drinking glass in the bathroom
* No television
* No information in the room on the hotel restaurant, facilities etc.
All in all, the rooms were basic.While airconditioning was in the room you had to pay for it to be switched on. This is a seasonal thing, in summer it is available, but the temperature was 25 +.
Hotel beach was nice, but the local transport being as erratic as it was meant we had to walk most times, unless we spotted a rare species of transport called a taxi!.
While we were there the hotel was hosting a tennis tournament for wheel chair bound people, and was well able to accommodate them with ramps etc.Well done on that one.
We had been advised by the travel agency courier that the hotel restaurant was one of the finest in Sardinia, and for €40 each including half litre caraffe of wine, we said would try it. Food was mediocre, wine was so so, and it was buffet style.Certainly not the finest in Sardinia I hope!.
All in all the whole experience was dissapointing. Alghero was a beautiful resort but suitable for a very quiet "chill" break.
We love Sardinia!
Hotel Oasis is described as 3 star Hotel and this is exactly what we found. A clean , comfortable Hotel. The rooms had sufficient space for three and were cleaned daily. Although the bathrooms are looking dated they are clean, the plumbing works, clean towels every day and plentiful hot water- no complaints. We had rooms at the front overlooking the car park and apartments, they were quiet and not as dull as they sound , we were unable to hear the animation team and the balcony was in shade during the afternoon and evening- a definite advantage on hot days!
The Hotel was on the very edge of Alghero on one side a car park and fields and on the other side was The Institute of Art - it was closed up, probably whilst the students are on hols- not a stunning location of itself but convenient for Alghero and more attractive than along the Lido . Although the road into Alghero was a typical modern resort lined with concrete apartment blocks, Hotels and bars, we thought the old town was very attractive and well worth a walk around its remaining walls and narrow streets.
The Hotel beach was across the road and through the pines but we preferred to use the public beach a couple of hundred yards further down towards Fertilia, it seemed (a little!) quieter and no regimented rows of sunbeds and parasols. The beaches are lovely at this end - beautiful soft white sand, crystal clear sea and the pines behind.
We found the staff pleasant and helpful - some knew more English than others but it was not a problem despite our lack of Italian.
We love Pasta and Seafood so thought dinner was great and the Sardinian evening (Friday) and Seafood Buffet (Sunday) were lovely. Breakfast was a typical continental affair- you can avoid the tinned fruit and powdered juice (the only real complaint), without going hungry.
We expected it to be busy - after all the whole of Europe go on holiday in August! (We prefer June , but no choice when you have school-age children). We were not disappointed, we thought it was good value for money (we travelled with Portland)- it was a lovely family holiday- we even got to see some of Sardinia- which is beautiful (but expensive)! We loved Sardinia and Hotel Oasis!
Escape the crowds in Sardinia - well dont go in August!!!
Have just arrived back from two week holiday. Myself, my husband & my 10 year old. We chose Sardinia as we wanted a 'quiet' holiday with a bit of enterainment to keep our 10 year old busy. We arrived for two weeks 6-20th August and were informed that the second week was Bank Holiday week so it may be busy. The Hotel was very basic, our room was just about big enough for 3 apart from not enough space to put our clothes. The bathroom was very 'tired' with cracked tiles everywhere floors & walls & the room had a constant smell of stale air/sewage. Our patio oerlooked the swimming pool entertainment area which we thought would be pleasant until we realised that the Italian version of 'Red Coats' started 'entertaining' from about 3-4 pm & continued until 12-12.30 am with the leader named Christina who was so loud that we did wonder why it was that she needed a microphone although she insisted on using it daily. The entertainment was very poor & as we dont speak Italian had little idea on what was happening most the time. There was table tennis, tennis & mini golf all of which you had to pay for. The beach was a short walk from the Hotel should you want to risk life & limb to cross a VERY busy road where the zebra crossings dont actually mean anything to the Italian
driver/cyclist. You were given a sunbed a deckchair & a parasol with this package & you were directed to a very regimental layout of the said items for the duration of the holiday. Were you to move to another chair etc as yours was busy then the mob were down on you before you could say sun tan lotion!! The staff are varied at the hotel from extremely abrupt/rude to pleasant, unfortunately the reception area contained a large majority of the abrupt/rude lot which is surprising as they are the first point of contact. We went with a tour operator where bits were included however, some people had to pay for air conditioning, safety deposit box & possibly more. We decided to go half board as we didnt know the area which Im please about. The breakfast was the same every day, tinned fruit cocktail, oily scrambled egg, rubbery bacon, and the juice drink was I imagine made up from powder but who knows what flavours they were supposed to be, also a collection of sweet cakes if you were quick enough down to breakfast before the cake eating, towel on sunbed brigade were up and taking over. The evening meals were mostly of OK standard, a selection of starters which did change every day, and a main course of at least 2-3 choices. The area surrounding the hotel is non-descript, a car park on one side and a derelict hospital/office building on the other. You could walk into town or catch the bus but I would suggest you do this at night as there is not much to see other than a few expensive shops, and boats in the harbour which are lit at night which makes things look more attractive. We decided to hire a car for a few days as we were so disappointed, but as mentioned before, this was Bank Holiday for the Italians so most visits we made to other beaches etc were spent in traffic jams or should you be lucky enough to find parking space (varied hourly rate) you could never find a space on the beach that wasnt crammed.
Some people reading this will think that we are very negative, maybe we are but we spent a lot of money on this holiday & were bitterly disappointed in the resort & the hotel & it was just bad timing on our part that it was Bank Holiday week. If you are of average intelligence, want to get away from it all, a bit of peace and quiet, want some sight seeing & a bit to do other than sun bathe then this is NOT the holiday for you!!
Oasis.... oh come on
A spacious clean hotel on the edge of Alghero .... Sardinia is the jewel in the meds crown. The Oassis Hotel is cubic Zirconia. The reception staff are quite ignorant to the British, and the language is an issue. I am fluent in Italian, and was amazed at how differntly people were treated, and served. The hotel operates its own paytron system, where they take no cash, so you tab everything to your card. The hotel is expensive, be careful you dont get charged different prices for drinks. We went half board, the restaurant is buffett style, and a bit regimental in timing. I was 5 mins late for dinner as my son was ill, and could not get any dinner, evening food quality is good, but the breakfast is dire. Whilst the pool is nice and clean, it has lots of chlorine. The evening entertainment is really poor. Lots to do say Thomsons!! Where, only if you can speak the language. They have very little sense of humour. The beach is lovely, and great for children, the weather is great too. A 30 minute walk to Alghero ensures you can barter for leather goods, towels and all sorts of things. Alghero town is lovely. There is a macdonalds for fussy kids who wont eat in the restaurant, and a lovely park too. You can bus to Alghero on a regualr basis. Personally I would not go back to this hotel, but Sardinia I would.
We Loved it at the Hotel Oasis - no faults at all!
My partner and I stayed at the hotel Oasis for a week in June/July 2005. We have no complaints and found it to be an all reound excellent, clean Hotel!! Despite the other reports on this site we found all of the staff to be very helpful and friendly! No matter what we asked they all done their best to help! The Maitre 'd was always happy, speaking loads of different languages and it seemed as tho he was always at work!
The food was to an excellent standard, and I am a very fussy eater but found something suitable every meal time! Food was served 'buffett style', laid out at the front and help yourself, with serving staff for the hot items. We found this worked very well!
The entertainment couldn't be faulted!! Especially if you have children!! Activities going on most of the day and again in the evening (Morning activities on the Hotels private beach and afternoon activities in/around the pool with evening entertainment at one of the two hotel bars). This may sound like a nightmare if you want to get away but the week we were there (end June - beg July) it was not overcrowded and the activities did not disturb us when we wanted to be left out! Although some of the evening entertainment was in Italian, it was not a problem as you could easily pick up what they were saying (just thought i'd mention neither my partner or i speak any italian at all!).
The 'old town' of Alghero is about 30-45mins walk away and is absolutely gorgeous. just don't walk it during the day unless u like being in the baking sun - buses are very frequent and stop right outside of the hotel. You buy a bus ticket from the tabbachi and have to insert this into a machine on the bus - the ticket is a return and should be inserted again on the way back (I mention this because many people were buying tickets each way - the bus drivers speak no english so are not very much help!).
Pro's and Con's
Excellent Clean Hotel. Found the staff varied from Excellent to very poor. We found the Maitre 'd was very helpful, if you are talking abou the Argentinian whospoke five languages ! The real down side of the hotel is the manner in which the food is served although the food is an excellent standard and the entertainment. The biuffet style and regimented timing and seating was reminisant of school ! Whilst we were keen to avoid an overtly English holiday the entertainment staff provided no attempt to include any English. In general we found the language a problem however if you relax and get used to "Sardinian Time" then you will enjoy it. Alghero is about half an hour walk and is absolutely gorgeous. Try Paco's and avoid Neptune, for restaurants. Finally the San Giovanni beach is stunning, one of the best beaches we have ever seen. Just avoid weekends and after 3pm when it gets busy qwith teenagers
Excellent hotel, great staff apart from Maitre d'
Good, clean, quiet hotel in May, friendly helpful staff, apart from stroppy Maitre d' who could use a few lessons on customer relations. Hotel is just across the road from a superb beach, a few shops nearby, but about two miles from town centre. Frequent buses though, and a walk along the beach is very nice.