Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna Villasimius
Perfect European holiday!
Just back from a weeks stay in the Sofitel and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We were upgraded on arrival to a sea view room and shown to what was a very comfortable room which is air conditioned all day and night if you wish. Lovely big bed, nice bathroom, and spacey, all you'd really want for the room. Also nice big balcony with lovely views (see pics)
Pool area was gorgeous with comfortable loungers and a lovely pool itself. Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and the surroundings are just immaculate - well kept gardens and everything right through the hotel is just so clean.
Enjoyed the clear blue sea and white powder sand on the beach though we are more pool people.
Food was superb, was a little worried before with it being a buffet but this was a buffet fit for a king. Every night had a different theme with lots of culinary delights from meats including duck, steak, turkey, pork, pig, horse!! etc and seafood including, oysters, crab, lobster, prawns etc lovely fresh salads and basics like pizza and pasta.
deserts included freshly made cakes , fruit, ice cream etc and with so much choice you can;t go wrong.
There is also the restaurant 'Ginepri' by the beach where you have a 25 euro supplement per person if you fancy something different.
Local town of Villasimius is about a 20 minute walk or the hotel provides a shuttle service and has some lovely boutique style shops and nice coffee shops and restaurants.
The hotel also has the spa area including all types of treatments and jacuzzi, sauna etc as well as all the sporting facilities including tennis courts, football court, archery etc.
All in all a fantastic hotel with staff that help you relax immediately on arrival.
Very nice stay
We picked up a good deal on lastminute for this place, and it was still the most expensive place we stayed. However, it was also the most luxurious that we found in Sardinia, and a very pleasant stay. Unlike previous reviewers we found the pool to be a pleasnt temperature, although it was a very hot week when we were there. The beach is lovely, with clear shallow waters and very soft sand.
The buffet evening meal was outstanding - basically you could eat as much as you wanted and this included lobster, giant prawns and a variety of pasta and meat dishes, along with an outstanding soft blue sheep's cheese - if we'd stayed much longer the plane wouldn't have been able to get off the ground! We'd advise not leaving it too late going for the evening meal as the nicest outside tables went fairly early, and you don't want to be stuck eating inside when the weather's so pleasant.
the room was very nice, with a wet room style en suite (not the best idea to put the toilet roll dispenser under the shower though!) and a little terrace.
One other point for information - if you're driving from Cagliari don't take any notice of the distance markers - Villasimius was 14km, the 12km away, and on the next sign was 75km!! The road meanders along the mountanous coast with spectacular views, but you also get unnervingly close to sheer drops to the sea so you don't want to be in too much of a hurry - expect to take an hour to an hour and a half to get from Cagliari to Villasimius depending on how slow the lorry you get stuck behind is!
To summarise, this hotel was an excellent little bit of luxury and extravagance and a lovely way to enjoy the last few days of our holiday.
Great location for relaxing
Just back from 1 week stay at Sofitel. Read all of the reviews before we went so am pleased to say agree with most. We were not disappointed - the hotel is fantastic for relaxing with just the right amount of activity if you want it. Without a doubt the best buffet we have ever come across- sea food in particular was fantastic , oysters, mussels and lobster on more than one night.
We spent most of our time on the beach which is one of the best we have been to in Europe and with the temperature in the 30's the breeze was welcoming.
There is not much to do in the area and most of the visitors appear to go for just a beach holiday . So if thats what your looking for plus a bit of luxury then this is the place for it.
Great for chilling out....v relaxing
We have just returned from one week in the Sofitel Thalassa Timi Ama in Villasimius.
The pool was just gorgeous. Yes unheated so brace yourself if it isn't a sunny day but if it is high season and hot then it is just perfect.
The poolside service was fabulous too. The grounds themselves were immaculate and there were many beautiful species of birds - you also have the delight of the seeing the elegant flamingos. The hotel had excellent sport facilities including tennis and archery with free lessons every day with very nice / qualified staff and free use of equipment on the courts. We opted for a standard room and this was absolutely fine - you did have your own patio terrace area and good bathroom, great bed - yes only CNN / Eurosport in english in the room.
Real highlight apart from pool was the excellent buffet particularly the dinners. The food was generally of a very high quality and range with real variety - plenty for fish, meat, pasta and sushi, salads etc all there. It was excellent. And the location right by the poolside was very good. Wine as usual is pretty expensive generally about 25 EUROS and up per bottle. But this is I guess normal.
A couple of things to mention you should be aware of and some downsides:
A payment is required to use the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi which was unexpected and at 30 EUROS per each day a bit steep. However, did have a very nice and reasonably priced massage (40 EUROS) at the spa. Would agree with other reviewers that might be better to try and book treatments in advance or as soon as you arrive as it was packed. Room service also had a 9 EURO charge which was a bit excessive.
Very poor internet service - dial up in the lobby which was slow and worked only at best half the time. If thats important to you its a problem.
The hotel itself is quite isolated. Villasimius is only 2kms a short walking distance away and the hotel have a shuttle going there several times a day. Its a pretty small place with some nice bars and restaurants but if you have a special occasion as we did when we were there and wanted to go to a nice restaurant the locals recommended another town some 12 kms away. We were pretty shocked to discover however how outrageously high the taxi costs are - 50 EUROS.
Make sure you organise the transportation to the hotel in advance with the hotel shuttle - it is easier and costs the same as a taxi - 90 EUROS each way.
We were wanting to take advantage of the diving and snorkelling opportunities and Sardinia is frequently mentioned as one of the best places in the med for this. My boyfriend did finish his open water certification and the hotel Sports Team organised everything for us with a local diving centre affililated with hotel. However, whilst the service was great our experience of diving / snorkelling in the maldives where there is such plentiful and varied fish life was not replicated here. To be expected of course. The diving was still good just a different experience but snorkelling was less than satsfying for instance apart from the interesting rock formations there was pretty much nothing to see.
All in all the hotel is beautiful and lots to do it is also excellent for just pure relaxation. I think if you want to see the real Italy though I wouldn't necessarily opt for this but if it is chilling out for a week then great. Staff very nice also.
Hard to Find
The location of this place makes it really hard to find especially when you arrive at night. The hotel is located at the end of a dirt road with poorly marked signs along the way. We felt like we were in the Great Race and needed clue markers to find this place. The room was average size but the bed was really, really great. The ocean view room that is advertised is really a sea view in the far distance. The hotel pool is NOT heated and it was REALLY COLD - it was not used by anyone when the hotel was totally full. The food at this place was good - lots of different choices for both breakfast and dinner. One night sea food was featured and included fresh fish and giant prawns. We stayed here four days which may be a bit much since it was on the cooler side and not much to do in the area. This hotel caters to the masses and I would stay in a smaller hotel in the future where I can get more personalized service.
Heaven on Earth
This resort was recommended by our travel agent in Australia. Initially we were shocked at the cost, but with a family of 4, 2 rooms and 2 fabulous meals a day it was worth every cent. We had been travelling around Spain and Italy for 4 weeks already and this was our place of leisure before flying home. Excellent choice! Rooms were very clean and spacious. Great showers, bath also. Service was first class at reception, activities desk, sports bar, restaurants and pool bar. Beach was superb, clean, warm water and no shortage of lounge chairs. Pool is huge and unheated, but certainly refreshes you! Tennis courts are very good and no problem getting a court. Food was unbelievable in quality, range and quantity. We highly recommend a stay of at least 4 nights and just laze at the resort. Getting there from airport is very expensive at 85 euro each way. We will return.
Luxurious but not for me
LOCATION: Stunning. Hills in the background. Beautiful pool and palms in the foreground.
FOOD: Amazing buffet breakfast and evening meal with masses of choice (including Horse!) However, stay clear of the chicken curry as everyone who ate it in our party were ill the next day.
ROOMS: luxurious. Great showers, very comfy beds, free safe. But, TV channels no use to English speakers.
SERVICE: Very mixed. Door man lovely. Bar waitress very friendly. Beach restaurant service appalling. Behind the bar service very slow. Do insist on a wine list because if you just ask for a bottle of red, they will give you their choice which in our case set us back £56 per bottle! A bit of a shock when you come to check out!
BEACH: Beautiful sand. Private section with free loungers was a treat. Sea was gently shelving so very warm and welcoming. No stones. Golf buggies down to the beach are a hoot.
SPA: Book before you go if you want a treatment as when we tried on our first day, it was all fully booked already.
WOULD I GO BACK?
Probably not as I would prefer a smaller privately run hotel where you can experience the "real" culture and feel that the staff's main aim is to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday rather than making money.
Our Best Holiday Ever!
We had high expectations of the Sofitel Thalassa Timi Ama (not least because of the reviews we had seen on Tripadvisor!), and we were not disappointed. I was wary when my wife became wistful for some Mediterranean sun and sea after our rather disappointing experience in Mexico in January (see my report on the Quinta Real, Puerto Vallarta). Our needs are simple enough - good service, pleasant surroundings, good food and a clean, comfortable and quiet room. And they were surely met at this resort.
The hotel is a bright, modern, low rise complex of buildings. Lovely grounds and pool. A fabulous beach about 500 metres away, with a shuttle running continuously to the private section owned by the hotel. This was well used by the less mobile and the young families with baby buggies - but we were content to walk along the park hedged by bougainvillaea and with the large salt lagoon to one side, inhabited by gorgeous flamingos.
We kept really fit, making use of the gym, excellent tennis courts, and beautiful walks in the hotel grounds and the surrounding countryside. Golf and archery were also available, and a variety of spa treatments. And we needed the exercise, too, to compensate for the excellent food. What we enjoyed most was the splendid buffet every evening by the pool side. It changed every night, with an emphasis on sea food, including oysters and lobster. And the Sardinian wine was excellent and plentiful.
There was entertainment every evening by a talented group of young performers.
Although we are an older couple and found the facilities great, it is much favoured by young families and they certainly cater well for them and they are made welcome.
In summary, I can say that this was about the best holiday we have had and we shall certainly be returning to Sardinia. My wife wonders about trying Alghero next time, but I should worry that nothing would come up to the standard of Thalassa Timi Ama and that we might be disappointed.
Nice place and excellent service and food
I stayed in august and even if the month is very crowded, the hotel managed to keep quality standards very high. The hotel setting is nice, close to the beach which is beautiful. Rooms are spacious and level of service is what you expect from a 4 stars hotel. What was really valuable was the food: lot of choice, high quallity and variety. Sardinia in august is very expensive, but the money was well spent.
This hotel was fantastic. Beautiful island stunning scenery, hired a car, fantastic beaches all around, food was definately 5*, you could have anything oysters my favourite. Got upgraded to a suite which was huge, The spa facilties were great, they do a superb massage.
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... As we walked back down you just had to realize people were still living here and going about their everyday lives in such an historic neighborhood!!
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... out from exhaustion then later we drove into the city to find some dinner. God another hell raising experience on the roads and took us ages to the point of frustration to find a bloody car park. Finally got one and walked a bit to the Via Roma area till we found some nice seafood and a spaghetti with clams and Bottarga. Thanks to the waitress for being patient with us over our choices.
Our entree was a selection of octopus, fish like a herring and tuna in a tomato and ...
We got up very leisurely today. I don't think we got down for breakfast until a little after 9:00. I asked the front desk where I could get a pedicure tomorrow morning, and she said she'd call and make an appointment for me for 9:00 in the morning.
After breakfast we set out to find a grocery store where we could get lunch stuffs and some wine. We have a refrigerator ...
... both of them.
We then shared a whole fish (sea bream), which was delicious, Eldon had the cheese plate with his, and I had a mixed salad. Both of our sides were HUGE. Needless to say, we just tasted a little bit of both.
For dessert Eldon got the Tiramisu, and I got the chocolate gelato. I had one bite of his, and I ate all my gelato, which was DELICIOUS.
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Today we have returned to Italy and reached Cagliari the capital of Sardinia. It is an odd little place with the old wall city perched on a hilltop overlooking the port to the south and the urban sprawl of the modern city crunched up against its walls on the other sides. The port authorities don't want you walking around the port so they provide a free shuttle bus to take you on a five minute ride to the port gates. From here you step across the road and straight ...