Cala Caterina, Sardinia Italy
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The character of this property is apparent right from the start of the cobbled drive and the large entrance gates. Surrounded by attractive gardens to the front, the quiet but stylishly designed reception foyer has, from the adjacent terrace and adjoining bar, views across the long lawns down to the beachfront. Croquet and badminton equipment is available for lawn sport and a quiet beach is furnished both there and on the grass area above. A lift and the fact the main facilities are located on an even level around the main building provides good accessibility and is suited to those looking for a quieter more refined ambience.
Electronically controlled double gates mark the entrance, with a smaller walkthrough entry leading from a secondary car park, onto which the 2-storey pastel pink coloured property fronts a cobbled circular set down area, well-maintained gardens and a separate drive leading down to the side with further parking. Accommodation is in 2-storey wings of terraced and balconied rooms.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Most rooms
The large portico covered courtyard leads into a spacious foyer with a long reception desk and clusters of deep, soft sofas and chairs. Pot plants, local paintings and giant vases furnish the tiled-floor and white walls. Towards one end, beyond the lift and circular stairway, is the bar area with open walls and wicker furniture spreading onto a large terrace area. A passage leads from the opposite end of the foyer to the restaurant, which has sturdy high back seats at predominantly square tables both inside and on a large covered terrace.
Immediately in front of the restaurant is a lush garden area of shrubs and trees bordering the pool, which has a paved terrace, mattressed sunloungers and parasols. The extent of the grounds becomes apparent from here as a broad swathe of lawn, initially overlooked by the accommodation, stretches 700m to the seafront where further sunloungers and parasols are provided on the grass. A series of gentle steps lead down to a small wide sandy beach where further furnishing is available.
Area Type: A private cobbled rock drive leads from the main road in a circle around the exclusive estate off which the property stands opposite a small parking area. It is situated in a quiet exclusive residential and villa cul-de-sac at the southern end of the Villasimius peninsula leading on to a stretch of sandy beach. There is a popular restaurant within a few minutes stroll although the town centre is a 10-minute journey away. Transfer time from Cagliari Airport 90 minutes.
Nearest beach: Grounds (Catarina)
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- Public facilities
- Evening entertainment
- Internet terminal(s)
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)