Garden Beach Hotel, Sardinia Italy
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Occupying a large pocket of flat ground at one end of the Costa Rei beach, this property has the look of a traditional chalet park although the charismatic terraces of accommodation are at the rear leaving the front, beachside, relatively open. There is a very large pool deck and easy access directly onto the beach. Facilities are scattered around the grounds, which, although this means they are some distance apart, are easily accessible on even paths and tracks. The children have a separate pool and play area.
At the end of the lane leading to the public beach, a discreet track leads off to a large car park in a field. A traditional stone arch stands to one side marking the 100m cobbled drive into the property with tennis courts to the left. The reception building is a freestanding glass-walled single-storey tiled-roof building surrounded by neatly tendered lawns.
Property type: Holiday Village
Inside, the tiled floor and wooden-eaved ceiling of the room serves both as a check-in area and, behind, the general administration office. This is the extent of the interior of the property with other facilities located around the grounds. The large covered restaurant, located at the opposite end of the property, has a central servery and bistro-style furnishings. The main bar is located in a covered area adjacent to the beach entrance while further covered venues include a fitness room, children’s play area, table games and evening entertainment arena.
Cobbled paths and tracks cross the expansive park-like grounds with most of the terracotta coloured stone-faced tiled-roof single storey rooms lining the gardens towards the rear of the property while the facilities are located to the front or beachside. A large swimming pool is surrounded by a broad tiled terrace where, like on the broad long sandy beach, the hotel provides sunloungers and parasols. The access to the beach is through a small gated area with a path leading through the low dunes.
Area Type: Located at the southern end of the 3km stretch of broad sandy beach at Costa Rei, a tourist development in the area of Castialdes best reached by a spectacular high, winding coast road from Villasimius 12km away. The shops, restaurants and bars of Costa Rei can be reached by a 15-minute walk along the beach or by walking 750m back to the main road and 500m into the resort. Transfer time from Cagliari Airport 110 minutes.
Nearest beach: Borders (Costa Rei)
- Beach bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- Children’s pool/section
- Public facilities
- Children’s playground
- Evening entertainment
- Fitness room/gym
- Indoor games
- Tennis courts
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)