Hotel Le Ginestre, Sardinia Italy
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Despite its location just off the main road cutting across the Costa Smeraldo, this property has a surprisingly quiet ambience helped by the fact that the facilities are separated from the road by the main building. There are a large number of steps and stairways traversing the grounds but some of the attraction has to be its hillside setting surrounded by lush gardens. Although there are no specific facilities for children, both the pool area and beach are big attractions.
A low stone wall marks the entrance of the property which leads onto a driveway and parking area that runs adjacent to the main road but separated by a 20m thick garden of shrubs and trees. From this side, the 2-storey pink-walled and terracotta coloured tiled roof of the building is apparent despite a heavy attractive border of trees and shrubs. There is a cobbled circular set-down area in front of the attached portico covered double glass-door entrance adorned with palms and, on the steps, large potted plants. Metal-balconied rooms are located throughout the grounds, generally inward facing, in 2-storey blocks.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Most rooms
The large polished brown tile floored foyer stretches beyond the small reception counter to a well furnished bar area towards the rear. There is smaller lounge style seating decorated with local art and wall-mounted model ships. The restaurant is located towards the rear of the grounds in a separate building with a continuation of the brown floor tiling complimented by large windows and a wooden slated eaved roof. The dining furniture consists of brightly coloured wooden tables and chairs across 2 large floors.
There is a furnished terrace immediately outside the foyer with awnings covering bistro style seating at a snack outlet. Steps lead down to the pool deck, which has a wide surround furnished with white mattress-covered sunloungers and cloth parasols with additional shading by trees. There are many steps throughout the gardens mostly bordered by the traditional stone walls draped by bougainvillea and other plants. Across the lawns to the side of the property is a gate leading to an unmade track to the small sandy beach. It should be noted that this is a 1km walk with a shuttle service operating only during the peak period.
Area Type: Situated on the shore side of the main coast road above the Gulf of Pevero and close to the village of Pantogia 4km from the resort centre. There are no restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity with a selection available further north along the main road. The hotel grounds border a small beach reached along a 1km lane. Transfer time from Olbia Airport 50 minutes, Alghero Airport 150 minutes.
Nearest beach: 1km borders (Ginestre)
Map Ref: 3
- Poolside bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- Public facilities
- Evening entertainment
- Fitness room/gym
- Internet terminal(s)
- Tennis courts
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)