Residence Riva Azzurra, Sardinia Italy
★ ★ ★
Although the reception building with its adjoining public bar and restaurant is largely functional, the main spread of the property reached by the stairs benefits from a spectacular view across the lawned area at the front out to sea. The pool is little more than a plunge pool set in the concrete terrace but the beach is no more than a 5-minute stroll away. Plenty of sunbathing areas, flowered balconies with sea views, an atmospheric restaurant below popular with locals and the amenities of the resort a short walk away make this a popular choice for those seeking a little independence.
Reminiscent of an English cricket ground, the lawned area encircled by the main road and U-shaped service road provides a front drop to the single-storey frontage of this property. There is adequate parking on the street and the main reception building is set back behind a mosaic tiled half-hexagonal forecourt adorned with a fountain and potted shrubs. On one side of the reception there is a public restaurant and, on the other a bar and ice cream parlour.
Property type: Hostal Residencia
The doorway leads into a small foyer with a check-in counter and a rack of library videos and books. Although this is the extent of the internal facilities of the property, guests do frequent the bistro-style bar next-door, which has internal and outdoor plastic seating. Similarly, the restaurant is popular with residents and locals and has high backed wooden seating at square tables with a small outdoor terrace area.
A 20-step stairway leads up, under an arch, from the outside of reception to the main body of the property. Landing on a broad rooftop tiled terrace and overlooked by the staggered 2 and 3-storey balconied accommodation blocks, there is a small children’s play area and some curious 1m brick and glass structures, which actually provide light to the areas below. There is a small pool and plastic chairs, sunloungers and parasols are provided. A further series of wide stairways lead up to the different floor levels.
Area Type: Standing overlooking a lawned park area set back from the main coastal resort immediately to the north of the town centre. There are shops, bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity while the town centre can be reached within a 10-minute stroll. The main beach is across the road 400m away. Transfer time from Olbia Airport 50 minutes, Alghero Airport 150 minutes.
Nearest beach: 500m (Cannigione)
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- Public facilities
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)