Just came back from a trip to Sardinia. We chose Hotel Castello but we couldn t tolerate it...Rooms are very very poor and small, the bathroom is like a 3 star hotel, smelly, no bathrobe, no slippers, few towels, mini tv, no radio. Very noisy room maids chatting while cleaning or with loud tv on music channel.. In the morning be prepared at 8 o clock to have the violinist downstairs at breakfast to wake you up, if maids, babies or loudy people next door didn t do that already.
The welcome fruit was rotten and food at the buffet is not good at all. I am italian and i know average italian food, this was way below. The resort is definitely just for families or young teenagers, and it is like a labirynth, not airy. The beach is packed, with 6 row of sunbeds and half of the beach is not practicable because of stones to enter the see.
Just 10 km away the beaches are beautiful (i.e Chia) or go to Villasimius instead or Costa Smeralda for the same price with all the comforts!
Awful dated small rooms half the facilities closed
Just returned from forte village le palme, rooms tiny, twin beds, finish very shoddy, maids just let themselves in when they wanted to clean rooms. The bath had several cracks in it. Outside area full of weeds. Half the restuarants not open, food very average. ice rink shut. 10 pin bowling broke down every other bowl, out of three trampolines, two were collapsed, go karting cost 25 euros for 10 minutes! The golf driving range charges you to use and we had to scrape 8 balls from around the edge, 200 euros for 2 adult 2 child bikes for 2 days.Over rated over expensive shoddy place, would never go back
Not 5 star
I have just returned from Forte Village with wife & 2 yr old.It is not & I repeat not what I class a 5 star resort.If it was marketed as a 4 star resort with 25% lower prices,fine.
We seem to be at the mercy of a hotel complex who can charge what they want to Europeans who don't want the hassle of long haul.This policy is no doubt helped by the large 'gangs' of new money Russians who fill the bar areas & restaurants with their £30 000 watches,£2000 wines & a rudeness I found hard to take to staff & fellow guests.
On arrival at La Pineta I was stunned by how small the rooms were.I kicked up a real fuss after our terrace (chair cushions & belongings) were soaked by sprinkler,the room service tray was still outside the door & ant infested 24hrs later (even after several visits by other depts who walked past the tray to fix taps,phone & safe!!).We were then upgraded free of charge to La Dune (£9k) so I thought we had an amazing piece of luck.
La Dune rooms are no more than 4-5 feet larger,I could not imagine paying £14k for that,again stunned.The whole place basically shuts between 1pm & 6pm apart from pizzas & room service.The reastaurants are ok but stop serving at 9pm (!!!!!!!) & at the Dune restaurant ie the best, we retired to the terrace for a bottle of wine at 10.15,they shut the terrace doors on us,told us too late to order & asked us through the door to use the side exit !!!This is one of the supplement restsurants....£100 per couple plus drink is not a supplement, it's paying too much for this quality in the first place.For kids, the creche is great.Staff & facilities are 5 star.What we weren't told is that for kids under 4 the creche is shut between 12 & 3 for the older kids to be taken to lunch,again a bit of a bad taste.
To summarise it's not all bad.The kids stuff is good & the pools are great as is the evening entertainment & the reception staff are very good ( they need to be). But the whole experience is one of the complex manager having the last laugh on prices & cut corners.
A very very very overpriced complex in 5 star surroundings,5 star pools,4 star creche,3 star food,2 star attitude & 1 star accomm & value......the average of that lot is not 5 star.
£4 can of coke
£25 for 2 people to play 1 game of bowling
£20 to visit the gym per person per day.
£100 per couple meal supplement in some reastaurants plus drink.
£6 bottle of beer.
I could go on & on & on.
5 star Rip - Off
Everything is charged as extra - from a visit to the gym (€20) to a go on the go-karts (€25 for 10 minutes). With kids this place is not funny. You need bikes to get around at €12 per bike per day (with 3 kids for 2 weeks that was nearly €500. The accomadation is rustic. I am only sorry I can't post a photograph of the ants that were all over the bathroom.
Great, if expensive, family holiday
We booked the Forte Resort on the recommendation of our local travel agent (not surprising, considering the prices!) for a family holiday (5 adults, 2 children & an infant)celebrating a 40th wedding anniversary.
Now lets get things straight, when booking a holiday of this kind of expense please do your research before you make your mind up. I have little sympathy for anyone who complains on their return about the prices when there is enough information available for you to make an informed choice about whether to go somewhere or not. We personally found the resort to be a fantastic self contained holiday location, giving us a chance to live a little of the high-life that we would not normally experience on a summer break. The children had a the best time, and the Kids Club could not have been better, allowing us to drop them off at 9am, pick them up for lunch (although a meal at the childrens restaurant can be included at an additional charge), and then back to the club for the afternoon - fantastic for the adults wanting to relax on their holiday rather than exhausting themselves entertaining kids all day.
The two main pools are great, we preferred the Oasis one as it was a bit quieter, but the salt water one was very good aswell.
The beach is probably the most disappointing part of the resort, stony and not enough sunbeds, but is still OK.
Tennis has excellent facilities, but beware of the prices, free courts but you have to pay for rackets and balls - take your own.
We were very happy with the restaurants. La Pinetta buffet was good, if a little predictable if you went on several occasions, the breakfast at the oasis was good if occasionally busy (they have a lot of conferences at the resort), the Steak Restaurant very good, the Pizza Restaurant at the beach was fantastic during the day (you have to pay for this), and the seafood restaurant at the seafront was excellent to. We ate at the Borgo one night and paid the 75 Euro per person suppliment, but, for one night in a resort like this, it was worth it.
We stayed at Le Palme bungalows, very clean, fairly spacious and a great location if you've got kids, all in all what we expected.
The hotel staff were excellent, always taking time to help you in any way they can, we wre very impressed, particularly with the Kid Club staff.
The Spa is excellent, and if you can stomach the prices, have a Swedish Massage, there's nothing like it, and if you don't fancy this, just spend a morning in the various pools and saunas and relax a bit.
Over all we were very happy with this trip, and felt that it was worth the expense for the experience.
Finally a few warnings and tips.
There is no getting away from the fact that drinks are expensive, but you can limit the damage by going to the supermarket that is 300 yds right out of the main entrance of the resort. We bought 12ltrs of water and a dozen beers for 10 Euros, when one small beer is 7 Euros in the resort! While we wre there the world cup was on and they had a big screen showing the England games, and a guy had a bag with his own beers in it saving him 8 euros a pint. If you've got the front to do it... Use your common sense and pay for expensive drinks in the evenings only.
My biggest tip of all would be to go relatively early (but not too early when some of the facilities are shut) in the season, June ideally, before the Italian holidays kick off, as we were told that it gets incredibly busy. Whilst we were there it was perfect, no queueing and the weather was perfect, warm but with a cooling sea breeze.
In summary, go, but do your research, you'll love it.
Has anyone been to stay at Forte Village in Sardegna? Was it good? Or is there anywhere else in Sardegna that is better? Thinking of going to stay there in May....Any comments would be greatly appreciated
RE: RE: Forte Village
If you have a lot of money to spend then you can go there. It's ridiculously expensive. If you want to see what Sardinia is like you certainly don't see it going to the Forte Village.
Why don't you go to an agroturismo on the eastern coast, near or in Arbatax, in the ogliastra area which is absolutely beautiful and there is a lot to see.You've got the sea and the mountains. This time of the year the flora is fantastic. Very green and colourful. Can you drive? A car in Sardinia I would say is necessary. In Arbatax you have beautiful 4 star hotels or a simple B&B. Depends on how much you want to spend. There is a B&B I know which is very nice, clean and cheap,only about 10 minutes from the beach. The number is (0039)320.4094413. I think the name of the person in charge is Mauro. Good luck
At least one friend and I are trying to find a cheap camping site for the middle of August '07 and we're not having much luck. We're really hoping to be in the Santa Margherita Di Pula area somewhere very close to the beach. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!