July 2011 we had just spent a week at the Perdepera resort at Cardedu on the east coast of Sardinia. At that resort our accommodation for a family of 5 had consisted on an open plan living room with tired furniture. The children's beds doubled as sofas and our bed was in the open plan loft overhead with a steep stairway and a ceiling that was too low for my 6 ft husband to stand up in comfortably. What a relief to come to Parco Degli Ulivi. We were in a suite with two very large bedrooms, one for us and one for our three young children, each with a very spacious bathroom. These connected to a large living room which looked out over the olive trees and beautiful surroundings. Although the accommodation at Perdepera was supposed to be four star, I would rate it a 2 or 3- and Parco Degli Ulivi as a true 4+.
We drove up the east coast to the Costa Smeralda stopping to explore beautiful seaside villages and beaches on the way. We drove into the town of Arzachena looking for directions to Parco Degli Ulivi and it took a while to find it as it quite far out of town on a country road heading down to the coast. It's actually easier to find from the coast road. It's a beautiful spot, no sea views but gorgeous spacious grounds with views of the countryside and rugged hills far into the distance. Very quiet and peaceful. Very safe for the children to run and play. The breakfast was delicious and service in the restaurant discreet and friendly. We did eat one evening meal at the restaurant and it was also of very high quality, great local wine with beautiful views from the terrace. It was such a relief to be back to true Italian food and standards after our Perdepera experience.
You definitely need a car but then you are a ten minute drive from the beautiful coastline with an endless selection of beautiful beaches. The coastal towns and villages are therefore also a short drive way. We ate at many local restaurants with sea views - aahh beautiful Sardinia! The beaches were not crowded in early July and when we spotted a beautiful beach from the coast road we would do a quick reccy and many had sunbeds with umbrellas for a reasonable daily rate. The sand could get very hot in the sun and with children it is always easier if you have less stuff to hike back and forth from the beach. With all the gear that a family of 5 entails it was much easier to have a base on the beach close to the water but with plenty of shade. The sunbeds in the 3rd and 4th rows would be cheaper than the 1st and 2nd and as there was plenty of available beds we were still closest to the water.
I can imagine when it gets very crowded in August it would be a welcome relief to escape back to Parco Degli Ulivi after a fabulous day at the beach. The hotel pool was stunningly situated below the restaurant terrace facing towards the beautiful hills, all the sunbeds and umbrellas were clean and in good condition. I think overall Parco Degli Ulivi would be best for a couple or older travelers as it has a sophisticated pool and restaurant. However, it was perfect for us for the 3-4 days with stayed as we used it as our bed and breakfast base and spent most of our daytime at the beach and evenings in the local towns for dinner. It was also enjoyable to meet an international clientele with guests from Italy, Germany and France
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