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“Nice family place if you speak French or Italian” 4 of 5 stars
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Pierre & Vacances Residence Calarossa
Loc Li Canneddi, 07038 Trinita d'Agultu e Vignola, Sardinia, Italy   |  
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Nice family place if you speak French or Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

In the middle of nowhere, but great place if you just want to relax by the pool or on one of many gorgeous local beaches (eg: Isola Rossa, Costa Paradiso, Badesi, etc). The animation team do a great job with kids, but speak mostly Italian and French (as are most guests). Their evening entertainment programs (different theme every night) were sometimes good and sometimes cringeworthy; all good fun and about what you'd expect. Our 6 year old daughter loved it. Quality and condition of the facilities was very good (my view) or OK (my wife's view). We either ate out or cooked at home, so cannot rate hotel restaurant. Hotel beach is rocky and not as nice as other local beaches. Pools are great. WiFi is wobbly at best, Make sure you have good map, turn off main road onto dirt access road is easily missed.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Guildford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Our first holiday as a family of four saw us travel to Sardinia (with our 3 month old baby, and 3 year old child). Sardinia in September is in my opinion a lovely destination for those with a young family. The temperature a shade cooler than the scorching mid summer madness of 35 degrees centigrade ... but still in the high 20's with permanent sunshine. The apparent heaving throng of Italian holiday makers during August having since departed, it priovided the few tourists left with pretty much the run of the place. We return having had a fantastic time.

Our resort "Residence Cala Rossa" as the name might suggest, has aspirations of grandeur. Indeed the setting couldn't be more perfect. Cut into the hillside, about a hundred or so terracotta "cottages" all carefully placed to ensure each of them has views of the beautiful craggy Sardinian coastline which is punctuated with “Caribbean like” white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters. The resort is situated at the end of a 3.5km dirt track, which also helps with a real feeling of remoteness and tranquillity. The private sandy beach for use by Cala Rossa residents we felt was idyllic, and only ever shared by half a dozen or so people, with free use of Pedalo's and Canoes. The water was pretty warm and generally as flat and still as a millpond. Some complain of the rocky nature of the seabed, particularly in respect of children playing - but I felt it added to the natural look and charm of the beach, and so long as you keep an eye on your children, it's absolutely fine.

Whilst I am painting a picture of a wondrous holiday destination, I would suggest at times this was in spite of Residence Cala Rossa rather than because of it. My first impression of the resort wasn't great. We arrived at the security gate to be greeted by a Mini Mussolini, who despite us showing our paperwork tried to suggest we were at the wrong resort, and wouldn't let us in. Once over this initial hurdle (which in itself was bizarre as thereafter the gate to the resort was left open and we came and went without "security" batting an eyelid) we arrived at our "cottage" which in my opinion is a slightly disingenuous description, each cottage is split into two to create fairly small single storey apartments. The first thing that happened was for me to open a wardrobe door only for it to come clean off in my hands. To be fair it was fixed promptly and properly by a maintenance guy, but it dig beg the question why hadn't the other two wardrobes which also had similar issues along with this one been fixed prior to our arrival. There were a few other tiny things I noticed which would have been easy to sort out to give a better first impression. The odd curtain hook missing, the barrier on our balcony broken with a rusty nail sticking out. Little things that would be easily fixed go a long way to making a better first impression. Otherwise generally the apartment and its facilities were "okay" if a little tired. Other gripes would be, a corkscrew but no wine glasses, a lovely balcony with great views, but the fixed bench and table positioned so you can't enjoy it. There is no kettle, and despite being promised one twice by reception (to provide sterile milk for our baby) we never did get hold of one. The biggest moan of all, despite being there for 11 nights we didn't receive any maid service, change of linen or towels and there wasn’t even any means or equipment provided for us to clean the apartment ourselves. The place ended up covered in sand.

The resort was full of contradictions; the three pools were beautiful and well maintained. They were surrounded by plants and herbs, with the aforementioned views. Peculiarly though there were notices around the pools that they were closed daily from 13.00 to 16.00 - thankfully nobody seemed to care that we or the other handful of guests ignored these. Perhaps it was the fact that there were probably only a dozen or so guests and the season drawing to a close (which suited us to the ground as we had the 3 pools to ourselves on some days!). It might though be something to do with the attempted regimented structure to the day that was announced during the (and you have to see this to believe it) morning song and dance done by staff, poolside that everyone either ignored or watched in bemusement / amusement. This ritual was actually carried out four times a day, every day. It gave a bizarre holiday camp feel to the place, when otherwise the look, feel and ambience, and collection of what I would say were middle class guests suggested it was anything but. Maybe in August it might be more apt and well received, in September in front of at times just our family of four was just plain surreal.

The resort also has a bar, supermarket, couple of shops, pizzeria and restaurant and tennis courts. The pizzeria was decent and pretty good. The buffet style restaurant was pretty poor. The bar was okay. The shop was farcical - empty shelves and nothing fresh - and closed more than it was open. This wouldn't have been a problem, but given the long dirt track and general remote location of the resort. - the nearest supermarket was a 40 minute round drive. You could get breakfast on site for 5 euros per person which is a bargain - but you get what you pay for if you catch my drift - so we ended up getting breakfast when we could on days out instead.

Residence Cala Rossa is situated on the west coast of Sardinia on the aptly named Costa Paradiso. The location provides easy access to a number of lovely and interesting places. We visited (and thoroughly recommend) Alghero, Castelsardo, Santa Teresa Di Gallura, and the Arcipelago of La Maddelena (by ferry). There are a number of superb beaches all within short driving distance for an alternative to the resort beach. The whole place had a feel of Tuscany by the Sea with rolling green hills, plenty of ancient walled towns, agriturismo style restaurants, and not much in the way of spoken English - so take your phrase book!

I would thoroughly recommend Sardinia as a holiday destination. I am in two minds as to whether to recommend this resort - it has some real positives, but equally I don't think it knows its own identity. With a little effort it could be a really exclusive resort - but as it stands its location, pools and private beach saves it from something on the wrong side of average. Either way, if you do stay here, make sure you do so with a car!

Tom, Sharon, Annie (3), Violet (3 months)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Borgosesia, Piemonte, Italy
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

It is my second stay there because my girlfriend family bought a 2-room apartment some years ago. The resort is located on the northern Sardinian coast roughly in the middle between the two points Stintino on the westside and S.Teresa on the east. It is right in the middle of nowhere through the typical Sardinian landscape. You reach it after about 3 kms of non-beaten road. If you drive thru at dusk or dawn you can easily spot the local wildlife (wild pigs, foxes etc). Even if built several year ago and missing the modern Eco-friendly rules the buildings look nice and fit pretty good in the landscape, it seems an Eco-resort. "calarossa" is also the name of the beach partially reserved to the resort customers. It is quite small and quite, the view on the rocks at both ends of the beach is absolutely amazing, especially at sunset, however I don't like the sea due to the low water and the sharp ground rocks. You will easily get hurt if you are more than 1,5 mt high. You can hire the kayak for free. The facility includes also 2 pools, tennis fields, 1 restaurant and some shops. I am not so much interested in the entertaiment but I often hear that kids have fun during the day. the target customer is the family with kids. Regarding nights, they offer some shows including singing, dancing and cabaret that change every year, however it's not so much interesting for young couples, that's why we often leave the resort to spend the evening somewhere else. The bar service as well as the room cleaning should improve a little bit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

kids club led by Simone. He goes out of his way to get the children in the mood, with interesting activities and a wonderful mini disco. A big thank you to him and Nicole.
The resort looks beautiful, the pools are really nice. Could do with air-conditioning !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

We rented a studio apartment here for a week from Holiday Lettings. The only reviews were in Italian on this site-so this one is for the Brits!! The location is great-near the beach,and good walks with hardly anyone around. However,what the guy we rented from omitted to tell us is that there is an animation team that is the noisiest on the planet! It starts at 10 a.m and finishes after midnight. You are in a valley and the noise is everywhere! If we hadn't had ear plugs we would have relocated, for sure. Without that ruining everything the place would be idyllic-but there is no escaping it. We did not use either pool because you couldn't hear yourself think! It is all in Italian, too, so even if a family came here it would be dificult to join in. Also, what the owner of the studio 'forgot' to tell us was that the main bed was a sofa bed-you had to climb over the other person to get in or out!!! This is a warning if you are considering booking this-no information on towel changes,what would be left for you,cleaning schedule,departure schedule etc... Not what we are used to... We will be returning to Sardinia,as we do annually, but not here!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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pv_customer_liaison, Guest Relations Manager at Pierre & Vacances Residence Calarossa, responded to this review, December 2, 2010
This particular resort is newly available to the British public and has been marketed as being very family friendly. This means a team of staff called "animators" are on hand during the day to take part and organize activities for children and ensure they are provided with a wealth of activities throughout the day. We do acknowledge however, that activities for English speaking families should be improved and we have acknowledged this and will endeavor to improve on this for next season. For future reference, the exact dimensions and layout of our room are available on our website. We will urge the owner on Holiday Lettings to update their listings on their page, or re-direct guests to our website for full booking and service information. Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review to Tripadvisor, we hope you return to see us again soon.
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Paris, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

I stayed at Cala Rossa with my wife & Kids. The Village is beautiful and really autentic in terms of architecture. The local staff were very european.
apperently it is the fren Groupe Pierre& Vacances who took it over and you can clearly feel their professional ambition.

Lots of stuff to do there, the beach is gorgious, I had everything at my disposal to chill out, and my kids were having a real fun ride.

I'll be back

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Loc Li Canneddi, 07038 Trinita d'Agultu e Vignola, Sardinia, Italy
Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Trinita d'Agultu e Vignola
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 hotels in Trinita d'Agultu e Vignola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A "Natural setting" and "On the waterfront" Residence which is perfect for families Panoramic restaurant by a swimming pool Mini Club children 4 – 11 years and Junior Club 12 – 17 years. ... more   less 
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