We stayed with two adults and 3 children between 10 and 14.
There are two campsites:
We stayed in Mandras which is the family campsite.
Very spacious. Good wooden beds, electricity, shelves for storage, a broom, chairs, table, a bin. The mattresses are made of foam. We asked for a second layer and then our sleep was fine. We booked one comfort tent and got 2 basic tents for the three children (the latter come with mattresses only – no electricity). I would have gone for the suites as they come with own bathrooms and a veranda but they were fully booked.
Mealtimes are breakfast 8-9 am (rolls, cereal, tea, coffee, milk, eggs, salami, cheese, fruits), lunch 1-2 pm (pasta and salad, fruits, fizzy drinks), dinner 8-9 pm (meat/fish, vegetables, salad, rice or potatoes, wine, water, dessert). All meals were actually very good. The cook uses good and fresh ingredients. The children did like the food and so did we.
Downside: The break between lunch and dinner is very long for the children so we fed them on cookies and icecream during the day as they were really hungry in the evenings. It is impossible to find any pizzeria or similar as the Italians hold their siesta and start evening meals very late at night anyway. So the evening meal at 8 pm is quite early in Italian terms…
Next to the pool is a nice Happy Hour Bar. Cold water is available at all times here for free, coffees, drinks and ice creams are available during the day. Happy hour starts at 7 pm – free unlimited drinks for everybody. A very nice opportunity to meet people. Nice music and very charming staff at the bar too. We even had live bands playing four times during our stay!
Are cleanded two times a day. Very basic but fine. No toilet seats.
Bus shuttle beach:
There is a bus shuttle to the sandy beach in St. Lucia two times a day. It was often fully booked so one group has to wait until the bus comes back for a second round. Very annoying if you hurry the kids to be punctual and then you have to wait for half an hour until anything happens.
Superb! Kanus, snorcheling stuff and other things are lend for free. The water and sand were just great and the whole family loved it.
Bus transfers airports:
Very good buses with air condition. We had very sensible drivers (Mariusz and Schando), absolutely reliable and very welcoming. Perfect.
The Fruit Tour is not very demanding (take mosquito repellent), the Berchida/Bernina tour is a bit more demanding but both can be done by anyone really.
The kids were doing the fruit route and enjoyed it. Highlight for people who are into trekking is the tour on top of Monte Albo (1040 m).
Very good and qualified teachers who do lessons at 7 am (near the Mandras beach) and 5.30 pm (in the Mandras pine forest). There is no yoga platform – mats are put on the floor in between the trees. They could really do better here. The teachers were great though.
The camp attracts a lot of families from Holland, Belgium, France and Germany (some Italians as well) who could obviously afford better accommodation. We found a lot of likeminded and bright people there who made very good company during our holidays. The whole organisation is run quite well and very responsive. Whenever one asks for anything the response is immediately (we asked for a second mattress and had dietary requirements).
We had four live bands during our ten day stay and danced in the evenings at the pizzeria while most of the children were happily playing football on the tennis court. Great!
There is a great team which is highly motivated - you will meet a lot of very likable and friendly people. The campsite lacks management and could easily do better in many aspects – but then it is a nice and friendly spot on Sardinia. We will absolutely be going again.
Bring a hammock – there are only four next to the pool and they are always full.
The second camp run by Amfibietreks is in St. Lucia and focuses on teenagers. The teenage camp is said to be very noisy due to loud music at nights - so be aware which camp you are booking. Sign up for the newsletter on the website to get discounts - we saved several hundreds by this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amfibie Treks has been organising unique beach and activity holidays in Sardinia for more than 25 years. Our campsite Cala Pineta-Mandras is situated at a beautiful location on the east coast of this Italian island. The Amfibie Treks formula is all-inclusive: tent and full board are included, this is real hassle free enjoyment! If you like relaxing and enjoying the sun, sea and nature or if you like to be active and sail, catamaran sail, windsurf, snorkel, hike, cycle, kayaking or take part in yoga, everything is possible at Amfibie Treks. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Amfibie Treks Hotel Sardinia
- Amfibie Treks Sardinia/Siniscola, Italy