If you have read the 2011 reviews - things have changed:
- No Italian guests or entertainment.
- No allocated table.
- Better food. (Not great but OK.)
- They warn you it's a 2hr transfer.
- New towels in the rooms everyday.
- More loungers and a NO RESERVING LOUNGERS policy.
Some things have not changed:
- There are still lots of kids!
- Childcare was simply excellent.
- Bog standard rooms. But we literally slept in them - nothing more.
- VERY CLEAN rooms.
- No diet drinks included and only tea and coffee with breakfast. Terrible "juice" drinks.
- Still one usable pool and an unused, unclean kids paddling pool.
- Still have to book dining times ASAP in the morning.
- Still only 2 tennis courts.
- Still MASSIVE queues every night at 630pm in order to book in those activities that could be booked.
As my first MW holiday I was genuinely shocked at the poor waterfront staff and facilities.
- Kit broke - only got fixed during the time I SHOULD BE SAILING. Fix the damn thing overnight.
- 5 lasers (one permanently broken), 7 picos, 4 topazes (cat), and a bunch of windsurfing kit.
- Really not much equipment for 300+ guests particularly when MW insist on running intro to sailing courses or kids club sailing both of which take priority.
- Virtually no formal booking system - just turn up and be disappointed - then wait 2 hours for a broken vessel to return...
I am a highly qualified sailor so maybe I set my standards too high but the attitude of the staff was lax to say the least. With a half decent toolkit and a couple of hours I could have fixed most of the problems single-handed.
The guy lending out the mountain bikes was a legend though. He spent 45 mins fixing all 20 of them every morning and went out of his way to lend the bikes outside of "official" times. Thanks!
The food was OK but then I am pretty happy with school dinners. A la carte was a good effort - and there was certainly plenty of choice.
BUT - spoons. Specifically tea spoons. These are vital implements for children. It is owing to their small mouths you see. My kids use them for pretty much every dish. So they need LOTS.
For some meals there were literally NONE. This meant more yoghurt on their faces than in their tummies. A shame. Although it did mean I could eat the ice cream portion all in one go, which was nice.
Also - the coffee/tea machine. I learned to hate it. Day 1 there were two of them. Day 2-6 just one and a line of 10 caffeine-starved twitching middle-class muppets (me) trying to use it.
Trying to make tea? Well let's make you press the button twice and then pour scalding hot water all over your hand. Any other button = coffee. Tiny, tiny amounts of coffee.
Have you heard of a Venti??? It's Italian for "give me a pint of hot brown stuff somewhat related to the coffee bean".
I longed for the enormous tea pots full of builder's finest that I had a school.
The upside is that I am saving £5 a day back at work having weaned myself off the dark stuff.
- BA flights from LHR T5 = good. Delayed but the Captain invited the kids into the cockpit. "Have you ever seen a grown man naked?" was NOT asked.
- We didn't bother booking tennis. 2 courts for 300 people. Mostly booked by private lessons.
- Beds were ROCK hard. I like a nice stiff mattress as much as the next man but this was just too much.
- Outside space was comedy. A tiny terrace then jungle. No view.
- No mobile coverage unless you walk to the tennis courts, climb a tree and then hop on one leg. Quite refreshing to be honest.
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- Also Known As:
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- Perdepera Resort Sardinia/Cardedu, Ogliastra