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Perdepera Resort
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Cardedu
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Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

We travelled with our 5 children, aged between 6 and 15. Every single one of them loved it. They willingly went to their clubs each day as they did so many land/water based activities and made some great friends.
You pay a premium to be on holiday with generally middle-classed families, but the nice bit about that is not being surrounded by yelling/swearing, etc. The MW staff were all brilliant. The nannies, waterfront, tennis, all friendly and energetic. A big thumbs up to Mel who had our two teen boys, who on day one were unimpressed at thought of kids club, but, after making them do the first day, we never saw them as Mel had them entertained every day. The food was great, we all had our perfect holiday. As parents we got perfect relaxation, the children got activity and friends. Loved it!

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

I suppose that it was inevitable, but after a decade of devotion, I have fallen out of love with Mark Warner. We’ve had our ups and downs, but following a brief fling with Neilsen last year, I decided to “ make a go of it”, at Perdepera Beach resort. Like many in a failing relationship, I felt that I needed to give MW another chance, if only for the sake of the children.
Of course, the children are the raison d’etre of a MW holiday, but more of that later.

The holiday started promisingly enough, at Heathrow terminal 5, with effortless check-in and comfortable flight to Cagliari, pleasingly during the hours of daylight. This seemed to signify that a critical reason that enticed me into a holiday romance with their main rival had been addressed, namely the use of appalling, cheap airlines and and flight times that would only be tolerated by an insomniac or holidaying vampire.

Sadly, our attempt at reconciliation started to hit the rocks soon after touch down. A 2-hour coach transfer was bearable, thanks only to the excitement of beginning a keenly anticipated holiday. A pity that no water was provided, to alleviate symptoms of dehydration in the glorious Sardinian heat.

On arrival we located our accommodation, which was clean, basic and rustic in character, entirely typical of a MW resort, I was not disappointed, but expectations were not high.

Breakfast was no surprise either, a typical cooked and cold buffet selection. Coffee was interesting though, given that we were in Italy, a Country that might be expected to excel in the catering department. There are many words that could be used to describe it, the best being execrable if only because it is closest to excrement, which it mimicked to an alarming degree.

Lunch was a buffet, undistinguished and tolerable. Evening meals essentially alternated between the trusty buffet and, the admirably intentioned à la carte evenings. For both, a booking time was required. Mysteriously, brainlessly indeed, for both formats. the diners presented themselves at the restaurant at the appropriate time, where they queued, waiting to be ceremoniously led to a table by the maître d’, who after a moment or two of small talk, would weave his way back to collect the next in line.

Quite why management felt this ludicrous and irritating performance was necessary I have no idea, may be it was to make us feel at home.

Clearly it was not anticipated that anyone would be foolish enough to stay for 2 weeks, as the limited à la carte menu was on a weekly repeating cycle.

Still, the tedium of the menu was soon forgotten, courtesy of the wasps that were a constant fixture. An observer may have wondered if he had stumbled on a Tourette’s convention, such was the twitching and flinging of arms , accompanied by explosive swearing, that characterized the restaurant scene.

The response, by resort manager Torri, to complaints about the colonic coffee and lively restaurant milieu, was reassuring. “ I have a plan”, she announced, in a conspiratorial tone. The plan seemed to be that she would do nothing, in the hope, usually realized, that the guests would leave before being poisoned or stung to death.

As one who is incapable of considering physical exertion as anything other than punishment, my choice of location rested between the beach and the poolside.

The beach is undeniably pretty, and well stocked with comfortable sun loungers, replete with integral sun shade. The distance from water’s edge to deep water was short, agreeable for those who find the long paddle to reach swimming depth a bore, but resulting in a less than elegant exit from the brine, for those blessed with a generous bulk with matching athleticism.

In a busy week, as was our first, the scene at the pool was less bucolic, resembling a warm Sunday afternoon at the municipal baths in Doncaster, albeit sunnier. Not conducive to relaxing into the pages of a worthy paperback.

I gather that the waterside activities were of the usual MW high standard, as were the tennis coaches. But this is, of course, in my case hearsay.

The bar staff, I am pleased to report, were exemplary, although the available seating around the bar was either alarmingly wobbly, or designed to be so uncomfortable as to extract a confession from anyone unfortunate to be forced to sit in them. This meant that there was no comfortable place to sit after dinner, and we ended up retreating back to our rooms

And so to the children, and the nail in the flimsy coffin of our romance with MW. In the past, childcare has been excellent, with enthusiastic and imaginative staff. Sadly, in Perdepera the nanny looking after our 9 year old, had clearly devoured the energetic staff, and seemed to be in urgent need of a post-prandial nap, such was her lack of energy. Even our 11 year-old spent less time in club than was desirable. As explanation of the rather unimaginative and dull childcare, we were told that the pool was too small for the usual games that would normally take place in a better endowed resort.

In summary, this resort is not good value for money , and for two week guests, or “ lifers” as we were pitifully known, the experience was less than engaging. I look at other sunnier reviews and am drawn to the conclusion that the British holidaymaker is a very tolerant and undiscerning animal.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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12  Thank agall1958
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We travelled on 10th August for a week with my husband and son (he is 9). The bus transfer was 2 hours and a little on the arduous side and with no toilet on board, this could have posed a problem for smaller children. However, the transfer was very smooth and no sooner had we arrived in resort, the lovely staff (who worked tirelessly the entire time we were there), escorted us to dinner (buffet with wine!).

We were then shown to our room which was basic but perfectly well suited and nice and BIG which was helpful when you have an extra bed in the room. The terrace was sweet and we were able to hang our wet clothes to dry every night on the dryer.

The kids club was out of this world and our son totally loved it. He made lots of friends and thoroughly enjoyed EVERYTHING he did including kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, rounders (the list goes on). My husband sailed every day and was able to try a variety of boats, kayaks and wind surfers. Again at the waterfront, the staff were excellent.

The bar was great with lots of different cocktails on offer and wine. The food was fab and we enjoyed breakfast, lunch and tea every day. Not one day did we complain about the standard of food. The A La Carte menu was great and food super.

Our son loved the fact that after he had eaten, he could then go and watch a movie with his mates whilst we finished our food and then had some wine with the friends that we had made.

We took the bikes out on a couple of trips which was fun (Sam was great in his role as bike leader!) I also did the aqua aerobics every day, a fitness beach bootcamp and there was a run every morning but it was so hot the first time I did it, that I did my own beach run after that at 7 am (much cooler)

The beach was amazing and literally a 2 minute walk from our cottage. Crystal clear water and lots of loungers available. The beach bar was a godsend too!!!

We would, without question, go back to Sardinia or definately another Mark Warner resort.

The beds and pillows were very hard but did not affect us unduly and the coffee was indeed terrible!

ten our of ten for us.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank SarahL22
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Having never been on a MW holiday before we read a lot of reviews and finally decided upon Sardinia. The only drawback for us was being so isolated from the rest of the island. As a family we love to explore the local area and although there are a couple of pizza restaurants and a couple of tiny villages, Perdepera is very remote. If you want to meet local people, see their way of life etc this is not the place to go. You will meet a lot of middle class families from the UK and some lovely English staff in resort but no Italians.

Okay, now the good bits. The kids clubs (our two are 8 and 4) are excellent, the children had a brilliant time, meeting friends, doing everything imaginable land and water based. The youngest was more than happy to curl up in the evening in the club and watch a film while Mummy and Daddy had some well deserved date nights. Happy hour happened at the beach bar and the main bar with different cocktails to choose from each evening.
Room was basic but clean and served us perfectly. Food was lovely, the high tea for the children at 5.30 is a brilliant idea. The a la carte evenings were very nice and we really felt like we were going out for a meal in a nice restaurant back home, book in early for your time slot though.
Pool was nice and the beach was even nicer, a few extra extra loungers wouldn't go amiss but it was okay if you couldn't get one by the pool just nip to the beach area.
We did a couple of the bike trips and found the bikes very well maintained and organised well.
Wifi is available but you have to get 30 mins worth from reception on a piece of paper, it worked but a bit of a dated system.
The staff are wonderful, very friendly and work extremely hard to ensure you have a great holiday which we certainly did. In conclusion it would have warranted a 5 star marking had it been nearer a town.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank 511Amanda
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Having travelled on many Mark Warner holidays we were certainly not disappointed with our Sardinian experience. Although the transfer is longer than others, arriving at what has to be one of the most beautifully laid out resorts we have been to. It was like walking though Kew gardens!! Flowers were in abundance!
We had read reports that the rooms were basic which they aren't. They are simply furnished classic Mediterranean style rooms that were perfectly comfortable for us. Yes they aren't memory foam mattresses and pillows but they are perfectly adequate for sleeping in and the bathrooms are fine too. They are also quite large which if you have a small child is handy as gives you a bit more space to move.
The beach (which is where we spent a fair amount of our time) is simply amazing. The pictures in the brochure lived up to all expectation and we couldn't have been happier. The sea was equally perfect with crystal clear waters and just the right temperature to cool off with after a hard mornings tanning..!!
Our son was in the Toddler club which was a great air conditioned room with lots of toys and games to play with. Emma our nanny gave us complete peace of mind and gave Oscar a great holiday too.

Food is always high on our priority list on holiday and quite simply the tables were groaning with food choice. Fresh Pasta and Pizza were in abundance, salads galore and grilled meats which we loved. Whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner, we weren't disappointed. I'm not sure how other reviewers have complained about the food as we have high standards and this resort produced the goods!!
The swimming pools were great and we especially liked the separate kids pool for our little one, perfect depth and a fair bit more peaceful!!

Overall, it was a fantastic holiday and one I would strongly recommend to anyone. The only thing I would say is that you should take some mosquito repellent as they are quite keen over there!!

Room Tip: If you have children in the toddler club, room 801 or around there is ideally placed
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Will S
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We have just returned form a weeks holiday in Perdepera having had a fab time, the hotel/rooms were suberb, all very clean and smart, the rooms were large with kitchen facilities if required, but as the food was the best mark warner has produced you certainly didnt need to cook anything for yourself, and the wine went down a treat. The beach was great, a totally unspoilt sandy beach with loads of sun beds (never full up) and the sea clean and warm. The kayaks were great fun, even our five your old was hooked by the end of the holidy. My husband used the mountain bikes most afternoons and they let him take the bike off for a few hours where he had the best bike riding in the mountains. The market on the Friday morning was really good and the locals all seemed really friendly. Our son had really good fun in the clubs and made loads of friends. Even though the resort was full it did not seem busy at all, Ok you may have had to queue 5 mins for ice cream but that was not really the end of the world, it is not like any one was in a rush to go somewhere, just goes to show how good the ice cream was! I just wish we could have stayed for two weeks. Cant wait to go back next year

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank sarah w
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We travelled to Perdepera in late July 2013 and it was one of the best Mark Warner holidays we've ever had (I and various friends have travelled with them for over 20 years). I travelled with my friends and their 5 year old son this time. The resort is spacious, yet compact, with pretty, well maintained gardens. The rooms are a good size and whilst may have sparse furnishings, were kept absolutely spotless by the very smart Italian cleaners. Because of the layout, you don't get sea views, but the rooms have lovely shaded verandahs to sit out on. The food was undoubtedly the best ever at Mark Warner - breakfast was buffet style, with hot dishes that changed daily (such as scrambled egg with salmon), loads of fresh fruit including melon and pineapple, various pastries and breads and bacon cooked on the large meat grill at the end of the restaurant. I don't normally eat lunch on holiday, but you couldn't resist here! Again buffet style, with lots of fresh fish which changed daily - ranging from baby octopus, squid, calamari, prawns, to sea bass, bream and mackerel. Also fresh pasta cooked for you with a variety of sauces each day and again meat from the grill. Evening meal alternated betweeen buffet and a la carte. I thought it was amazing the way that the buffets did not become repetitive. The a la carte food was delicious and offered good choices with antipasti offered beforehand. Wine was perfectly acceptable (and included in the price) with a choice of white, red or rose. Also free squash and juice for children at mealtimes as well as ice cream at lunch and dinner. The beach is beautiful, lovely clean sea, plenty of sunloungers and every view you have is of an unspoilt Sardinia. Great for walking along as you can go for about 20 mins away from the hotel. Watersports were well used by many guests with conditions good for windsurfing and sailing. My friend went out mountain biking daily and thoroughly enjoyed it and there appeared to be lots of people on the group rides. We put the five year old in Mini club daily and he loved it - they had quiet indoor time as well as plenty of outdoor time and were seen regularly on the beach going off on boat rides or windsurf rides. On the buffet nights we ate early and he ate with us, but on the a la carte nights we put him in the drop in creche where he watched a film. It was all families when we went as it was in school holidays and there were children of all ages that week. Forgot to mention the pool - there are 2 kids pools and a good size other pool too. The service in the hotel from all staff, both Mark Warner and Italian was great. Possible downside was that it took a while to check out and pay the bar bill on the Saturday morning - they need more staff to cope with this. The atmosphere in the hotel is great as the bar and restaurant are next door to each other, so all very sociable, but equally plenty of quiet places to go if you wanted that too. Hoping to go back in September.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Marina di Cardedu - Localita Perd'e Pera, 08040 Cardedu, Sardinia, Italy (Formerly Villaggio Veraclub Perdepera)
Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Ogliastra > Cardedu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Cardedu
Price Range: $77 - $1,187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Perdepera Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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