We stayed at the IGV Club Santagiusta in September of 2oo9 so this is a late review. We wanted to try Sardinia as our local airport in Germany Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden had introduced flights. My husband looked on-line and with the help of an Italian speaking friend booked this resort.
It was a very interesting experience for us at it was entirely Italian owned and run and as far as we could tell we were the only English speaking guests at the resort. Since visiting we have done some research and I believe the layout and design to be fairly typical of what Italians look for in a beach resort. It consisted of low-rise two story houses or villas with four rooms in each. The sound-proofing was very good as we hardly ever heard any of our neighbours. They overlook spacious grounds with green grass and many flowering trees and plants, each room either has a patio or balcony with a rattan table and chairs. The villas are along pathways that lead to the center of the resort which has the reception, restaurant, swimming pool, kids club, pool side bar/coffee bar and a handfull of shops.
The resort is nicely laid out with a couple of pathways leading down to the fabulous beach 2-3 minutes walk from the center of the resort. You cannot see the resort from the beach because of it's sympathetic design. The beach itself is wonderful, white, soft sand and crystal blue water. As nice as the pool was it was almost always deserted because the beach was incredible and so accessible. There were plenty of umbrellas with sun loungers and we always found space even though the resort seemed to be full. There was a beachside bar selling drinks, snacks and icecream.
Other than the beach the other big plus for this resort was the food which was very, very good. This was the first time we had booked full-board at a resort and we were glad we did. There was always a huge buffet-style selection at every meal, fresh, local and delicious. The restaurant was in a quad shape with a central outside courtyard where the cooks prepared fresh eggs, fish and meats. The restaurant was very comfortable, open and sunny. In the daytime it was lovely to sit in the sun and look out at the blue sky. In the evening the Italians made a real event of the evening meal. The guests were all extremely well turned out and made every effort with their appearance sitting at the round tables with friends and family. Dinner was very relaxed but had that Italian ceremony about it. We really enjoyed being part of it.
We certainly had a great time and our three children loved in. I am only giving three out of five because I think the resort in parts is getting dated. The kids club, although manned by wonderful staff, was in buildings that looked like they needed an update. The kids playground was definitely jaded and there was a strange large overgrown area towards the beach that looked like it was supposed to be something, another pool? A tennis court? Who knows? The sports facilities were also down on their luck and somewhat uncared for. The service was perfectly good, understandably few if any staff spoke English as we were not their target customer. Also there is very little else in the area except other beach resorts. You would need to hire a car if you wanted to get to other towns, which we did. However if you want a relaxing holiday with wonderful food and a great beach and if you get a vacation here at the right price I think you would be very happy. Also of course the Italians loved the children and they could do no wrong. We just enjoyed the fact that our priorities: beach, food and family friendly were obvious priorities for the Italians too.
Oh the evening entertainment doesn't start until at least 9pm and lasts until midnight. All the Italian kids were up, even the toddlers as I think they all took a siesta before dinner. The entertainment was the "Animation" entertainers who worked with the kids and wasn't up to much. Most of the Italians enjoyed sitting out at the bar hanging out with a coffee and friends. If you want peace and quiet in the evening ask for a room away from the entertainment amphitheatre which ours was.
So a 5 star beach 4 star food and 3 star accommodation.
This year we have booked another Italian beach resort in Sardinia but one with a more international clientele as we enjoyed the experience so much.
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- Also Known As:
- Igrandiviaggi Hotel Santagiusta
- Igrandiviaggi Hotel Cagliari
- iGV Club Santagiusta Castiadas, Sardinia, Italy