My husband and I, together with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson and with cousins from Italy, stayed for two weeks in Santa Sabina from August 6 to 20. My husband and I were first given a small room (with a double bed) on the ground floor (room 016) with no window (just the entrance door) and no patio - it was suffocating. After loudly complaining with the Manager, we were transferred to a second floor double room (102), which was large and had a nice balcony.
The only complaint is that right below our room was the entertainment area, where music and dancers went on until midnight - very loud. Many of the second floor rooms faced the pool and entertainment section. In fact, children’s entertainment didn't start until around 9:30 p.m. and then the adult portion would follow.
Santa Sabina a resort geared to families, so if you're a couple with no children or an elderly couple, go somewhere else - this resort is not for you.
The food, although many Italians complained about the quality, was plentiful with a decent variety of pastas and vegetables (cooked and raw). Different cuts of pork and chicken - done in different ways - seemed to be the staple. There was also a decent variety of fish cooked on the grill or baked. Once you finished your meal and left the dining room, water and everything else you wanted, was at an additional cost at the bar.
The breakfast, however, left to be desired. Every day was the same thing: cereal, yogurt, two types of cold cuts, hard-boiled eggs, one type of sliced cheese, pastries, buns. There wasn't even a toaster, where one could make a toast. The coffee was the worst I've ever had! It came from a machine and tasted like chicory beans.
There was a bit of a walk to reach the beach: small sandy area with your own umbrella and chair (you have to get there early or you're out of luck). The water level - small bay area follow by a rocky section - was ideal for children and they loved to explore for sea life among the rocks (bring rubber shoes). You had to swim beyond the rocky area if you really wanted a good swim. Pedal boats are free for half-hour periods. If you prefer a pool, they have an olympic-size pool and a smaller one for children.
Near the beach area there are no bathroom facilities at all nor a bar to get a drink. You had to walk back to the pool area for any services - very inconvenient. There are some vending machines by the beach entrance if you're really desperate for a drink and don't want to walk the distance. There are two outdoor showers just outside the beach to rince off the sea salt and sand from your body.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the high Salento, about 15 minutes drive from Brindisi airport and 8 kilometers from Ostuni one of the most beautiful places in Puglia, the Hotel Club Santa Sabina. Surrounded by 9 acres of parkland and washed by the Adriatic Sea, you can depart from the Hotel Club in the discovery of the beauties of the Puglia region.The sea of Puglia is famous among tourists and visitors, for those seeking a holiday full of charm and emotion. The structure consists of a main building with 2 floors and 3 lateral bodies of Mediterranean style villas overlooking the gardens, inside, the rooms are placed, all with terrace or patio.The Hotel Club Santa Sabina turns out to be a little oasis of relaxation, it is placed in a nice quiet area of Puglia, on the coast of Salento, ideal refuge from the stresses of working life. Perfect for families, mothers in fact, have their own dedicated spaces and catering to their young.A 5 km from the Hotel Club, extends the protected oasis and reserves of the state, Torre Guaceto, the waters of the Adriatic Sea this wonder, you can enjoy them in our private beach equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds. The sea and sun are always the undisputed masters of Puglia.Aperitifs and cocktails served aboard the Olympic pool, from here to charm you, the sunsets are the hot sun of the Salento. To satisfy the taste buds, our chef will take care to prepare local dishes and international cuisine of Puglia. Puglia ... just ... happy island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Club Santa Sabina Italy/Carovigno, Puglia