We booked our trip through Secret Escapes and got a very good deal and can not pick holes in the package at all.
From the moment we booked I checked Trip Advisor every week to see what sort of reviews the hotel was getting and I have to say on a whole they were excellent but I feel there were a few that were slightly unfair.
The package was sold to us as a "Gourmet Holiday" and promised 5 course set menu every night, which the hotel live up to. Occasionally you got technically two course in one serving and that only happened 2 nights out of the 7 night that we were there and it was the pasta course.
Menu is basically set out the same way that Italians eat there meals. Antipasti, Starter, Pasta or risotto course (or sometimes both!) then a main course of Meat or Fish and then Dessert.
I have eaten in my fair share of Michelin starred restaurants and I have to say overall the food was very good. Some fellow reviewers complained about the position sizes being too small, but they were more than enough and if you are going for a "gourmet experience" you should know that your plate is not going to be groaning with food.
My partner and I eat everything so we didn't have a problem with the menu but we did see the hotel staff being very accommodating to other guests who didn't want particular things on the set menu or others who had special dietary requirements. The alternatives that came out always looked delicious and just as much thought had gone into those dishes as ours.
As all the the other people have reviewed the staff are outstanding, so warm and friendly and really approachable. They are extremely knowledgeable of the area and are happy to give advice as which are the best beaches and towns to go to and they don't just direct you the touristy places. They hotel will lend you beach umbrellas to shelter from the sun and they will loan other things such as snorkelling equipment too.
The staff at dinner are very knowledgeable about the wines which were superb and are all local. The wine is pricey (but worth it) with the cheapest wine being about 20 Euros. However if you are not a big drinker you are not made to feel that you have finish your wine every night. The staff were happy to save it for you for the next night which is what we did.
The hotel has a home from home feeling to it as it is small with only 18 rooms and it wasn't completely full when we were there. There are apparent plans to expand which I hope won't ruin the feeling of the hotel.
The rooms are nice and large and very clean. I would say they are not luxurious but they homely. I have to agree that the beds are hard and coupled with thin / hard pillows they at not the most comfortable beds that I have slept in but I never had trouble getting to sleep in them but that could have been because of my full tummy after the evening meal or the excellent wine!
The hotel is remote and you do need a car to get the beaches etc. In the evenings there is not a lot to do so getting to know your fellow guests is important and having long dinners and early nights which is what we did.
The pool area is lovely, a real sun trap.
I can see the point of some of reviews saying there is not enough loungers if the hotel is full. As it is a remote hotel sometimes you don't want to be driving to the beaches and so the pool is used a lot by the guests to relax. This is probably the only area that they may need to look in to especially if they are going to expand. For us it wasn't a problem.
This really is a place to switch off and relax and not having English TV or Wifi access didn't bother us (and we are facebook, twitter etc addicts) It makes you chill, read your books, and chat and communicate with people.
If you are looking for the Ritz then this is not and they are not trying to be. If you are looking for a relaxed, quiet, informal, friendly environment then this is the place for you.
Would I recommend this place? Yes if you are looking for a place to totally switch off, do nothing and recharge.
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- Also Known As:
- Is Benas Country Hotel San Vero Milis
- Is Benas Country Lodge San Vero Milis, Sardinia, Italy