We are just back from the Hotel Capo D'Orso, having stayed there Sunday 2nd June to Friday 7th June.
First of all the positives - the Hotel is in a fairly secluded location, a 45 min drive from Olbia and has great views/scenery. It is close to the town of Palau (5 mins drive, c 2 miles). The suite we stayed in was of a good size, air conditioned and well maintained by the staff. The hotel has its own private beach situated in a small cove, with sunbeds provided. There are two other pools. And there are three restaurants (the main hotel one, a seafood restaurant and a pizzeria) plus a terrace bar which serves drinks and 'snacks' (sandwiches, burgers etc). So a good choice.
So why the disappointment? Well, on arrival at Sunday lunchtime the room was still being prepped so we headed to the terrace bar for a drink and snack. And boy was it expensive! Glass of lemonade €5, a 33cl bottle of Nastro Azzuro beer €7 (no draught beer available) and €10 for a glass of wine. The 'snacks' menu was equally pricey, the standout being €25 for a burger/cheeseburger (i'd love to hear from anyone who tried this - I didn't!.
It then transpired that the Pizzeria and Seafood restaurant were closed that week (we did not know this at the time of booking) so our main dining options were either the main hotel restaurant or try elsewhere. We ate in on two of the nights and the food was very good. The four course set menu with choice of 3 dishes per course was c€50 per person, excluding wine. There is a separate a la carte menu.
Unfortunately our suite was well occupied by the local ant population when we were given access to it but the staff did eradicate this problem after the first night and there were no further problems on the insect front. I must say all the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout.
I have some other observations which may be of assistance. The hotel is built on the side of a hill from the beach up to the car park (you drop your car off near reception on arrival, its then taken to a space higher up). As far as I could determine there are no bedrooms in the main reception building - they are all on different levels 'above' this building, so you spend a lot of time walking up and downhill on cobbled paths. As such, the layout and facilities are not kind to disabled persons or anyone with hip or knee problems (my honest opinion).
The pools are quite small and if the hotel was fully booked, space around them could be a problem. The beach was lovely but be aware that there are no parasols to protect users from the sun. The sun beds to have a 'hood' that will protect your face but not much else. The sea was quite warm and there are schools of tiny fish near to shore that will not bother you. However, jelly fish could be a problem - a stronger current on the Thursday brought loads in to the bay but no one was warning the guests about this, so families with young children please be aware. We also encountered similar at the beach at Santa Teresa.
Disappointed by the limited eating options forced us to drive elsewhere for lunch and dinner, but in some respects that was a blessing as we saw other parts of the Island. Santa Teresa was lovely, Palau was pleasant but difficult to get parking near the centre and Porto Cervo is also well worth a visit. Its a lovely coastal drive from the hotel and for a restaurant/pizzeria with a view, i'd recommend breaking your journey at 'la vecchia lampara' Cannigione which was literally on the beach. A really lovely spot, good food and very good value.
So all in all, a slightly disappointing venue for me, for the reasons given above. In general terms it seems to me that having a 4 or 5 star means hotels think they have a licence to charge excessive prices for food and drink - it may be the accepted 'norm' but that does not mean its right.
Finally, if you are going to Campo D'orso i'd definitely recommend a car hire rather than airport transfer. It just gives you more options than staying solely within the complex. We had a Fiat 500 which was ideal for the roads (which were in excellent order) but watch out for the local drivers - the national speed limit appeared to be 50kmh but they will pass you at any opportunity! Fortunately as you move further away from the towns the main roads are very quiet. And take a tom-tom/sat nav - it makes life so much easier!
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- Hotel Capo d`Orso Thalasso Palau
- Hotel Capo d`Orso Thalasso And Spa
- Capo d Orso Hotel
- Hotel Capo D'Orso Thalasso & Spa Palau, Sardinia