General: The hotel is at the south end of Bosa Marina (making it about 2km from central Bosa) and set about 50m back from the beach (separated from the beach by a tramline and relatively quiet road). The beach is huge and clean (the hotel has its own private section - free sunbeds and umbrellas). There are a number of small cafes along the beach. The nearest shops are at the north end of Bosa Marina (five to ten minutes walk.). The nearest place to change money is Bosa (the Bank of Sardinia has got an ATM that takes UK credit cards). Cash is king, credit cards are generally OK, traveller’s cheques are a pain. Getting to Bosa is easy enough (there’s a “road train” that goes from just outside the hotel). The locals are very friendly but very few speak English (a bit of Italian goes along way).
The Hotel: The hotel caters mostly for the home market (i.e. Italians) who were very friendly. It has a large deep fresh water pool (be careful with kids), a kids pool and a fully kitted gym. There is a twice daily “mini club” (for children from about four to ten years and which my daughter absolutely loved), various opt-in activities throughout the day and in the evening a cabaret. All of the entertainment is in Italian.
Accommodation: The room was clean and everything seemed to work. The plusses – air conditioning, fridge and a comfortable bed, the minuses – the room was a bit on the small side (even allowing for the two kids). For “Health and Safety” reasons, if you're from the UK and booked a room with a sea view there is a good chance you wont get it.
Food: Breakfast was full continental. Dinner was very Italian/Sardinian and comprised hore'derves, pasta, a main (choice of meat or fish) and dessert. The food was generally of high standard although the hore'derves ran low quickly and the desserts were a bit variable.
Overall impression: The hotel is a family owned/run Italian orientated hotel. It’s very good if you’ve got kids and/or you don’t want anything to brash (everything is quiet by midnight). You can/could pick holes and say this or that wasn’t quite right but the hotel has an atmosphere that you can’t give a grading for but which makes the difference between a holiday you’ll remember (for the right reasons) and one you’ll forget. For us it was perfect.
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