Our decision to go to Sardinia was a very last minute one but based on previous reviews that we had read, we were optimistic. We had previously holidayed alot in the south of France and Corsica but Sardinia was a new experience.
We had also not booked a package deal for such a long time but it was on this occasion a pleasant experience. When we arrived at the hotel, we were warmly greeted by the reception staff and checking in was a stress free process. When we went to our room, we quickly realised that we had been checked into the wrong room. When we approached reception to inform them of this fact they were very apologetic and did everything they could to accommodate us in the room we had booked. The rooms were light and airy and very well decorated. Our room was at the front of the hotel (311) and had wonderful views over the bay.
The hotel itself is new and I have say very, very clean, which is always a positive. It is located on a hill but it overlooks the bay and has some amazing views which are beautiful especially in the early morning and also as the sun sets. There is a shuttle service which takes into town and collects you again to bring you back to the hotel. On occasion, we really enjoyed the walk both into and out of town as it allowed us to really experience the are of Cala Gonnone.
I have to say that we were very satisfied with both the range and quality of food offered both at breakfast and dinner time. Breakfast offered a variety of hot and cold food and also hot and cold drinks which I felt catered for all palates. Again, at dinner, it was lovely to eat al fresco on the terrace and we were very satisfied with both the range and quality of food offered. It was lovely to see a selection of hot and cold food, fish and meat dishes and the various accompaniments served with each. We especially loved the Sardinian night which was a very special moment when the local singers performed on the terrace. As with all establishments, they are often only as good as the staff they employ. We found all staff to be welcoming and friendly from the reception desk to the girls in the restaurant. A big thank you to Maria for her speaking with us in French and to the lovely Annalise who was very good in speaking with us in English. Sadly our Italian is non-existant but we managed to get by and even learnt a few words for our next visit.
The pool at the Brancamaria is of a very good size and has excellent views over the bay at Cala Gonnone. I do agree that it would have been better if the pool bar had been open during the day for drinks and light refreshments but that is something to think about for the future. As I said, we had booked a last minute week away and we were very glad that we chose this wonderful hotel and we will certainly be returning next year.
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- Also Known As:
- Ristorante Brancamaria Hotel
- Ristorante Brancamaria Dorgali
- Hotel Ristorante Brancamaria Cala Gonone, Sardinia, Italy