I stayed at Hotel Flamingo for the last week in September. This being my 2nd visit, having stayed a week in early May 2004, I wondered if I would enjoy it as much as before. But I needn't had worried as I thoroughly enjoyed my second visit. After a bit of bad weather in the first 36 hours, the weather soon settled down into lovely late warm summer days and nights.
Don't go to the Flamingo if you are looking for a raving time with bars, clubs, shops and restaurtants in the immediate locality. It is in a fairly isolated location but right on the beach so no roads to worry about. But if you want a relaxing time, take a good book and enjoy a comfy lounger by a great pool (with paddling area for youngsters); soft, blonde, silky sandy beach and good swimming; good and plentiful (although not brilliant) food and comfortable, tastefully furnished bedrooms and common rooms surrounded by very well maintained, landscaped gardens, then go to the Flamingo. There is a beautiful spa with beauty treatment rooms (at a price) plus a gym and tennis courts. The very large public beach immediate adjacent to the hotel was well kept and clean, about the best I have seen in Italy. Being at the end of the season it was very quiet - I guess it may be very different in high summer.
When I stayed, the visitors were primarily British, German, Czech and Hungarian. I was aware that a small number of the older British contingent were disappointed that there was so little to do other than chill out. But I suspect that they may have been on Saga or similar holidays where they are constantly entertained and going on excursions which are inbuilt into the holiday package. Anyway, the Hotel can book you on to a series of daily excursions around Sardinia if you can pull yourself away from the pool and beach. There is also a little bus which stops outside the Hotel about 6 or 7 times a day which can take you to the fabulous Chia beaches or the Roman ruins at Nora in about 15 minutes. You can find the Bus Timetable at the Concierge Desk.
Also, unlike the majority of beaches in Italy, the Flamingo's is not regimented as such and you can move the deck chairs around the beach. The bar area has one side inside and one side outside, leading down to the pool with plenty of comfortable seating and tables. Even at the end of September, it was warm enough to sit outside after dinner, take an expresso and listen to the musicians playing live but synthesized music until around midnight.
If money is not an issue, I would choose to stay in one of their newly bulit deluxe Nidi appartments set in landscape gardens about 50 yards from the beach. As it was, through Medhotels website, I paid £40 a night half-board for a very comfortable, reasonably large, standard single room with excellent air conditioning and a balcony with a side sea view. This, I think, was very good value for money as I had seen the Flamingo featured in a couple of up market holiday brochures and the prices quoted were considerably greater even allowing for BA flights and airport transfers.
One thing though, on arrival in Sardinia, please don't be put off by the industrial landscape that meets you shortly after leaving Cagliari. You don't see any of this once you near the Flamingo.
Finally you could find it cheaper to book a taxi transfer to/from the Hotel/Cagliari Airport direct with the hotel in advance (about 60 euros one way instead of 85 euros) plus a much better quality vehicle. If hiring a car the drive from the airport is relatively straight forward - about 40 mins. It would be faster but for the most part the road is a single carriageway with low speed limits and very few overtaking spots. It must be a very slow drive in high season!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At 35 km distance from port and airport of Sardinia's capital Cagliari, situated in a beautiful landscape, Hotel Flamingo is overlooking it's own beach of soft white sand and the crystal clear turquoise sea. The hotel is situated in an area rich of artistic and cultural sites which can be explored by car. In the year 2004 new opening of 64 rooms, including 20 suites and a Wellness Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Hotel
- Hotel Flamingo Sardinia/Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy