This 60's style hotel situated on a beautiful beach and backing onto a National Park area of pine forest, is GOOD AND BAD in equal measures.
The majority of customers are with Mark Warner Holidays and have come for the fantastic range of sports facilities they offer at the Abamar. In the main season there are also a number of Italians who stay here.
Very clean overall, with bedrooms that have been redecorated, if not completely refurbished. The bathrooms still look rather old style although new basins and loo's help lift them a little. The balconies are poorly lit at night and contain very basic furniture. The pool area is fine and fairly quiet during the day, when most activities take place on the beach. The hotel staff are all Italian with very little English, but there are plenty of British Mark Warner staff around to help you.
Horrendously expensive for what is only a 2/3 star hotel and the poor support it receives from guests explains why. There are much cheaper Beach Bar options right next door on the beach and in the evenings there is a very popular Karaoke Bar a short walk outside the hotel.
Served outside (in all winds and weather) although there is an alternative indoor restaurant that staff will move the buffet into (UNDER GREAT DURESS!) although hopefully you will have glorious weather for most of your stay. The choice of food is very samey, not as exciting as you would normally expect of Italian, rather tasteless AND COLD! ~ JUST LIKE SCHOOL DINNERS. You won't starve, but it won't set your palate alight either and the wine, which is very basic indeed, is only JUST acceptable.
One evening whilst queuing for some warmish food to arrive from the kitchen, an argument broke out between the Head Chef and one of the waiters, which spilled over into the restaurant. The waiter was chased all around the restaurant and repeatedly hit upon the head with a stainless steel serving dish from the buffet ~ very amusing, although not very professional behaviour.
Excellent Mark Warner sports staff on hand. Loads of watersports on the beach, sailing (various), windsurfing and canoes. As I'm more of a land animal, I played tennis and took coaching (although the hotel only features ONE court!) and went Mountain Biking. The bikes were fairly basic Specialised (hardtails), but most of them seemed to work OK and the guide was terrific, great trails along the cliff tops, with stunning views of the ocean.
Overall, we enjoyed the sports ~ the hotel was only just OK ~ but the food was a great disappointment. A lot of customers questioned WHY Mark Warner were still persevering with this hotel caught in a time-warp?
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- Also Known As:
- Abamar Hotel
- Hotel Abamar Sardinia/Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy