Hotel Le Ginestre
What We Love
- A luxurious beach escape on the glitzy Costa Smeralda, with breakfast and a welcome drinkStrolling through the Mediterranean flora to reach the hotel's lovely beach area
- Breakfasting outside on the terrace with a juicy vacation read in hand
- The affluent towns and villages nearby, host to vintage car rallies, sailing regattas and the Italian film festival
What To Know
- The hotel is about a 20-minute walk from town but it's on a very busy road, so you'll likely want to hail a taxi
- The pool and private beach have lounge beds and umbrellas and there's a lifeguard on duty
- The continental breakfast is very simple, as to be expected in Italy
Picture a Mediterranean postcard come to life – lush surroundings, azure pools, white loungers and views of the sea. That’s what Hotel Le Ginestre is all about. An architectural delight, softly lit after sunset and home to some excellent gastronomy, this beautiful hotel provides the setting for the dreamiest of Sardinian escapes.
Inside, the décor is tasteful, with neutral furnishings and nautical touches in soft pastel shades. The idyllic overlap between indoors and outdoors creates a harmonious feel, with natural woods, native flowers and terrace dining channeling the island’s laid-back vibe.
Follow the path through the blossoming gardens, and you’ll reach Porto Paglia, the hotel’s beach area, where the indigo sea seeps into the warm, turquoise waters of the bay. With sun beds, parasols and towels waiting for you, it couldn’t be easier to enjoy the Costa Smeralda’s white sands.
Good to know
The hotel is fairly isolated; it’s not possible to walk to the town, and renting a car is highly recommended if you wish to explore the surroundings.
Designed with a muted décor that nods to a nautical theme, the guest rooms are yours to relax and unwind in. All rooms have a balcony, and Classic rooms overlook the garden.
Le Ginestre restaurant serves a daily-changing menu of fresh Mediterranean cuisine, complemented by a superb wine cellar. Laid-back breakfasts can be enjoyed on the terrace, while lunches can also be taken at the American Bar by the pool.
The coastal region of Costa Smeralda is a bit like the French Riviera of Sardinia, with Porto Cervo at its hub. Home to 34 miles of white sandy beaches, plus some of the island’s most glamorous events, it’s a major attraction for jet-setters. Near the hotel, you’ll find Pevero Golf Club, plus plenty of watersports. If you’d prefer to simply soak up the culture, take a stroll around the nearby towns and villages, where you’ll find boutiques, restaurants and archeological sites.Please be aware that the hotel is fairly isolated; it’s not possible to walk to the town, and renting a car is highly recommended if you wish to explore the surroundings.
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Would have marked it as "Very Good" 4 out of 5, but reduced to 3 because of Drink/Lunch prices, more later.
Hotel Grounds/Public areas:- Both very good, very smart lounge & pool area.
Room:- We had 129, selected after rejecting two others. Clean, reasonably large with balcony. Very good shower room with excellent hot water.Only negative was lack of coffee making facility in room.
Food & Drink:- Buffet Breakfast of good standard, limited hot dishes, generally only Bacon/Eggs/Sausage but plenty of cold meats/Cheese & sweet cakes etc.
Dinner was Waiter served, 4 coarse modern menu that we call "Designer Food", love it or hate it, but generally good quality.
Lunch & Bar prices:- This was /is the real negative, Lunch prices are high & small quantities, bar prices very high small local beer €8, small glass of cheapish wine €6, this aspect lets the property down.
Reasonable free Wi Fi in rooms/public areas
Small private beach 400/500 metres down track but transport is available
I had a lovely room with a balcony with a distant side sea view . The first thing that struck me about this hotel was the friendliness of the staff who were helpful and always eager to assist . The Waiters in the Restaurant were always very helpful . The pool and pool area were beautifully maintained and there was always a life guard on duty . The only minus point was the private beach which looked as if it might have been still under construction but in a beautiful and quiet location .
The views are amazing and the staff is very helpful. The rooms are spacious and clean. Close to the attractions but far from confusion. The breakfast is good and the swimming pool is very good. good spot
The hotel was very pretty, set on a stunning Cliffside location with a path down to a private beach. The pool was beautiful, with plenty of luxury sunbeds, parasols and free towels. The private beach was a 10 minute walk downhill - very small, but plenty of sunbeds and towels from the friendly lifeguard. The sea was crystal clear and warm. The private part of the beach was clear of seaweed, but the public one was piled high, which was a shame for the look of it.
Our room was very dark with little natural light due to the overhanging balcony and foliage above. If we had not been on a tour, we would have asked to move, but knew that we would not be spending much time at the hotel. The bathroom was simply stunning - vibrant yellow and green, with a big powerful shower.
The gardens of the hotel are very pretty, well kept, and scented flowers everywhere - in fact we had to walk through a tunnel of jasmine to get to the restaurant.
The restaurant was strangely laid out, but our party ate in an area which was very bright and sunny. The breakfasts were fine - lots of Italian cake, wonderful jams, a choice of breads and cold meat & cheese. We did find that the fruit was limited to mainly fruit salad, and would have liked to have more fresh fruits available, especially local fruit. It was peach & cherry season, but there were none.
Dinner was disappointing - we only ate twice with our tour group in the restaurant, and both times, the food was really mediocre, warm and no Italian specialities. During our holiday we ate at many other places organised by the tour, and got to sample the real delights of Sardinia. Food is one of our passions, and sadly, this hotel just doesn't do authentic Italian food.
The location of the hotel is very cut off from anywhere, unless you have a car, so were glad we had organised trips out, and were able to buy water and bring it back to the hotel.
The wine & bar prices were very high in the hotel - but as it is situated on the Costa Smeralda - we expected that. We heard of guests visiting a bar in Porto Cervo, and paying over Euro30 for a cappuccino and Italian beer.
Hotel Le Ginestre is wonderful if you like peace and quiet, and to be cut off from everything, and can afford to pay the hotel prices for drinks.
Hotel really pretty, however my room was dark and dank, but always spotlessly clean. The beach was just a small stretch of the bay, so not really private, also it was not v clean and was about 10 minutes walk, although they did have a golf cart on demand.V. nice beach towels and sunbeds, you need swimming shoes.This hotel has steps everywhere and to reach the restaurant you must walk outside, so no shelter from the rain. The main disappointment was the food, a small selection, v. small portions and not good. The cheapest bottle of wine was 29euros, a bottle of water 5 euros, nothing to do in the vicinity.