Arbatax Park Resort
What We Love
- A half-board summer stay on the mellow Italian island of Sardinia
- Taking advantage of the resort’s facilities, including a spa, pitch and putt golf, and amphitheatre
- Being mere footsteps from the beach
- Sardinia's gloriously green scenery and elegant restaurants
What To Know
- Great for families with multiple pools and tons of activities
- Staff is extremely friendly and helpful
- Be sure to book a transfer or get detailed directions as the drive in can be tricky
Famed for its beautiful pale sands and dazzling turquoise water, the
Mediterranean island of Sardinia is a beach lover’s dream come true. At
Arbatax Park Resort (staying in Dune hotel), you’ll be mere footsteps away from that much-photographed
As part of the resort, there’s plenty to
do before you even consider exploring the rest of this culturally rich
island. With a wellness centre which includes Turkish baths
and waterfalls, as well as an amphitheatre, discothèque and plenty of
water and land sports to take part in, you can really tailor your holiday
to suit you.
Dune rooms have a unique hexagonal shape and come with scenic views over the
land. These rooms are within easy walking distance of the beach.
– Air conditioning
– En-suite bathroom with hairdryer
– Wi-Fi in public areas
There is a dedicated restaurant for Dune guests, plus five bars and seven other
restaurants within the resort (though please note these are not included in
half board). Try everything from traditional pizza to flame-grilled specials
for a real taste of Sardinian cuisine.
Set in the Ogliastra region and just moments away from the coast, you can
experience some of Sardinia’s infamous qualities the moment you step into the
resort. The juxtaposition of the rocky cliffs and crystal beaches featuring
beautiful coves makes this distinctive area a true delight to visit.
How to Get There
Me and my girlfriend were here in the beginning of October. First impression was Good, however... I don't know if it is the lack of etiquette italians don't know about or just plain ride behaviour towards customers. Sigh
Where should I start, the prices are exorbitant high, starting at the bar for a beer you pay 6 Euros (0.33) the pizzaria doesnt have a big menu. The one they have however is poor. Salads (avoid them my girlfriend was sick from the salad for 2 days. Better to eat out as there are actually really nice restaurants in arbatax at reasonable prices too.
The park has a pharmacy but the prices there are an absolute joke, after buying some aftersun and plasters against blisters (the area has beautiful hiking sights) we paid... 50 Euro!. We needed it so we paid. After coming back in the room we decided to do some research and qe found out that the products are as much as 3 times more expensive!? Absolutely ridiculous.
Last but not least please avoid the dinner buffet the food there is below average quality. I do have something positive to say about the park.
We enjoyed the spa which was expensive but that's what most spa' s are like. Pointers would be , poor maintenance on the pools. And the staff was not all professional. Laughing while your giving a massage.
As a few of you already mentioned poor management I am not gonna do that again.
Will I ever come back here? ABSOLUTELY not !!!!!
We had a fantastic time, so dont read all the rubbish. Our chalet was rustic, and we had beautiful views. The food was excellent, was varied everyday. Maids came in everyday and cleaned and left fresh towels and showergels/shampoos. Would and have recommended to family and friends. We will definitely go back.
Alison and Paul
Gorgeous resort! We enjoyed a lovely, relaxing week. (Returned home today) Ignore the snooty bad reviews. We were on a surprise honeymoon that my Dad booked us, 7 nights - half board. it wasn't adult only but I didn't feel surrounded by kids. Stunning location, grounds & nature. We stayed in the Dune room by the Palm beach / cove. Stunning. Clean rooms, yes basic but perfect for what you need. The staff are one of the resorts biggest assets. Super friendly, they speak all languages & we felt very special. Even a complimentary bottle of prosecco & meal at Monte Turi section of the resort. (Which you normally pay extra for) Thank you so much, a lovely gesture.
The food was nice & different each night. I don't know why people are complaining. We are food lovers / foodies & have even in some amazing restaurants all over the world & for a half board / all inclusive resort I think the variety & quality is excellent. I used to work at a 5* all inclusive resort in turkey run by a big British Holiday company plus I have stayed in 4/5* Caribbean resorts & Arbatax park is on par! Far nicer staff & surroundings to some Caribbean resorts. One thing that could be improved is the Spa. It's so amazingly stunning, that view & the flowers & trees around the pool but for £260 for 2 x packages, the treatments were weak & the price extortionate. Not the Fire package we expected. I just couldn't understand how they can describe the treatments in such lovely & luxury detail but in fact you get a basic body massage that is super soft & your face smothered in oil. The lunch is a choice of about 3 different bread rolls & very basic. (€5) It would be lovely if your lunch is included if you book a package & even if your just there for the facilities & not book a treatment €15 for a small lunch buffet would be a great idea... salads, simple meats, breads & juices/water. They could even do a little BBQ or grill section.
Water , tea & coffee + biscuit was free of charge however but I do think if they thought the spa through more it would be fantastic & people would flock there. (P.s make the spa adult only too that would be ideal)
The spa has so much potential !!
I had lots of great ideas while I lay there relaxing.
Arbatax is a wonderful resort with a kids club, entertainment (which by the way is very good, shows are very creative) lovely staff, fab food, stunning views & nature, a nature reserve/wildlife park & so many other lovely qualities.
Sardinia is stunning. We had a wonderful, relaxing week, thank you Arbatax.
Michelle & Alex (MacGregor/Perkins) Dune 484
Situated near a couple of small beaches and rocks, allowing for easy snorkeling and a nice view (not from your room, though). The resort has several pools and restaurants, in addition to a a few more amenities.The buffet is not bad (and you should opt for full board unless you like trekking inside the resort - see below).
Be prepared to:
1) Pay for plenty of extras. And I don't mean just the spa treatments. Like, if you want to try a different restaurant, that's an extra 20 euros per person. Seriously.
2) Take long walks uphill under the sun to get to the parking, which you will, for example, if you intend to take advantage of the beach chairs offered at nearby Lido di Orrì (for free!). Or alternatively, you can opt for long waits in the sun until a bus takes you near the parking (also for free!).
3) Sleep in amazingly antiquated and inconvenient rooms.
- We had an ancient, Seventies' garage-sale style, three-door cupboard. Two of the doors opened the coat area - no shelves, only good for hanging long coats, suits and the like (what else are you going to bring to a beach resort anyway?). The third door opened the section with a couple of shelves and drawers. Except that it did no such thing, because the door was against the bed and you could not open it without redecorating the room. Result, you just had to leave everything on the floor, together with the sand and the dead mosquitoes.
- The air conditioning equipment seemed to come from a South American love hotel, circa 1980. The noise it made when it switched on reminded me of an old military truck running on diesel of dubious quality.
- The TV screen was smaller than the one in the laptop I am using to write this.
- The beds were literally falling apart pretty much right away. We had slats on the floor as a regular occurrence. And no one to fix them (see next point). The mattresses themselves seemed to have lived a long and mercilessly intense life.
4) Receive from the reception the same treatment you get from an outsourced helpline at a bad online insurance company. You are not sure if they understand what you are saying, but are told that they will resolve the problem right away. During the week I spent there, calls and reassurances were never followed by action.
5) Consider yourself lucky if the pointlessly noisy night entertainment will only molest you once a week.
6) Forget about staying in touch with the external world. The place is blessed with no mobile reception and a really, really poor WiFi, which occasionally takes weekends off.
All that us left is to leave your cramped room, forget about the distant parking, occupy a couple of chairs near the rocks (before 8 am) and reflect upon what a nice place like this is doing with a management like that.
We arrived at Cagliari Airport on the Saturday and picked up a mini bus there which was convenient. The drive to Arbatax was over two hours, but we were expecting that and at least two thirds of the route was on reasonable roads.
Upon arrival we dropped the van in the car park and us and our luggage were transported to the Dune reception and then after booking in to our "room" which was actually a detached building less than 100m from the reception and overlooking the sea. It wasn't especially glamorous, but it was functional, adequately equipped and had a certain qwerkiness about it and with a fabulous sea view. We couldn't have asked for a much better location on the resort. It immediately became known as The Hobbit House.
The resort itself was huge and very beautiful with it's white painted buildings and Bougainvillea of every colour and hue growing throughout.
The staff were friendly and generally helpful. There were several bars, restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa and even its own nature park and they were clearly geared up to please their guests. Our only criticism would be the buffet style food, lacked choice especially at lunchtime, but then we found Sardinia difficult for food choices in general with seafood being primarily at it's centre. Our other critique would be that there was was evidently events going on at various times and on various evenings throughout our week, but we knew nothing about them. It felt it was geared more towards their majority Italian guests, who presumably were better informed than we were. Perhaps some sort of multilingual hand out upon arrival would have been nice.
Other than that The Dune beach, which was man made among the rocks was clever and a nice touch, but could do with softer less gritty sand.