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
Although the location is indeed on the beach, which is very nice, the hotel pictures show the beach having the turquoise waters Sardinia is famous for, but that is pure photoshop i.e. false advertising.
We also had quite a few problems during our stay, and although the manager did her best to make up for them, they are not the kinds of things that should happen in a hotel that claims to be 4 stars:
- We had booked a room in the Dune area, but were given one in the Telis, no apologies or even acknowledgement of the error. We complained but were told it was too late to change as the Dune manager was no longer there. The next morning they found us a room in the Dune area, however, this was right next to the beach bar, with a window opening out onto the toilet area, so we not only didn't have any views, we also didn't have privacy or even sunlight. A bit more of that false advertising anyone?
- The AC didn't work on the 1st night, then we weren't able to use it on the other days as it was too noisy. We asked for a fan but they weren’t able to get one for us.
- Some of the staff were quite rude. The lady serving fried eggs at the Telis breakfast told a girl off for not speaking Italian, then told me off for asking for my eggs a bit more cooked (and I even asked in Italian so clearly she was just unhappy and poorly trained). The man who changed our beach towels at the Dune reception told us we could only change them once in the week, then when I looked surprised and said “Really?!” he told me this was the only hotel in the area that even changed beach towels once, then when I continued to look unimpressed he started saying “What? Anything the matter?” in a very confrontational manner, at which point I just said “no, all good”, and left feeling both mildly annoyed and amused
- The coffee and milk were awful, very low quality, even the one we paid for from the bar. I have never seen a 4 star hotel in Italy serve instant coffee or such low quality milk, it is absurd in a country where you can get amazing cappuccinos at petrol stations (which indeed we did on our way back to Olbia airport, which by the way is a very long drive as you have to go over the mountains – which are beautiful, but it’s probably better to stay north of them to visit the Golfo di Orosei, which is amazing and certainly warrants a visit)
the location is in a national park and from the main entrance there is a drop of about 300 mtr to the beach and location of the restaurant. easy going down but not so going up.
The main swimming pool looked dirty as was commented by others. I never saw anyone swimming in it.
Certain facilities looked a bit run down and could do with some money spending on them.
the one big plus for the place is its staff, very friendly and nothing was to much trouble. The manager Barbara was fantastic and looked after us and our every need so thank you to Barbara.
The food was reasonable and what we have come to expect from an all inclusive package, so no real complaints there.
We landed at Olbia airport and the transfer to the resort is about 2.5 hours, I think its about 200 Km. The last 50Km is over windy mountainous bumpy roads. Not ideal for elderly people.
All in all not an ideal location for elderly or infirm but that in part is our lack of investigating before booking.
As mentioned before the staff were very good so a big thank you there.
If you have a hire car it must be parked at the top of the hill so an uphill walk of half a Km is required.
We spent really good holidays in Arbatax in the hotel Dunes.
The landscapes are breathtaking, with the see, the rocks and all those trees.
The complex is great, it offers different activities like tennis, football, volleyball...
It also offers interesting excursions by boat.
The pools are good, especially the one in the middle where the play music all day with a bar next to it.
The beaches are surrounded by a lot of rocks so it’s funny to jump of them.
For the bars, it will be nice if they close a bit later like midnight. The idea of « happy hours » with mojitos at 5€ is amazing 👍🏻 should be more evening of happy hours.
We enjoyed going to the disco with Eby the DJ.
Breakfast is alright and for lunches I recommend the pizzeria.
A weak point would be the WiFi, and they need to put it in the rooms to make it easier. We can add that there is no supermarket in the complex so you need to go into town by foot.
To finish, the staff were friendly and tried to involved people.
The complex is huge, that’s why I recommend you to take the « boboi », the bus that makes round every 20 minutes.
We stayed in dune, arbatax resort for one week. The scenery is amazing and the beaches are good too. There is also a taxi boat which takes you to a sandy beach which is reserved for the hotel as the beaches they have at the hotel are rocky beaches. The location of the resort is their strongest ally. But there are many things that they could improve that would make their hotel better. Firstly, there is not much choice of food to eat. They have a buffet but after a few nights you get bored of it. They also have another restaurant but it’s a pizzeria and after a few pizzas you want to eat something else. I was also very disappointed to find out that they didn’t serve any tiramisu! I mean are we in Italy or what? So a bit more choice and quality of food would be appreciated. Breakfast was decent but nothing more (shoutout to the omelette maker). The rooms weren’t anything to go on about but they did the job. The beds were very comfortable and provided a good night sleep. One issue is the lack of WiFi in the rooms which was a real pain. The shop was unbelievably expensive, so go shopping in town. Although their services were good (scooter rental, boboi, boat rental....). The happy hour at the bar should be more often too as some nights were almost lifeless
In general, the hotel has great beaches and scenery but could use a shakeup in the kitchen and a few little improvements. As a customer it is always the little things that matter and i think that this hotel lacks in that department.
The staff was welcoming and very helpful nothing to say there.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Arbatax Park Le Dune. The holiday complex is on a beautiful stretch of coast and is very well designed and maintained. All staff is incredibly friendly and helpful and went out of their way to ensure we had a great time. The food was excellent both in terms of quality and in terms of choice. The natural park was fantastic. We enjoyed the many amenities, not least the spa. The beaches are on the rocky end of the spectrum, which may not suit everyone, but there are platforms to get easily into the water. The rooms are airy and spacious, although the bathroom furniture gives its age away. All in all we thoroughly recommend Arbatax Park and will definitely go back.