What We Love
- A relaxing stay at a Sardinian coastal resort, including breakfast and a restaurant voucherStretching out on the neighboring beach
- Trying out the variety of activities available at the hotel, from tennis to horse riding
- Enjoying fresh seafood and delicious desserts at the restaurant
What To Know
- Set on 10 acres of lush parkland with a pool, hot tub, and tennis courts
- Guestrooms have views of the Cannigione Gulf
- There's a free shuttle to Baja Sardinia
- This is a super family-friendly stay; seclusion-seekers may want to look elsewhere
This four-star hideaway is beautifully set on Sardinia’s Cannigione Gulf, just a short walk from a pretty beach. The stunning shores of Costa Smeralda, known for its white-sand beaches and verdant golf courses, is within easy reach, and the vibrant village of Porto Cervo is nearby, which offers fashionable beaches by day and a buzzing social scene by night.
Airone Hotel’s restaurant is ready to kick start your days with a bountiful buffet breakfast, and you can enjoy themed dining nights here too, which focus on fresh seafood and Sardinian specialities. When you’re not lounging on the nearby sands, you could be horse riding along them, enjoying a leisurely game of tennis or exploring the area by bicycle – it’s all available here.
Whilst Sardinia isn’t the first place to pop to mind when you’re thinking about a ‘wine country’, the island and its inhabitants have grown grenache grapes for years, in vineyards peppered along the coastline and across the mountainous inland.
How to Get There
We enjoyed a most enjoyable week at Hotel Airone. Our room was comfortable with a wonderful view and it was cleaned and tidied every day to a very high standard. The receptionists and the manager were very courteous and helpful, while the restaurant staff were exceptionally attentive and efficient. A car is essential to being able to enjoy the sites and towns beyond the hotel.
Ok, we can't give credit to the Airone team for the warm weather this fall. But they contributed to almost everything else that made our summer extension on Sardinia a perfect experience.A family owned hotel with a first class kitchen. We had booked half board and were happy every evening that we didn't need to look for open restaurants in town near the end of season. The place is big and caters also for your groups, but manages to keep an intimacy that makes you feel welcome. The weekends on both sides of our stay were booked for local weddings, not a bad sign relating to the quality of the hotel.
We arrived after rain storm the day before. Were moved to another hotel at 9.30 at night. Not ideal, but alternative hotel was perfect so no problem. Air one has professional, helpful and cheerful staff. Plenty to do on site and nearby. Great place for a holiday.
I have mixed views about this hotel and have actually waited and contemplated my review for a few months since our return home before writing.
We (couple with a 6-year-old son) spent 9 days in the middle of August here and luckily had a rental car as there is nothing, including a beach, in walking distance. Although, there is a free shuttle to the local Baia Sardinia beach.
On the plus side, the breakfast and general level of the food was very good, although the restaurant service (see below) wasn’t always up to par. The reception staff were extremely helpful and seemed to want to help in any way; be it with the complimentary beach towels, the use of parasols or info in general.
It was nice that there were inflatables in the pool offered by the establishment and although the pool was very deep throughout, apart from the kids pool, it was excellent and there were also ample sun beds available to use, even in peak season.
As for the rooms, the wardrobe was nice and big with a lot of hanging space and loads of hangers. There was also enough space to store the suitcases which was a great plus, and not so common for a sea-hotel.
On the not-so-good side, this hotel is very dated and the room was old-fashioned in its furnishings and bathroom fittings. The TV (which although being advertised to include) didn’t have SKY and the cables were a mess! There is free WiFi but you have to reconnect every 30 minutes which was weird.
The service in the restaurant, and the pool bar, was very slow even at lunchtime despite the the low number of guests. There was also a limited choice with no side dishes.
My biggest gripe was with the wine list; there were no ‘house wines’ as such and there was nothing under €25 which for a family hotel, is not so accessible. On a couple of evenings we had to wait an hour before our ‘primo’ was served and the ‘festa di Ferragosto’ was a never ending night where we ate hours after entering the restaurant.
In the room, the spring mattress was very uncomfortable and being high, if you have kids, ask for the side bars. Our road-facing room was very noisy and there seemed to be traffic at all hours through the night.
The entertainment was mediocre and the “Live music” on Sundays is basically a girl singing (albeit reasonably well) karaoke, as there is no live ‘music’ as such.
All things considered, we had a nice holiday in Sardinia, and would recommend concentrating your beach visits in the north east side without venturing over to the north west due to traffic and general crowds.
Aside from the fact that we never return to the same location in order to see something new each year (the world’s too big to go back to the same place twice!) we probably wouldn’t return to Hotel Airone principally for the restaurant experience. Having to eat from 8pm every night, waiting a fair while to be served and having to spend at least €30 per night for drinks definitely tainted the whole experience compared to other places we’ve stayed at in recent years.
Helpful staff, nothing too much trouble. Room a bit gloomy but understand they will be refurbished. Comfortable and Sardinian in decor. Food was good, pool area was lovely and shuttle bus to beaches was useful.