What We Love
- A peaceful and picturesque stay in Sardinia, with breakfast, a welcome drink and more Dining on delectable Italian cuisine while gazing out at the incredible views
- Exploring the pretty town of Cala Gonone
- Hiring a boat and spending the day beach-hopping
What To Know
- The hotel is a 20-minute walk from town but there is also free shuttle service
- Complimentary onsite parking is available
- Free WiFi is pretty iffy
Hotel Brancamaria is a four-star hotel just outside the Sardinian coastal town of Cala Gonone. With an understated elegance, it offers warm service and easy access to the majestic forests, mountains and beaches that surround it; a paradise for outdoor adventurers and beach junkies alike.
Dip in and out of the refreshing pool and indulge in an iced cocktail before dinner at Restaurant La Terrazza, with lovely country views and the sea peeking out in the distance. If you head down to the harbour, you can explore the restaurants there, or hire a boat to take you around the best local beaches.
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We spent two weeks there and can not fault it. Would stay there again if in that area. Spotlessly clean everywhere and all the staff had a smile on their faces. It would be nice is the staff could wear name tags so you could refer to their names. We were located on the third floor at the front of the building and had wonderful ocean views. In view of some other comments we were concerned the noise might disturb us but we didn’t have that problem.
For the beaches if you have soft feet we would really recommend you have waterproof shoes you can swim in as the beaches are very pebbly.
An hours drive from the hotel towards Olbia we found a lovely sandy beach with lounge beds and food available. Head to Olbia until you see the sign S. Teodoro (SAN Teodoro then follow this sign. The beach is called Brandinchi.
We went on the boat trip organised from the hotel as they have their own boat. Thoroughly enjoyed the day out and highly recommend it but don’t forget your rubber shoes as you go to three beaches which are pebbly. There is also a stop so you can swim off the back of the boat in crystal clear water.
Would recommend hiring a car from the airport so you can get out and about.
We spent a lovely week in this hotel. The staff on reception, in the bar/cafe, and restaurant were hard working, helpful and friendly., happy to share the odd laugh which is a tonic on holiday.
The room was very comfortable and we overlooked the hills behind the hotel. There is a Smart TV on the wall, and it was set up in English for us, and we were able to view the BBC news on the world wide web. The satellite TV only had a few news channels in English, and one was BBC World which is unremarkable in every way. Still we were not on holiday to watch TV, The bathroom was tiled in blue and the shower and other facilities were good. The shower gel, and hair shampoo supplied was useful, but nothing special. The cost of drinks in the fridge were the same as in the bar there, and in the restaurant which is unusual in a hotel. There is a safe there, but I did not use is, I have a habit of forgetting the password ! There is adequate space for a laptop, or to write on. It would have been nice to have had two seats in the room, as one of us had to sit on the bed if the other was using the table and chair provided. Overall a comfortable room. The air conditioning is extremely effective, and is not cut off when you remove the card that opens the room and fits in the bracket on the wall, which turns on the power. Unfortunately there is no coffee or tea making facility in the classic room. Take a travel kettle with you if you wish to have beverages in the room.
We can recommend the Milk Shakes that the cafe make, they are delicious and refreshing as well.
We booked the hotel transfer,from the airport and Mario was the perfect host, picking us up and then bringing us back to the airport to catch the plane home. He even gave us a soft drink and espresso, from the bar, as we waited for the hotel transfer vehicle to return from town.
The hotel shuttle service is excellent. It is necessary because it is a long walk from the hotel down to the beach, and town. The trip back is uphill all the way! The driver of this is very friendly.
Breakfast was good, and there is plenty of variety in the food. The only cooked food seemed to be chipolatas chopped in quarters, and some type of egg omelette in squares. Fruit is sliced, or tinned. Plenty of Yogurts, cereals, cakes and other continental style items. The rolls and bread were very good as well.
The evening meal was filling. The cuisine was not totally Pasta orientated. I enjoyed a lovely Sea Bream which was not filleted, but delicious. I had a variety of fish starters. The Beef dishes were also very good as well. Overall great meals, value for money, but not Cordon Bleu standard. The head waiter hands out menus with options for three courses, if you are on half board. You have to tick your requirements at breakfast for the kitchen to cook in the evening, We had excellent service for the first two days, then even when we turned up almost first in the restaurant we had to sit for as long as 30 minutes before getting out first course. By this time I had drunk the drink I had ordered. We had to ask waiters when our food was coming on more than one occasion, which spoils the overall ambiance for us. There is room for improvement on the way they serve customers, after all they have already got information on what each person wants? The Sardinian buffet was not to our liking, the first course was fine, like a salad, but the second course was pasta with some from of potato inside it with a bland sauce on top, We had to wait a long time for the second course and we did not enjoy the food, so left the restaurant before the third course and dessert. The singers booked for this evening did not look at the audience but formed a circle and put their arms over their shoulders, facing inward. This was probably traditional, but sorry we didn't like the Sardinian Buffet, it was not to the same standard as the rest of the meals during the week.
The pool is fantastic, and large. A little cool, not heated, but a great place to relax around and also swim in. The pool side bar was opened most days, when the high winds were not blowing. The bar has drinks and ice creams to hand. When the wind was blowing the bar/cafe indoors brought orders out to people. There are two large flights of stairs to get up to the pool, and no facility for youngsters to swim, the pool is the same depth all over. A slope which leads up to the pool at the side of the steps, so use that if you find steps too much. There is a superb view of the coast and the hills behind when you are in the pool area. You can also get swim towels for 2 euro each, from reception.
We had a jolly good time at Cala Gonone, and the hotel. We thoroughly recommend a stay there. The average mark below for serving relates the the evening meal only, and not to the rest of the staff and facilities in the hotel during breakfast and the day.. The staff work so very hard in the restaurant, but the management need to address the fact that people wait too long for meals at times. This will make things better for guests and staff.
The hotel is excellent, the staff are superb so friendly and welcoming. Sofia and Valentina in reception and Marco in the bar stood out. Rooms also excellent, good size, front rooms with panoramic views of resort. Pool is enormous and also extremely good, parking a bit of a problem if there are a lot of guests. There is a space outside the hotel confines, that was safe for the few says we used it. Someway from the sea, but excellent transit bus that will also lend you parasols and seats for the beach. First come first served. The Dining Room/restaurant, this is where it lost the 5th star expecting lots of fish and sea food I was disappointed, the staff were still brilliant but the food was dull and uninspiring.