Grand Hotel Resort Ma&Ma
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes continental breakfast, access to the spa and a welcome drink
- This is the island's only five-star property
- All rooms feature balconies
- The high-tech spa has a Finnish bio-sauna and a flotation pool
What To Know
- The island of La Maddalena is a 20-minute ferry ride from the Sardinian port of Palau
- WiFi is free
- Children 15 and under are not permitted in the spa
- Opened May 2013
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On the tiny island of La Maddalena, off the north coast of Sardinia, the Grand Hotel Resort Ma&Ma is a stylish spa retreat set on seven acres of lush grounds. Just 450 feet from the sea, the resort is made up of a cluster of light coral-hued buildings cut from local stone. The 92 guestrooms are elaborately designed and feature textured wallpaper, oversize headboards, blond wood floors and silk-topped beds. All come with balconies and such upscale creature comforts as Acqua di Parma toiletries and pillow menus. The immense spa is home to a mineral-rich swimming pool, a Finnish bio-sauna, a Turkish bath and a flotation pool. Fill up on Sardinian specialties at the Antica Isola restaurant which champions the sous-vide cooking technique (said to lock in vitamins and minerals). Breakfast is served in the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the pool.
In the Area
Located between Sardinia and Corsica, the La Maddalena archipelago sits off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda and is made up of seven main islands and more than 50 islets. La Maddelena is the largest, and it can be reached in around 20 minutes from the port of Palau on Sardinia’s northwest coast. Swimming, sailing and strolling are the order of the day here, and the beaches are some of Italy’s best. On the north coast, the dune-backed Bassa Trinità offers tropical sea and sand, or you can sail across to the smaller island of Budelli to kick back on Spiaggia Rosa, a stunning stretch of sand colored pink by the shells of tiny marine animals. In the island’s main town, stroll the historic streets, stop for a drink at one of the many alfresco bars, and wend your way up to the fortress for sweeping views of the surrounding outcrops that dot the Mediterranean.
How to Get There
I want to thank the friendly staff for a pleasant stay at the resort. The rooms were nice and the pool as well as the garden are very beautiful - we loved it! Also nice hidden beaches are very close (walking distance) so there is plenty to explore even if you do not have a car, still I would personally recommend to get one.
We were a little bit dissapointed about the breakfast since the room was quite bussy and you get charged extra for certain „products“ like e.g. omelettes.
Still we really enjoyed our stay and the island was sooo beautiful!
Stayed here for a ten day break on a B and B basis. The hotel is very modern and reasonably well kept though the carpet in the long corridors have been stained which is a shame. We had an ongoing problem with the air con the maid always set to 24c which at night was too hot we had to keep changing down to 22c. It would of been nice if our shower gel was topped up as we ran out. The nightly chocolate on the pillow was always very welcome 😋.
We found the staff though polite, were not particularly friendly unlike other Italian hotels we’ve stayed in where maybe staff have been older and more experienced, here everyone is young and not interested in their guests.
We ate in the Ma pizzeria one night, service was awful and pizza was burnt with a soggy bottom when I told the waitress the response was “ it’s difficult to regulate the oven” surely if you know a pizza hasn’t been cooked correctly you don’t serve and try again. Shame as if they had served decent pizza we would of ordered takeout to take to the beach for a picnic
The pool area was ok though small , which wasn’t a problem as there appeared to be plenty of uncomfortable sun beds. In a 5* I would expect cushioning still it meant we walked to the local beaches which were lovely rather than being lazy by the pool.
Price of drinks and food was expensive at the hotel that was definitely 5* prices. We couldn’t eat breakfast outside due to too many smokers and mozzies. Note to hotel to provide non smoking tables away from smokers.
The shuttle bus was great which we used every evening returning from our night in town lots of lovely restaurants to try. We walked into town every evening as it’s only a 20 minute/2 kilometre walk to keep the holiday weight off, not bad for a couple of 60 year olds 😉
All in all despite the irritations we had a lovely holiday, the location for us was perfect as even without a car we could walk to little deserted beaches for peace and tranquillity. Note though this was the beginning of October, maybe it is busy and noisy at the height of the season.
Photos submit of pool area, harbour and my favourite little beach
We were there, the two of us for a week. We enjoyed the stay very much. The staff is very friendly and does speak a good English. The restaurant at night we never experienced as we preferred to go to the city instead. Therefore we had acces the pool area which is rather small for teh whole of the complex, the breakfast room / restaurant which is also rather cramped and full. Therefore the pool area is used for the breakfast guests. We also had acces to the spa area, however we experienced that swimwear was compulsary, in a spa area ! This was quite an experience. All in all a very nice nice hotel though it has some set backs as wel as its pricing.
It’s clean and fine. However quite cheap and tacky, many basics were wrong which others have mentioned, and under-qualified staff that badly need training.
You need a car as it’s a fair way from town.
It might be the nicest in La Maddalena. Expect 3 star and shop online for a discounted rate and it’ll seem ok. :-)
this hotel was one of the few places here that had a pool which was good as its a bit of a walk to the beach. The rooms were good as was the food. its a good location if you want a low key break in a small island