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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This is the nicest hotel on the island,which by itself is really beautiful and really worth a visit.The rooms are nice and clean,owing to a room service,which was the only thing in the hotel that was as well as expected.However I found the personnel inadequately trained.For a hotel that names itself as „international“, the staff spoke really ill English. From a “5 star hotel“ I find it reasonable to expect that the staff would be fluent in another language other its mother tongue. This caused such an inconvenience and left us(I was with my sister) with the feeling of an arrogant and unfriendly personnel at times because of the language barrier.A simple example: we needed an extra napkin during one breakfast and spent 5 minutes with three different staff members trying to explain what this „complicated apparatus“ is. They were naturally frustrated and came off very unfriendly. The expected variety at breakfast is rather a uniform choice, the peak being a quite disappointing offer of bread and fruits. The pool area is small and crowded, which means you have to go early enough in order to take a spot. There is whether complementary water nor fruits in the rooms, which I would absolutely always expect from a 5 star hotel. You are offered a card with which you can take just one towel during your stay, under the condition that you return it on your leave. I found this rather shameful for a 5 star hotel. There is a free shuttle service to the center from the hotel a couple of times a day, since the hotel is a 20 minute walk to the center. We decided to take the shuttle service on the way back one day, and to our disappointment the driver didn’t stop at the designated place. He had just made a U-turn and went back, so I had to call back at the hotel and complain for him to return and pick us up. Another thing that I found disappointing was that the allegedly private beach, is actually not private to the hotel at all. The dinner is always “table d'hote” with two different choices each night. I would have awaited a larger selection suited for different kinds of guests. All in all, overpriced and a quite disappointing “3 star hotel” experience.
Very nice hotel in a quiet part of the lovely quiet island of La Maddalena. Very comfortable - initial problems of a/c not working and some daft "technical advice" given. Friendly staff, nice breakfast, great poolside and lots of luxury small touches. Recommended - search out the bargains to make it even better
From start to finish this was an incredible experience. The hotel staff were friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Nothing was too much too much trouble, not that we caused any!
The breakfast was fresh and presented in an inviting way, cheeses and fresh honeycomb were two of my favorites. Cappuccino was delicious made with good strong Italian coffee.
We asked for food and wine recommendations at the evening meal and the Semillon was really helpful and we fell in love with the local wine at first taste. The fish was fresh and cooked to perfection, as was the bread.
We took a recommended sailing boat trip, 8 hotel guests, great experience, glorious scenery and the skipper shared his knowledge and passion for the area. We ate a lunch of pasta, fresh fish and bread and locally sourced wine! Buonissimo ( Very good)! We ran out of time because the weather was so good,so didn't make use of the spa which looked really nice.We ate our last lunch at a sleepy beach café, just down the hill from Ma & Ma with stunning views and our waiter couldn't speak much English, just how it should be, he understood our poor Italian and sign language and we ate catch of the day which was perfectly cooked and washed it down with sparkiling water and I almost forgot, beautifully selected house wine.
I was here with my partner for two nights.
Wonderful, clean, classy hotel. Throughout the hotel you can breathe a wonderful scent that makes you feel like you are in paradise. Spotless and airy room, superb dinner.
A little long waiting for the room and awkward checkin, with a bossy lady who instead of helping, confused our minds even more and got over the poor girl who welcomed us (who was actually doing a great job!).
We were unlucky for the climate but we had the SPA (fabulous!) Included in the package, but despite the weather has not allowed us to go to the beach, the girl from the concierge service has organized for us two intense days of exploration of the two islands of Maddalena and Caprera, making us fall in love with these islands to the point that we have decided to return as soon as possible. Rely on her and you won't be bored even if the storm rages outside.
Congratulations Ma & Ma!
My stay at Ma & Ma in La Maddalena was incredibly beautiful.
The staff was very attentive and friendly. I even got my own personalized cappuccino served. The Spa is definitely a highlight offering an amazing pool with waterfall. After my stay I feel completely relaxed and full with new energy.
Thanks so much to the Ma & Ma and to the incredible staff 🌈