Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna
What We Love
- Set on 27 acres in the middle of the Capo Carbonara nature reserve
- All rooms have balconies overlooking the bay of Timi Ama or the hotel grounds
- Tons of activities including tennis, volleyball, sailing and snorkeling
What To Know
- The resort is about an hour’s drive from Sardinia’s capital, Cagliari
- Family friendly with a kids club and babysitting services
- Free WiFi and parking
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Between a natural salt lake and a white sand beach in southern Sardinia, Hotel Pullman Timi Ama is a 27-acre retreat in the middle of the Capo Carbonara nature reserve, a nesting ground for pink flamingos. The sprawling family-friendly resort offers impressive amenities for active types, including tennis and volleyball courts; kayaking, windsurfing and sailing from the hotel’s private beach; and daily kids clubs for children 17 and under. After a sporty day in the sunshine, hit the spa for a thalassotherapy treatment or cool off in the outdoor pool. The 275 guestrooms all have balconies overlooking the bay of Timi Ama or the hotel grounds, and the traditional decor comprises terra-cotta floor tiles and a bright sand-and-sea color scheme. Dine on classic Italian dishes at I Ginepri’s alfresco terrace or tuck into light bites at Il Mediterraneo. La Veranda is an all-day dining spot by the pool.
In the Area
The Capo Carbonara nature reserve is a protected marine site and offers excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities. History buffs should head for Pula, which is filled with ancient ruins, such as the Nora archaeological site, where you can explore the remains of a Roman theater and forum. For the best beaches travel toward Chia and kick back on Baia Chia or the teeny island of Su Giudeu. Sardinia’s capital, Cagliari, is about an hour’s drive away. Stroll its medieval center and many cobbled piazzas lined with traditional taverns and restaurants.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed in Pullman Timi Ama 11 nights from Sep.17 to Sep.28 (Room 3208). This was my forth stay in the hotel and the second for my wife so we could compare. Pros: 1. Great hotel location with close access to Cagliari airport and Villasimius (small town definitely worth visiting!).2. Lovely beach with white sand. The hotel management was kind to provide us with the first line beach lounges (instead of room upgrade to me as a platinum member as the hotel was fully booked) which my wife enjoyed a lot.3. Friendly and helpful staff in the reception, restaurants, tourist center, Agora desk – always greeting guests with a smile. Nothing was a trouble for them – e.g. to find a nearby store to urgently repair broken iPhone, to arrange a tour to Cagliari etc. Sole and Ariana are the dancing stars, friendly and easy-going. Natalia was of great help with booking the shuttle and Olesya does excellent job as a Russian-speaking hostess. Cons: 1. Dinner buffet choice of seafood was a lot worse this year. Generally, it is getting worse year by year. Neither lobsters not omars, king prawns at the best and generally less dishes as compared to last September (We made photos what was offered on the tables previous years and now). HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT as this is the main reason why we keep choosing Timi Ama hotel. At the same time, the hotel raises their rates at the beginning of every year, which is not fair. 2. Poor room service or hotel economy? Even we always tipped the housekeeping, the toiletries and coffee capsules were not replenished the following day throughout the week. Our complaints at reception helped to solve the problem.3. We could only see TWO different theme evening shows at the amphitheater during our 11 night’s stay, which was less than in the previous years. The show due on Monday, September 24, was just cancelled to our great disappointment on one of our final days, most likely because the hotel was not so full with guests that week. Overall, we would rate this year stay as enjoyable but current price-quality ratio (mainly in terms of seafood dinner buffet!) will most likely make us search for another summer vacation place next year…
Entertainment - This is a great resort, especially as its is over an hour from Cagliari.
There is lots of entertainment here, a great beach and the facilities are fantastic. The 'Animation Team' are great to keep people entertained at night. Riccardo and Ciro were particularly great.
Food - Our reservation was on a half-board basis but this means that you have to have a buffet in the evening. The only other restaurant is not included in the package.
The food is good for a buffet with a lot of variety but when you have paid for a 5* hotel there should be more options.
Wine & Drinks - Drinks are expensive here. The cheapest bottle of wine is 32 EUR for an average local wine. Bottle of water is 5 EUR.
Cocktails aren't very good so we didn't bother with them after the first night.
Mohamed in the bar provided great service.
Spa - We didnt use the spa because you have to pay 38EUR to use it for a few hours even if you are a guest.
Rooms - We originally booked a superior garden bedroom but when we arrived it looked very old fashioned. It looked like a 3* bedroom. We asked Davide at reception to see if we could change the room to their refurbished room. He asked if we would mind if there was a supplement to change the room, we said we didn't mind. He said we should go to lunch while he would look at the options for us. When we returned he had not looked into this for us and had gone home. We did end up changing the room and paying an extra 100 Euros per night. The new room was fantastic but I think it is terrible that the rooms in an already quite expensive hotel should be so different. The bedding, the style, the comfort, everything was massively different. It was like they were from two different hotels.
Location - The hotel is quite far away from everything which is why the entertainment is really great. It took us an hour to get to Cagliari for one night out and to go for wine tasting so just be prepared for this. We rented a car.
Other Comments - While we were there, there was a big corporate group staying at the hotel with 260 people. On one day they took over the area by the pool and were talking on a loud speaker all afternoon. We couldn't sit by the pool that day because of this and even down on the beach we could still hear the loudspeaker. They did not warn us that this would happen. This is very poor service for a 5* resort.
We loved every minute of our stay at Timi Ama, the hotel is gorgeous and the grounds surrounding the resort are absolutely unique. The private beach is fantastic and pool area is huge and service was truly 5 star. I really recommend trying I Ginepri restaurant which is overlooking the beach of the hotel and the Spa is also a must. The resort is just perfect in every way and I can't wait to go back.
A very nice place, with a swimming pool and the sea. A big hotel but extremely well built, so that you are not bothered by neighbours. Nice service with people able to express themselves in several languages. Good local and international food. Wine is perfect. If you want to relax go there...but with your cream against the mosqitoes!!!!
We enjoyed our 7 days in this beautiful hotel , the main good things is the services and animations. The waiter are really nice and the animation team like the fitness coach Sole or the other staff are really nice and always happy. The room are all renovated and they feel new everymorning.
It’s rare to find a hotel team nice like this , we will be back again!