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Enjoying the panoramic view from the terrace

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9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Lovely Holiday!

5
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Reviewed 12th October 2012

"We spent 6 nights at the Sofitel in Sardegna and had a wonderful time. We had never stayed in a hotel with half board so we were worried about the food quality but were surprised! The food was really good, variations every night on the menu (mostly barbecued fresh seafood). The beach isn't too far away and the there is a little train that takes you there within a few minutes. I wouldn't pay up for a deluxe room - not much of a difference in size but i would pay up for an ocean view. The staff was very friendly. Pool area was lovely. We didn't leave the hotel once!"

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  • Travel date: 3rd September 2007

A great location for a beach holiday with fabulous food

5
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Reviewed 31st October 2012

"We stayed for 12 nights in late July with 2 young children and had a great holiday. The Hotel is clean and well organised as you would expect from Sofitel and in general, most of the staff were very friendly. My son suffers from an egg allergy, though this was not a problem as the dining staff checked ingredients and even made special dishes for him. We had a superior garden room to house 4 people. The room was spacious and had a fantastic bed! Just be careful not to get a room close to the open air disco! The beach is as good in reality as it looks in the photos, with surely the cleanest sea in Europe. The facilities on the beach are also impressive - even when the hotel is full you can get a sunbed any time of the day, there are beach toys for the children, refreshment hut and a very good restaurant. I would also recommend hiring of a speedboat - 70e for an hour unaccompanied for up to 6 people. The swimming pool is great for adults but with no shallow section is not ideal for small children. However, it is clean and again has plenty of sunbeds. The quality and quantity of food is fantastic, though make sure you save room for the cakes....and be prepared to put weight on! Overall, a well run hotel in a great loaction. I would compare this to Le Meridien Chia Laguna at which we had a great holiday 2 years ago. However, overall this hotel is better in key areas such as the sunbeds, ease of getting to the beach and open, breezy location and we will definitley return."

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  • Travel date: 23rd August 2007

great place for a rest - Sardinian sensation

5
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Reviewed 30th October 2012

"We stayed at the Sofitel hotel for a week and had a great time. Lovely beach and pool . Very good for relaxation and recuperation . Breakfast and dinner are excellent buffets.lunch menu a bit limited but nice. Staff are lovely - especially the chambermaids who provide a excellent service. The rooms are large and immaculate. Waiters are lovely and very kind. Our only criticism is the price of water - a small bottle is 2.5 euros . This is TEN times the cost of the same bottle in the local shop. Given that it is hot it does seem a rip off that they charge so much. We found the local shops on day three and wished we had found them 3 days earlier. Overall a fabulous holiday . Highly recommended."

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  • Travel date: 4th August 2007

expensive but good

4
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Reviewed 3rd November 2012

"Excellent hotel in a top class scenery, with the beach and lagoon, and the surrounding mountains. We had a deluxe room with garden view, at the same rate as standard rooms with bay view, but more spacious, with a big terrace and probably more quiet. The food is as good as a buffet can get, but it is still a buffet of course. I have read some reviews with negative comments about the food, which I can partly understand but then again nobody is forced to chose a hotel with half board buffet arrangement. Again, this was the best buffet I ever encountered, but it is always a buffet. This hotel is not cheap, but it was worth its price. The only thing is that, at these rates, mineral water at the poolside and the beach should be free of charge. Drinks (inclusing wine at dinner) are expensive everywhere in the hotel."

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  • Travel date: 28th July 2007

Greatly Impressed!

5
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Reviewed 3rd November 2012

"The Sofitel Thalassa Timi Ama is set in a fine location on the coast of Sardinia, to the South East and happily far away from the 'big time' yachting marinas. It has spacious grounds and is surrounded by a pine forest. If you want a private beach, there is one for the asking; otherwise, there is a mile long strip of sand and surf, good for families as well as couples. There is a nature reserve in the lagoon alongside the hotel, with pink flamingos which can be seen from time to time. You do need a hire-car to get there and to visit the local area. The mountainous scenery is most impressive but the local towns rather dull. It is a good distance from Cagliari, so do not underestimate how long it takes to get there. It took us about 2 hours each way, hard work along the corniches. Not an architectural gem, the hotel however passes muster and is unobtrusive. It has an impressive pool area, two paces from the main building. Most of the rooms have balconies, either looking out to the bay or the gardens.The accommodation is generally quiet and the air conditioning almost silent. The beds are, as we would expect from a Sofitel, de luxe, with an abundance of soft pillows. So, rest was assured. The standard of the cuisine is as good as you will find anywhere outside a five-star restaurant [and I truly mean this] and as you would expect in a top-class French hotel. As a seasoned international business traveller, I am not easily impressed. But the buffet was splendid and usually extended to many exotic treats, such as lobster and most other kinds of seafood, many different varieties of fish and meat dishes. There was also an effort to offer Sardinian cuisine as well and most of the produce was locally sourced. The wine list was almost entirely local, if a little expensive. If you are a ;foodie', you will certainly enjoy your stay there! At the off-season internet rate, this hotel was 'good value', at just over £200 a night for two, half-board. At a higher price, we would have been less happy. The staff could not have been friendlier [yes, everyone of them]. We left with fond memories and maybe in a year or two would think about going back!"

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  • Travel date: 24th July 2007

It was nice, very luxurious, but the food wasn't great

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Reviewed 20th October 2012

"We stayed here last minute, because one of our hotels got cancelled. It is very grand, a very big resort, and it's quite new. The room was very nice, with a nice duvet and fluffy pillows (quite different from the other hotels we stayed at in Sardinia). We also had a nice balcony with a view into the courtyard where you can see the mountains in the distance. The staff was nice and polite, but not super friendly. As for the food, there was a lot of selection, but none of it was amazing. It's a buffet, and there's a theme every night. There's definitely a lot of stuff to try, but it just wasn't as good as the food we had at hotel capo boi, a smaller and older hotel. The beach at this hotel was very nice, and they have towels and chairs/umbrellas for you. The facilities are also very nice and new, and the tennis courts were great (along with the racquets and balls if you don't bring your own). Overall it was a decent stay, but I would probably not stay there again, just because it's quite expensive and the food isn't great."

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  • Travel date: 13th June 2007

Beware the crustaceans!

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Reviewed 1st November 2012

"Very good on the whole, but it's the first hotel I have ever stayed in where the staff refused to serve tap water. They claimed, I suspect falsely, that Sardinian mains water is unfit to drink. Marred by the worst attack of food poisoning I have had in twenty years, 24hrs after a last meal of iffy lobster [so old the shells were like rubber] . Fortnunately got back to Blighty just in time!"

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  • Travel date: 10th November 2006

Relaxing Vacation

5
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Reviewed 1st November 2012

"My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon September 9th to the 16th. The weather was in the low 80s everyday. It rained one day and showered another. We had an amazing time!! Staff is very friendly. Most speak English. Rooms are a bit small but very clean. We had a huge balcony with our junior suite. Food was excellent at the main buffet and at the beach restaurant. The activities team was very nice and help get you involved with the late night events. Spa was great. Girls are nice and very accomodating. The beach was clean, with beach chairs and umbrellas in the hotel's private section. We absolutely loved our stay here! It is a bit pricey as we had to pay 68 euros just to get some clothes pressed. Just remember to bring a travel iron!!!!"

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  • Travel date: 27th September 2006

Excellent Stay!

5
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Reviewed 19th October 2012

"We have just returned from a week at the Sofitel Timi Ama - a large modern hotel with excellent facilities. The hotel is itself a little bland and uniform - the rooms are large and comfortable and very clean. What makes it very special is the food, a superb breakfast buffet and an excellent evening buffet which is of the highest standard. Fresh oysters, lobster, scallops, steak, duck breast etc. etc. pasta salads fresh breads ....... By the end of the holiday we were fading fast on the consumption stakes. Wine & beer expensive but it is a hotel. The beach is huge with white powdered sand and turquoise blue sea - loads and loads of sun loungers both at the pool and at the beach. Lovely little bar called the Dolphin Club to the left of the sun loungers does cold beer and coffees and a pasta lunch if you think you can eat it! Every sports facility you can want and a upmarket spa for special pampering. There is nothing else to do except lie on the beach and look at the inside of your eyelids and then stagger to the buffet and eat superb food. Villasimius is really an uninteresting little town. A drive up the east coast is very rewarding with spectacular sea views with the wafting scent of pine trees. There is also a lovely day out on a beautiful old wooden boat called the Maby with lunch which leaves from the marina just down the road. A super place for a beach holiday and putting on half a stone! PS wait until you see the puddings in the evening made by a local french patisserie!"

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  • Travel date: 27th September 2006

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