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This week’s blog comes from Pierre et Vacances guest Richard, whose family recently enjoyed a week of sun at Pierre et Vacances Residence Calarossa’s self-catering apartments in north west Sardinia. 

Residence Calarossa in Sardinia

Having been to Sardinia before we knew what a beautiful country it is and how friendly the people are. However our previous trips had been without the kids so we we’re prepared for a slightly different experience this time!

Getting there

The flights from Gatwick to Olbia were amazingly quick, just two hours from boarding to landing, then a one hour simple and scenic drive to the residence itself.

The residence is accessed by a 2km beach road, which isn’t as bad as it sounds as it actually had less potholes than some English roads! I quickly learned that the trick was to keep your speed up and you float over the bumps plus it really helped to send the kids to sleep too. Also, having left suburban, overcast England it was really exciting to cruise along a sunny, dusty road to our holiday apartment.

Pierre & Vacances Residence Calarossa

The self-catering apartments themselves were bright, airy and clean, with a well stocked kitchen, comfy beds and a nice terrace.

The thing we noticed about the resort is how fragrant it is, the flowerbeds are immaculately kept and smell of lavender and rosemary wafted everywhere you went. It was low-season so it was lovely and quiet, but even at high-season you can see the facilities would have no problem accommodating larger numbers without it feeling crowded.

The three pools were really clean and were both child friendly with gentle steps into them, with lots of sun loungers and shades to choose from. The kids’ pool was perfect for our five year old to jump in and out on her own, whilst our 10 month baby could safely crawl around on a rug in the shade.

Fun in the pool

To entertain the kids there are a troop of energetic teens called the Animators that every morning and afternoon performed a short choreographed dance by the pool, which our eldest little girl absolutely adored and learnt the steps to off by heart. In the evenings the same group held a kids’ disco in the bar which was as real treat for all the little ones.

The kids made lots of friends!

We went self catering but the on-site restaurant was really flexible, so occasionally we had breakfast and supper there. When we couldn’t be bothered to leave the apartment after a hard day at the pool we simply ordered takeaway pizzas. All the food was very good but the pizzas were outstanding.

Yum!

Overall though the most special thing about the resort were the staff, everyone was super friendly and went out of their way to help you. A special mention must go to Antonio the restaurant’s maitre d’ who made us feel so welcome and barman Alessandro who made a great G&T which us grown ups really enjoyed at sunset.

Sunset on the terrace at Calarossa

I couldn’t recommend Calarossa enough, if you have young kids it’s totally catered to making everything as easy and enjoyable as possible for grown ups and children alike.

Our local tips: 

Nearby Marrineda Beach

• Visit the harbour town of Isola Rossa for some great little shops and supermarkets.
• Marrineda beach is a short drive from the resort. It’s really easy to park with lovely warm, clear water for swimming.
• The beach cafe at Marrineda is a great spot for lunch, right on the beach with lots of shade, amazing squid and seafood.
• If the conditions are right there’s incredible surf to be had at Basedsi and Marrineda beach, you can hire boards at the beach.

Prices for Pierre & Vacances Residence Calarossa are from €570 for a week, book online or by calling 0870 0267 145.

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