Our Direct Marketing Manager, Isobel Hollands, stayed at the Forte Village Resort in South Sardinia, where she discovered an array of facilities (a go kart track, award-winning spa, Chelsea Football Academy and Gordon Ramsay restaurant, to name a few) in a beautiful setting.
Here’s her review…
Welcome to South Sardinia
I’d heard a lot of good things about the Forte Village Resort, so when the opportunity to visit for a few days arose, I jumped at the chance. Forte Village is a 55-acre estate with seven hotels, celebrity restaurants and sandy beaches, all set in one of the most picturesque locations on the south coast of Sardinia.
I visited in early September and the weather could not have been better – highs of 27°C and clear blue skies. We hired a car on arrival at Cagliari airport, and I was pleasantly surprised by the straightforward drive. It took about 45 minutes to reach Forte Village, and after a quick and easy check-in on our arrival, we were free to explore our surroundings.
My first impressions of the resort were both how lush the scenery was and how peaceful it seemed, despite its size.
From deluxe suites to family-sized cottages
We stayed at Hotel Castello, one of the five-star hotels within the resort. This hotel is contemporary in style, whilst retaining traditional Sardinian touches. I loved the room – especially the amazing rain shower with in-built mood lighting!
The range of accommodation at Forte Village means there’s something for both families and couples alike. The four-star Hotel Bouganville offers bungalows decorated with a modern twist on the traditional Sardinian style. And there’s Le Palme, which boasts rooms in both bungalows and cottages. For added luxury, five-star options include Pineta, which is situated in a peaceful location in the middle of a pine wood by the beach.
There really is accommodation for all tastes and requirements here, and it’s great to see an ongoing commitment to keeping the resort fresh and up-to-date with regular reinventions and revamps.
Dine at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant
Foodies will be spoilt for choice at Forte Village, with a staggering 21 different restaurants serving a variety of delicious cuisine.
The restaurants included on the Half Board basis depend on which hotel you are staying in, but in addition to buffet restaurants, all guests have access to selected à la carte restaurants, including the Brazilian and Sardinian eateries and the popular steakhouse. These restaurants are all in a lovely setting, overlooking the Oasis pool.
On our last night we had a particularly memorable dinner at Le Dune restaurant, which serves delicious à la carte seafood.
Forte Village is in no short supply of Michelin-standard chefs, either – including our very own Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay’s restaurant is in a beautiful location overlooking the beach. He’s also a regular visitor to Forte Village Resort, sometimes running cookery lessons. One for the bucket list!
Adventures in Wonderland
There’s no doubt that children are well catered for at Forte Village, with endless activities to choose from. Wonderland is an oasis for little ones, offering a wide range of activities, including art, theatre, cooking and writing workshops. Wonderland also boasts its own swimming pool, the Barbie House and a Fisher-Price nursery.
At the end of a busy day, children can enjoy a meal at Mario’s Restaurant. Every detail has been considered – from the small tables and chairs, to the early mealtimes and pizza and pasta on offer. This is just one example of how this resort really has been designed with families in mind.
For parents travelling with babies, it’s reassuring to know that you can rent buggies; nappies and supplies can be purchased at the shops, and a doctor is available around the clock.
Teenagers haven’t been overlooked either, with the U-Club offering activities such as bowling, Zumba, pool parties, go karting and even DJ-ing lessons! There are meeting points, too, where U-Club teens can meet up and make new friends during the day or evening.
A Leading Spa of the World
But Forte Village isn’t just for families – couples can spend some quality time together relaxing on the beach or in the spa. The Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa is recognised as one of the Leading Spas of the World, and with extensive facilities and treatments, it’s easy to see why.
I experienced the Wellness Circuit, which consists of six seawater pools, the first three offering the detoxifying and draining benefits of mineral-packed sea brine. The last three pools complete the regenerating programme, with seawater at decreasing temperatures to stabilise the exchanges that have taken place between the body and the minerals in the sea brine.
It might sound complicated, but I can assure you that it was a truly invigorating experience!
The treatments are equally as wonderful, ranging from relaxing holistic treatments such as hot stone massages, to physiotherapy and beauty treatments such as facials designed to target specific problems.
Celebrity sports academies
The sport academies are unmissable, with courses run by high-profile names such as tennis stars Pat Cash and Paul Haarhuis, rugby pros Austin Healy and Will Greenwood, and football training from Chelsea FC.
You can practice your swing at Wentworth Golf Course and try your hand at dancing, basketball, cricket, cycling, boxing, swimming and even magic tricks. There’s truly something for all!
From beach to pool
If you want to cool off after your exertions, look no further than the sea, where you can try watersports and diving, too. But if all that sounds too energetic, you could always relax on the beach that could seriously rival those of the Caribbean. It is certainly the most beautiful one I’ve seen in the Mediterranean.
You could also take a relaxing swim in one of the resort’s three freshwater swimming pools in the heart of the resort and enjoy the exhilarating waterslides at the Baia delle Palme pool.
It’s fair to say, no matter what you enjoy doing on holiday, you’ll find all of the facilities you could dream of (and more!) at the Forte Village Resort.