BEAUTIFUL SARDINIAN RESORT WITH EVERYTHING ON THE DOORSTEP

We were really pleased with this spiffing review of the Forte Village Resort in Manchester Evening News. You can read the original article here:

Beautiful Sardinian resort with everything on the doorstep -Jemma Gofton, June 23, 2012

 

The Forte Village is veiled by a flourishing pine forest in the Santa Margherita Di Pula area of Sardinia. This sprawling 25 hectare (62 acre) resort is a 45-minute drive from Cagliari airport and is made up of a cluster of four and five star hotels.

On arrival I found the resort dauntingly large. My accommodation was a golf buggy ride away from reception and as I whizzed past the kids’ club, a multitude of swimming pools, tennis courts and numerous bars I was kicking myself for not packing the sat nav!

If large resort-based holidays aren’t your thing then, on paper,The Forte Village could be off- putting. It caters for 1,600 people and offers activities aplenty. The reality is that after an hour of exploring I realised that it’s relatively small.

It took me a mere eight minutes to meander the winding paths from the front entrance to the private beach front, and whilst doing this I struggled to bump into any other guests. I am assuming this is down to the clever design and huge variety of activities on offer.

Home for my short stay was a bungalow in Le Dune. This discreet, rustic-style building nestled in its own private gardens and was just a few steps from the white sandy beach.The room was cool and chic in an understated way. The bath tub was the size of a plunge pool and took an age to fill, but once brimming with bubbles it was bliss. The rainfall style shower was exhilerating and big enough to throw a drinks reception in (I didn’t).

My holidays always incorporate a bit of pampering so I’m hugely fussy when it comes to the spa. I want fluffy bathrobes, unlimited towels, exacting treatments and attentive therapists. The Thaermae Del Forte Spa at this resort did not disappoint. In fact, it surpassed my expectations.

It’s all centred around six outdoor thalassotherapy pools. The 90-minute soak not only invigorates you but reportedly rids your body of toxins. You start the experience in the resort’s patented seawater oil bath.

The remaining lagoon-style pools vary in saline, heat and pressure. The feeling of weightlessness and the sway of the breeze had a beautifully calming effect, and even cynics who don’t believe the toxins theory will appreciate the chilled vibe.

After a languid morning in the pools I felt serene and a bit spaced out so what better way to undo all the good work than at the resort’s pizzeria? After all, those toxins won’t get themselves back into my body.

Joking aside, I swerved the quattro stagioni and opted for a salad from the extensive salad bar. For about 18 euros you can fill your bowl with fresh leaves, tuna, sundried tomatoes, olives and so much more.

I felt far too saintly after my healthy lunch so I washed it down with a glass of Mirto. This sweet, syrupy drink is the local tipple and although it’s made from fruit it has a distinct herb, if not medicinal, taste.

After an easy couple of days I started to see the appeal of a resort-based holiday. I enjoyed the fact that everything was on my doorstep and I could cherry-pick from a huge list of activities. I took on board all that was on offer and decided against a few laps around the go-kart track, opting instead for sunbathing on the beach with a paperback, followed by sunbathing around the pool with an ice-cream.

Nobody can accuse me of not mixing it up. At this point I didn’t think my trip could be improved upon but I then stumbled across Piazza Maria Luigia. This square is the heart of the resort and it boasts a huge outdoor stage.

The Piazza is also home to a cornucopia of shops, but not just any old shops… designer ones. These stores put Bond Street to shame and if my numbers had come up I could have bagged a bit of Jimmy Choo, Fendi and Armani.

The Forte Village oozes class but its charm is in its unassuming manner.My one tip would be to take in the sights of Sardinia on the way to and from the airport, because once this resort gets under your skin, exploring the rest of the island just won’t happen.

For more information on the beautiful Forte Village Resort, you can visit our website, or call 0208 973229 to speak to a member of our knowledgeable, specialist team.