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Forte Village Resort

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Santa Margherita da Pula, Cagliari, Sardinia

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Completely refurbished for 2018, this unique complex, is set in centuries-old grounds by a stunning powder white beach and features several elegant hotels with faultless service and delicious restaurants that keep guests returning year on year.

We have a penchant for the five-star Hotel Castello, which is located in peaceful pine groves right next to the sea. There is a dedicated reception and sole use of the two pools (one of which has a sea view) reserved for Castello and the other five star hotels. Exclusive premium rooms are located on the top two floors. We also recommend the five-star Hotel Pineta with contemporary new-look rooms in a lovely Mediterranean park whilst four star Hotel Bouganville features bungalow-style rooms in thick shaded gardens.

The unspoilt beach has miles of pale sand, crystal clear waters, water sports and a PADI diving centre. If you want to chill-out you will be in heaven at the AcquaForte SPA, an open-air haven (with a retractable roof for use in the winter) with techniques based around six seawater pools at different temperatures and thalassotherapy therapies. There is also a Turkish bath, sauna and a health bar.

The unspoilt beach has miles of pale sand, crystal clear waters, water sports and a PADI diving centre. If you want to chill-out you will be in heaven at the AcquaForte SPA, an open-air haven (with a retractable roof for use in the winter) with techniques based around six seawater pools at different temperatures and thalassotherapy therapies. There is also a Turkish bath, sauna and a health bar.

At the “Forte Village Sport Academy” you can enjoy countless sports with professional experts including the Tennis Academy with 13 tennis courts, Rugby by Austin Healey, Basketball Academy, Bike Academy, Swimming Academy, the Chelsea Soccer School, Dance Academy, Netball and Boxing Academy (there’s a new indoor sports centre).

There is a Children’s Wonderland with three pools, a special pink Barbie™ activity centre, a restaurant just for them and Mario’s Village with miniature houses and its own cinema and diner. Leisure Land boasts eight bowling alleys, go karts and a disco.

Winner of ‘World’s Leading Resort and Wellness Retreat’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Luxury Family Beach’ and ‘Leading Luxury Family Resort’ and ‘Leading Sport Resort’.

Room Types

Hotel Bouganville, Deluxe Bungalow
Deluxe Bungalows (31m2) with elegant decor, large double bedroom with an internal sitting room area and sofa bed. Bathroom with separate shower and bath tub. Private patio and garden area.

Hotel Bouganville, Deluxe Family Plus Bungalow
Deluxe Family Plus Bungalows (44m2) with elegant decor, two adjoining bedrooms with a connecting door, one room has twin beds or a double bed, an extra bed can be added on request. The second room has 2 single beds ‘L’ shaped, each bedroom has its own bathroom, a separate patio and a separate entrance.

Le Palme, Deluxe Bungalow
Deluxe Bungalows (31m2) with elegant decor, large double bedroom with an internal sitting room area and sofa bed. Bathroom with separate shower and bath tub. Private patio and garden area.

Le Palme, Deluxe Family Plus Bungalow
Deluxe Family Plus Bungalows (44m2) with elegant decor, two adjoining bedrooms with a connecting door, one room has twin beds or a double bed, an extra bed can be added on request. The second room has 2 single beds ‘L’ shaped, each bedroom has its own bathroom, a separate patio and a separate entrance.

Le Palme, Le Palme Roof
Le Palme Roof (26m2) are first floor bungalows with a twin or double bedroom with a sofa bed, a bathroom with a bathtub and shower and a balcony.

Il Borgo, Deluxe Bungalow
Deluxe Bungalows (31m2) with elegant decor, large double bedroom with an internal sitting room area and sofa bed. Bathroom with separate shower and bath tub. Private patio and garden area.

Il Borgo, Superior Room
Ground floor bungalows (20 - 30m2) open out to a patio. Twin or double room with an extra sofa bed and space for a cot if required. All rooms feature a bathroom with shower (some have a bathtub), air conditioning, telephone, LCD TV, minibar and safe.

Pineta, Deluxe Family Room
New for Summer 2016, Deluxe Family Rooms are located on the ground floor (37m2). Each features a large private garden and patio, double or twin master bedroom with shower and bath, some rooms offer a separate area for a sofa bed.

Pineta, Superior Terrace Room
Double rooms located on the first floor (24-26m2) with a bathroom with shower or bathtub and garden views from the balcony.

Villa Del Parco & Spa, Luxury Bungalow 
Luxury Bungalows are located on the ground floor with twin beds and delightful private veranda. Many bungalows are adjoining.

Hotel Castello, Superior Room
Twin or double room with bathroom, a full range of facilities and balcony overlooking the pine grove. Some rooms are adjoining.

Hotel Castello, Superior Mare Room
Twin or double room with bathroom, a full range of facilities and balcony sea side. Some rooms are adjoining.

Hotel Castello, Superior Garden Room
Recently renovated, Superior Garden Rooms with a refreshing light Mediterranean style have a twin or double bedroom with bathroom and a balcony overlooking the pine grove. Some rooms are adjoining.

Hotel Castello, Prestige Room
Recently renovated, Prestige Rooms are spacious and modern with two queen size beds or a double king size bed, bathroom with bathtub (some rooms have whirlpool tubs), shower with chromo-therapy, and large terrace with a particle sea view facing the seaside. Some rooms are adjoining.

Hotel Castello, Prestige Plus Room
Prestige Plus Rooms are spacious and modern with two queen size beds or a double king size bed, bathroom with bathtub (some rooms have whirlpool tubs), shower with chromotherapy and small living area with elegant sofas. Steps lead down from the bedroom to the living area, which opens onto a large terrace with a partial sea view facing the seaside. Some rooms are adjoining.

Hotel Castello, Junior Suite
Junior Suites are located on the fourth floor with a panoramic terrace which has stunning views over the sea and pine grove. The Junior Suite has a small reception area which leads onto a spacious open room; there is a sleeping area with two queen size beds or a double bed, bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower and a living area with sofas.

Hotel Castello, Executive Mare Room
Executive Mare Rooms have a twin or double bedroom with bathroom, a full range of facilities and balcony overlooking the pine groves on the seaside. Some rooms are adjoining.

Hotel Castello, Exective Deluxe Mare Room
Executive Deluxe Mare Rooms have a twin or double bedroom with bathroom featuring a bathtub and shower. Located on the fourth floor. Steps lead down from the bedroom to a small, welcoming living area which opens onto a large terrace with beautiful views over the sea and pine grove. Some rooms are adjoining.

Hotel Castello, Deluxe Patio Room
Deluxe Patio Rooms have a twin or double bedroom on the lower ground floor with patio.

Le Dune, Deluxe Bungalow
Deluxe Bungalows are luxurious bungalows with patio and private garden, bathroom with bathtub (some have a whirlpool tub) and shower. Many also have a living area with a sofa which opens out into an additional bed. Air conditioning, telephone, LCD TV, DVD player, minibar and a safe complete the facilities. Some bungalows are adjoining.

Le Dune, Le Dune Suite
Superb ground floor Suites with patio and private garden (some Suites are located on the first floor and have panoramic terraces). All Suites have a twin or double bedroom and an open-plan living area with a sofa which opens out into an additional bed (in some suites the bedroom and living area are separated by a sliding door). The Suites also have a bathroom with bathtub and shower (many with whirlpool tub), air conditioning, telephone, LCD TV, DVD player, Hi-Fi, minibar and safe. A cot can be provided on request. Suites can be connected to a second Suite or a Deluxe Bungalow. Some Le Dune Suites can be interconnecting with a Deluxe Bungalow.

Facilities

  • Room Service
  • Babysitting
  • Swimming Pools
  • Tennis
  • Spa
  • Beachfront
  • Swimming Pool
  • WiFi
  • Interconnecting Rooms
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Pool Bar/Restaurant
  • PADI Dive Centre
  • Water Sports
  • Children`s Club

Child Care

Kids` Club (Age 0-17 years)
Nursery (age 0-2 charge applies), complimentary Mini-Club (age 2-12), Children’s Wonderland and U-Club for teens.

Nursery (Age 0-2 years)
The cost is 15.00 euros per hour. The same price as the cost of a baby sitter. Excellent and professional child-minding services are available at Children’s City, including outside normal opening times. Pushchairs can be rented for around 10 Euro a day.

Children`s Wonderland 
The resort has recently added to its children`s facilities with a special kids minature village. The village incorporates top children`s brands including a pink Barbie house (with a real life Barbie), a Thomas the Tank engine train with its own station and a Hot Wheels go cart track. Here you will find fantastic workshops/ labs, where children can model clay, cook a pizza, play an instrument, dance, learn English or Italian and, new this year, create their very own work of art on a huge canvas with artists from ArtEvent. Children`s Wonderland has three private pools right at the water’s edge and there is also a children’s restaurant with special menus and opening times. Open every day 09:00 to 12.30 and 15.00 to 18.00. It is free of charge.

U-Club for Teenagers
Situated in a private area, on the other side of the main road, it is connected to the Resort thanks to an underground passage. It’s the ideal place to go bowling or go-karting with friends, or dance the night away at the disco. New this year for teenagers Forte Village has launched a DJ and make -up academy.

Go-Karts
A high-speed kilometre-long track with one bend after another, plus a real starting grid and podium. The go-kart track is our very own take on Formula 1. (Available day and night)

Bowling
The full-size 8-lane bowling alley is the perfect place for an afternoon or evening of fun. (Available day and night). In May, June and September it is open in the afternoon and evening, July and August morning and from 17:00 to 02.00.

Disco Club
Our “Forte Fortissimo” club is one of summer’s real hot spots, a chic, high energy venue and the heart of the resort’s nightlife. Take to the floor every night and enjoy lightshows and sounds from top DJs. (Only at night).

Nintendo Wii
The high tech venue which takes guests to a virtual world, complete with space-age Nintendo screens. Open a window onto the future: take pole position on a Formula 1 track, play a round of golf or enjoy a baseball match alongside a favourite team. Free of charge. (Available day and
night).

Trampolines
A springboard and landing area where doing acrobatic or gymnastic exercises: amusing for kids but also pleasant for adults.

Climbing Wall
The ideal place where simulating a rock climbing, always supervised by a professional expert. Guests will decide themselves the difficulty level by choosing among 4 different “faces” of the wall.

Secure environment so children can roam around and have fun by themselves. There are no cars, only bikes and small electric trolleys. Many sports and dedicated sport lessons

Cot for infants free of charge

Baby buggy: available to rent at the Children’s city (10 euros per day)

Babysitting service available at extra charge (15 €/hour)

Entertainment programme for children at the Piazza Maria Luigia

Reviews

06-September-2018/Duncan Williams/ Customer Rating: ★★★★
Bouganville - Forte Village
Struggled to find sunbeds around the main pool unless you were there very early.....they took towels off the beds if you left for anything over an hour, needs more space and more sunbeds. The buffet restaurant had no specific childrens food and every day we had to ask for something suitable which in fairness was provided. There were significant numbers of children to justify food tailored to be on offer for the youngsters tastes as in most 5 star resorts. Overall the plus of the resort was worth the few inconveniences and we will go back.

06-September-2018/Raman Kaur/ Customer Rating: ★★★★★★★
Hotel Castello - Forte Village
Great food and people ! Good for children and a lot to do !!

19-June-2015 /JJ/ Customer Rating: ★★★★
Spring Bank week at Forte Village Sardinia
Restaurants: At the level we stayed we didn’t get access to all the restaurants. This early in the season, not all were open, anyway. It was strange how reception could not give us a map showing where the restaurants were, nor could they give us any menus – even though we asked more than twice. Yet they insisted we made bookings. I find this strange. You cannot expect people to book a restaurant without telling them what food it serves, and what is on the menu, and where it is located!

We eventually fell into their trap, by taking the reception’s suggestion to book two restaurants (Sardi and Grill); places we would not have chosen in normal situations, as they were rather tired looking, quite empty, and the food was meat-heavy and only average quality.

Another example of this being Le Dune, one of the fine-dining restaurants which had a 70 Euro per person supplement. Yet there was very little I could eat due to my shellfish food allergy.

More so, the restaurants open rather late in the evening for families with children.
In the end, of all the website bravado of 21 restaurants, we ended up each night at the buffet as the only choice when travelling with a young child (age 8). At the buffet, at least, the food choice was wide. Except… the weather wasn’t always good for eating outside, and the hotel had no inside seating option.
Furthermore, hot food was served on to cold plates. By the time one had weaved back to the table, the food was cold. After a few nights, I was asking them to grill the plates before serving food. I’m convinced food was below the safe health and hygiene 70 degree C temperature levels. I saw several small children who had “tummy trouble”.

We were also annoyed that we had to learn from other guests that the half-board included free wine. We were never told of this option when we (naturally) asked for a wine list at the table on the first 4 nights. The house red and white were very drinkable, and we would not have wasted well over 150 euros on wine in the first half of the week.

Finally, the lunch options were very limited. Excluding pool snacks, 2 places to eat with pasta, pizza, fish and salad became quite boring for a week.

The room: Our “Le Palme” family garden bungalow was newly refurbished, but connected to the children’s accommodation which was old and dilapidated. This space even left builders’ drawings on the floor where work was planned, but hadn’t happened. We had to keep the interconnecting doors open, as there were no handles should they have been accidently shut. We only used the connecting room for sleep.

The location – we thought – was good. But due to the Skoda site take-over (see later) the noise of dance music each night was not conducive to getting children to sleep. More so, the bungalow had different guests upstairs. They weren’t overly noisy, but we expected to be alone.
The room had a mini-bar – it even had alcohol in the children’s room, but there wasn’t a price list. We asked, but it never appeared. A hotel of this calibre should supply free bottled water.
The cleaning of the room was extremely hit and miss. I think we suffered from a rota which had trained staff on even dates, and new staff on odd dates. As we only occasionally got all the towels changed and foot-mats to get in and out of bed.

Not all the pools were open. Only two were heated, but the heating system seemed to fail during the week. Both pools purporting to be heated were rather deep (5M and 2.5M), and certainly not good for children who couldn’t swim.

WiFi: We were initially asked to pay 20 Euros per day for wifi. We complained and got this for free. It seems arbitrary how much you pay.

Sports: Especially for children, much of the forte village is about sports and fitness. We didn’t get any information on arrival, and the map we were handed on arrival showed the wrong sports in the wrong locations. This resulted in stalking people dressed in gym gear at breakfast to discover the sports options, costs and locations. Children’s sports training was (VERY) pricy at 110 euros for 2 hours per child per day, but actually was of good quality.

One afternoon we tried the (95 euro) thalasso therapy option. In hindsight, the Thalasso therapy receptionist should have offered some health and safety advice. The first two pools were a mix of strong salts, oils and minerals. So much additives were in the pools that any skin wounds were painfully aggravated. As I had recently had foot surgery, I could only manage 30 seconds; compared to the 10 minutes we had been recommended to bathe.

Intrasite coordination across the resort was poor. For instance, the go-karts (20 Euros for 12 minutes) and 10 pin bowling (at 8 Euros per person per game) started way too late for children (8pm until 1am) as you had to either go after dinner, or eat even later. This lack of synchronisation seemed typical of the resort; a good example being the ice cream kiosk closing just BEFORE the children finished sports training.

The holiday was marred by a promotional takeover of the whole resort by Skoda – who was holding its annual sales training, marketing and demonstration month for hundreds of delegates. Hence, we ordinary public were barred from entering some restaurants and locations.

So for a 4 and 5 star resort, it was rather disappointing. I’m not sure I’d go back again.

16-June-2015 /Jason & Tanya Auld/ Customer Rating: ★★★
Mostly excellent, and we had a good time, but I must admit we had a few complaints.

Firstly, there was a large conference on for 6 weeks (Skoda). We were not told about this prior to our arrival, so it was a bit of a surprise. The hundreds of delegates were given exclusive access to the beachfront restaurants, so we had to use the hotel restaurant for breakfast (rather than the one overlooking the beach) and did not have the option of eating in the only beachfront restaurant which was included in the half board option for dinner.
The two `extras` restaurants were too expensive for us - at €70 or €100 surcharge per person PLUS wine, it would have added €350 - €500 to the bill for one just one meal for our family.
Although there were 3 other `inclusive` restaurants on the half board option, wine was not included except at the buffet at the hotel, and water wasn`t included at a couple of them either. This was not clear to us beforehand (maybe it was in the small print somewhere) but as we had no useful information about the restaurants on arrival, we had to find this out for ourselves.

On arrival in our room, there was absolutely no information on anything in the resort - e.g. sports facilities, restaurant menus, bicycle hire, beach facilities, excursions, things to do in the area, car hire information etc etc....this is normally all there to mull over whilst drinking a glass of wine on your patio! Had I decided on a beer from the minibar (which was overfilled, so the the door wouldn`t close, so everything was lukewarm when we arrived - we then sorted it out ourselves) I had no idea what it would cost as there was no menu and price list.
So it fell to us to find out everything from the reception staff, but it was obvious that there were several new staff - as we got very different information regarding opening times, age restrictions etc (which left our 7 year old very upset as he had been told that he could drive one of the go-karts - but was then told otherwise at the track, to his HUGE disappointment!). They were all friendly and helpful - just not that well-informed.

19-August-2014 /Sherwan Dizayee/ Customer Rating: ★★★★★★
Thank you for arranging the nice holiday. The service was perfect. We expected the rooms to be larger and more modern. The hotel had a diiferent arrival time at the airport therefore the transportation was not ready on arrival but was sorted out soon.

Special offers

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Transfers

50 minutes by car from Cagliari (Elmas Airport).

Food & Drink

21 restaurants/ 14 bars (seasonal) and a nightclub.

Beachcomber
Fresh Fish Restaurant with a fantastic location overlooking the sea, serving grilled fish with a choice of salad, pasta dishes, fresh fruit and home-made ice cream. Open for lunch only 12:30 - 14.30.

Pizzeria 
Serving a wide variety of pizzas, all cooked in a wood oven also serving a salad buffet, fresh seasonal fruit and a vast choice of typical local desserts. Open for lunch only 12:30 - 15:00 and 15:30 on Saturday. (July and August 12:30 - 17:00)

Oasis Pool & Baia delle Palme Snack Bars
A huge variety of Panini’s, club sandwiches, cold dishes and fresh fruit to make a day by the pool even more memorable. Both are located by the 2 biggest swimming pools.

Fish Market
A panoramic seafront restaurant offering a wonderful array of freshly caught fish and shellfish, all cooked on the grill. The menu also offers a vast choice of salads, plus Sardinian cheeses and charcuterie. Opens for lunch.

Cavalieri
Cavalieri is a 5 * buffet restaurant. Set out beneath the stars amidst a deliciously-scented pine grove, an exceptional varied buffet with something for everyone. The extensive, highly imaginative menu includes Italian and Sardinian specialities: from salad and cheese to typical local charcuterie, from fresh pasta to meat and fish.

Pineta
A deliciously varied buffet with a beautiful pine grove as its backdrop. The extensive menu is made even more special during theme nights - a chance to taste traditional dishes from around Italy. Open from the end of June to early September.

Forte Grill
An exceptional variety of meat from Italy, Ireland and Australia, all cooked on the grill. Plus a wide range of starters and desserts, Located in the Oasis area. Open for dinner 19:30 - 22:00 and in July and August 07:30 - 01:00.

Belvedere
Guided by the experience of Chef Antonello Arrus, the Belvedere restaurant serves Italian and Sardinian cuisine. Chef Arrus`s substantial menu features local dishes with a creative twist.

Le Dune
A mere breath away from the spectacular Mediterranean, Le Dune is a stylish a` la carte restaurant overlooking the sea with a modern take on regional Italian cuisine.

Forte Gourmet
Overlooking the Oasis pool, Forte Gourmet Restaurant i directed ay Michelin-starred chef Rocco Lannone. A wonderful place to rediscover the finest Italian cuisine. Open July and August. 

Gordon Ramsay
A star who has reached new heights in international cuisine. Renowned throughout the whole of Europe, Gordon Ramsay is one of the most creative and original chefs to have emerged in recent years. His exclusive restaurant overlooks the sea and offers surprising and spectacular menus.

Alfrons Schubeck (Michelin starred chef)
A beautiful spice based cuisine, available to enjoy either in the restaurant with stunning sea views or in the Spa where one can seek the health benefits of spices.

Cantina del Forte
The Cantina`s cellars offer a choice of more than 300 of the finest Italian wines. This small, elegant restaurant boasts special tasting menus created by Michelin-starred chefs, all accompanied by world-class wines. Open late July to late August.

Fortino (Children’s restaurant)
With the emphasis on freshness and fun, Fortino is specially designed for our youngest guests. A wide-ranging lunch and dinner menu with something to suit every child. A sterilizer is available at the restaurant.

Caviar Bar
This small intimate restaurant provides sophisticated seclusion in front of the sea. Set within a quiet garden with wonderful sea views, the atmospheric Caviar Bar and open kitchen specialises in the finest wild caviar, fresh fish and special cruditee dishes. The wine list offers recommendations to accompany each dish. Open for lunch in August. 

Shamble Asian Fusion Restaurant
This restaurant brings exotic spices and aroma typical of Asian cuisine.

Sardinian Restaurant
Sardinia boasts one of the most varied, tastiest cuisines in Italy, a melting pot of history and culture. A triumph of local pasta dishes, meat, vegetables, cheeses, desserts and wines, an outright winner for many years, Located overlooking the Sea.

Brazilian Restaurant
Delicious meat is cooked over charcoal or spit-roast at this refreshingly relaxing restaurant.

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Our Experts

Kate is one of our Forte Village Resort experts:
"With a vast range of facilities, this is a superb holiday choice for families with active children"
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