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L'ea Bianca Luxury Resort
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Baia Sardinia
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Scotland, UK
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61 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Honeymoon stay at beautiful remote hotel..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

We recently returned from our honeymoon, part of which was 1 week at L'ea Bianca and had a fantastic time. We 'd had couple nights at Hotel Cervo also 5 star in Porto Cervo along the coast, then 5 nights at a remote Agriturismo farm chalet & back to luxury at this hotel. It is very isolated but beautiful localtion and views across to the Madelena islands. Convenient location for daytrips to Corsica & La Maddelena, we did both & loved it.. Corsica was a gem & only cost 30 euros on the hourly ferry from Santa Teresa. You can take the car over to La Maddalena for around 25 euros amazing views. This hotel has beautiful infinity pool & spa, beach is small but idyllic as theres only 30 quest rooms we were never crowded. All staff were friendly & courteous and keen to recommend local drinks/food/sightseeing etc. Also we had a later flight & were made very comfortable keeping our room at no extra cost.. Disappointed there was no shop or boutique in the hotel as you are bit away from civilisation & definitely need a car to get about. It is expensive eg sardinian local wine at meal was 50 euros, but this part of Italy is full of millionaires yachts, designer shops & hotels so nothing is cheap. Save up when you get home! We loved our stay & would recommend this for couples of all ages.

Room Tip: All rooms were great, but no baths available!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank KFnCAD
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Ea2009, Director of Sales at L'ea Bianca Luxury Resort, responded to this review, 7 July 2011
Dear Sirs,

we deeply thank you for your note and for choosing us for your honeymoon.

It has been an honour to have been part of your most important trip, we are very happy you appreciated our services.

We all wish to welcoming you soon again in L'Ea Bianca Luxury Resort.

Best Regards

The management and all the staff.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2010

We loved L'ea Bianca. The pool area is exquisite, the rooms are lovely and the service is amazing. The beach isn't the best, very rocky at the waters edge but it's beautiful anyway. The only thing we weren't overly impressed with was the food. It could definitely be improved. But in any case we would definitely recommend to friends.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank StephDeck
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Ea2009, Director of Sales at L'ea Bianca Luxury Resort, responded to this review, 9 February 2011
Dear Sirs,

the management and the staff deeply thank you for your note, your suggestions are really important for us to improve our services.
Hope to have the chance to welcoming you soon again at L'Ea Bianca.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2010

This is quite a long review so for a quick summary; this hotel is excellent and I would recommend to all with the warning that it is pricey, isolated and there will be the odd moment during your stay when you think "If I owned this hotel why would I do that?" I would also add that there are a lot of reviews quoting this as expensive so I will add some prices in so that you can make up your own mind whether it is expensive.

Hotel
The hotel is situated in the north east of Sardinia between Arzachena and Baia Sardinia and is relatively easy to find. We have seen some reviews about the difficulty of finding this hotel but if you get on the SS125 and then turn off just before Arzachena towards Porto Cervo and Baia Sardinia (SP 73) and then take the turning on the left to Baia Sardinia (SP59) and the hotel is up this road on the left. If you get to Cala Bitta you have gone too far. It has a lovely front entrance and the staff on the front desk were friendly and helpful. We booked half board but were told that if we wanted to have lunch instead of dinner then we could do that.

There are only 31 rooms in the hotel and I believe a couple of villas split across two floors. The rooms in the low numbers have balconies with evening sun (101/201 etc) and the higher you get the less chance you have of evening sun (not that we found this a problem).

Swimming Pool
The swimming pool is more of a leisure pool than something you can swim several lengths in. It is not deep (probably only 1.5m) and there is a wooden platform that forms an area where you have a shallow end but the rest of the pool is the same depth. Also the water is cold.

Around the pool area are ample sun beds all in a rattan material with cushions and as many towels as you want. There is also no towel card system which was great as they become annoying and no rushing to bag a sun bed in the morning. There are also sun beds available in the grassed areas, benches line the pathways and the grounds are well planted and we saw a few members of staff maintaining the gardens to make sure they are always looking good. The staff around the pool are very attentive and helpful.

Beach
Out the back of the hotel there is a beach. This is not soft sand but made from the coarse granite rock that is native to Sardinia. There are sunbeds provided by the hotel and it is monitored by the same lifeguards who look after the pool. We did pop down a couple of times but my wife would have liked a finer sand. The walk down to the beach could be better but is not as bad as some other reviewers have mentioned it is clear were to go (unless you go down in the dark).

Rooms
We stayed in room 212b which is on the lefthand wing of the hotel (as you face the front). This room had plenty of room for 2 with a huge bed (I assume it was super super kingsize) that was firm and had two sets of pillows. The bathroom had two basins plus a very deep bath with jacuzzi bath facility (this was broken in our room but we did not report it so was not the hotels fault it was not fixed) and two shower heads (one detachable) and the wc plus bidet. I would also add there is a selection of shampoo, conditioner, bath foam, soaps and body lotion. We were surprised to see conditioner and my wife commented on how good the conditioner was (which is a first in 13 years of travelling together). Also in the room is a flat screen tv, two wardrobes inc hangers (approx 12), sdb, dressing table and stool plus another table and a couple of chairs. All rooms face the pool and there are a couple of rattan chairs and a table on the balcony for you to relax in the evening.

The room is stylish and well fitted, it is also practical and comfortable. The curtains shut out the light in the morning and the staff that service the rooms do an excellent job.

The only gripes about the room (and this goes for the hotel in general) is the lack of information that is given to you. There is nothing in the room that goes through the hotel facilities, times for dinner etc which you get in most hotels. We did check with other guests and this was the same for other rooms. Obviously you can ask and we did speak to the concierge (who was very helpful and spoke good English) but when you are paying such a lot of money you would expect this in the room.

Restaurant
The waiting staff in the restaurant were excellent. They attended to our every need both at breakfast and dinner and were very accommodating. The food is also very good and was consistently good for the whole 10 days.

Breakfast
There is a selection of cereals, pasties, fruits, juices, jams, cold meats, cheeses, croissants plus sausages, eggs and bacon. You can also order toast and coffee, tea etc from the waiters. This has more of a boutique feel about breakfast so do not expect vast amounts of food but there was enough choice for me and the espressos were excellent.

Lunch
We saw only a handful of people have lunch over the 10 days we were there. At over €20 for a salad it was just too expensive and subsequently there were very few takers. If they just reduced the prices I am sure more people would have lunch but again they may well be shooting themselves in the foot by pricing themselves out of more business.

Dinner
This is always a four course meal and overall I would say this was excellent. I tried some food I had not tasted before and although I personally did not like a couple of dishes it was not to do with the quality of the food or how it was cooked. I also had a couple of dishes I would never try usually and they were excellent including the seared tuna in balsamic. Highlights were the seabass, a crusted pork starter, the ravioli, the lamb with roasted potatoes and the lemon tart. Also one night my wife could not find a starter she fancied and the waiter arranged for another dish to be prepared for her. The staff really did make a difference to the overall eating experience.

Also with dinner we ordered a bottle of wine and if we did not finish it the staff will bring it back to your table the day after. This was a great plus for me as my wife does not drink wine but I love it which means I either have to stick to glasses or drink a whole bottle. The Casa Reale was a good wine at the lower end of the wine prices. We also noticed a bottle of wine (Tiganello) which you can get back home for about £45 was on the menu for €128 which seems odd as it travel far less distance from Tuscany (I think) to Sardinia than it does to London but I am guessing if you bought it in a London restaurant I am pretty sure it would be upwards of £100 a bottle.

The downsides are that a 250ml bottle of coke was €8 and the cheapest bottle of white wine was €40. We were also served water at €12 which is just ridiculous for water. We did find out later in the holiday that if you ask for Smerelda water then it cost €8 a bottle but nobody mentioned this to us, we found out from another guest. This must be a policy decision from the management of the hotel and to offer water to customers and then give them the most expensive water is just trying to rip off your customers although I am sure some people will call it maximising your profits.

Spa/Gym
The gym has a running machine, cycle machine, weight machine, free weights and a yoga ball plus mats. There is also a water machine and all these facilities are modern and well maintained with the usual array of features and options that most of us do not use.

The Spa has a pool and a sauna plus an array of spa treatments that will meet all your needs. For a hotel charging somewhere in the region of €300+ a night for a room they then have the cheek to charge €15 for the Spa pool and €10 for the sauna which I think is awful and subsequently I never saw a single person in the pool. On the positive side (although we did not use the Spa) the prices for the Spa treatments were not expensive compared to the prices we are used to (manicure for €30 and a massage €30-€100).

Concierge
Very helpful and recommended the local vineyard Sinnau which was excellent (see below), he also had a trip around the La Maddalena but at €90 each for the trip we thought this was a little too expensive for a day trip.

Car Hire
This is essential and book it before you go. We paid £170 for 10 days hire through Sixt and as the hotel is so isolate (and we did not see a local bus all holiday) I cannot recommend this enough. In addition once you get to the hotel the cost of car hire will increase to somewhere in the region of €110 for a day (as a couple we met in the hotel found out). There is so much of Sardinia to see in the local vicinity that it seems silly not to hire a car. In addition when we were looking at getting from the airport to the hotel we saw some taxi prices from Porto Cervo to our hotel at €35 for a 10 min ride. The airport is 20-30 mins from the hotel and so we thought it made sense to have a car even if it was just for getting us to and from the airport. fyi we had a Chevvie Spark which could be the worst car ever built (we did choose the cheapest option) but it did not breakdown however some of the roads are quite steep so it may be beneficial if you have a family to hire a better car.

Summary
The costs start to grate after a while and more so because the staff in this hotel are excellent as is the food and the facilities are what you would expect. The hotel is isolated and you cannot get anywhere without a car. We would definitely recommend this hotel because of the staff and food, however we would do so with the advice that you need to have a car unless you want to sit by the pool/beach for the whole time and also be prepared to pay a high price for everything. We will not be returning and for a very simple reason. The hotel we visited in Ibiza this year was equally as good, the staff were not as good and I would say the food was slightly inferior but it cost less then a third of this holiday and although I have to say the ravioli we had at L ea beat the socks off anything we had in Ibiza I struggle to love a hotel that charges €12 for a bottle of water. We were told that Sardinia was expensive but not all places charge these sky high prices. I feel sad saying this because the staff did everything to make our stay memorable but we managed to spend €500 on drink in 10 days, the only alcohol was 4 bottle of wine for €170 the rest was water and coke.

NB; I have added some notes below on places we visited outside of the hotel.

The Sinnau Vineyard was well worth a visit and is about a five minute drive from the hotel. Just a note of warning we ordered two different tastings but did not really pay much attention to the menu and ended up paying for food as well as the wine tasting. The wine tasting was €10 and with the food is €30. The food that came with the white wine was not great but the the meats and cheeses they serve with the reds were excellent. The wines was also very good and the tastings were more like small glasses of wine rather than the usual tastings. You can taste inside or outside and we choose to have a look around some of the art work they sell and then sat outside on the sofas over looking the mountains and they serve your wine and food. After we had finished the tasting we also asked to try the desert wine which the vineyard obliged free of charge.

Baia Sardinia - Worth a drive to as there are some nice shops and places to eat.

Cagionne - We only visited once but had lunch (2x 15cm pizza, still water, coke, glass of prosecco) for €20 and it was a lovely pizza just opposite the green by the beach front.

Porto Cervo - This has both a marina and a town. We ate in Aqua which made some very nice food but lunch cost us €70 inc 1 glass of wine which was very expensive. Worth a trip around the area. There are a load of designer shops in the town centre so shoppers will be able to spend a fortune.

Palau/Cap D'Orso - We went up the Bears Head. This is only about 10-20 mins from top to bottom and well worth the trip, the views are excellent as it the rock formation. It is also relatively cheap at €1 for the car park and €2 to get in. The path itself is made up of broken rock but it is a clearly marked path. When you get to the top there is a viewing platform however once you go past this and round to the rock formation the path is dangerous. Please do not let this put you off as it is worth the trip however the rocks are granite and having slipped on one I would recommend trainers as sliding down the rockface was a little closer than I would have preferred. Also at the top there are no barriers to stop you falling so if you have children make sure they are well supervised.

Arzachena is the closest genuine village in the area and we did drive through and thought it looked worth second visit but never got round to it. It does have an old world feel to it.

Lastly there is a small place next to the Spar on the road between the hotel and Baia Sardinia that does pasties and sweets, no idea what it is called but well worth a visit. Good coffee and excellent little biscuits/cakes and all at reasonable prices. You will not see this from the road so will need to park up and just to the left of the Spar under an awning is this little place.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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15 Thank Wildsnoopster
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Ea2009, Director of Sales at L'ea Bianca Luxury Resort, responded to this review, 9 February 2011
Dear Sirs,

the management and the all staff thank you for your message.

Your attentive note is very precious for us, we are pleased we made your stay in Sardinia a bit better and we will surely treasure your advices that will help all of us to improve our service. Please contact us to show you all the offers and to take advantage of the new special conditions we've created for our valued repeater guests.

Looking forward to welcoming you in L'Ea Bianca soon again we remain

Best Regards
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2010

If You wish to pass a relaxing time with your second part out of sights, this hotel is definitely for you. It’s situated in Baia Sardinia, just 15 min by car far from Porto Cervo. It’s really peaceful and calm place for the total relax.
There are around 30 rooms and all of them are with the sea view so that your stay will be even more calm. All the rooms are really spacious with the big bathroom that has a double shower cabin and a balcony.
First of all I’d like to say about the staff of the hotel – all of them are extraordinary nice and polite, it was really a pleasure as every our wish or request were done immediately and on the high level. I have to add that the staff is not only English-speaking but also German and French speaking, so for sure noone will have difficulties with the communication.
The beach of the hotel is almost private: “almost” because in Italy it’s quite impossible by the law that a hotel has the beach in the private property, but since around of this hotel there isn’t almost any kind of other hotel or villa, it’s like the private beach that belongs to the hotel and which is attended by the guests of the hotel. The hotel tried to get this territory in a rent but the government of the coast doesn’t permit it (probably the reason is the typical bureaucracy which is really common in Italy) but nevertheless the staff of the hotel takes care of the beach – they clean it, serve you the sun beds and umbrellas….etc
Obviously You can stay also at the pool that is quite big with the sun beds around it. There is no necessity that you bring towels with you as the hotel will provide it to you. Just one step from the pool there is the bar of the hotel where you can have a drink or eat something. The prices are high in general but more than normal for Costa Smeralda.
Talking also about the food, I’d say that the restaurant of the hotel – Lunaria – is really really good and worth visiting. I don’t know if it can be attended by the guests out of the hotel or only by those that are logging in the hotel. We had a half-board with breakfast and possibility to choose between supper and dinner. At the dinner You have the complete choice of dishes: starter, first dish and the second dish. Being the Italian, I can say that the dinner was really delightful that usually is not so much easy to find at the restaurant of the hotel. Just prepare that the drinks are not included in the price and you’ll leave around 9€ for the bottle of water and 3-4€ for the coffee…
So almost for all the period we ate in the hotel and only 1 evening we went to the restaurant at Porto Cervo – Fratti Rossi – that is also absolutely to be advised.
In the hotel there is also the fitness room and the inside pool where You can relax after making some of the treatments that offers you the beauty center of the hotel. There is also free wifi in the lobby and at the bar of the hotel, and free LAN connection in the room.
In general, is the hotel where we would come back again and is one to advise to our friends.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2010

Just back from a week at the L'ea Bianca with our 5 month old son. Despite the weather (some days cold and windy) and no water for 1 day (a problem affecting the whole region), we had a lovely stay and would fully recommend. The highlight for us was the service which was really 5* from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. In particular, the restaurant which was fantastic, and Giovanni ("the boss" of the restaurant) and his team. We loved the friendly and helpful pool staff and bar managers as well. The only negatives from our side would be the mark-up on snacks/drinks/wine in the hotel (very high for us and we live in Zurich, Switzerland which isn't cheap). However, we came to realise that this is more about Costa Smeralda in general than this hotel in particular. Actually, Euro 50 for a Euro 7 bottle of wine looks not too bad when other hotels are charging Euro 70 for the same bottle, and some 5* hotels on the coast charged Euro 15-18 for a bottle of beer against a price of Euro 8 in L'ea Bianca, so in a funny way it was cheaper than most others!!! In short, don't go to Costa Smeralda if you're on a budget. For us it was a special holiday and we went knowing from friends that this part of Sardinia is an expensive destination and were relaxed about spending extra money in the hotel given this was our first family holiday with our young son. Keep up the great work. We will be back.....

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank StephenA30
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Additional Information about L'ea Bianca Luxury Resort

Property: L'ea Bianca Luxury Resort
Address: Localita Cala Dei Ginepri SNC, 07021 Baia Sardinia, Arzachena, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Arzachena > Baia Sardinia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Baia Sardinia
#2 Luxury Hotel in Baia Sardinia
#5 Family Hotel in Baia Sardinia
Price range (per night): ₹ 27,491 - ₹ 80,050
Hotel Class:5 star — L'ea Bianca Luxury Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel has 31 comfortable and spacious finely furnished rooms with sea view balconies overlooking the gardens; hotel has direct access to the beach. It also, has 5 sea view fine villas surrounded by Mediterranean gardens. Experience Care offers natural aesthetic treatments tailor made suit the individual needs. “Lunaria restaurant” with inner space and terrace overlooking the sea, offers the best local tradition, the most popular international dishes with a touch of unexpected sensations.Meeting room, 110 square meters, with natural light, sea view and garden, direct access to the swimming pool and restaurant area, with theater style it is up to 80 people Only 32Km from the harbor/airport of Olbia, 10 min from Porto Cervo and 5 from Baja Sardinia, nestled in 8.000 mq of Mediterranean green, 150 m from the sea of Cala dei Ginepri. ... more   less 
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