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Resort & Spa Le Duneitaly

Tuesday October 13
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About The Hotel

Set on the stunning island of Sardinia, Resort & Spa Le Dune is a 4 star resort which is wonderfully equipped for families. Made up of 5 hotels, the resort enjoys extensive private grounds overlooking the coast of Badesi Marina, framed by sand dunes and hills covered by scented junipers. The long sandy beach stretches for some 8 km to the beautiful, deserted cliffs of Isola Rossa.

Of the six sheltered swimming pools, two are dedicated to children, situated within the Villaggio Fantasia, the huge kids playground. Little ones can explore Duneland Castle, with creative workshops, play area, film screening area, padded area, “Peter Pan” restaurant and even a relaxation room with cots and bottle-feeding facility. There’s a creche, kids club and dedicated teens club, with a schedule of entertaining activities laid on. Kids can take on the grown-ups at the floodlit five-a-side football pitch or on the basketball court. Children can get up close to nature, tending the organic vegetable garden or collecting fresh eggs from the hens.

Ten themed restaurants offer a wide variety of foods, as well as buffets. Most of the restaurants offer complimentary house wine. You can chose to eat in a formal setting for a special occasion or casually if you just want a quick bite to eat. We recommend the BBQ fish and sea food risotto. Children can eat at ‘Peter Pan’ with its specially designed kiddie menu, perhaps choosing vegetables that they picked earlier in the day!

Within the resort, two hotels are especially recommended to families: I Ginepri and Le Palme. All our Tots Too hotels have a good choice of rooms, suites and villas suitable for families. Call us to discuss the right combination for you.

The Dune Point, at the centre of the resort, provides information on the huge choice of activities and events. There is a dive centre, small amusement arcade and boutiques.

Group sailing lessons are organised or take part in a sports tournament. Brush up your tennis on the floodlit courts, try archery, horse-riding or work on your moves at the dance school. The evenings are enlivened by shows and live music.

Take an excursion by foot, car, scooter or boat. Half day excursions include visits to charming, traditional villages or a sea safari to spot dolphins. Full day excursions include visits to nearby islands or even to Corsica, or to the glamorous harbours of Costa Smeralda and Porto Cervo

Le Sabine Spa is hidden among sandy dunes, surrounded with heated whirlpools with hydromassage beds. There is a Turkish bath, cardio fitness room and a range of beauty and wellness treatments are offered. A medical certificate providing evidence of fitness for treatments and use of equipment is required. Special programmes are available for pregnancy.

Your Tots Too expert for Le Dune Resort is Helen.

Family Facts

Cots available on request

Babysitting available from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm must be booked in advanced

Complimentary daytime Baby Club from 18 months to 3 years of age, from 8.45 am to 6.30 pm. Medical certificate required stating the child is free from spreadable disease

Complimentary daytime Mini and Junior Club for children aged from 4 to 13, open from 9.00 am to 6.30 pm. Evening care also available

Pushchair friendly. Pushchair hire €20 per stay

Approx one hour's drive from both Olbia and Alghero airports

Ambulatory service morning and evening plus physician on call after hours, nearest medical centre is 2km from the hotel

2 out of the 6 pools are dedicated to children, one located in “Villaggio Fantasia” with a large playground and the other in “Le Palme” with water games.

Bottle-feeding assistance with a dedicated facility is available on request round the clock, including steriliser, blender and warmer

Child car seats available for transfers (may require extra supplement)

Teen Club for 14-17 year olds, with sports tournaments and evening activities


  • NL 08 September 2014 "We had a wonderful time at Le Dune Resort, and both my girls want to go back!

    The rooms were were clean and comfortable, and the staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful, and they were very efficient, especially with regard to arranging the private taxi transfer.

    The food was good with a lot of variety, the pizza restaurant being our favourite, although the others were great too. The catering staff at the Nautilis restaurant seemed a little rushed off their feet though, but far more laid back at the other restaurants.

    The beach was the highlight of our holiday, with beautiful crystal clear waters on calm days, and exciting waves on others, although their was one day when we couldn’t swim because the sea was too rough. We all still had a great time running away from the waves! The beach manager was very friendly and helpful. The only downside was that the beach got very busy at times.

    The pools were a little cold for us, and would have benefited from some heating.

    On the few evenings that we treated the kids to an evening at the Piazza, we found the entertainment to be really enjoyable.

    We didn’t use the kids clubs because my girls were having such a great time on the beach, so I can’t comment on them I’m afraid.

    Finally, the only slight problem we experienced was the loud music at night, which went on till 5.30am on the Friday night!

    We would however love to go back some day.

    I would give the resort a score of 4.5.

    Thank you for finding us such a great holiday."

  • MM 16 June 2013 "Happy to give feedback - the Sabine [at Le Dune] was the place to stay, the suite was clean and comfy and right next to the Sabine pool, the staff were helpful and attentive.

    The baby club was fantastic and our little 2 year old had a great time - he was well looked after, they took him to the beach, to the various swimming pools, played with him, and he has even picked up a few Italian words!

    The choice and variety of restaurants was good, but you needed to book in advance. Our only comment about the restaurants is the opening times - breakfast started at 8 am and dinner from 7.30 pm - with a lively 2 year old, breakfast was a bit late (luckily there was a nursery kitchen to find him a pre-breakfast snack) and dinner was too late - 3 of the 7 nights he fell asleep face down in a bowl of pasta! A suggestion for the hotel would be to offer staggered opening times for their various restaurants to give the guests a choice.

    We had a lovely time and this is a great resort for families! Would we go again? YES!"

  • GJ 31 July 2012 "We had a lovely break, and I'm very happy to provide feedback.

    Le Dune is very cleverly laid out in that you are never really aware of the huge number of people it caters for. The gardens are planted in such a way that, when sitting at one pool/restaurant you are completely unaware of there being another hotel very nearby.

    We were pleased we had chosen the Sabine over the other hotels as the pool was the nicest of the selection, and also the quietest, and it gave us the option to dip into the busier family areas with our 4 year old when we wished to but to have a quieter afternoon at the Sabine on other days. The Sabine rooms were lovely. Our family suite consisted of a large king size bedroom, a roomy sitting room (where Calum had a bed) and big bathroom with walk-in shower, his & her sinks etc. It looked like it had been refurbished reasonably recently and was kept spotlessly clean by daily cleaners. The only downside was the garden outside our terrace was so overgrown that we had no outlook and a rather dull terrace to sit on (there were very few like this though).

    We were given fresh beach/pool towels every day, which I thought was too frequent (environmentally), but a treat nonetheless. (I think in the other hotels beach towels were accessed by deposit).

    The staff were very efficient and friendly and, in the Italian way, very good with little children. The chefs, in particular, deserve mention - we could see them in their spotless kitchens starting to prepare lunch as we were eating breakfast!

    The clientele were probably 50% Italian, 30% Dutch and the remainder a mixture of French, German and British. Albeit we were there in the early part of Scottish school holidays, we were only aware of a handful of English speaking families - that is something we quite like but it did mean our son found it difficult to make friends for more than a short time in the pool, given he couldn't speak to them! It may well be different in English school holidays though.


    The standard of food was excellent. Breakfast at Il Leccio was in a lovely location and very relaxing. A huge selection was offered, together with freshly cooked omlettes/crepes.

    We tried several restaurants in the evening but were glad we'd read on Trip Advisor that it would be necessary to book as soon as we arrived because this was certianly the case (for example, the first available evening in Le Junchi (pizzeria) was on our 6th night.

    The food was very good in every restaurant (particularly the selection of fresh fruits) and, with the exception of Scorfano, there was always a simple pasta option for wee ones, and an ice-cream bar.............

    Il Nautilus - is the main (inclusive) buffet restaurant - we ate here several lunchtimes and one evening. The buffet selection was good and water/wine included.
    Alla Spiaggia - in our FB option, we could eat lunch here or at Il Nautilus - very similar buffet with wine/water included. However, this one needs to be booked for lunch. It's location on the beach was ideal if we'd spent the morning down there.
    Il Leccio - as well as breakfast, we ate here one evening - very good selection of fish carpacios, sushi etc as well as hot dishes (no supplement for Sabine guests but only water included).
    Carrimbanca - grilled meat and fish - a different selection here, which was good but the puddings in each of the restaurants (except Scorfano) was rather samey. Water/wine included.
    Scorfano - fish and seafood - a smaller restaurant and therefore a quieter atmosphere - €12 pp supplement but that included a glass of Prosecco on arrival and a bottle of wine (rather than the house wine included elsehwere). Good food and a different selection of puddings.
    Li Junchi - pizzeria - small restaurant, hence difficult to get a booking - good for children but probably of least interest to the adults. Water/wine/draught beer/soft drinks included.

    The earliest sitting at restaurants was 1930hrs which, again I was glad we knew about in advance because it meant we had to ensure our son had a sleep in the afternoon (not normal nowadays!) so that he could eat later with us - it worked out well, though.

    The Central Piazetta gives the hotel an after-dinner focus for a drink and, on some evenings, a kids play area was opened up next door. There was also some evening entertainment, for those who wished.


    The transfers, though not cheap, worked well - large Mercedes 7 seaters for the 3 of us made for a comfortable journey over the hills. Both drivers were courteous and careful drivers.
    The flights, however are something we'd have to reconsider. The Edinburgh Olbia flight with Jet2 touches down in Leeds - this is fine on the way out but new immigration laws in the UK mean everyone disembarking in Leeds on the way home to clear customs, with Edinburgh passengers winding through the airport back to the plane for their onward journey. At midnight this is far from ideal for young children. Clearly nothing to do with Essential Escapes and, in fact, Jet2 but the seemingly needlessly lengthy flight would put us off again (I'll be looking to see if there are flights from, say Glasgow to Alghero or Cagliari as we'd like to visit Sardinia again).

    All in all, a very good week and we were impressed with the Delphina chain, particularly the cleanliness of the place and the standard of food. "

  • Anonymous 25 September 2011 Hi Helen,
    We had a wonderful time at Le Dune in Sardinia. It catered very well for children except dinner was served at 8pm and it wasn't ideal. The children's restaruant Peter Pan in the nursery was fine except you had to book in advance and this was not always convenient and we do prefer to eat as a family. If there had been a restaurant open at 6:30 or 7 this would have been perfect.

    The only other comment that I had which would have enhanced our experience was that due to the restaurants being quite restrictive, room service would have been a life saver.

  • Helen of Tots Too 18 September 2011 Le Dune Resort and Spa is a great place for a fun and relaxed family holiday. Children are welcomed with open arms and you will never have to worry about the kids playing up or being noisy as no one will raise an eyebrow. I stayed here recently in the Sabine hotel which was had very nicely appointed accommodation with large balconies/terraces in small blocks set in the lovely gardens. It was at the far end of the resort, but a great choice for those who prefer a quieter area. To be closer to the kids club and for larger families the Ginepri hotel works well. The resort boasts a wide choice of buffet restaurants with different themes including Sardinian specialities, fish and seafood, pasta and pizzas. I found the food to be fresh and plentiful and a particular attraction is that wine and water are included in most restaurants. Additional drinks and minibar drinks are not overpriced either so this makes for an excellent value family holiday. There is a really fun playground for children which is spread out amongst the sand dunes and this can be used at anytime. In the evenings the kids particularly love the ‘baby dance’ and during my stay, they also had an evening magic show. A shuttle takes you from the central square of the resort down to the beach which is huge. If you like walking on the beach, there are 8km of it! When I was there it was windy, which is apparently quite typical of September and there were kite surfers and windsurfers riding the waves. A large stretch of beach is dedicated to the resort with sections of sun loungers allocated to the different hotels. There are a couple of small snack bars by the beach, but not much else, so it’s definitely worth taking the brunch option at the resort.

  • NH 16 September 2010 "Overall, Le Dune is a terrific resort for people with small kids. Our first holiday abroad with a little one was a real success – we would definitely recommend the resort and would consider going back again.

    · Le Sabine suites are a great size and it is handy being able to have a toddler sleeping in the ‘lounge’ room.

    · The food at the restaurants is of good quality – our favourite restaurants were the Leccio, Carrimbanca and Pomodoro. We found it worth getting lunch too as it meant all meals were sorted and gave us a nice structure / routine for the day that kept our little one full and happy! Buffet works particularly well for little ones as they often have fussy moments.

    · The hotel provides lots of extras – there is a real sense of value. Wine with meals at most of the restaurants (and free top-ups), sun loungers on the beach, arm bands at the Sabine pool – all thrown in. The bar and mini-bar prices are also very reasonable – you never get the sense of being fleeced that you get at many other nice hotels.

    · The overall atmosphere is laidback, child-friendly and fun – in some ways like a campsite, with nice rooms rather than tents and lots of well covered little paths linking the site. For a big site, it felt small and intimate.

    · Dinner service does not start until 8pm, so people with young kids who have early routines might find that late. However, we just pushed back the bed time of our little one until 9:30pm (relatively easy given the 1 hour time difference any way). The bonus was that she did not get up until 8am either!

    · The pool at the Sabine is great as it has a gentle slope at one end for the kids – everyone seemed to dump their kids toys there and everyone shared. Meant that there were plenty of new toys for everyone.

    · The beach is nice too – we were told it could get a bit rough and the wind is often strong, but we were blessed with a calm week. September is clearly a good time to go as the resort had plenty of people in it, but nothing was crowded.

    Many thanks for helping us find Le Dune!"

  • AS 05 September 2010 "We had a lovely time at Le Dune. On the whole it was great and very child friendly. Staff helpful and good with the children. Only slight hiccup was on the return transfer when the car didn't show up for an hour! Otherwise the only comment I would make is re the mealtimes. The evening mealtimes are quite late for young children so we had difficulty feeding our toddler in the evening. (Whilst there is a kitchen for baby food its really that - ie baby rather than toddler stage). We would have been happy to buy him food earlier than we ate but there was no where to do so."

  • MG 27 August 2010 "We had a lovely stay in Le Dune....The resort is designed and thought for families with children so it was perfect for us.
    A few comments for you:

    - Le Sabine is the place to be...our suite was gorgeous and very well thought and decorated. We had the view on the Sabine pool so probably the best spot of the whole resort.
    - the facilities for babies with milk, yogurt, water etc available 24/7
    - the doctor on site every day.
    - the staff is lovely everywhere you go on the resort. They all love kids and make everything easy for you
    - lots of vegetation on the resort = lots of shade
    - Food choice is fantastic : you can get away with half board only with a big breakfast, a snack for lunch and a big dinner. we didn't try the scorfano restaurant and couldn't get to Romantico because of the children restrictions but the others were all good.
    - the sabine swimming pool has a shallow entrance which is great for kids but it can get a bit crowded because it is also open to the guests of the other hotels despite what the hotel's brochure says.
    - free wi-fi at Le Sabine plus separate reception area much quieter than the main one

    - The beach is beautiful but they forget to tell you that it gets very very windy. When we arrived we had a red flag for 2 days and the waves were huge so you couldn't get near the sea at all. Thank god it calmed down and we enjoyed 8 days of very peaceful sea. However the staff at the resort told us we were exceptionally lucky because the wind is more the rule than the exception and it can be very very bad. Also the sea is quite deep right away so this is not ideal for small children.
    - the drive from the airport is quite long: 1.5h of small road and curves
    - The Ginepri suite was ok but not very special....much older looking and darker than Le Sabine. It had one advantage though is to be close to the baby facilities for the morning. Le Sabine is quite far away so it's not great if you have small babies that can't eat at the restaurant yet. In any case I would recommend not to take a ground floor suite if you have small children because at Le Sabine our terrace which was on the first floor was securely closed and it was much easier to manage the children this way.

    We didn't try the baby club because we wanted to keep our children with us but had a look ard the facilities and met the staff and it all looked fine and tidy. the staff were lovely.

    All in all we were very happy with our holiday and also with the services you provided. We will certainly have a look again at your website for our next holiday in 2011 and will recommend you warmly to our friends."

  • DI 10 August 2010 "We had a lovely week - the accommodation was spotless and well thought out. We were really close to the pool which made life easy popping back to our room/suite to change Freya etc.

    Our only reservations are as follows:

    1 The earliest that you can eat in the evening is 7.30 which is quite late for little ones. This problem seem isolated to the British - other Europeans had no issue at all.

    2 When checking in it was not explained to us that you really needed to book all your restaurants for the week as soon as you arrive. This compounded the problem with the late eating as for a few days we had to either eat in the international restaurant (which did not need to be booked and was the weakest restaurant by some margin) or eat at 9 pm. It is worth telling other guests to book the restaurants as soon as they arrive.

    On the whole we had a great time and would return. We did not try out the kids clubs but the whole resort is so child friendly, your stay is made as relaxed as it can be with 2 young children. One week to 10 days is probably long enough. A few people who were coming to the end of a second week felt it had been too long.
    We were pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced things were on the resort, having expected to pay a premium.

    In particular, we arranged a babysitter on a couple of evenings so that we could go to the adult only restaurant and the babysitting only cost 12 euro for the whole evening.

    We appreciate your help in organising it and will certainly use your service again."

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