Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna5.0 out of 5.0
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We have just returned from 5 nights at Timi Ama hotel and overall we had a lovely time. This followed a 7 night tour of the west coast of Sardinia so we had already done a fair bit of travelling and sightseeing, which is quite relevant because the hotel is fairly remote and perfect for relaxation rather than exploring the island. That is not to say that you would be bored here because there is a lot to do. There are many activities, including tennis, archery, petanque, table tennis, table football, gym and of course various water options such as paddle boarding, boat hire (additional cost). Some of the activities advertised didn’t seem to be happening, such as the beach volleyball and the evening yoga but I think this was because it was low season and there weren’t any other guests that seemed to be interested, so we didn’t enquire about these more than once. We hired a car, simply because it was cheaper than getting a cab from and back to the airport and although it was useful for a couple of trips to the supermarket, you could manage without one. The hotel itself is great. The indoor and outdoor spaces are vast, with elegant décor and clever separation of areas so that you can sit and have a drink or play cards in small groups if you wish. You will only be sitting for a few minutes before a bartender will appear and take a drinks order from a wide ranging menu. The outdoor areas are equally well maintained, immaculate lawns, pool area and the walk between the hotel and the beach is really lovely, passing by the lake with wonderful views and the occasional flamingo. We couldn’t work out why anybody (apart from disabled of course) would choose to take the shuttle bus for the route of about a quarter of a mile; we seemed to be in a small minority of walkers. Anyway, along this route is also the fitness trail which we really enjoyed. There are 18 stations of various exercises, ranging from a rowing machine to sit up stations to a climbing rope, some easier than others but all with lovely views and a peaceful experience if you do the circuit early in the morning. We finished each day with an hour of tennis; great at about 5pm when the sun was going down and the courts were always free (again this was low season, beginning of October). The beach is stunning; genuinely one of the best we have seen, with crystal clear turquoise water, which is shallow for a few metres and the softest sand. Timi Ama has a section of the beach roped off but there are public beaches to each side and it’s worth a wander along to see the other beach bars if nothing else. The hotel staff work hard to keep the beach as spotless as the rest of the hotel; always sweeping the walkways, collecting any litter that you have and generally keeping an eye on things. The hotel beach bar, with extremely friendly bartender, serves small cocktails for 4.50 Euros which we thought was fairly reasonable but the food on offer was in the silly category, small salad bowls ranging from 28 Euros up to 40 Euros. We didn’t see anybody have these but we did see plenty of people buy lunch and snacks from the other beach bars, or even a sandwich shop in town to have instead. Or you could grab a piece of fruit from the restaurant no problem. I don’t think this is an issue of affordability, you wouldn’t be there if you wanted a cheap holiday, just the fact that people don’t like to feel like they are being ripped off. The sunbeds are comfortable and although there are a lot of them, the beach was pretty quiet when we were there so we didn’t have other guests right next to us. One funny thing about the sunbeds and something we have never experienced at a beach hotel before (5 star or otherwise), and that was the front two rows of beds (which were slightly different in type and had small safes), were only available at an additional charge. In other words, if you want to be a bit flashy, rent one of these beds – 50 Euro per day for row 2 and 70 Euro per day for the front row! I could barely keep a straight face when we were told this at check in, we found it hilarious! The sea is so close (see my pictures) that we certainly didn’t feel hard done by on row 3 or 4, we were about 12 feet away from the water’s edge. The best bit of all was that all the beach sellers walk along the shore front but have clearly been told not to walk up any further, so the only people who are offered their wares (all day long) are the front row people :-) After reading many reviews and looking at the hotel website, we chose a newer, "superior executive" room, with a bay side view. It was well worth the additional cost, the room was huge, with a big enough balcony overlooking the pool and ocean in the distance. The bathroom was also huge, with bath, separate shower, toilet & bidet and twin basins. As well as the obvious things you would expect in a 5 star hotel like robes, slippers, nice toiletries, decent hair dryer, safe, air con, there are the extra special additions such as BOSE speaker /docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and chocolates on the pillow every night. There is also a small bottle of water that is replaced daily and the rooms were clean. We were a bit disappointed that the “king size” bed we booked was actually two singles pushed together but it wasn’t a huge problem. Onto the food, a bit of a dilemma for us when booking so I wanted to make this part as helpful as possible! We opted for half board and we were so glad that we did. There wasn’t a huge difference in cost for this option and it’s very good value. The thing is, you don’t have too many alternatives! We had a quick scout around Villasimius and the reviews of those restaurants were pretty mixed - but the key factor is that it would be quite a walk to get in and out of the town every evening, with a cab obviously adding additional cost. We thought we might try the hotel’s beach restaurant for one evening but didn’t bother in the end. The terrace buffet experience was just like they normally are in a 5 star hotel – some negatives, such as a bit of queueing for fresh omelettes or eggs in the morning and of course, you have to keep getting up to collect your own food ha ha but overall it was excellent and the range of food impressive. Breakfast options covered pretty much everything, including whole sheets of honeycomb, dried, fresh and tinned fruit, breads, pastries, cereals etc etc. I agree with another reviewer who said the scrambled eggs were cold and the pancakes were the same, at least by the time you had returned to your table but I don’t know what the solution would be in such a big place to be honest. We also took the advice to order “proper” coffee from the waiting staff rather than use the DIY machines, much better. For dinner, be aware that the dress code isn’t too formal; there were plenty of people in jeans for example, although you can obviously dress up a bit too. You can sit inside, outside or in a covered terrace area and there are so many tables close together so in high season it might be a bit hectic but it was fine for us. Each night is a different theme but there is always pasta, pizza, risotto, fresh fish, roast meat and an abundance of side dishes, cheeses, desserts. Over the 5 nights we ate there, we had sushi, tuna, swordfish & salmon carpaccio, lobster, steak, horse (!), pork, lamb, mussels, scallops…. there’s no way you wouldn’t be able to find something you like! To start with, we had to get our heads around the price of the wine, which starts at 30 Euros a bottle, with 75cl of water at 5 Euros. I guess these are pretty standard for a 5 star hotel but when you have just spent a week travelling the country and been drinking really good local wine at the same price as Timi Ama’s water, you need to do a quick mental adjustment to ensure it doesn’t ruin your experience. A couple of other points about the restaurant – there are dozens and dozens of staff, who are fast to clear away your plates and top up your drinks and also, when they say they are serving until 10am (breakfast) and 10pm (dinner), this means you need to be pretty much finished by then because the close down is prompt! All in all we had a wonderful stay at Timi Ama and I would recommend the hotel, in particular for the food quality and range of activities.
This hotel has 270+ rooms equipped to a high standard. Facilities are excellent with a wide range of activities to suit all ages. Breakfast on the terrace was very good with a great variety of hot and cold food. Evening meals in the Mediterranean restaurant took the form of a buffet. While there was an enormous variety of food supplied, quality was variable. The special offer local wine at 10 euros was simply dreadful.
The location of the hotel within a large natural surrounding is very nice. However the rest of the services are unfortunately not up to the level of what one can expect from a 5-star hotel. The rooms are rather small and the breakfast buffet - while offering varied food - does not excel with regard to the quality one would expect from a five star hotel.
Surprised to find how little effort had been made to sound proof, could clearly hear TV in the next room and pretty much everything going on in the bathroom. Given that we were told a garden room would be quieter, we were disappointed. Also disappointed the mattress was very hard and pillows uncomfortable. Otherwise standard resort hotel away from the beach, nice rooms, small bathrooms, nice buffet food. Service was good. Overall not good value for money and were glad we only had 3 nights there as my back and neck were getting pretty bad from the bed.
Owned by The French hotel group Accor. A very large popular hotel specious both inside and out. Facilities include, excellent Wifi, Wellness Centre, Large Private Beach Area, Outdoor Unheated Pool. Tennis, Archery, Quad bikes, Jogging track, Boules,Volley ball, Bicycle hire. There is a Golf Course nearby. All rooms are delightful with a spacious shower only bathroom (ie; to my knowledge no rooms with a bath.) Food is excellent for breakfast and evening meals and are served as buffets with plenty of choice and a daily variation of dishes and are served in the large dining room. Drinks especially alcohol are very expensive. Queuing at the hot food section of the buffet lacks definition and can be slow and a bit of a scrum at times. Staff are well trained friendly and very service orientated. The hotel caters for large travel groups, conferences, seminars so be prepared for a large population in the hotel with a concentration of numbers at meal times.
Really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. On arrival we were advised we had been upgraded to an suite. The room was wonderful, large and spacious, with an espresso machine, bath tub and shower, his and her double sink, large balcony and queen size bed. The walk to the beach is nice but there is a shuttle that frequently makes the trip back and forth which takes a couple of mins. The beach beds from row 3 backwards are free but are good quality, comfy, clean all come with an umbrella and you are not harassed by beach sellers. Row 1 and 2 beach beds can be hired for a fee but there is no real need to do that and they were empty when we went. Beach is beautiful, soft sand and clear blue water. The restaurant is nice set by the pool which is a lovely setting. One area of improvement would be the junior staff to be understand eating/dining etiquette. Couple of evenings we were eating and when the entertainment staff came by to speak they waiter took the plate - even though there was food etc left and we were not finished. Senior management are really accommodating and professional, we had an issue checking out and they didn't argue or dispute anything with us. Honestly a wonderful hotel which I would love to go back to.
This was my third stay in Pullman Timi Ama and the first one with my wife. During our stay I resumed all my good memories from the previous stay regarding excellent location of the hotel, services, amenities, beach and similar. Timi Ama impressed a lot my wife as well. She tried to use and to test as many sport facilities as she could and stayed satisfied with most of them. Below our observed pros and cons: Pros: 1. Due to my LeClub Accorhotels Platinum status a room upgrade to excellent fresh look executive one with sea view. 2. Overall friendly staff who always say hello and smile to you (with exception). We would like to specially emphasize Ginerpi restraint administrator Vasiliy who can find an approach to any visitor and to solve any problem with meal. You should keep such a high professional here and similar ones on all positions in the hotel. 3. Various thematic dinners in the restaurant (with the remark in cons). 4. My wife participation in 4 days complimentary for her wellness program with Sarah Hoey, fitness ambassador for the Pullman hotels & resorts. The only thing we would be extremely grateful for - if the hotel administration could kindly send the link to the pictures done during the fitness program (as promised by Ms Lamia Salah). In addition, the sport animation team (Ariana and Serjio) were an absolute pleasure to work with, always helpful and very positive, not to say highly professional. Cons: 1. Comparing with my 2014 and 2015 experience thematic dinners now contain much less sea food variety. I would even say that Thursday and Friday dinners are quite poor comparing with Saturday, Sunday and Monday. 2. The principal administrator in hotel restaurant Zoo seems disliking Russian and emphasizes it in emphatic manner. He warmly greets all others but takes off the glance and misses greeting Russians. Initially we thought it was a mistake but then talked to other Russian couples - they shared the same impression on this person. 3. Beach guy Luca who loves dressing up into woman cloth is very annoying. 4. Bathrobes and towels in room 2230 are very dated and scratch skin. 5. Absence of any Nespresso capsules in hotel stock except Ristretto Decaffinato for guests rooms. To sum up. Will we return to the hotel? Definitely yes! But some improvements are needed.
Writing this as we are still here , a five star hotel with no bath in Bath rooms. only showers , & no tea or coffee facilities in bedrooms !! I've traveled the world , and not seen this before in 5* hotels I've spoken to reception & they can up grade to room with bath for 160euro per day extra Will up date as week goes on
Rooms light, airy and resonably spacious. Good A/C. Beds large and very comfortable. Travelled in a Tour Group. Grounds well kept and property seems to be well maintained. Breakfast Lunch and Dinner in Main restaurant is a buffet with plenty of choices although some food descriptions were missing. Pool bar sofas very uncomfortable (Form over Function). Service in all areas acceptable and most staff have some english.
My wife and I stayed at this excellent hotel on a Titan Travel holiday to Sardinia, and I find it very difficult to fault the hotel in any way! However, there were some fellow travellers who asked to move room because of the late night noise from the disco - be warned! This hotel has 275 rooms (divided into Classic, Superior, Executive, Deluxe and Suites - so plenty of choice depending on your budget) on three floors. We occupied Room 3204, a quiet room at the back of the hotel but no view of the sea or pool area. It also had a connecting door to the adjacent room which could be useful for families. The decoration in the room was excellent, and well appointed with a security safe (no charge), a Bose Music Station for iPods, TV with 88 channels of which 5 were English (Bloomberg, CNN, BBC, Sky News International and Euronews), a Nespresso coffee machine with a selection of capsules (no milk supplied), fridge with mini-bar (containing water, fruit juices, coke, iced tea, beer, champagne, spirits, nuts etc), easy to use and quiet air-conditioning, balcony with 2 chairs and a table, wardrobe for hanging clothes but only 5 hangers (so bring your own!), adequate drawers for clothes, excellent Wi-Fi, four pillows (with an extra two if needed) and a phone. The bathroom had a bath, separate shower, toilet, bidet, two large basins (his and hers!), electric shaver point and a range of free toiletries (shampoos, etc). The hotel facilities were incredible, with a fitness centre, unheated outdoor pool, tennis, football, volleyball, beach volley bowls, table tennis, archery, aerobics, children's area, and a shuttle service (every ten minutes) to the beach (3 minutes away) with sun loungers and umbrellas in a fenced off area. At the beach, there is a range of sea-going craft for hire. The breakfast selection is fantastic with a selection of hot food. There are three restaurants, the main one serving a huge selection of buffet food. There are three bars situated at the pool, lobby and the beach. The hotel also has a boutique and bazaar. The nearest town is Villasimius, about a 30 minute walk from the hotel - some of the walk is on a dusty lane, but a shuttle bus is available. This is an excellent hotel with all the facilities that most guests could want.
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