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glenc's review of Pula, Forte Village Resort

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“Great, but not perfect.”

Written on: 02/09/2019 by glenc (316 reviews written)

Forte Village in Sardinia is a great resort. It's big enough to be interesting, but not so big that you're walking for hours on end to get everywhere.

We stayed at Le Dune which was a great location and gave a really good selection of (free) restaurants and buffets.

As with all holidays there were some pro's and some con's.

I'd say that this hotel was the best we've ever stayed at from a sporting perspective, and this is definitely how it differentiates itself from other resorts we've visited like Pine Cliffs in Portugal, Porto Sani in Greece and Westin Costa Navarino in Greece.

Our children really enjoyed the football and netball academy and there were plenty of other academies available. Partly due to the exchange rate, the cost of the academies is pretty crazy - you end up paying about £60 an hour for group coaching. In the UK the equivalent would be about £10 an hour.

However, it's a great way for the kids to meet other children and bond and made our holiday really quite special.

Food generally was good. I think one thing that lets the resort down is the fact that it's sold as a family resort but the kids menus can be very poor, particularly at the 'fine dining' restaurants. We avoided them after the first couple of days as there really was very little for the children to eat. The buffets were great though and much more relaxed and enjoyable.

Breakfasts are as you'd expect in such a resort and really good.

If you have children with allergies be warned the knowledge and understanding of allergies across the resort is way, way lower than you'd expect in the UK. Most times we tried to explain to staff about our sons severe allergies to nuts and sesame we were taken to the 'Gluten free' table and told 'Here you go...'. Clearly this was a big lack of understanding and made mealtimes quite a stressful experience at times.

Generally the staff are good - definitely not at the levels of places like Porto Sani where the staff really make the holiday - but generally they are at an acceptable, if not exceptional, level. The pool staff we felt were substandard. They just needed to be a bit more friendly and smile occasioally ... plus occasional cleans of the pool would have been good.

So there are some negatives, but for us the positives outweighed the negatives hence the 4 star rating. Nearly everyone we spoke to had been to the resort multiple times, some had been going for 10+ years, so they clearly attract loyal customers.

We'd go again. Mainly as it felt like a sporty resort. A lot of people we spoke to were quite into sport and this was a general thread throughout the stay.

There are some very clear areas for improvement, hence 4 stars rather than 5, but we had a very enjoyable stay and with a few tweaks this could be an absolutely exceptional resort. As it is, it's a very, very good resort that I would recommend.




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