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Arriving at Baia dei Mori Beachclub you’re struck by the relaxed vibe. Take a stroll on winding paths through the dunes to the beach. The clear turquoise water lapping at your feet will instantly wash away thoughts of home. It's situated on the north east coast of the Italian island of Sardinia, to the south of the famous Costa Smeralda
We include a wide range of activities in your holiday. If you’re into road cycling, you’ll be in your element. On road or off road, it's the best cycling on offer in any of our beachclubs. It can get pretty breezy too, so it’s just great for water sports, especially sailing and windsurfing. You can also kitesurf at a nearby beach (non inclusive activity), when the wind blows the conditions are great.
Dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding are all inclusive water sports, and for a little extra you can also give kitesurfing a go.
The sweeping bay with soft, fine sand and clear, warm water is picture perfect. Get down there early, grab a stand up paddle board or kayak and head out. The pine-fringed bay is undeveloped with beautiful views all around and the vista so vast you’ll feel like paddling for miles.
The water is shallow and still, making it the perfect place to learn to windsurf or sail. Once your confidence grows, there’s more of a breeze further out and a vast expanse of water just waiting to be explored.
As one of the windier regions of Italy, Sardinia is a mecca for kitesurfers, from beginner to advanced. You’ll be able to book beginner sessions nearby or hire the kit if you can already kitesurf. One of the Neilson team will be on hand to help you make arrangements, but it is subject to availability and is very much wind dependent. The kitesurfing beach is approximately 30 minutes drive away at La Caletta or San Teodoro beaches.
Windsurfing: a range of beginner, intermediate (160-130 litres) and shortboards from manufacturers Starboard, Fanatic and RRD. Dino rigs for children (2m-4.5m); start rigs for beginners (2.5m / 3.5m / 4.5m); adult rigs (4m - 8.2m)
Dinghy sailing: Laser Pico; Laser 1; Laser Argo; Laser Dart 16; Laser Bahia
Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding: Gemini single and double sit on top kayaks; wave kayaks; Red Paddle Co stand up paddle boards (10'8") and XXL stand up paddle board (8 man).
The wind typically picks up in the middle of the day between around 11am and 3pm. It blows cross to cross off-shore most days. The typical wind force ranges from 3-4 with the most consistent conditions in June, July and August.
There's even more on the shore, join us for road cycling, mountain biking, tennis coaching and fitness classes, all are included, just dip-in and dip-out as you please.
If you’re happiest in the saddle then Sardinia’s road cycling won’t let you down. Roads climb in sweeping curves through the rugged mountains, with spectacular views of valleys and coastlines that make the thigh burn worth every second. If you’re new to the sport or want to give it a go, there are flatter road routes too.
If you prefer riding off-road then the mountain biking ranges from flat beginner routes to technical climbs and challenging descents. There's some great wildlife off the beaten track - keep your eyes peeled for countless birds, butterflies and lizards. If you want to get out and ride as a family, you'll find a great choice of bikes and rides suitable for children over 13 years.
Within the beachclub, there are four new tennis courts and an outdoor fitness deck where you can hit it hard or stretch and relax. If nothing else, take a stroll down to the beachfront at dusk. The views in the soft light across the sea will melt away the stresses and strains.
Mountain bikes: Boardman Bikes MHT 8.8 in a range of sizes (small, medium, large, x-large)
Road bikes: Boardman Bikes SLR 8.9 in a range of sizes (x-small, small, medium, large. x-large).
Adventure bikes: Boardman Bikes ADV 8.9 in a range of sizes (small, medium, large. x-large).
Hybrid bikes: Boardman Bikes HYB 8.8 in a range of sizes (small, medium, large. x-large).
Kids bikes: Frog 48 (age four to five years); Frog 52 (age five to six years); Frog 55 (age six to seven years); Frog 62 (age eight to ten years); Frog road 70 (age 11 to 14 years)
Boardman Bikes SLR 9.2with carbon fibre frame in a range of sizes (x-small, small, medium, large, x-large)
TREK Fuel EX8 full suspension trail bikes (17.5", 19.5") are available to reserve for your exclusive use, with a custom set up and routes uploaded to your Garmin upon request, all for just £95 per person, per week.
If you've got cycling shoes with cleats and are planning on bringing them with you, we advise that you should also bring your own pedals. That way, they are guaranteed to fit.
Tennis: a selection of adult and child rackets from Babolat.
Need some time away from all the activities? Chill out by the pool or visit our new treatment rooms for some pampering. Massage, facial, body scrub, whatever your preference, we have spa packages which can be pre-booked before travel, with savings on the in resort prices, leaving you plenty of spending money for a cocktail or two. Treatments can also be booked at the beachclub.
It’s club board with an Italian touch at Baia del Mori Beachclub (breakfast and lunch every day, plus four evening meals per week). There's an oven for freshly baked pizza and nothing feels like too much trouble for the friendly local team. The restaurant area is large and conveniently placed in the centre of the beachclub where you’ll be dining al fresco under welcome shade.
On non-inclusive evenings you can eat at the pool bar, join us for a bbq or head out for the night. Take a stroll along the beach and you'll find a couple of bars and restaurants, set amongst the pine trees with views of the bay. Or you can hop in a taxi to Budoni (four kilometres away) where you will find a greater selection of bars and restaurants.
Your inclusive evening meals are on the following days:
The rooms are all on one level, each with a small terrace and set within the shady gardens, dotted with sweet-smelling pine trees. Whether you’re nearer the tennis courts or the pool, it’s only a short walk to the central restaurant and reception area.
Interiors are modern and simply decorated with various layouts depending on your needs. There’s lots of light thanks to glass terrace doors and the rooms have a fresh, clean finish. Choose from twin, double, triple, family and interconnecting rooms. Each room has air conditioning, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, TV, safe, beach towels and hairdryer. There's free Wi-Fi in the public areas and in most of the rooms.
The beach is perfect for little ones, with soft sand for building sandcastles and warm shallow water to splash around in. In the heat of the day, the shade of the pine trees makes a perfect world for mini-adventures. We also have a selection of Frog bikes for children from three to fourteen years. These bikes are available to use in and around the beachclub grounds, but cannot be taken outside of the beachclub.
Make the most of the inclusive Neilson-run kids’ clubs for two to 17-year-olds where you can set your children free with our team of friendly, energetic and expertly trained supervisors. There's also the Starfish crèche for babies up to 23 months old, which is available for a supplement. Make sure your children don't miss out, pre-book before you go to secure a space in the club they want.
If you're travelling with babies or toddlers don't forget to ask about cots, baby baths and pushchairs. For families, there's even a 24-hour baby room, where you can make feeds, warm milk and sterilise bottles.
Sardinia feels a little like Italy has taken a holiday. Sitting in the Mediterranean Sea, its sandy beaches, deep turquoise waters and rugged mountainous interior are breathtaking.
If you want to explore, a 15-minute drive south from the beachclub is the ancient village of Posada. Set atop a cliff, and adorned with trees, the winding streets offer picturesque scenes at every turn. The 360-degree views from the Castello della Fava at the top of the village are stunning.
A ten minute drive north along the coast and you're in Budoni. This little gem is a popular seaside holiday spot. Most of the restaurants in Budoni are dotted along Strada Statale, the main hub of the town. They specialise in Italian and Sardinian dishes, we recommend the suckling pig and clam spaghetti. Stroll through the buzzing night market to walk off the Mirto (Sardinia's favourite after-dinner drink made from the native flowering Myrtle).
Hotel and flights
• Direct flights • Coach transfer (40 mins) • Beachclub accommodation • Wi-Fi in public areas and in most rooms • Beach towels • Tea and coffee making facilities
Food and drink
• Breakfast every day • Lunch every day • Four evening meals weekly • Water, tea and coffee with inclusive meals
Shore based activities
• Tennis with coaching • Mountain biking with guiding • Road cycling with guiding • Fitness classes • Yoga and stretch classes
Water based activities
Departure airports: London Heathrow and Bristol
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Olbia (OLB)
Flight duration: approx. 2 hours 25 minutes
Airlines: British Airways (BA) / Loganair (LM)
Transfer time: approx. 40 minutes
Departure dates for summer 2019
First 7 night dept: Sat 18 May / Last 7 night dept: Sat 26 Oct
First 14 night dept: Sat 18 May / Last 14 night dept: Sat 19 Oct
Flight times for summer 2019
London Heathrow (BA): outbound dept: 15:30 / inbound arrival: 21:20
Bristol (6 July - 28 Sept) (LM): outbound dept: 09:30 / inbound arrival: 15:15
In-flight meals and drinks are not included, there is a buy on board service. All flight timings are based on the 24-hour clock system. Flight timings are given for guidance, are provisional and will be submitted for approval by UK and overseas scheduling committees. Your ticket will show the final timings of your flight and your luggage allowances.