3 July 2018

A week at Mark Warner's Perdepera Resort, Sardinia

We have recently returned from a wonderful week at Mark Warner's Perdepera resort in Sardinia with the girls and my parents. I hardly even know where to begin with this post as there is just so much I want to say... 

It was our first family holiday abroad in quite some years so one we had spent a lot of time researching and looking forward to. It needed to be something that multi-generations could enjoy from toddlers through to grandparents with something for everyone. I knew from applying to be part of Mark Warner's ambassador programme that their holidays were the perfect fit for us, giving us the opportunity to relax or adventure in beautiful surroundings as a family. We had always wanted to visit Sardinia so it was a fairly easy decision on where to go, although all the resorts have something special to offer. 


Our holiday gave us the most wonderful family time
Time together as a family

Here's what we thought along with hopefully some useful information if you're visiting the Perdepera resort soon or considering a Mark Warner Holiday:

Getting there


One of the things that appealed to us about visiting Sardinia was the sub three hour flight time. This was the first time we had taken three young children on a plane so it was the perfect distance for us. It was an afternoon chartered flight with British Airways from Heathrow terminal 5 which was ideal. It is worth knowing that there BA have a dedicated family check in area in zone A for tagging pushchairs and checking in which we found after struggling to check in on the automated BA system.


Travel essentials!

Due to the short flight in flight meals are not provided but there is an M&S service on board where you can buy sandwiches, drinks and snacks. I wish I had taken something on board for the girls to eat as there wasn't anything particularly child friendly to eat so that would be my only tip. Seats are pre-allocated and we had been grouped together as a family. 

Beautiful Bouganvillia

It is about a 2 hour coach transfer from Cagliari airport to Perdepera which admittedly did feel quite long with three excited children but very much worth it when you arrived and felt as though you had really got away from it all to your own little piece of Sardinia. We arrived just in time for dinner and whilst it was still light which was great.

Sharing our holiday with my parents was really special

The Resort


Perdepera resort is located on the east side of the beautiful island of Sardinia near Caredu. It is a fairly small resort with a stunning backdrop of mountains behind it and a stretch of golden beach and crystal clear seas in front of it. It has a village feel, with villas set amongst lots of shrubs, trees and colourful planting with a lovely pool, restaurant and bar area giving it a community centre but with privacy and quiet when you need it. 


Perdepera Resort

There is a shallow circular section of the main pool which the girls spent hours in, they could all reach the bottom so could splash around with complete confidence. I was amazed at how much their swimming came on over the course of the week as they jumped in, swam underwater and picked things off the bottom - they were such little water babies! 

The girls loved the children's pool

There is also an adults only pool for when you're looking for a peaceful afternoon with your book and a wellness centre next to it for even more relaxation which we enjoyed while the girls were at kids club.  There were plenty of sun loungers, deck chairs and parasols available when we were there, although it was low season so may be different in the peak of summer.

The adults only pool was so relaxing and my favourite spot in the resort

There is a small climbing frame and slide that our girls loved playing on as well as a ping pong table and table football area. These little social spaces alongside the activities in the resort and kids clubs meant that we all struck up some friendships with like minded families and were the source of great fun in the early evening just before dinner. 


Table football fun!

The beach is stunning, with plenty of sun loungers on sand with pebbles at the shore and that is where you'll find the waterfront team with dingys, windsurfs, kayaks and paddle boards

Beach walks and pebble collecting

To see the girls paddling in the turquoise water, making sand castles, giving each other sand mermaid tails and running in and out of the waves in the sunshine was one of my favourite parts of our time at Perdepera. 

The sea was so clear and calm


Accommodation


We booked two interconnecting rooms and a double room nearby for my parents. The interconnecting rooms were fantastic for us, giving us plenty of space with the girls in one room together and Oli and I in the other. 


The girls loved our little villa

Finding hotel accommodation as a family of five can be really tricky which is why we have previous booked self catering breaks so I was delighted when I discovered that this was an option. The rooms are fairly simple and perhaps in need of a little updating, but immaculately clean, with everything you need and to be honest we were only in ours to go to sleep! 


Terracotta villas set amongst gardens

The rooms are cleaned, beds made and towels replaced each day. There is a large wardrobe so you can unpack and make yourself at home, a desk/dressing  table area and TV, although we didn't turn ours on. The bathrooms have showers which always had hot water and toiletries were also provided. The rooms are air conditioned which was very welcomed and also have a private outdoor seating area and drying rack. 

Knocking on nana and pap paps door for breakfast

There are some new superior sea view rooms at the back of the resort which were just being finished whilst we were there which looked absolutely stunning with really fresh modern interiors. The children really loved our 'little orange house' and made themselves quite at home which was lovely.


The girls with Nana and Pap Pap



Activities


There is so much to do at Pedepera but absolutely no pressure to do any of it. I think that is what i liked most about the resort - that you could totally tailor your holiday to suit your family, there was something for everyone and you can do as little or as much as you want. 


The girls were in their element and had so much fun together

We spent a large majority of our time playing with the girls and swimming in the pool and on the beach. On the mornings they went to Kids Club Oli and I had a go at some of the activities available on the waterfront and on land.


Lottie and Oli kayaking

There is a dedicated team of instructors to help you get to grips with new activities or develop skills and offering lessons. Oli really enjoyed paddle boarding whilst my dad made the most of the afternoon winds and went sailing. My down time involved swimming, yoga on the beach, reading by the really serene adult pool and a massage! 


Take me back to that pool!

Oli and I did take a kayak out together which was really good fun, the sea is absolutely beautiful and so, so clear, it felt really calming being out in the water. There is a really varied fitness timetable each day as well tennis courts and off site activities such as walks and cycle rides.


Explore the local area by bike

You can also borrow bikes and head off to explore the local area at your leisure which Oli did one afternoon. Everything is included which I think is just fantastic and you most definitely will not be bored!




Childcare


Childcare at kids club is also included and available from 9 - 12:30 and in the afternoons from 2.30- 5.30 as well as evening childcare from 7 - 10.30pm. This is something we had never used on holiday before and we weren't sure what to expect. It was excellent, the staff were brilliant with our girls, really taking the time to get to know them and offering an incredibly varied programme of activities including mini olympics, art, messy play and games on the beach and pool


Phoebe loved having her face painted at Kids Club

It's a really flexible arrangement which you pre-book but can use as much or as little as you like. As family time is a rarity for us the girls only went for a couple of mornings or afternoons and went to movie club on our last night. The girls were a little apprehensive on their first session but the nannies very quickly put them at ease and they had a great time and by the end of the week they were asking to go to Kids Club!

Phoebe with her key worker and childcare manager Roddy

They were each assigned a key worker in their different groups (toddlers, minis and juniors) which really helped them to settle and I really felt they were being so well cared for and were safe. It was really nice to have a little bit of time to ourselves (something that is such a luxury with three young children!) whilst the girls had fun and made friends with other children. It was particularly valuable on the two cloudy/rainy days we had as it meant the girls were entertained when it would have otherwise been a bit tricky to keep them busy.

Ellie feeling proud at her Kids Club presentation

At the end of the week there was a lovely presentation where the girls were awarded certificates and performed in a little show for parents, they were so proud of themselves and it was great to see their confidence grow throughout the week.



Meals


The resort is a full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner included which is served at set times, buffet style in the main restaurant.  It was perfect for us and gave me a much needed break from cooking or even thinking about what to have to eat. Everything was very fresh and well presented and there was something for everyone. 


The restaurant at Perdepera

Breakfast consisted of cereal, continental options, pastries and cooked breakfast including omelette's made to order with juice, tea and coffee also. Lunch and dinner included a wide choice of salads, grilled meat and fish, as well as different pasta each day. There was also delicious fresh bread to cut for the table and fruit such as apples, pears, oranges and melon too. Jugs of white and red wine were included at lunch and dinner as well as cold water and juice. 

Pizza at a beach bar long the beach

High tea for younger children is provided between 5:30 and 6:15pm which the girls had a couple of days to tide them over. It included firm favourites like, tomato pasta, pizza, sausages and grilled chicken alongside some vegetables and salad. There is an a la carte dining evening once a week for a small supplement if you fancy a change, or the team are happy to recommend some local off site restaurants to visit. 


Walking up the beach for lunch

We walked up the beach to a lovely beach bar one lunchtime for a pizza and a glass of rose which was very reasonably priced. Perdepera also has it's own beach bar which was open in the daytime whilst we were there which is the perfect spot for a morning coffee or something cool after being out on the water.

Staff


The Mark Warner staff in the resort were absolutely lovely and couldn't have been more helpful during our stay. Local staff work in the resort in the restaurant, bar and reception area which gave the girls a good opportunity to learn some simple Italian like hello and thank you. Everyone was so friendly and efficient and nothing felt like too much trouble. There is a welcome meeting on the Sunday which was really helpful and great to put faces to names and ask any questions, along with welcome drinks in the evening.



Other Handy information



Even on a rainy day Perdepera gave us a rainbow

  • Beach towels are included for each member of your party and changed once midweek which you collect from the lifeguard station by the swimming pool by exchanging tokens given to you upon arrival. With five of us this saved a huge amount of space in our bags which I was very grateful for.
  • Take mosquito spray - I didn't even think about this but luckily my dad who is a seasoned traveller brought a few bottles with him
  • There is a little beach hut style shop selling beach shoes, swimwear, toys and inflatables, postcards etc which the girls loved popping into to spend their pocket money 
  • Water - you can buy 6 x 2 litre bottles from the bar for a reasonable price which we kept in our room to drink at night 
  • The bar is priced reasonably and sells beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks and hot drinks as well as ice creams. You can either pay in cash or charge items to your room which you pay on the day of departure at reception
  • We took some snacks such as little packets of biscuits and crackers with us for when the girls got a bit peckish in between meals. 
  • If you're planning on using the kids club facilities makes sure that you take a bag that you can put your child's swimming kit and towel in along with a drink and some sun cream
  • Check out on the day of departure is 10am but for a small fee you can book late check out until 2pm for 30 euros which was really handy for the mid afternoon departure and meant we could enjoy our last morning in the pool before having lunch and a shower and hopping on the coach.
  • Free wifi is available to use in the reception area if you need it.

We honestly had the most wonderful week at Perdepera, none of us wanted to go home, to the point we considered hiding somewhere! To find somewhere that had something to offer all the members of our family from 2 - 62 was quite amazing. Having so much quality time with one another was something we will really treasure and as cliched as it sounds we made some wonderful memories. With that it mind one week wasn't quite long enough for us, we could have easily stayed another couple of days in our little Sardinian bubble! 

A holiday we will always treasure

We met families during our stay who had been enjoying Mark Warner holidays for years and we can absolutely see why. Our time at Perdepera gave us so many moments and memories that we will treasure and we most definitely be back. With three children the term 'holiday' can be used loosely and is very often a bit of a change of scene, but this really was a holiday - we returned home sun kissed, happy and relaxed with dreams of our next adventure... where to next?

Me x

*Mark Warner gave us a media discount in exchange for an honest review.
 All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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