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TUI Sensimar Matta Village Hotel 4 star
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Localitą Matta e Peru, Budoni (NU) Budoni, Italy -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Matta Village might be a club-hotel with an entertainment team and a full programme of activities, but it is one of the rare such hotels that exudes charm and allows guests a peaceful holiday. With a pine forest running alongside it, this comfortable 82 room establishment emanates tranquillity. There is no music around the pool until 4:30pm; the pleasant staff are ever-available without being intrusive; the parties organised during the summer season are held down by the beach, far from the rooms; and a relaxed ambiance is maintained by the clientele, 30% of whom are regulars. The rooms are appealing and spacious, and the food is good quality. The only drawback is the Matta's distance from everywhere else. Without a car, it can soon feel like a gilded cage.

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      TUI Sensimar Matta Village   -   © Antoine Lorgnier / EASYVOYAGE

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      TUI Sensimar Matta Village   -   © Antoine Lorgnier / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.0 /10

    The hotel is not close to anywhere else, which will be seen as a good thing by some but a disadvantage by others. The little town of Budoni is only about 4 mi away, but you need transport to get there (there is a free shuttle, but it runs infrequently). However, if you have a car (allow £60 a day), the hotel is well located to explore the eastern part of the island. It is not far from the motorway, leading to Olbia and its airport in the north (allow a good half hour), before continuing up to the Costa Smeralda coastline 50 mi away. Heading south, the charming little town of Posada, followed by the Golfo d'Orosei, are easy to get to.

    Accommodation 7.50 /10

    Unless you absolutely must have a bathtub, you shouldn't be disappointed with the rooms at the Matta. They are spacious and decorated in a tasteful, understated style. The furniture consists of a large bed, a big sofa, and all the features you need for a comfortable stay. Basically, they are very appealing. The stone-finished bathrooms are equipped with two wash basins and a massive tropical shower behind a glass door. L'Occitane hospitality products are also provided. Depending on the level, each room has either a large terrace or a large balcony with a rattan furniture set. The establishment's 77 guest rooms either overlook the pine forest (the better option, as they are quieter and more private) or the garden. You will probably want to avoid the few rooms overlooking the swimming pool or the back of the hotel, although none of the views are really bad. A large suite and 4 executive rooms (larger than the standard rooms) are also available.

    Overview 7.00 /10

    The Matta Village is a little club consisting of a main building and blocks of rooms. The buildings are Mediterranean in style and are dotted around a garden of jasmine and bougainvillea trees. You are barely through the entrance hall before you find yourself at the curved contours and blue shades of the swimming pool, which has comfortable black deckchairs set around it. To the right is the main restaurant and to the left the bar. The backdrop is formed by the pine forest, which you will need to walk through to get to the beach. On the way, you will pass the petanque pitch, the children's playground (4-12 year olds), the table tennis table, archery field, and the beach bar restaurant, which is only open during the high season. A shop, multi-sports court, and a little well-being centre with a sauna, hammam, and gym make up the remaining facilities. The hotel was demolished and rebuilt in 2004 when tour operator Donatello took over. It is very well maintained. The facilities are built to a manageable scale and the staff really seem happy to be working there, which makes all the difference.
    The activities are organised by 6 French activity leaders, who are not too intense. You can choose between group jogging starting at 8:00am, stretching at 9:30am, and water aerobics at 11:00am... There's no rush!

    Food and drink 7.50 /10

    The 3 daily meals at the Matta are served on the buffet counter in a big, pleasant, and brightly lit dining room. The quality of the food is excellent, and goes hand in hand with the stylish presentation of the dishes and the attentive service (you will be shown to your seat and drinks are served at your table). The varied starters are mouthwatering, the cheeseboard is right up there with the best of them, and the wines are good (but charged extra). However, there is no such choice for the main course. There is just one fish dish and one meat dish, although the quality is undeniable. Thursday is the only day when the buffet is replaced in the evening with an ą la carte meal.

    Beach 7.50 /10

    Fabric deckchairs are set out on a little beach surrounded by pine trees, with little wavelets lapping on the sand... It could not be more peaceful. The bar restaurant is just behind the beach, but it doesn't really start to get going until the evening. There are no motorised water sports, but you can have a go in a pedalo or kayak, or try your hand at windsurfing. There are also sailing boats, which may be used for an extra fee. The sand is white (not very fine) and the water is fantastically clear, apart from the odd bit of seaweed.

    To know

    The Matta Village is exclusively owned by tour operator Donatello. All of the staff and guests are French (apart from a few Italian locals) and the club welcomes back many of its guests into its friendly ambience time and again.
    The Matta is a club, but it does not offer an all-inclusive deal; only half board and full board options are available. When you are calculating your budget, it is also worth bearing in mind that any extras are expensively priced (coffee, drinks and snacks at the bar, wine at mealtimes, Internet access, car hire, outings, etc.).

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      sauna, hammam, stretching, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, dance, step, bums and tums, archery

    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The pleasant setting next to a pine forest
    • The excellent buffet

    disadvantages

    • Very isolated
    • The lack of an all-inclusive option

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