Località Matta e Peru, Budoni (NU)Budoni, Italy -See the map
Amy AdejokunSection 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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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.
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.
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
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 à la carte meal.
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.
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.).
Package deals in juin 2013Posted on 2014-09-25En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)
Hotel à priori charmant, mais à l'usage, on constate un étoile 4 étoiles au-dessus de la norme, la chambre est monacale - une TV du siècle dernier - aucune decoration - un frigo trop petit -
aucun dossier d'accueil - pas très créatifs les produits des différents buffets
un assortiement de fromages italien superbe et de trs bonne qualité - un personnel sympathique et disponibles
une infrastruture sympathique et hoarmonieuse
restauration plus que basique , pas toujours renouvelé , un personnel à l'accueil pas toujours disponibles et à votre service - notre chambre aurait besoin d'un serieux relookage et de modernisme
Package deals in mai 2014Posted on 2014-09-15Entre amis - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)
Un séjour excellent fin avril/début mai avec le soleil en prime. La structure de l'établissement (petits blocs très bien répartis) est parfaite pour un séjour repos et détente. Propreté irréprochable. Chambres agréables, spacieuses avec une terrasse détente (pour nous en bordure de pinède), linge changé tous les jours. Restauration parfaite: qualité et diversité. TOUT le personnel est sympathique, disponible, souriant, aimable.
Nous avons loué une voiture pour la semaine : plus économique
Un endroit parfait pour se ressourcer. Propreté à tous niveaux : serviettes toilettes changées tous les jours, nappes et serviettes après chaque repas. Salle de bain spacieuse.
Un peu éloigné des sites à visiter, d'où l'intérêt de louer une voiture pour la semaine : cela revient moins cher.
Package deals in avril 2014Posted on 2014-05-08Entre amis - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)
Très déçu de mon séjour au Matta village. J'avais réservé en tout inclus au baja bianca et 15 jours avant de partir nous avons été dirigé vers le Matta villages. Nous avions réservé en tout inclus mais au Matta villages cela n'a pas été respecté. Donatello n'est pas à la hauteur de sa réputation, seule la restauration était très bonne.
Une fois la Sardaigne mais pas 2, c'est la 1ère fois que nous déçus à ce point de notre voyage
Gentillesse du serveur Jean François au restaurant
pas de tout compris
Package deals in mai 2013Posted on 2013-10-22Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)
Village vacances très agreable
Accès direct à la plage
Restauration de qualité
Eloigne de la ville de Budoni
Package deals in juin 2013Posted on 2013-06-17En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)
Bel ensemble, tré bien entretenu.
Personel sympa, en restauration peut s'amèliorer!
Pour un séjour 1 semaine pas une glace en dessert... .
Nous sommes en Italie malgré tout. Panier picnique à midi si vous aves la pension complète, trés sympa quand vous découvrez l'ile
Calme - bonne restauration/ chambre top,
Trés isolé prix location hors de prix LOuer à l'aéroport .Changement de propriétaire "restructuration" en cours ATTENTION !
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