Hotel Residence Lu Nibareddu Olbia Hotel 3 star
Loc. Porto Taverna, Porto Sao Paolo Olbia, Italy
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Lu Nibareddu is not a hotel, but a residence consisting of rented apartments for guests who want to be independent during their holiday and who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Its remote position makes it the ideal retreat if you want peace and quiet, at the heart of nature, with mountains all around. Its facilities are pretty modest, overall, and because the beach is not very close by and the property is built on a rather steep slope, this is not the place to recommend to people with reduced mobility.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The hotel is in San Paolo, some 12 mi from Olbia airport.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The property consists of a hundred or so apartments of varying capacity, including 20 that are considered to be villas. We really liked how the apartments open onto the outside and that each one has its own terrace, but the quality of the facilities is a real shame. The furniture has seen better days, especially as far as the kitchen and bedding (2 small single beds) are concerned. The decor in the small kitchen, where you can prepare your meals, is basic and the overall effect is quite modest. A partial renovation of the apartments was scheduled for 2009. If possible, book into one of the 15 or so by the beach, which offer a completely different setting. The layout and decor is the same as in the apartments in the main complex, but the price is higher. Another disadvantage of these is that you cannot choose the option of adding the breakfast or half-board package, meaning you will have to prepare all your meals.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    Built in 1978, the Lu Nibareddu is not a standard hotel but a residence consisting of rented apartments spread out over a vast property and overlooking the surrounding area. As a result, guests can be completely independent, and are sure to appreciate the fact they are not packed in like sardines. However, you soon realize that the general level of maintenance of the facilities and the complex as a whole leaves much to be desired. For example, the apartments are positioned in the middle of a lush garden that is so overgrown, you might wonder - and with reason - whether the gardener himself has packed up and gone on holiday! All that we can really say is that the ambience and pace of life here are pretty laidback and relaxed. You are left to get on with your own thing at the Lu Nibareddu, where nothing disturbs the peace and quiet of the surroundings, with mountains stretching away until they drop down into the unbelievably beautiful turquoise sea. It is a sight you will not tire of, especially as 90% of the rooms have views of the sea, making it easy to forgive the rather outdated facilities. You can even go one better if you book into one of the apartments next to the beach, a 20 minute walk from the main property. Of course, if you stay at the main complex, you will be some distance from the beach, and will either have to walk or take the shuttle, the latter shortening the journey time to 5 minutes. This option might be an especially good idea on your way back to the complex, as the walk up the gentle slope from the sea can be quite tiring. At the same time, you cannot help but appreciate the size of the property and the beautiful walks that drive home the fact you are truly on holiday.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The property has a welcoming 'barbecue' restaurant that also serves as a bar but only opens for breakfast and dinner (for those guests that have opted for the breakfast or half-board options). You can also order your meal 'a la carte' (barbecue, pizza and international cuisine). As for lunch, there is a small and very pleasant restaurant by the beach which serves up a perfectly reasonable selection of dishes. It is a friendly place where you can enjoy home-style cooking while you admire the turquoise blue sea.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    The disadvantage of the Lu Nibareddu is its distance from the beach, although a free shuttle service makes the trip 4 to 6 times a day to make it easier for guests to get there. Otherwise, you can always walk there in about 20 minutes. When you get there, the pleasant, peaceful setting is definitely worth it, with turquoise water lapping the white sand beach. If you wish to, you can hire a deckchair and a parasol, and there is also a little restaurant nearby (for a supplement).

    To know

    As the property is very steep, with narrow earth footpaths and quite a few rocks, you will need to watch your step.

    In terms of catering, guests have the choice between two options: either you can simply hire an apartment with a small kitchen and prepare all your own meals, or you can hire the same apartment and add breakfast or half-board to the basic price. If you settle upon the latter option, the meals are served in the main restaurant, where a different fixed-price menu is on offer every day and an 'a la carte' option is available as well.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa


    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, horse riding, golf, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium


    • The surroundings
    • The peacefulness of the place
    • The beach
    • The meals served at the beach restaurant


    • The poor state of the facilities
    • The distance between the main complex and the beach
    • Access to the beach

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    • Overall Score nc/10