This is one hotel that's certainly showing its age.
Having said that, the fact that the hotel complex is managed by the same people does go some way towards making up for the slight flaws with the different establishments.
There isn't actually a swimming pool at the Cala Ginepro, but guests can use the ones at the restaurant (where there is a pool for adults and one for children) and the large pool at the I Giardini, whilst evening entertainment, too, is available at the Sa Mattanusa (disco) and the I Giardini (piano-bar). As for the kids' club, this too is located at the Sa Mattanusa, where guests can also enjoy a game of tennis on the synthetic court or play ping-pong. There is even something of a park area here, specially-designed for children.
The mini-club is open to children 4 and up and activities are organised during the summer school holidays (this year, from 22nd May until late September, in time for the start of the new school year).
If you wish to take advantage of all of the communal services provided at the complex, you will need to buy a club card, priced at around £31 per week, from the Cala Ginepro group for all guests over the age of 4. This gives you access to the onsite entertainment, the mini-club, the beach (where deckchairs can be hired from the third row back), sports activities, and other fun things (including a pedalo ride!).
The 2 storey Cala Ginepro is built in the style of a private residence, which explains the slightly winding structure of the building. Don't let the signs mislead you either - the entrance to the hotel is located to the side, along the road leading to the hotel I Giardini . On arrival at the hotel you'll find yourself in the rather dark reception, before moving through to the very pleasant outdoor communal area, complete with tidy greenery. The hotel may stand right on the roadside and not far from the centre of the resort, but the surroundings are nevertheless peaceful and the hotel is well-served.
The architecture of the hotel is generally pretty basic and not very fancy. They could certainly make more of the materials used but have decided instead to go for the discreet approach. The guest rooms are located on the first and second floors, with a staircase leading down to the restaurant on the basement level. On the way you pass through a ground floor area which opens out into the gardens and houses a bar serving light meals and snacks as well as coffee in the evening.