Loc. Cala Ginepro 08028 OROSEI ITOrosei, Italy -See the map
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Set amid relaxing natural surroundings just a stone's throw from the Biderrosa Nature Reserve, this hotel presents itself as a basic, family-oriented establishment.
Despite the many stairs around the hotel and the lack of guest rooms with access for those with reduced mobility, the Torre Moresca offers a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for families and middle-aged travellers.
There are plenty of sports facilities at the hotel to satisfy younger guests, not to mention the hotel's entertainment team to keep them amused.
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The Torre Moresca is some 8 mi from the centre of Orosei in the Cala Ginepro area and is located opposite the I Giardini di Cala Ginepro hotel. To get to the hotel by car, follow the sign at the crossroads (don't take the first little road because you'll end up in a field!) then follow the road downhill.
Orosei is the new centre of the Nuoro province, which was recently reorganised into a smaller region (Ogliastra), where you'll find the towns of Dorgali, Orosei, Siniscola, and Budoni.
The Sosalinos region, the pine forest which runs along the coastline, is also not too far away.
At the end of May, the hotel hosts the 'Festival of the Sea', a celebration of religious origin which runs right through the village, from the cross to the river, culminating in a procession of flower-decked boats bearing the Madonna.
Orosei is a very religious place (largely due to its agricultural roots), as reflected in the frequent celebrations held here and the impressive number of churches to be found throughout the region; there are, in fact, no fewer than 26 in this village of 6,000 inhabitants alone.
The hotel boasts 210 standard and family (3-bed) guest rooms (half of each), all of which are pleasantly decorated (particularly the green glossed furniture) and located behind a veil of maritime pine trees, making for truly relaxed surroundings.
We really liked the simplicity of the rooms, the only original feature of which is the gorgeous light blue guardrail running along the furnished balcony. The canopy and the exposed beams give the rooms a more casual, intimate feel caused by the effect of the wood, which plays a major role here.
Indeed, whilst some of the furniture, doors, and shutters are painted, others are not, and the terracotta tiles, embroidered bedspreads in Sardinian fabrics, and hand-painted ceramic plaques on the doors bearing the room number give the place a truly homely feel.
The quieter rooms are located to the rear close to the sports centre and away from the organised entertainment. This is also where the rooms best suited to those with reduced mobility are to be found.
Having said that, the hotel really has far too many stairs to make it suitable for anyone who has trouble moving around and there are no rooms which comply with the necessary standards for disabled access.
The more Baroque-style 'Romeo and Juliette' room is also worth special mention.
None of the bathrooms here come with a bathtub, only a shower.
The Torre Moresca is a small pink complex decorated on the outside with aqua-green guardrails: the traditional canopy and the geraniums in the garden in front helping to create a soothing ambience.
The building itself consists of a central block adorned with geraniums, whilst the inside is decorated in an unusual way that emphasizes the traditional features of the place (such as the typically Sardinian embroidered sofas) and goes hand-in-hand with the Spanish architectural style of the building, with all of its archways and inner courtyards.
This hotel primarily attracts families and middle-aged guests, all of whom are required to purchase a club card for access to the entertainment and sports activities on offer (as is the case at the Marina Resort, also priced at around £31 a week).
The hotel has a multi-purpose room, decorated in a style that breaks away entirely from the ordered style of the rest of the hotel; it is furnished with blue chairs and yellow tablecloths.
Generally speaking, the entire establishment reflects the style of the Marina Resort but on a smaller scale. There are several lifts for guests' convenience, although you won't find the hand-rails here that you find at the Orosei complex. Finally, there are a few phone booths in the lobby.
Food and drink
The signs in German at the entrance to the restaurant will no doubt come as something of a shock.
The restaurant at the Torre Moresca is a very friendly place, with a carafe each of red and white wine and another of water placed on each table. Three theme nights are held every week, including a Sardinian night on Wednesdays (complete with waiting staff in traditional dress), a fish night on Fridays (this time with the waiting staff wearing masks), and a cocktail reception followed by a gala night on Sundays.
On the other 4 nights of the week you will also have the opportunity to sample various grilled meat and fish dishes al fresco. During the theme nights you will be served at the table but meals are otherwise served as a buffet (although the management do state that table service is available on request!).
A special children's menu is also available.
If you fancy taking a dip or just want to relax, head for the extremely beautiful Biderrosa Nature Reserve nearby, where you'll have a choice of 5 different beaches. Bear in mind though, that you will need to book in advance since only 50 cars a day are allowed into this protected park.
There is also a public beach not too far away where you'll find some of the finest sand in the Orosei region. Alternatively, you could head for the Marina di Orosei beach, where there's a wooden walkway between the beach and the pine forest running along the shore across to Orosei. The seafront here can get very windy at times but it does provide safe access to the sea for children. Deckchairs and parasols are also available on request and are included in the price of the club card.
Biderrosa Park, just over 7 mi away, is of particular interest as it is a nature park which is also home to at least 5 beaches. Only a limited number of people (50 cars) are allowed access to the site on any given day, so we recommend you make a booking in advance.
This is the second hotel this group has opened in Orosei. Inaugurated in 1990, it offers a variety of sports facilities (2 tennis courts and a synthetic mini-football pitch), a small well-being centre (complete with massage area, a beautician, and a hairdresser), and a children's play area.
It is also worth mentioning that the hotel has its own doctor onsite (every afternoon from 5:30pm to 6:30pm). Also, Wi-Fi is available in the communal areas for an additional charge, and if you're planning on heading out to explore the surrounding area you can request a packed lunch from reception before 5:00pm the previous evening.
The hotel is open from 1st April to 1st October. The staff here speak English, French, and German.