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Review 3794: Residence Riva Azzurra, Apartment
apartments in a complex on edge of Cannigione, Sardinia
August 2008, one week
The location of the apartment was one of the prime factors in our choice: it was in a small, pretty complex on the edge of the sailing and fishing town of Cannigione, on Sardinia's North East coast. Not far from the famous Costa Smerelda, it is a real town and not a manufactured resort and does not have the absurd prices of places further round the coast.
It is set back from the small beach and coast road, with just a lawned park in between, so it is quiet and with an uninterrupted view across the Gulf of Arazchena.
The main street of Cannigione is about 5/10 minutes walk, with a number of shops and restaurants, including a lovely bakery. There is a small bar/cafe and a large restaurant on the ground floor of the building - above this is a large sundeck/flowered terrace with two small pools and then the apartments are set well back behind this, so we suffered no noise from the restaurant. We ate there and found it to be of good value. There is also a new supermarket in a currently semi-finished villa development up a small hill behind the Residence, which has an excellent fish and meat counter.
The apartments are about 10 years old and very well maintained, in an attractive local style and pale washed colours. There are about 25 apartments on site, nearly all facing out to sea - I think we had one of the few two bedroom/one bath apartments, which was set to the side of the main building with just a large loggia underneath (not part of the apartment), so we felt we were in our own detached house.
The complex was very peaceful, even in high season. There was a private entrance at the back, up a short flight of stairs into a large living room with a kitchen corner. A corridor led to a bathroom and the two bedrooms.
There were air conditioning units in the living rooms and both bedrooms - although it was 30C during our stay, we only felt the need to use these once as the air circulated well around the apartment and there was always a slight and welcome breeze.
There was a large covered balcony leading off the main room, which had plenty of room for a table and a drying rack. We enjoyed sitting there in the evening, enjoying a pre-dinner drink and watching all the sailing boats making their way back into the Marina after a day's adventuring.
There was also the shared main sun terrace, which had sun beds and parasols and two small pools. The flowers around this area (and at other parts of the terrace) were beautifully tended. Even though we were there in peak season, this area never got crowded, as the beach is only five minutes away and people (including us) divided their time between that beach, exploring the many other lovely beaches in the area and a cooling-off dip in the pool.
There is adequate parking behind and in front of the apartments.
We used the balcony table most of the time, but there was also a table and chairs inside, a sofa and chair. This was adequate for our party of four, but might be a bit tight for a group of six. The apartment was very clean on arrival.
The double bedroom was spacious, with a large bed (5'6" approx) and comfortable mattress. The second bedroom was narrow with two single beds - certainly enough space for two untidy teenage girls! One white tiled bathroom, with wide sink, toilet and bidet and shower cubicle leading off. Good pressure on the shower and all the fixtures in good order.
There was a small, but adequate, kitchen unit with a combination electric/ gas four burner hob, fridge and sink. The equipment was of good quality and sufficient and we prepared lunches and some simple evening meals there.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked with a UK travel firm, because they offered a deal which was marginally better than booking accommodation and flights from the UK and included a transfer from Olbia airport. Booking directly with the Residence if you are coming from elsewhere should be easy - there is an English language version of the website and the reception staff speak good English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The apartments were of a very good quality, pleasantly and efficiently run and in a good location in the town. I would be happy to recommend them.
Things to do in this area
We hired a car locally for a few days, which gave us the chance to explore some of the other beaches and towns - the quality of the water is wonderful for swimming and snorkeling. Some of the white sand beaches and turquoise waters look more tropical than Mediterranean. A visit to the island of Maddelena is recommended - either a ferry from Palau (about 8km away) or as part of a boat trip from the beach opposite the apartment. It was a nice day trip, with welcome sea breezes and a chance to see the beautiful protected islands, but the tour boats all seem to follow the same timetable and arrive at the same place at once!
There is a huge market on a Monday, with good fruit vegetable and local meat and cheese stalls - it looks quite small but goes back and back and quite filled a morning's exploration and bargain hunting (especially good for beach coverups and swimwear).
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