A Review of Perdepera Beach Resort, Sardinia Part 2

As promised, here’s part 2 of my review of our stay at Perdepera Beach Resort in Sardinia with Mark Warner. (If you missed part 1, read all about the accommodation and restaurant here )  

What sets a Mark Warner aside from other travel companies are the activities for all the family. Our break had group sailing and windsurfing lessons, mountain bike, tennis, sea kayak and paddle board hire,as well as half day childcare and evening childcare and kids club sessions all included. And there’s one word which goes above ALL those activities and that’s quality.

There are no half measures on a Mark Warner holiday, especially when it comes to the the staff, everyone we met seemed to love their job and that radiated into how friendly, helpful and happy they were. For a mum who’s never used kids clubs on holiday before, I needed to be sure that my children were in capable hands but it soon became clear, from the quality of the rooms to the manner and friendliness of the Mark Warner nannies, that I had no reason to worry.

We’d booked morning sessions for Ronnie which ran from 9.30 – 12.30 am, with a programme of organised activities including bubble play, fun pool sessions (where all kids wore float suits and sun hats) beach sessions where tried mini on-shore sailing & playing on the paddle board or in the waves, as well as crafts, play time and singing and dancing. Phew!

In the afternoons, when he wasn’t booked in but spotted Phee, his Mark Warner kids club nanny, in the pool he tried to joining in. A sure sign he loved the kids club sessions, I’d say. What I really liked though was that the childcare team would stop and talk to him even when they saw him around the complex. (watch my video below if you want to see the cutest stage performance of the Mini’s which proceeded a presentation to conclude their week)

As for Ky, my awkward and shy teenager, the kids club was the making of the holiday for him. Initially he was very reluctant to join in but I explained that everyone was in the same boat; not knowing anyone and persuaded to give it a try. His had the opportunity to join in with as many or as few sessions as he wanted throughout the day. The schedule of activities would be listed on a board outside the kids club hut so he knew exactly what was on and where to go. It took just that first one session for him to make friends and end up having his best holiday ever.

From beach rounders, group games involving water fights, pool games and sailing sessions, he was spoilt for choice. And when the kids club finished, he was off with his new co host of Mark Warner teens and tweens. The complex is compact so quite safe leaving this age group to roam free. It probably explains why he was so tired in the morning and ate more than I though humanly possible. He made new friends which he’s still in touch with and more importantly, some of the best holiday memories money couldn’t buy.

I don’t want to go home and if we do I want to come back here for every holiday from now on

were his exact words!

the stunning beach at Perdepera beach resort in Sardinia
The evening childcare was a bonus too. After taking the kids to an early dinner at 5.30, it was back to the room to change Ronnie into his pj’s then back out to watch a movie with his new friends at 7.30,   The room was kitted out with mini camping beds and sleeping bags as well as the sofa area for movie time, and when he was tired he’d settle down and go to sleep. All under the watchful eye of British trained nannies and opposite the restaurant, so we were nearby if he was upset.

This was another 1st for me, although Ronnie’s stayed at his Dads and my mum’s plenty of times, he’s never had a babysitter but I soon realised it was a much nicer way for him to spend his evening rather than sat still in a restaurant for a couple of hours!

And finally, it wasn’t all about the kids. I got to try out some activities too. Unfortunately we missed a couple of days due to the chaos of British Airways IT failures, so I didn’t get to do everything on my list. But that just gives me a reason to start saving for another Mark Warner holiday!

I did, however, get to try windsurfing under the patient guidance of Maddie, my instructor, albeit in very choppy waters which meant I spent more time in the water than on the board. Sea kayaking on a calmer day was absolute bliss and (SUP) paddle boarding was a lot harder than it looks, but just as fun. Next time I would love to make use of the mountain bikes available and see a little more of the island while learning to sail is my number 1 priority. We met a couple who were keen sailors and had stayed in other Mark Warner resorts but found that Sardinia had perfect sailing conditions. The winds were stronger in the afternoon and calmer in the morning so for a newbie like myself, that would be the best time to learn.


As well as windsurfing and sailing tuition, there were also organised group sea kayak adventures, catamaran tasters or you can pay extra for 1-1 sailing sessions. For the days when you’re feeling a little less energetic, Perdepera Beach Resort has a chic, adult only pool with jets and a tranquil decking area or you can book a treatment in the mini spa

 

And if you’re really lucky and British Airways manage to lose everyone’s luggage, you get to spend the morning in a local shop buying essentials! Joking aside, I should  say a huge thanks to Mark Warner and Colette, our resort manager, for making the best of a difficult situation and going above and beyond their duty in helping us to enjoy our holiday after being stuck at Heathrow for 2 days during the British Airways IT failure. It didn’t go un noticed and was hugely appreciated not just by myself but other guests we spoke to.

the stunning beach at Perdepera beach resort in Sardinia

And if you want to see more, here’s a whistle-stop tour of the complex;

Disclaimer

This is a collaborative post but all words and photography are my own unless otherwise stated.

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12 Comments

  1. 14th June 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Wow looks like you had an incredible stay and fantastic that you got to try your hand at wind surfing, sailing and sea kayaking!

  2. 14th June 2017 / 1:05 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful time after the airport fiasco. I’m glad Ky joined in with the kids club and made some friends.

  3. 14th June 2017 / 1:33 pm

    I have some serious holiday envy now! That sounds like an amazing place to go 😀

  4. 14th June 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Oh the airport doesn’t sound fun but it sounds like you had a great time when you got there! I would LOVE to visit Sardinia, we keep saying maybe next year!!

  5. cvnxena
    15th June 2017 / 8:31 am

    It looks like an amazing place to visit! We are on the look out for a new holiday resort to take the kids too

  6. 15th June 2017 / 10:42 am

    It certainly looks and sounds amazing. Glad the airport saga didn’t stop you from enjoying the rest of your holiday x

  7. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    15th June 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Wow there are so many activities it looks like a great holiday place for the whole family. I’ve not been to Sardinia yet!

  8. 15th June 2017 / 9:45 pm

    We loved our MW holiday and it still amazes me what the kids learned. Isaac is now taking windsurfing lessons here after trying it out with them

  9. 15th June 2017 / 10:44 pm

    It looks and sounds amazing, I too have a teen and pre-schoolers so this kind of holiday would be perfect for keeping them all entertained. I have always wanted to visit Sardinia and it looks just as lovely as I imagined xx

  10. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    16th June 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I love the idea of the child care facilities and there is so much for everyone to do!

  11. 16th June 2017 / 10:59 pm

    You have completely sold Mark Warner holidays to me. I’ve been teetering on the edge of booking one for my birthday but I don’t normally do package holidays or resort stays abroad. I absolutely love all the things they offer. I especially love the sound of the kids clubs, the cinema club in the evening with the little beds and all the water sports activities. It sounds like Mark Warner have really found the balance in giving both kids and parents the perfect holiday away. Your pictures are so gorgeous too. So good that they helped you with your luggage issues and flight delays too. Thank goodness you got there. I really felt for you when I saw on twitter that you’d been delayed. x

  12. 17th June 2017 / 7:20 pm

    This resort looks luxurious. It sounds absolutely perfect for a family holiday, especially like your family where the kids are in different age groups.

    V

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