We travelled as a couple in June and stayed in Case Vacanza Gli Ulivi at Via del Mare in Orosei for 1 week. We hired a car from Hertz at the airport and found the experience very good and it took us over an hour to reach our accommodation. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by Sergio who owns the apartments and were shown where to park (your own garage space) and where our studio apartment was. My partner was a little worried on arrival due to the lack of air conditioning however the rooms are so cool and with a sea breeze that we didn’t miss it. If anything we were pulling the sheets up to our necks whilst sleeping! The studio was very clean, quiet, bright and had everything we could need. Fridge/freezer, pots, pans, cutlery, toaster, and much more were supplied. We were treated to a bottle of wine, olive oil, fruit and a selection of delicious Sardinian biscuits. Sergio told us that a beach umbrella, beach loungers and towels were provided which was fantastic. We used them for our daily trips to the beach. There were so many beaches that we could go to but we returned to our favourite, Cala Osala, approximately 6k from the apartments. The beach is beautiful; crystal clear water perfect for snorkelling and is mainly where the local Sardinians go. The busy periods at the beach are on Saturday and Sunday when the locals enjoy their weekends. There is a beach closer than Osala with a stretch of fine sand and is only 10 minutes walk from the apartments. It is manned with a lifeguard and restaurants.
There is a small fruit and veg shop immediately next to the apartments in which the lady sells her own produce. The fruit was delicious! We ate watermelon, apricots, nectarines, cherries, plums and figs for our lunch every day. The fruits are so meaty that we didn’t need much more! In the evenings we enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and drinking local Sardinian wine. After dinner we walked into the centre and soaked in the atmosphere and ate lots of gelato! The streets are very safe with friends and family enjoying the warm evenings.
The Sardinian people are super friendly none more so than Sergio. He was so welcoming, answered all our questions, phoned places to get correct information for us and made us feel like we were right at home. Sergio, his wife Alessandra and his staff’s personal touches made our holiday very special. We will definitely return to Case Vacanza Gli Ulivi. We visited Cala Gonone, Olbia and Costa Smerelda and feel that Orosei is the best location in the East coast of Sardinia.
Tips: Have lots of gelato and local fruits and veg. the wine, beer and the whiskey is fantastic as is the amaretto biscuit. If you plan to visit different beaches and places then you definitely need a car (petrol prices are expensive though).
We would recommend to go April-June and September- October as it is quieter without mass Italians holidaying from the mainland.
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I cannot rave enough about the Gli Ulivi where my boyfriend and I spent an amazing week. Gli Ulivi has three different houses with apartments. I have seen two of them which both were absolutely stunning (Via del Mare is their newest location with pool and close to the sea while Piricone is a 5mins drive from the center in the countryside). We decided to stay in an apartment at the Piricone location which located in the middle of a field of olive trees. The setting is beautiful and it features a huge grill and a big veranda with a table and a couch. The apartment is newly renovated with beautiful furniture in the Sardinian style. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need. Sergio (the owner of Gli Ulivi) is extremely helpful and friendly; he takes great care of his guests and anything they need. If you look for an apartment for your vacation, you found the place to be in Orosei! We will definitely be back!