Albergo Mannois

Orosei, Sardinia, Italy Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
Attractive bolthole in Orosei’s Old Town - a great base from which to discover the wild wonders of Sardinia’s magnificent Golfo di Orosei
Orosei is lovely, its well-preserved Old Town and 8km beach reason enough to visit. It’s also the gateway to its eponymous bay - the Golfo di Orosei - where mountain meets sea in dramatic fashion, with beautiful beaches paddling in aquamarine waters at the foot of vast cliffs. And that’s just the start of it. The natural wonders here seem boundless - caves and canyons, the Supramonte mountain range and the legendary Selvaggio Blu, one of the most spectacular coastal hiking trails in Europe. What’s more, from Cala Gonone (15km south) all the way down to Santa Maria di Navarrese, the only way in is by boat or by foot. This is a pristine wilderness, yet it’s easy to enjoy with daily boat trips and guided tours that let you explore its secrets.

As for Mannois, this small, friendly hotel sits in the Old Town entwined in a labyrinth of cobbled lanes. It is split between 3 buildings (hence ‘diffuso’): Sa Corte, the main house, with its pretty courtyard; Sa Dommo (200m away), where all rooms have balconies; and Sa Turre (500m away), with sunbeds on a roof terrace and fabulous views over town. Rooms aren’t huge, but nor are prices. Junior Suites and Suites, however, are spacious with separate rooms for children. Owner Emanuele is on hand to advise. Good restaurants wait on your doorstep.


  • Good value, and in summer the cost includes sunbeds for 2 on the beach, a lovely touch
  • The 19 pretty rooms are spotlessly clean and most have terraces or balconies
  • Orosei, a small medieval town that stands on the Cedrino river
  • The boat trips along the coast and guided hiking tours into the mountains
  • Tiscali, the ancient Nuraghic village concealed within a cave; the walk in is magical


  • The beach is 3km out of town. However, 8km of golden sand compensate and you can drive down, borrow bikes or jump on the shuttle bus (extra cost)
  • No parking at the hotel, but free car parks are close
  • Standard rooms are small, though most have balconies
  • There’s not a great deal to do at the hotel: no pool, no restaurant, only a small bar, and reception only opens in the morning or after 5pm
  • Breakfast is served at the main house, so you’ll have to walk down if you're staying in Sa Dommo (200m away) or Sa Turre (500m away)

Best time to go

If you want to hike in the hills, then come in April and May or October, where the sun isn’t too hot, but the days are still long. August is the busiest month on the beach. Many restaurants close in mid-October and don’t reopen until April. The hotel closes annually from mid-November to mid-December for a month.

Our top tips

The Golfo di Orosei and the Supramonte are arguably the most spectacular stretch of coastline in Sardinia with magnificent tracts of wild coast and mountain to explore. It’s no surprise to discover that good tour operators are at your disposal to help you get the best out of them and it’s essential you use them for the majority of your excursions as this land can be perilous at times - paths that cling to the edge of cliffs, and long, rutted dirt tracks to negotiate (for which your hire car is not insured). So hook up with people who know what they’re doing - the hotel can advise. Day trips often take in several sites and include lunch, so it’s not a bad idea to pay approx €30 for a great experience instead of puncturing a tyre 15km up a track. Take proper walking boots (the terrain can be challenging) and pack a rucksack for the day with water, fruit and chocolate.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 19
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available


The 19 rooms are spread across 3 buildings:

Sa Corte - the main house, where you come for breakfast. An arched entrance leads into a small cobbled courtyard, off which the rooms stand, some on the ground floor, a couple above, all with tables and chairs outside to give some extra space. The style is lovely: old stone walls, then a mix of traditional architecture and contemporary design within. Ceilings look as if they’re made from bamboo, but in fact you’re looking at the stalks of river reeds, which you see across the island. You’ll find whitewashed walls, smartly tiled floors, excellent showers and super-comfy beds. We had a Superior room on the first floor that overlooked the courtyard and were very happy with it. If you're travelling with children, book a Junior Suite (double and single bedroom) or Suite (double and twin bedroom); both room types are spread over 2 floors.

Sa Dommo - 200m north, recently refurbished. All 5 rooms in here are Standard doubles, so none are huge, but all have balconies with armchairs or sofas. They’re rather popular, too, and all were taken during our visit, though we were able to sneak a very quick peek. Expect tiled floors, great beds, whitewashed walls and smart showers. Pretty good for the money and this is a rather peaceful corner of town, too.

Sa Turre - 500m north, so a fraction further afield. It’s a relatively modern building in a slightly busier part of town. There’s an attractive whitewashed entrance hall with a couple of sofas, but the real treat here are the 2 roof terraces - one covered with tables and chairs, the other with sunbeds to soak up the sun. Views stretch over the town and down to the sea. As for the rooms (6 standards, 1 single), those we saw were on the small side, but perfectly good for a couple of days; 4 have small balconies with a table and chairs. Interiors are spotless: tiled floors, whitewashed walls, crisp white linen, good shower rooms. You get flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, minibars and some storage.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi


Breakfast is served in the main house, Sa Corte, though it’s quite likely Sa Turre will start to make use of its shaded roof terrace and host breakfast here in 2013. It’s a typical continental buffet and it’s served from 8-10.30am. Expect jugs of juice, baskets of fruit, rolls and toast, the odd cake, eggs if you want them and good strong coffee or a selection of teas.

There are loads of nearby cafés and restaurants for lunch, so don’t expect to go hungry. We liked the Yesterday Bar on Via Nazionale (a small road, despite the name), where you could order a beer and a panini and eat in a pretty courtyard; they hold live music nights every week in high season. You’ll also find a couple of restaurant/bars down on the beach, serving pizzas and salads throughout the summer.

Orosei isn’t a gastronomic destination, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a tasty meal for dinner. We ate pizza at Sa Marina, which was fine; the best pizza in town is at Da Filippo, but it’s on the outskirts of town and a bit of a hike. For fresh fish and seafood, try Su Bachile, which is quite posh, or Da Mario, which is less expensive. Finally, try Belo Horizonte at the top of the hill, a small restaurant with huge views from its big terrace. We didn’t eat here but the food is meant to be good - homemade pasta, fresh seafood and grilled meat at good prices.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Hang out on the town beach - in summer, your sunbeds are included in the price of your room. There are small bars, golden sands and big views of mountains rising to the south

  • Admire Orosei - the cobbled streets of the Old Town, its lovely ancient churches (one holds a copy of the Turin Shroud), its cafés and bars strewn around its pretty piazzas

  • Explore the Golfo di Orosei, with its 50km of pristine coastline, and the Supramonte, the mountain range that rises from the sea and heads inland 30km. Here are a few ideas on how to enjoy them:

    Drop down to Cala Gonone, take a boat tour or kayak along the coast, swim in aquamarine seas, watch climbers ascending sheer cliffs, check out some of the sea caves, or just throw down your towel and soak up the sun

    Take boat trips to hidden beaches - Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, Cala Goloritzè, Cala Biriola. They’re only accessible by water (or a very long hike). Trips from Cala Gonone take them in, some boats will drop you off in the morning and pick you up in the afternoon. A couple have simple cafés/bars

    Hike/climb the Gola su Gorropu - aka the Grand Canyon of Europe. Well, not quite, but limestone walls rise 400m in places; it’s mostly the preserve of climbers, but hikers can access the first kilometre. Bring good walking boots and lots of water

    Tiscali - no, not the impossibly useless internet provider, but the unmissable Bronze-Age village concealed within a cave. The 2-hour walk in is beautiful. Allow 5 hours for the trip. You’ll need good boots and lots of water. We advise you go with a guide

    The interior - Nuoro, the city in the sky, the artistic soul of the island; Oliena, famous for its delicious wine (and the great Gianfranco Zola!); and Orgòsolo, known for its brightly coloured political murals that comment on the difficulties of mountain life

    Take a wild drive to Baunei on route 125 - no traffic, huge vistas, the odd golden eagle. The walking up here is excellent and there are a couple of access points to the beach at Cala Sisine - a long, bumpy drive up dirt tracks, then a 1-hour walk in

    Finally… for adrenaline freaks, Selvaggio Blu, the legendary hike that follows the bay. One minute you’re scaling peaks that stand 1,000 feet above the sea, the next you're passing wild goats as you drop down to tiny coves. You need a guide, it’s hairy in parts (there are various routes) and it takes anything from 3-7 days

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Wine tasting


Children are welcome and there is no charge for them, but there are no special facilities/activities.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Junior Suites and Suites have separate bedrooms for children (a single and a twin respectively). The hotel can provide baby cots.

Kid Friendly:

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