Albergo Mannois

Orosei, Sardinia, Italy Book from Book from £53 per night

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 Golfo di Orosei bay, 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. Rooms are split between 4 buildings: Sa Corte, the main house, with its pretty courtyard; Sa Dommo (200m away), Sa Turre (500m away), with a restaurant and roof terrace (fabulous views over town), and a Dependance (Annex) with self-catering suites in the newer part of town. Wherever you stay, owner Emanuele and his team are on hand to advise. Good restaurants wait on your doorstep.

Highs

  • The pretty rooms are spotlessly clean and many have terraces or balconies
  • Breakfast in Sa Corte's courtyard is lovely; and dinner at Sa Torre too, especially if you like seafood
  • Orosei itself: a small medieval town that stands on the Cedrino river
  • Boat trips along the coast and guided hiking tours into the mountains; the walk to Tiscali, an ancient Nuraghic village concealed within a cave, is magical
  • It's great value

Lows

  • 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)
  • Only the Dependance has free parking outside; for the other buildings, it's a short walk away
  • Economy and Classic Double Rooms are small, though most have balconies
  • There’s not a great deal to do at the hotel: no pool, only a small bar
  • Breakfast is served at the main house (Sa Corte), so you’ll have to walk down if you're staying in the other buildings, or make your own breakfast arrangements if you prefer

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. Good tour operators are at your disposal to help you get the best out of them, and do 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.

Note that Reception is only open 9am-12pm and 4-8pm

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 28
  • Restaurant + bar (open daily)
  • 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
  • Beach Club
Room: First-floor Superior Room

Rooms

The rooms and suites are spread across three buildings.

Sa Corte / Main House
An arched entrance leads into a small cobbled courtyard, off which the rooms stand. The style is lovely: old stone walls, traditional architecture and contemporary design. You’ll find whitewashed walls, smartly tiled floors, excellent showers and super-comfy beds. We had a First-floor Superior Room that overlooked the courtyard and were very happy with it. If you want extra space and luxury, the Suite has a mezzanine layout with a sleeping area, lounge and Jacuzzi.

Sa Dommo
Sa Dommo is 200m north of the main house and home to a collection of Economy and Classic Double Rooms . As such, none are huge but they do tend to be popular. 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 value and this is a rather peaceful corner of town, too.

Sa Turre
Sa Turre is 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 communal 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, those we saw were on the small side, but perfectly good for a couple of days. Interiors are spotless: tiled floors, whitewashed walls, crisp white linen, good shower rooms. You get flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, minibars and some storage.

Dependance (Annex)
There is also a 3-storey building, which we have not seen yet, on via Sebastiano Satta, opposite the Post Office. This is outside the old centre, about 8 minutes' walk from the main building, and contains self-catering apartments with a double bedroom (and extra bed or cot if needed), plus a kitchenette and dining area on a covered terrace. Expect clean white walls, tiled floors and some groovy pebbling and wooden cladding in the shower rooms.

Features include:

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

Eating

Breakfast is served in the main house, Sa Corte. It’s a typical continental buffet with 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.

The hotel restaurant Locanda Sa Turre, is on the fourth floor of Sa Turre, open daily, and prides itself on traditional cooking with local organic ingredients and a zero food mile policy. You will need to book a table with reception during busy times of year.

There are loads of nearby cafés and restaurants for lunch, so don’t expect to go hungry. 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; 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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Hang out on the town beach - in summer, your sunbeds are included in the price of your room at the hotel's Beach Club. 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 - 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
    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

Kids

All ages are welcome, but there are no special facilities on site. However, there are plenty of exciting activities nearby and along the coast, which are great for adventurous older children.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The hotel can provide baby cots and some rooms have space for extra beds.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • Changing unit with baby bath in some rooms
  • High chairs
  • Beach towels to borrow

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Child-friendly options at breakfast and on request for other meals in the restaurant with notice; easy walking distance to restaurants and cafes; packed lunches available on request for outings

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Bikes to borrow (baby seat and helmet can be provided)
  • Beaches, both in the town itself (the hotel has a beach club which offers beach volleyball, boats for hire and pedalos as well as loungers and umbrellas, children gain access for free up to 14 years old when sharing their parents' room), and further afield
  • Watersports including waterskiing, canoeing and kayaking
  • Boat trips to the Gulf D'Orosei
  • Hiking in the Supramonte mountains
  • Visit Bronze Age cave village Tiscali, then have lunch with shepherds, and visit underground lakes
  • Explore Codula di Luna canyon

Families Should Know:

You'll need to park in a central car park in town and then walk up the hill to the main reception (a golf buggy to transport luggage can be provided), note that reception is only open certain hours. The Beach Club has a lifeguard on duty

Distances:

  • Airport: 1.5hrs (Olbia), 2.5hrs (Alghero)
  • Hospital: 40 minutes (Nuoro)
  • Shops: 2 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

Albergo Diffuso Mannois is set in the town of Orosei, about 1.5 hours' drive south of Olbia in eastern Sardinia. It's about 2.5 hours southeast from Alghero and about 2.5 hours northeast from Cagliari.

By Air:
Fly into Olbia from April to late September (100km), or Alghero (175km) and Cagliari (217km) all year round. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
A taxi can be quite costly; we'd recommend hiring a car from the airport, though, so you can explore the region. Free car parks are close to the hotel.

By Ferry:
Sardinia is well-served by car ferries coming from elsewhere in Italy. You can sail into Palau, Olbia, Porto Torres and Golfo Aranci in the north, and Arbatax and Cagliari in the south. Car ferries also connect Sardinia with Corsica.

By Car:
See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Sardinia and getting around

Airports:

  • Olbia 90.0 km OLB
  • Alghero 150.0 km AHO

Other:

  • Beach 3.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests

8/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Expensive for the standard of accommodation. Not your typical i-escape property. Service at the front desk was mixed. Breakfast was good.

4/10,

It's quite a rustic but very atmospheric and comfortable hotel in a really lovely town. Staff are great.

9/10,

Overall we had a really great stay. We were initially sold the idea of this B&B due to it's quaint rooms, beautiful looking courtyard and proximity to both local restaurants and well recommended beaches. Indeed the room in the main Inn that we stayed in on our last night was lovely, right in the courtyard that catches the sunlight beautifully. The breakfasts we had in the courtyard were delicious, with a good range of continental options. They have eggs and bacon on offer if you fancy something hot, although this isn't the star of the show. We were able to walk to a vast array of different restaurants - our favourite being pizzeria da mario! One thing I would note is that Orosei is mostly a locals town and therefore (aside from Saturday evenings when there is live local music played in the main square and market stalls set out) it does not have really have any signs of nightlife. Unfortunately there was a bit of a hiccup with our initial reservation and so we were moved from a room in the main b&b to their grand apartment which, although it had all the amenities we needed, was pretty basic in comparison to bedrooms in the b&b. I would not recommend the apartment to those who fall in love with the charm of the b&b bedrooms from the website. However this did not ruin our stay and, aside from the apartment, we couldn't have asked for more - helpful and friendly staff, especially Manuela, great continental breakfast and great location for beaches and restaurants.

8/10,

Stayed in the main building. Charming courtyard and staff. Had a fantastic dinner at their Sa Turre restaurant. Breakfast was also excellent One improvement that could be made: better bath towels - the ones we had were tiny and thin.

9/10,

Beautiful hotel in a lovely old town. Was a really relaxing break. We felt well looked after and the breakfast was excellent. Would highly recommend!

10/10,

Breakfast was served in a lovely courtyard. Ate at the restaurant one evening - lovely views but service a little slow & impersonal.

7/10,

We had a fabulous stay here - our room no.7 was beautifully decorated, very clean and had great facilities. The main courtyard at Sa Corte is beautiful and it was lovely to have breakfast here each morning. The staff were all brilliant, especially Davida and the lovely lady who brought our coffee each morning. We could not have asked for more. Thank you very much!

10/10,

Made to feel very welcome by Davide on our arrival. Room in main house was classed as Superior, however, it was small and a tad noisy at night when people came back to their rooms. Breakfast offered an excellent choice and it was nice to sit in the courtyard and eat. We used the main restaurant two nights running, the food was excellent although on both nights they and no meat options, which limited choice if you did not like seafood. Golf buggy service to car parking was a great option. Overall a good stay.

8/10,

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