Mark Warner is an activity holiday specialist with 8 Mediterranean Resorts and 12 Ski resorts.
I got the chance to sample 2 of their Mediterranean Resorts in May – San Lucianu Resort in Corsica and Perdepera Beach Resort in Sardinia.
After a quick Easyjet flight from Gatwick we arrived on the French island of Corsica. The sun was shining and it was warm but very windy. As the coach turned into the entrance of “San Lu” – as it’s affectionately known to the staff, we later found out – all the staff was on the steps waving us in with a smile. Certainly a warm welcome and we had the resort to ourselves as it was a week before they opened for the season.
San Lucianu resort is in San Nicolao on the East Coast of Corsica. The mountains are very close to the sea, so the hotels backdrop is quick dramatic. When we were there, there was a misty cloud covering the peak of the mountain just behind the hotel, yet the beach was sunny.
After settling into our rooms and admiring the sea views, we had a lovely lunch on the terrace. Then it was down to the beach for a briefing of all the activities on offer. There’s windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, tennis, mountain biking and an extensive fitness program from Zumba to Stretch classes.
Children are extremely well catered for here, with activity programs for all ages, from a crèche for the tiny ones, right up to sports tuition for the older kids.
I signed up for windsurfing and sailing the following day! Then we went and got ourselves a cocktail and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon sun.
It was a good job we did because the next day was rainy and windy! But we went out anyway! Despite the rain we had a good giggle trying to get up on the windsurf! The crew were brilliant and enthusiastic.
After burning a few calories we had a lovely buffet lunch. Although the hotel is a 3* the food was certainly 4*, and exceeded all our expectations.
Mark Warner put on a good party for us that night, party games, cocktails and lots of dancing – a jolly time was had by all!
The following day there was an excursion to the little seafront town of Sant Florent. An hour on the twisty turny mountain roads didn’t do our fragile heads any good, but the fresh sea air and an anti pasti snack stop and we were right as rain! It was a pretty area which felt like a little piece of the South of France, with big yachts moored in the harbour and boutique shops and cafes lining the promenade.
After a 3 night stay we then travelled across to Sardinia.
The ferry only took 1 hour and the sea was kind to us! We then had a rather long, but scenically beautiful coach trip from the port to our next resort. Sardinia is very green with rolling hills and mountainous peaks, quaint villages and stunning beaches.
Perdepera Beach resort is on the East Coast of Sardinia. The nearest town is Tortoli, but the resort is peacefully secluded, with again, mountains right behind it and set on a beautiful white sand beach.
The rooms were all bungalow style scattered across the resort grounds, and very spacious.
We had the same range of activities here, except for the fitness classes. I went on a couple of bike rides. One was pretty easy into the nearest sleepy village. The other was more strenuous, climbing up the mountain, overlooking beaches and coves on one side and down into green valleys the other.
We also had an excursion to Tortoli to look round the many boutique shops, and had a lovely seafood lunch. One morning was spent having some tuition on our tennis serves…with a few glasses of pims!
The kids club and children’s’ program is equally good as the other resort. The play houses and slides on the lawn remind me of my little boy – he would have loved it here!
Our last evening was spent having a leisurely al la carte dinner by the pool, which was lit invitingly.
The food on the whole trip be it in the resorts or out at local restaurants had been superb! Foodies would not be disappointed!
Flying home was quite novel having a whole British Airways plane to ourselves. Mark Warner charter BA flights and as they had just flown the first holiday makers of the season out that morning, we were the only ones going home! All in all, a nice end to a lovely trip. Highly recommend both islands and Mark Warner to the right clients. However, I would love to return to sample some of the higher end hotels….maybe next time!
We travelled with Etihad via Abu Dhabi to Calicut Airport