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Boutique hotels in Sardinia (4)

Ancient and golden, this long, thin island off Italy’s west coast is a haven for sun and sand lovers. However, beyond the beach umbrellas and bars, Sardinia has thousands of years of history and culture to share with the intrepid visitor. Oh, and the food – how could we forget the food! Yes, Sardinia is a hidden gem and an underrated treasure you must experience. 

Where to go
Walk through the winding limestone streets of Cagliari with an ice cream, dipping into fashion boutiques and tiny stores selling handicrafts, perfume and designer garments. Get up close to the strange and mysterious neolithic ‘Giant’s Tombs’ at Arzachena. Take a boat ride into the astonishing Grotta di Nettuno, with its weird and wonderful cave formations. See Greek and Roman objects that languished for two millennia under the sea at the Museo Archeologico in Olbia. Go hiking stark, yet striking mountains running across the island. Jet ski or water ski off the beach, or make the most of the sunshine on a towel with a good book and a cold drink.

Food & Drink
Sardinian cuisine features a lot of preserved meats, such as sausages and hams, in addition to beans, pulses and soups – easy to prepare meals a legacy of the island’s past as a land settled by shepherds and farmers. Our Sardinian favourites include Al Tuguri (Via Maiorca 113), in Alghero, for good, simple local dishes making use of herbs native to the island. For something a little more elegant, try Dal Corsaro in the Sardinian capital, Cagliari for standout Sardinian cuisine in refined surrounds. 

Nightlife
As the summer hangout of half of the Italian west coast, yes, there is a thriving nightlife scene in Sardinia. To watch the glitzy crowds below in Porto Cervo, try Il Portico (La Piazzetta ) for their terrific cocktails. In Cagliari, the Caffè Libarium Nostrum (Via Santa Croce 33) on the city walls has great views and an impressive drink selection. 

Where to stay
Sardinia has some very enticing luxury hotels to tempt the visitor. Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa, close to Cannigione, offers bright, stylish suites, an idyllic spa, two restaurants and its own private yacht for trips around the island. Hotel Bajaloglia, n the island’s north-west features an expansive relaxation area with pools and large white cushions in which to sink, on top of its large suites with sea views. Hotel Su Gologone, near Nuoro has been described as the island’s best hotel and is a perennial favourite with honeymooners and those seeking a romantic escape. The local cuisine served in the hotel restaurant is an absolute highlight. 

How to get there 
To get to Sardinia, fly to Rome and catch one of the daily flights offered by Alitalia to Olbia airport on the island’s west coast.

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HOTEL RELAIS VILLA DEL GOLFO & SPA

cannigione, italy

If you are looking for a luxury romantic retreat with a strict adults-only policy then look no further. Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa is a luxury hideaway on the north-east coast of Sardinia overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Costa Smeralda.

HOTEL SU GOLOGONE

italy

Honeymooners, couples and families flock to Hotel su Gologone every year to experience the legendary Sardinian hospitality, exquisite cuisine and laidback atmosphere.  Possibly the best hotel in Sardinia this little oasis enjoys a secluded setting at the foothills of the Supramonte mountains between Oliena and Dorgali.

L'ESSENZA

italy

Getting close to nature has never been more pleasurable than a stay in one of L'Essenza 3 fully-furnished pinettos, a typical circular hut that was used by ancient Sardinian shepherds. Situated in north Sardegna this eco-boutique hotel is the best antidote to the stresses of every day life.

BAJALOGLIA RESORT

sassari, italy

Boutique Hotel Bajaloglia is an oasis of relaxation and wellbeing in the north east of Sardinia with just 19 rooms and suites. Great food & wine, attentive service and stunning views make this Chic Retreat the perfect hideaway.

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