No matter what your holidays preferences, here we present our top 10 places to stay in Sardinia.
Sardinia is home to a variety of different holiday types, so if you love to spend a day on the beach followed by a hiking adventure, you should definitely consider your holiday options in Sardinia. The wild and rugged interior matched with the fine white sand of the coast means you really can enjoy the best of both worlds, all on one island. Here we explore the best places to stay in Sardinia, no matter what your preferred holiday experience.
1. The best place for… a beach holiday
Capriccioli Beach, located in the Costa Smeralda region of the island, is many a beach lover’s dream. The crystalline turquoise water and gently sloping soft white sand mimic that of the Caribbean, and with a car park close by, access is easy. The best place to stay? Take a look at Villa Petra Manna, a beautiful and uniquely designed three-bedroom villa close to a number of sandy spots in the area.
Villa Petra Manna
2. The best place for… well-earned R&R
Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and let the stresses of everyday life melt away. It’s a prestigious hotel with superb views over the Gulf of Arzachena, so you won’t struggle to get comfortable here. With fabulous service, exceptional food and a private spot of beach with a decked area, you have everything you need to completely revitalise.
Views over the pool
Luxury Suite Villa at Relais Villa del Golfo
3. The best place for… authentic Italian cuisine
A small, family-run hotel immersed in the Galluran countryside, Agriturismo Tenuta Pilastru offers its guests authentic country cooking, making use of lots of local ingredients. Homemade pasta, locally sourced meats and wine make eating here a fabulous Italian dining experience.
4. The best place for… a luxury getaway
Tucked away in the prestigious bay of Cala Capra is where you’ll find our top luxury pick - Hotel Capo d’Orso Thalasso & Spa. With two glorious sandy beaches just a few hundred metres away, this hotel exudes elegance with a touch of tradition. Dazzling panoramic views across La Maddalena Islands and a relaxed and intimate atmosphere meet with a superb spa, ample sporting facilities and beautiful food to make this the best place for a luxury getaway in Sardinia.
5. The best place for… hiking and outdoor pursuits
Central Sardinia is home to some fantastic outdoor opportunities, and you can explore everything from the mountains and countryside, to magnificent lakes and ancient villages. A fantastic base when in pursuit of adventure is Hotel Su Gologone, in Oliena. Backed by the Supramonte Mountains and overlooking countryside, it’s a hidden gem that’s full of charm, and perfect for hikers and journey seekers!
6. The best place for… discovering an underwater world
If you can think of nothing better than embarking on some snorkelling or diving during your holiday to Sardinia, be sure to head to Cala Mariolu along the island’s east coast. With plenty of fish to discover under the crystal-clear water, you’ll be occupied for hours. Just 20km south of Cala Mariolu is the Lanthia Resort. An intimate property with beautiful surroundings, you can use the hire car included in your holiday package to easily reach this underwater gem.
7. The best place for… a peek into the past
If you love to discover a bygone era, Nora archaeological site is one not to miss. With ancient Roman ruins and even some Phoenician ruins dating as far back as the 8th century BC, you’re sure to get an intriguing insight into Sardinia’s past. The best place to stay? Head to the Nora Club Hotel which is just 2km from the site. It’s a small and intimate property with a traditional feel, beautiful gardens and a refreshing pool.
Nora Club Hotel
8. The best place for… birdwatching
Located in the middle of Sardinia’s west coast, Oristano and the surrounding area boasts the largest wetlands in Italy, and in turn an abundance of colourful birdlife. From thousands of pink flamingos grazing in the lagoons, to migrating birds such as Little Egrets, Purple Herons, woodcocks and Crested Grebes, this area of Sardinia is a true delight for the avid birdwatcher. No matter where you choose to stay on the island, if you have a car it’s well worth heading here to explore.
9. The best place for… a family holiday
If you’ve got a large family or want to holiday with some close family friends, Villa Girolia ticks all the boxes. Beautiful views over the Gulf of Cannigione, ample outdoor space, a large private pool, traditional décor, air-conditioning and just 3km from the beach, restaurants and shops in the main town of Baia Sardinia. For slightly smaller families, Villa Montemoro is a wonderful, traditional choice with superb sea views sleeping up to six, located in the hills of Santa Teresina.
Pool and views from Villa Girolia
10. The best place for… a budget holiday
Hotel La Playa boasts a great location in the town of Alghero. Just 20 minutes’ walk from the old quarter and harbourfront, you can peruse the ample shops and sample plenty of authentic Sardinian and Italian cuisine. Or, perhaps you’d rather enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool or walk a few steps from the hotel to Alghero’s sandy beach? The choice is yours.
If our top 10 places to stay in Sardinia now has you dreaming of a Sardinian escape, visit our Holiday Ideas page for some further inspiration, or browse our complete accommodation collection and see what takes your fancy.
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