Relais Fenicottero Rosa is a small, family-run hotel near to the quiet town of Porto San Paolo, south of Olbia. The hotel has just 11 rooms – all of which are a very good size and individually themed in a traditional Sardinian style. Although some of the rooms look towards the quiet road outside the property, the majority face the lovely pool area, with its surrounding lush greenery and low hills beyond.
Relais Fenicottero Rosa has a reputation for its breakfasts, which are all made from locally sourced produce – you can enjoy your breakfast in the cool eating area, or on the shaded patio overlooking the pool. There is also a wine lounge where you can enjoy an evening drink while you decide where to go for dinner.
Beyond the hotel, you have some of the finest beaches on the east coast – the nearest of which, Porto Taverna, is only a 15-minute stroll away. Here, you can relax on sunbeds, enjoy a drink at the bar or, if you’re feeling more energetic, try out a pedalo. The beach looks out towards the twin limestone islands of Tavolara and Molara, and you can take lazy boat trips to the former and explore the secluded coves and beaches. The boat trips leave from Porto San Paolo, which is only a short drive away and has a good selection of bars, shops and restaurants. There is also the near-Tahitian splendour of the Cala Brandinchi, one of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean, never mind Sardinia, and only a 15-minute drive from the hotel. All in all, this tranquil hotel is perfect for couples looking to get away from it all and is a welcome addition to our programme.
Official local hotel rating: 4 star