Famed for the whitest of white sand and the most alluring blue seas, Smeralda’s scalloped bays are the playground where celebrities and supermodels frolic in emerald waters. Walk barefoot across the dunes on the wave-lashed Costa Verde or lounge on the Costa del Sud’s silky smooth bays – either way, it’s a haven for relaxation.
The bays and climate make Sardinia a sailor’s paradise – charter a yacht and dive into the water off the deck. If sailing isn’t your thing then then island is a waterspouts playground. It’s irresistible to windsurfers on the north coast, while divers wax lyrical about shipwrecks off Cagliari’s coast, the underwater Nereo Cave and Nora’s submerged Roman ruins. For something a little less high octane but no less inspiring, take walk along the vertiginous coastal path to the crescent-shaped bay of Cala Luna.
DH Lawrence was a fan, and it is as much Sardinia’s inspiring wildlife as its historic myths that make it so mystical. This is the place where blue-eyed albino donkeys roam on the Isola dell’Asinara and 7000 nuraghi, Bronze Age towers are scattered along the plains. There are tombe dei giganti (‘giant’s grave’ tombs) and domus de janas (‘fairy house’ tombs), and prehistory intertwines with today’s world seamlessly and inspiringly.
Hotel Bouganville: Surrounded by lush grounds, Hotel Bouganville is set in the midst of Mediterranean where guests stay in spacious bungalows where luxury is the name of the game. Each bungalow has its own elegant patio, and for the benefit of groups and families, some of the bungalows can be interconnected. Set in the Forte Village, there are 21 restaurants for guests to visit on holiday, and as a result there’s an abundance of choice in terms of style and flavours.
Villa del Parco & SPA: An intimate, five star hotel part of the ‘leading hotels of the world’ set amongst the centuries-old gardens of Forte Village Resort, Villa del Parco offers guests accommodation in the newly refurbished central building, sumptuous bungalows and magnificent villas in peaceful surroundings overlooking the Mediterranean. Rooms and bungalows accommodate all guests, with some that interconnect, making them perfect for families and groups.
Hotel Baia: Part of the Chia Laguna resort, Hotel Baia is a testament to Italian hospitality and charm. A beautifully appointed four star hotel in Sardinia, it sits proudly amongst the golden dunes and clear waters of the sea with the ever-present promise of luxurious relaxation. The Tower of Chia watches over each of the 77 brand new rooms that showcase simplicity, comfort and style, all with break taking views of the Bay of Chia.
Hotel Village: Part of the Chia Laguna resort in Sardinia, Hotel Village is a four star hotel surrounded by the majesty of the Mediterranean vegetation and the bright aromas of the sea and strawberry trees. A spacious set of cottage rooms designed to welcome couples as well as families, the hotel offers rooms and suites that cater for up to four people with options including Classic Cottage rooms, Garden Cottage rooms, Superior Cottage rooms, Family Cottage rooms and Connecting Cottage rooms.
The Pelican Beach Resort and Spa: With a story rooted in Greek myth and legend, The Pelican Beach Resort and Spa is an adult only, paradise destination by the sea. The day starts with a view from your room of Tavolara island or the green park, and drifts on in luxurious contemporary style and balmy temperatures whether you’re in a superior room, romantic suite or situated in the Pelican Villa area of the hotel.