Sardinia remains an enigmatic mix of extreme glamour in Costa Smeralda in the north-east, while the rest of the island continues relatively untouched, maintaining the way of life developed over thousands of years.
Fly into Olbia in the north of Sardinia, and on the road to the Costa Smeralda it's easy to see why this stretch of coastline is reputed to be one of the most beautiful on earth. After a few days R&R at one of the excellent hotels, rent a boat for the day to explore the beautiful Maddalena Islands, or go diving on the wrecks of old Roman cargo ships. The hilly inland area is also worth exploration as it is particularly unspoilt.
There are also other water sports on offer, particularly sailing and kite surfing, and terrestrial sports such as world class oligarch-spotting. This is best enjoyed of a evening in Porto Cervo checking out the none-too-subtle display of wealth as the mega-yachts jockey for position at the harbour.
'The setting, food, service, and kid friendliness was perhaps the best I have experienced anywhere in the world.'
Certainly that’s true for the food. There is almost nothing they will not prepare. Its worth you telling people that they can order off menu.
I have to say that, ignoring the frightening cost, the hotel was simply amazing. As you may expect from a hotel in Europe, the rooms are nice but not stunning.
The kids club seemed amazing, though our kids didn’t use it too much. Well staffed. Located just by the pool very well integrated into the hotel, so it doesn’t feel like the kids...
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