Head a little beyond the glitz of the Costa Smeralda and discover endless little coves and bays of the most picture-perfect variety. A sunset bottle of fizz and some nibbles here will stay with you forever.
Dave, Original Traveller
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. Combine the two for a truly unique holiday.
Why we think you’ll love it
- For a luxury holiday, Sardinia's north-eastern coast is impossibly glamorous and home to some seriously luxurious hotels
Luxury Sardinia Holidays: The Detail
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.
Sardinia is renowned as a summer playground for adults indulging in a luxury holiday, and while undoubtedly being a destination that appeals to grown up kids, it's also pretty ideal for actual kids. There are miles of beautiful coastline to explore, you can hire a boat and visit the weird rock formations at Capo Testa or stop off to swim or snorkel in the famously translucent green waters to be found in dozens of secluded coves.
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 an evening in Porto Cervo checking out the none-too-subtle display of wealth as the mega-yachts jockey for position at the harbour.