Family Sardinia

Less than three hours from the UK, away from the glitz and glamour of Costa Smeralda Sardinia’s mix of wild mountains and white sandy beaches, not to mention the gloriously blue seas, make it the ideal spot for a luxury family holiday.

Sardinia's reputation as a grown-up playground is pretty well cemented, but it is also an ideal spot for a week of family fun. Rolling hills, crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and flamingos - yes, flamingos! - combined with some excellent child (and parent) friendly hotels and Italians' world-renowned love for bambini have made the island a firm favourite among the parents at Original Travel HQ and our clients, there really is something for everyone. Two of our favourite family-friendly hotels in Italy, Chia Laguna and Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu, sit at opposite end of the island - the former in the south and the latter in the north. The two mix perfectly for a week of excitement, adventure, and - for mum and dad, at least - some light oligarch spotting.

In the north of the island, the yacht-set's spot of choice, is home to uber-flashy hotels and marina's where Europe's super-rich moor-up for the evening, or longer. Away from the glitz and glamour are some of Italy's best beaches, many of which are almost completely deserted - so perfect for an epic sandcastle building competition and some beach cricket. The south of the island is slightly wilder and woollier than futher north, home to secret coves and wild beaches for Swallows & Amazons-esque afternoons. Further in land the magnificent granite interior is begging to be discovered, with 'Europe's Grand Canyon,' the Gola di Gorropu perfect to hike with older children, and plenty of ruins fit for exploration by budding Indiana Joneses.

If you can't decide where you want to stay, we recommend taking a boat - Blue Deer is our favourite - and combining the best of both worlds. As a family you can enjoy the best of Italian home cooking as you and your water babies splash around in the sea, exploring hidden coves and crystal-clear waters in total privacy as they take your fancy while your crew navigates you to the best bits of the island and rustles up three marvellous meals a day.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From our carefully curated Sharky & George fun packs, which keep children entertained on those long journeys, to knowing the most family-friendly hotels and holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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Harriet is our 'Family Sardinia' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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