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Chia Laguna Resort, on the stunning southern coastline of Sardinia, consists of three hotels booked on a half board basis and a range of villas that pull off that most difficult of tricks – appealing to both families and couples (although couples might want to avoid the school holidays!)
The elegant Laguna hotel is the Chia Laguna's 5* option, with 82 rooms and suites overlooking beautiful Chia Bay. Every room has a balcony, terrace or private garden, mosaic and marble bathrooms and very comfortable beds. Also overlooking the bay is the Laguna's exclusive restaurant, La Terrazza, which specialises in excellent quality Mediterranean dishes accompanied by a fine wine list. Guests at Laguna also have access to an exclusive VIP area on the white sands of Chia Laguna's beach, Dune di Campana, a short shuttle away. After a lazy day on the beach, enjoy a sundowner at Laguna's chic Champagne Bar.
The recently renovated 4* Hotel Village consists of 240 simple but comfortable rooms surrounded by strawberry trees and arranged around the resort's main pool. The hotel is also home to many of the resort's other key facilities, from the Wellness Centre to the Mini-club Kids Club and the boutique shops of the Piazza degli Ulivi where guests congregate - in true Italian fashion - in the evenings.
The hotel's Bougainville and Bimbi restaurants are also here, serving multi-national buffet cuisine and children's' meals respectively, while Bougainville is the breakfast and dinner restaurant for guests as Hotel Village is half board.
Above the Village sits the Spazio Oasi, with just 34 rooms and outstanding views down across the resort to the sea. The focal point here is a pool with a waterfall surrounded by gardens and reserved for guests of Laguna and Spazio Oasi. Spazio Oasi guests use the Bougainville restaurant for half board, except for those in Balcony Suites, who take breakfast and dinner at La Terrazza.
Other restaurants on site include Le Dune, the resort's main lunch restaurant, set back on Campana Beach. Choose from fresh grilled fish, pizzas and rice and pasta dishes, and come evening enjoy an aperitif at Chia, the restaurant's lounge bar. Elsewhere, Luna Restaurant serves gourmet Mediterranean cuisine, pizzas (because, quite frankly, why wouldn't you?) and the resort's very own Panino Giusto sandwiches of delicious prosciutto, pecorino, zucchini and tartare sauce (bellissimo), and turns into a bar and disco at night. The Steak House in the piazza, and the Pool Restaurant by the Village pool, complete the picture, and for a supplementary fee guests at the various hotels can enjoy the Dine Around programme where they eat in a different one of the resort's restaurants every night.
Activities on offer to all the resort guests include tennis, riding, trekking and a number of watersports from windsurfing and waterskiing to sailing, kayaking and diving. Less energetic guests can while away a day in the Chia Natural Spa enjoying massages, Turkish baths, a sauna, the hammam steam room, hydro-massages in dedicated pools and a dip in a hot tub with wonderful views of Chia Bay.
Why we love it
Sardinia is famed for its beautiful coastline, and Chia Laguna Resort sits pretty in one of the most beautiful of all spots - the eponymous Chia Laguna.
Nick, Original Traveller