Sardinia Holidays: An Overview

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.

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  • 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.


Top picks for Sardinia

Forte Village

Forte Village

Sardinia

Voted the ‘World’s Leading Resort’ for 13 years running, the Forte Village Resort in Sardinia pretty much has it all.

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Blue Deer

Blue Deer

Capri & Ischia

Giorgia and Stefano Barbini, the deeply stylish owners of the equally stylish San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge in the Dolomites, have an eye for detail that even we are in awe of. They are purists, perfectionists and now, with the launch of Blue Deer (to the Mountain Lodge’s White Deer), a beautiful 74ft catamaran, they are also visionaries.

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Su Gologone

Su Gologone

Sardinia

In the heart of Sardinia, surrounded by ancient olive groves and vineyards, enveloped by the aromatic smells of rosemary, myrtle and bougainvillea, stands Su Gologone Experience Hotel, with its time-honoured walls and legendary hospitality. Originally a favourite local restaurant serving quality traditional dishes, Su Gologone became too irresistible to its patrons to the extent that guest rooms were added and the hotel was born.

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Chia Laguna Resort

Sardinia

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!)

Where to stay

Hotel pool at Hotel Cervo, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Cervo

Sardinia

The Cervo Hotel is situated in the centre of Porto Cervo Village - the heart of the Costa Smeralda - and facing the famous Piazzetta.

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Beach, Sardinia

The Maddalena Archipelago

Sardinia

Rent an inflatable rib and head over to the beautiful Maddalena Archipelago where the uninhabited islands have pink sand beaches and the water is as clear as any in the world.

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