Sardinia, is a very romantic island, with dramatic mountain scenery, glorious beaches, a fascinating culture steeped in folklore, delicious cuisine and warm and welcoming people, as I found out for myself on a recent assignment. Just before my visit I became engaged and, even though we are not planning on getting married for a while, on seeing so many wonderful hotels, my mind did, on the odd occasion, turn to thoughts of honeymoons. In fact, I saw quite a few lovely hotels that would be ideal for a romantic escape.
Of course, we all like different things. While for some the priority might be a location right on the beach, while others might prefer the mountains. For many, the style of hotel and its facilities is as important as the setting.
In no particular order, here are my top five Sardinian hotels for a romantic honeymoon.
1. Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro, Golfo Aranci
At this stylish four-star hotel, on the Aranci peninsular, it feels like you are surrounded by the sea as it has water on, not just one, but two sides of the hotel and the views are simply stunning.
The hotel can arrange a variety of excursions and activities including fishing, water sports and dolphin watching, as well as diving or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. Rather uniquely the exhibits from an art gallery have been sunk in the sea just across the bay from the hotel so that people can snorkel over them or even dive among them.
It isn’t just the superb seafront location that makes this hotel so special: the rooms are lovely, many having sea views, plus the owner and the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming and the food in the waterside restaurant is superb.
2. Su Gologone, near Oliena
This charming boutique hotel, which exudes tradition and character, featured recently on Boutique Travel Blog. It would be the perfect hideaway for lover’s of great food, strolls through the countryside and mountain hikes. Madonna liked it so much that she once rented the whole hotel for a week while she was filming in the area. And I did hear of people coming over from Rome just to visit the renowned restaurant. You can read more about this lovely four-star hotel here.
3. Villa del Golfo, Cannigione
For out and out luxury Villa del Golfo is the perfect choice, in particular the Luxury Suite Villa with private pool and sea views, giving you the privacy of your own villa with the convenience of hotel amenities as and when required. The staff are charming and extremely helpful and the restaurant is excellent.
4. Nora Club
Another boutique hotel, full of character and charm, with an intimate atmosphere and welcoming staff plus it’s just a short distance from a sandy beach and the archaeological site of Nora. There is no restaurant here but there are a handful within walking distance and plenty more just a 5 minute drive away in the quaint village of Pula.
5. Hotel Cormoran, Villasimius
The ideal choice for watersports enthusiasts, whether your addiction is scuba diving or sailing, windsurfing or waterskiing. This four star hotel is also well suited to families making it a great choice for a couple with children. The staff at the hotel couldn’t have been more welcoming and the restaurant was extremely good.
Please note that I was visiting Sardinia on an assignment for Sardinian Places, an independent UK company selling both package and accommodation only holidays to this beautiful island. My opinions expressed here, however, are my own and should not be considered the opinions of Sardinian Places or Serenity Holiday Ltd.