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.

Top Sardinia honeymoons, Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro

The view from Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro

Sardinia is a very romantic island, with stunning scenery, a fascinating culture and warm and welcoming people. Just before my recent visit in September, I became engaged and, even though we are not planning to get married for a while, seeing so many wonderful hotels, my mind did, on more than one occasion, turn to thoughts of honeymoons. In fact, we saw quite a few lovely hotels that would be ideal for a romantic escape and there are also many beautiful private villas that would make the perfect hideaway for newly weds.  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. Alternatively, the style of hotel and its facilities may be of more importance than the actual setting.  Here are ten Sardinian Places staff members' favourite choices of the  hotels or villas that they would select as  their perfect honeymoon retreat starting with mine.  1. Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro  "I grew up, and still live now, by the sea and there is no more perfect place for me to be than either in or by the ocean. At the Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro 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. The views are really stunning.  photos  The hotel can arrange dolphin watching excursions, which we would love, 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 small bay so that people can snorkel over them or dive among them, which sounds really intriguing to me. I love the thought of swimming over sculptures as the fish glide amongst them.  photos  It wasn't just the location that drew me to this hotel: the rooms were charming and many of course had sea views and the owner and all the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming plus the food in the waterside restaurant was superb. All together, this adds up to the perfect honeymoon hotel for me.  Hopefully my fiance will have the same opinion as me - he usually does!" Kathryn  The Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro is new to our collection for 2014 and we're sure it will quickly become a firm favourite with our guests.  2.

Another view from Hotel Gabbiano Azzuro

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.

Su Gologone

My room at Su Gologone

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.

Honeymoon in Sardinia

Sadly I didn’t get upgraded to the luxury suite villa with private pool – maybe next time 😉

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.

Nora Club, Boutique hotel in Sardinia

Time for an early morning dip!

Honeymoons in Sardinia

The perfect spot for breakfast at the Nora Club

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.

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The view from my room at Hotel Cormoran

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.

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