Sardinia - Land of the Emerald Coast
June 25, 2019 at 11:13 AM
As we hurtled across the ocean, toward the island, I saw, right against the coast, a strip of green. It took me a while to work out that it was the colour of the sea and the closer we got, the more the scenery and colours became more stunning. I knew then, why this was known as Costa Smerelda - or The Emerald Coast.
Our itinerary started in the south - a 45 minute transfer from Cagliari, the 'capital' and largest town in Sardinia. We would spend three nights at Forte Village Resort which is the last property left from the Forte Trust houses' days. It is an eclectic mix of property on a 47 hectare site, offering a 5 star beachfront hotel Hotel Castello, plus 8 distinctly different hotels and 13 luxury villas. There's a go-cart track, disco, ten-pin bowling, tennis courts, an arena for summer concerts, football pitches, spa treatments, 14 restaurants for evening dining, boutiques, plus there are bungalows and villas located throughout the resort. Over summer, they bring in sports and arts specialists and run up to 18 academies in a range of disciplines such as boxing, netball, hockey, water polo, chess, fencing and dance. Many conferences are held here.
During our time at Forte Village, we dined at Hell's Kitchen and La Dune. We also went go-carting, played ten-pin, rode bikes around the resort and indulged in a wine tasting session. Outside the resort we spent one morning on a yacht and sailed along the coast which was simply brilliant. Another day we explored archeological ruins and enjoyed lunch and a walking tour of Cagliari.
We then moved to the centre of the island, where we stayed at Hotel Su Gologone near Oliena. This is a property full of character with outside baths, and all of the details of the hotel reflecting local character, with furnishings and materials being deeply authentic. All rooms are individual and feature works of Sardinian artists. The hotel is managed and owned by three generations of women from the same family. The whitewashed buildings with vibrant colours were very ‘bohemian chic’; cute, picturesque and at one with nature. We enjoyed wine-tasting at Cannonau vineyards and visited a shoemaker at Oliena. We had lunch in a forest with the local shepherd, followed by a visit to an archeological site with caves.
After 2 nights we headed north to the Emerald Coast, en route stopping to admire the luxury resort of L’Ea Bianca - 31 exclusive rooms overlooking the Cala dei Ginepri, a few meters from the sea right in front of the beautiful islands of the Archipelago of La Maddalena. In La Maddalena we anchored in a small bay for a two hour lunch. The water and coast were simply stunning - the true representation of The Emerald Coast. We overnighted at Colonna Pevero Hotel, which has a real ‘sense of place’.
Other properties in the area include:
Hotel Pitrizzia - if you want privacy, this is your resort.
Hotel Cervo - a Sheraton property located in the town of Porto Cervo, surrounded by high end shopping.
Hotel Romazzino - a very Mediterranean style property, the epitome of unrivaled indulgent relaxation with 3-5 bedroom villas. This is my real pick of the resorts on the Emerald Coast!
Hotel Cala di Volpe - the place to be if you want to be seen. My second favourite property, this offers plenty of hiking and a stunning boat-ride to the beach.
Now is the time to go to Sardinia before it becomes more 'discovered' so get in touch with Cindy to discuss your dream itinerary.