An hour's drive from Olbia in Trinita d’Agultu, five-star Marinedda is one of the biggest spas in Sardinia. Well designed luxury accommodation, all with balconies or terraces, is set within nature, with uninterrupted views of Isola Rossa. The beach is 250 metres from the hotel and, as well as dozens of spa treatments, there’s a gym, free sports and trekking activities, yoga classes, and daily trips around La Maddalena and to Corsica. Excellent breakfasts are served on a panoramic terrace, and there are four restaurants to choose from.
As with lots of European islands, Sardinia offers a beguiling range of holidays and itineraries. Beach bunnies will fall head-over-heels for the white sands and impossibly aquamarine waters around Costa Smeralda and the island’s south coast, nature lovers can get lost for days of hiking in the interior, where life feels like it’s been lived in the same way for centuries, and foodies can indulge themselves with some of Italy’s best produce – certainly its seafood is some of the best in the country.
There are plenty of accommodation options on the island, whatever holiday you’re looking for, but we’ve picked a few of our favourites here. City central options like Cagliari’s funky The Place B&B, or Alghero’s converted 19th-century hunting lodge Villa Las Tronas. Five-star luxury options on the Costa Smeralda, such as the swanky Cala di Volpe or spa-tastic Marinedda. Surrounded by nature, the Paradise faces a wetland reserve in San Teodoro, and Capo d’Orso in its own nature park, or Valle d’Erica in Santa Teresa Gallura, where you can explore the beaches on the hotel’s traditional boat. And family-run Nora in Pula is the perfect base for discovering the island’s archaeological treasures. Read on for more.