With average temperatures staying above 20C from April right through to October, and peaking in July and August, Sardinia is perfect all year round. And with 12 hours of interrupted sunshine at the very height of summer, there’s plenty of opportunities for alfresco dining and drinking chilled cocktails in the balmy evening air, too.
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie who’d like to try your hand at water sports or sailing, or would rather kick back and take in the island’s quaint villages and hiking trails, there’s something for everyone.
Here, OK!’s Becky Ward took a trip to the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea to find out why you should pay a visit…
It’s dubbed the Caribbean of the Med
“Often referred to as Europe’s answer to the Caribbean, the Italian island of Sardinia is home to yacht-filled marinas, crystal-clear waters and more than 200 beaches, ranging from 15m to 3km in length. So whether you want to sunbathe and swim in a secluded rocky cove, join the crowds that flock to the vast stretches of pristine sand or pose in a swanky beach club, you’ll find a place to do it here.”
It’s perfect for celebrity spotting
“The best way to explore the island is with a hire car, giving you the freedom to stop and swim at any beach or cove that takes your fancy.
For celeb spotting, head to the seaside resort of Porto Cervo, where superyachts worth millions line up in the marina and high-end shops such as Prada and Louis Vuitton attract the rich and famous. Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been spotted in the area, as have Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow.
For an extra-special day out, book a sailing trip on the BonAria yacht, which welcomes a maximum of eight guests on board. You’ll be treated to a delicious lunch as you explore Sardinia’s beautiful coastline and enjoy the cooling sea breeze as you glide through the waves. Sunset excursions are also available.”
Hotels are eco-friendly
“Villa Del Golfo, just a half-hour drive from Olbia airport in the north of the island, is a tranquil five-star resort with a boutique feel. Our light and airy room had a gorgeous sea view and you only had to walk a few minutes from the hotel to feel the cool waves lapping at your feet.
There’s a complimentary shuttle to the nearby and larger Barca Bruciata beach and the concierge can organise activities ranging from yoga to wine tasting. The small town of Cannigione is just a short stroll away, with restaurants, a marina and shops selling locally made homewares.
We also spent a night at sister hotel Cascioni, a serene and luxurious inland resort with just 15 suites, all with private pools. Surrounded by rolling countryside you feel truly immersed in nature, and at the main pool there are trees rather than umbrellas for shade.
Eco-friendliness is the focus here, with the chef using herbs and vegetables grown in the resort gardens and olives from their 3,000 trees. There’s a gym and a spa with a sauna, experience showers and hydrotherapy pool. We recommend the Four Hands Massage – one of the best we’ve ever had.”
You can enjoy a candlelit dinner by the sea
“Our meals at both resorts were excellent, focused on fresh local produce and Sardinian specialities.
At Cascioni’s Ulia restaurant, the grilled sea bass with artichoke cream and confit cherry tomatoes was a favourite. At Villa del Golfo’s MiraLuna restaurant, we particularly liked the desserts, with the chocolate mousse, cocoa bisque and berry sauce being a standout. If you’re on a romantic holiday, you can book a private table on a candlelit deck down by the sea.
We also dined at La Colti, where the farm-to-table feast in a rustic courtyard includes local cheeses, traditional soup, homemade pasta and tender suckling pig. A glass of Mirto, Sardinia’s popular digestive made from the myrtle berry, rounds off your gastronomic journey.
On Barca Bruciata beach, we ate at Boutique del Mar, where the sushi and lobster tagliolini were exceptional. And for drinks, we loved Cutter in Cannigione, where we sipped very reasonably priced champagne while the sun went down.”
How to book
Visit sardinianplaces.co.uk or call 01489 866959. Seven nights at Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort starts from £1,625pp and seven nights at Cascioni Eco Retreat starts from £2,835pp including flights, transfers and breakfast.
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