Couples seeking a romantic reprieve, would-be art collectors and dedicated design fans are all catered for at these smart hotels in the Sardinian capital.
Sardinia’s capital Cagliari offers the island’s best museums, a lively restaurant scene and even a city beach where you can sunbathe and take a dip, all only 15 minutes from the historical centre. You might even spot some pink flamingos (yes, really). The city is also the island’s most southerly point, which results in a mild climate throughout the year. Whether you’re a beach bum, foodie or culture-minded traveller, these hotels will show you Cagliari’s best side.
One for pleasure seekers and wellness warriors, this boutique hotel houses suites with your own private spa tub, sauna and Turkish bath, making it the perfect luxury escape for couples craving down time. Other perks include a superb breakfast that can either be served in your room or in the lush garden, where you’ll also find sunbeds for relaxing and a romantic gazebo. The hotel is conveniently located on the border of Cagliari’s centre, just 500m (0.3mi) away from the old town.
If you’re an avid art collector or design lover, this seafront hotel is somewhere you won’t easily forget. Thoughtfully decorated with mid-century design pieces and bespoke prints, paintings and sculptures in unexpected places, (such as the colourful lady on the monumental ceilings of one of the deluxe suites) the spaces are actually a showroom, since every single piece is for sale.
If you’re looking to treat your partner to a romantic trip, this small-scale hotel is the way to go. The rooms boast luxurious bathtubs and the romantic suite even has its own sauna. Located in the middle of the lively Stampace neighbourhood, it puts some of Cagliari’s main sights, such as Piazza Jenne and the Saint Remy Bastion, within reach. Be sure to take your significant other to Via Santa Croce and have a sunset aperitivo at Libarium Nostrum while looking out over the sea.
This family-owned hotel combines the personality and thoughtfulness of a bed and breakfast with the luxury services of a hotel. The rooms are tastefully furnished in pastel hues and sophisticated wallpaper. Bathrooms boast walk-in showers and some rooms have private terraces. The staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home, from offering boat trips and guided tours through Cagliari’s centre to arranging your airport transfer.
Beach bums and sun worshippers, we all know you came to Cagliari for sun, sea and sand, so you might as well skip the centre and go for a hotel by the coastal boulevard. These sea-view rooms range from affordable standards to luxury suites with hot tubs. A windsurfing club is only steps away, as are the city’s coolest beach bars and best seafood restaurants. If you’d like to squeeze in some culture, the bus to downtown stops right beside the hotel’s door.
Families looking for a relaxed beach holiday will love this luxury seaside villa. No worries about having to splurge on several hotel rooms: this accommodation offers spacious suites where an extra bed can be added for small families, as well as complete apartments that sleep up to five people with your own garden, living room and kitchenette. The hotel is located along the boulevard of Poetto Beach, only metres from the sea.
Fine-dining fans searching for their perfect stay in Cagliari should look no further: chef Alessandro Cocco of the hotel’s Osteria del Forte used to work under Gordon Ramsay and Heinz Beck, before coming to Cagliari. His menu is a mix of Italian, Brazilian-Japanese and Mexican influences that will please even the most demanding foodie. Afterwards, sleep off your food coma in one of the elegant rooms, featuring Carrara marble details and mahogany furnishings.
Centrally located, these rooms with a view over the ships of Cagliari’s harbour flaunt bespoke design details, such as velvet-clad headboards and colour-blocked walls, that give them a fashionable look. Use the restaurant dining guide and local map, plotted with hand-picked hotspots, to find Cagliari’s best museums, shops and wine bars. An extensive breakfast with local products is also included in the price.