The island of Sardinia off the southwest coast of Italy has long been synonymous with a luxurious lifestyle. In the 1960s, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV developed this stretch of pristine coastline into a destination for those in the know. The fabled Costa Smeralda in the northern part of the island is hub of star power. If you want a part of the five star situation, our picks for the most luxurious hotels in Sardinia will start you on your way.
Hotel la Bisaccia
Start your island holiday in style from the moment you are whisked away from the airport towards the Hotel la Bisaccia in a Mercedes. The rooms are comfortable and spacious but it is the hotel’s grounds and outside spaces that shine. There is a pool surrounded in green with a private Cala Battistoni beach and a few private coves exclusively for hotel guests. If you want to get physical during your stay, take one of the complimentary mountain bikes out on a nearby wild path.
Cala di Volpe
Pamper your self at this legendary property that is close enough to the Porto Cervo action, but still a peaceful retreat. The property is modeled on a Sardinian fishing village and retains this uncomplicated charm. The rooms have sea or garden vistas, cool tiled floors and Aqua di Parma toiletries. For the summer 2017 season, the hotel will host a pop-up restaurant headed by Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov, featuring a mix of Asian and Sardianian cuisine. Take advantage of the hotel’s private boat and cruise the emerald waters.
Grand Hotel Resort Ma&Ma
This island hideaway is a plush sanctuary. Located on the island of Maddelena, you can reach it by scheduled ferries or the hotel’s private boat. The rooms are decorated in rich colors and the marble and mosaic decorated bathrooms are spacious. The spa is open until late in the evening and you can de-stress with a massage and a spell in the sauna or steam room. There is well equipped gym that is part of the spa complex. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and there are two bars where you can have coffee and cocktails.
Lush green lawns contrast with the Sardinian blue sky at this five star property in Porto Cervo. Book one of the private villas on the grounds and enjoy full service attention combined with seclusion with your own private pool and sweeping sea views. The foodie’s palate is sure to be delighted here. Full-board guests can choose from one of the hotels restaurants or from restaurants at other Luxury Collection properties in addition to a few restaurants in town.
Forte Village Resort - Il Castello
If you are looking for luxury on the southern coast of Sardinia, guests at the full service Il Castello which is part of the vast Forte Village Resort, can stay on exclusive executive floors of the hotel or in a private bungalow on the complex grounds. Lounge on your private terrace under Mediterranean pines or by the private pool for Castello guests’s exclusive use. You have three different beaches to choose from. The king-sized spa complex includes a soothing ayurvedic park and well equipped gym and treatments with exclusive Sisley-Paris products.