The Best Luxury Hotels in Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia has miles of pristine coastline
Sardinia has miles of pristine coastline | © Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo
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8 December 2020

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 a hub of star power. If you want a luxurious stay, our picks for the most luxurious hotels in Sardinia will start you on your way.

Forte Village Resort – Il Castello

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Forte Village Resort - Il Castello
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Luxury five-star Hotel Il Castello is set among glorious gardens and showcases the best of Sardinian hospitality. Here you’ll find modern sea view rooms and suites, a heated swimming pool and direct access to the beach. Guests can dine al fresco at restaurant Cavalieri for Italian and Sardinian specialities, accompanied by soft piano music. Make sure you spend plenty of time in their infinity pool with views over the calming, azure blue waters.

Residenza d'Epoca Regina d'Arborea

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Residenza d'Epoca Regina d'Arborea
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This 19th-century regal townhouse is in the historic centre of Oristano. Among modern amenities, retro reigns supreme in the individually styled bedrooms, with patterned wallpaper, antique furnishing and spiral staircases. Freshly made breakfast features local produce, is beautifully presented on antique china and is utterly Instagram worthy. It’s conveniently located near shops and landmarks St Christophorus and the Tower of Portixedda.

Forte Village Resort – Le Dune

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Forte Village Resort - Le Dune
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Spoil yourself with a deluxe seaside bungalow at swanky Sardinian resort, La Dune. Low-rise villas lay between manicured greenery, furnished in muted tones and travertine marble in the bathrooms. Despite the high-class vibe, there’s plenty of activities for kids, making it an ideal family holiday resort. The spa and wellness offerings are extensive here with a range of treatments, a thalassotherapy area of seven pools, tennis court, outdoor pool and yoga sessions. You’ll be spoiled for choice with a large array of restaurants, offering expertly prepared Sardinian, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisines.

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  • Is Arenas Resort

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    This suave seaside is beautifully bordered by a private beach and shady pine forests. Arenas Resort is muted in both design and ambience. Wellness is a big draw here with a selection of fitness classes, spa offering and a luxurious outdoor pool. Guests can also sample a selection of Sardinian food and wine at the resort restaurant. Make sure you try the specialty dish – mullet fish wrapped in ziba (marsh grass, similar to samphire).

    Boutique Hotel Capo Blu

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    Boutique Hotel Capo Blu
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    Hotel Capo is a compact, 14-room boutique hotel with contemporary suites centred on a courtyard and pool. Rooms draw from a marine palette, with hues of azure providing a calming ambience. Set among pine trees and right by immaculate, southern Sardinia beaches, soothe your mind by taking a stroll through the forest or dip in the emerald sea. The hip pool bar will be waiting for you on your return.

    Hotel & Spa Riviera Castelsardo

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    Uniquely positioned under the walls of a castle in Castelsardo, this is a spa hotel with utterly Instagrammable views. Its uber-modern spa includes a pool, Turkish bath, waterfall shower and float room. Post-spa, be sure to try local seafood at the upscale Fofò Restaurant. Nearby is also an inviting white sand beach, ideal for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing under the blazing Italian sunshine.
    These recommendations were updated on December 8, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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