For family vacations
Sardinia does the all inclusive resort very well, making the island a wonderful choice for a family vacation. Il Borgo is part of the vast Forte Village Resort, located near Santa Margherita di Pula in southern Sardinia. With seven pools, 20 restaurants and 12 tennis courts to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to on-site activities. Kids will have fun at the daily kids’ club while the adults relax at the spa. Everyone can enjoy the private beach, decked out with plenty of umbrellas and sun beds.
Address: Strada Statale 195 Sulcitana, 09010 Santa Margherita di Pula CA, Italy, +39 070 921 8818
For the perfect couples’ retreat
Set high up in the hills in the Supramonte mountain range, Su Gologone is a cozy enclave appealing to those with a creative streak. Each of the guest rooms is decorated with brightly colored textiles and local designs. In addition, the hotel offers painting, drawing, and embroidery classes, with an extensive art library on-site that guests are free to browse. Learn about the region’s wine in one of two cellars, or book a couples’ massage at the spa.
Address: Località su Gologone, 08025 Oliena NU, Italy, +39 0784 287512
For nightlife lovers
Porto Cervo is a popular destination for jet setters. In this pristine town on the northern coast, you can dance the night away with Russian oligarchs and famous Italian millionaires like Flavio Briatore at one of the flashy nightclubs like Billionaire or the more low key Sottovento. Adults-only hotel Piccolo Pevero’s waterfront location puts you right in the center of all the late night action.
Address: Snc, Localita’ Golfo Pevero, Arzachena, OT, 07021 Golfo Pevero OT, Italy, +39 0789 94551
For culture vultures
Sardinia has been home to many different cultures throughout the millennia, from prehistoric Nuragic people to the Phoenicians, the Romans, and the Spanish. Cagliari is a southern town with a Catalan flair and makes the perfect base from which to explore this compelling mix. From Luisa Apartment, venture out to archaeological sites or stay in town and explore the museum complex in the Castello district. Across from the botanical gardens is you’ll find the City Gallery of Modern Art, home to a magnificent collection of contemporary Italian masterpieces.
Address: Via Azuni 100, Cagliari, 0203 027 9779
For beach bums
Mercury Boutique Hotel
While not technically an island, Sant’Antioco is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, so Mercury Boutique Hotel offers a space where you can enjoy a more secluded vacation. A 10-minute stroll away from the hotel you’ll find Cala Sapone, a picturesque bay with both rocky outcrops and a sandy area. A more popular spot is the Spiaggia Grande, where you can rent chairs and umbrellas or indulge in a seafood lunch at one of the beach-side restaurants.
Address: Località Cala Sapone, 09017 Sant’ Antioco CI, Italy, +39 0781 809031
For the budget traveler
Camping La Liccia
While Sardinia has a reputation for being a luxurious destination, there are smaller towns and villages with great value for money accommodations. Don’t be frightened by the word camping—Italians do it in style. You can sleep in tents and make use of communal bathrooms or opt to stay in well-equipped bungalows. Camping La Liccia also has a pool and a private beach.
Address: s.p. 90 per Castelsardo km 59, 07028 S. Teresa Gallura OT, Italy, +39 0789 755190