Where to Stay in Sardinia, Italy

Cala Mariolu, Golfo di Orosei, Sardinia
Cala Mariolu, Golfo di Orosei, Sardinia | © adam eastland / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Gillian McGuire
4 September 2020

Whether you’re travelling with your family, a keen solo explorer or someone who just wants to make the most of the nightlife, our guide on where to stay in Sardinia has you covered.

One of Italy’s most spectacular spots, Sardinia is made up of breathtaking beaches, bustling towns and towering mountains. Coastlines range from craggy and cliff-strewn to white and sandy, while holidays can be anything from a glitzy blowout to a paradisiacal escape. In this guide, we round up our pick of the best hotels on the island – all worth staying in whatever the purpose of your trip.

For family vacations

Il Borgo

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, near Santa Margherita di Pula in southern Sardinia. With seven pools, 20 restaurants and 12 tennis courts, you’ll be spoilt 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.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Concierge services
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

For the perfect couples retreat

Su Gologone

High up in the hills in the Supramonte mountain range, Su Gologone is a cosy enclave appealing to those with a creative streak. Each of the guest rooms is decorated with brightly coloured textiles and local designs. In addition, the hotel offers painting, drawing and embroidery classes, with an extensive art library that guests are free to browse. Learn about the region’s wine in one of two cellars, or book a couple’s massage at the spa.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

For nightlife lovers

Piccolo Pevero

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 including 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 centre of the late-night action.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Beach towels
Express check-out
Concierge services
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

For culture vultures

Miramare Cagliari Hotel Museo

A hotel that’s all about bold expressions, Miramare Cagliari Hotel Museo feels more like an art gallery with beds than a hotel with art. Housed in the 19th-century Palazzo Marini-Devoto, the property is a hodge-podge of artwork, vivid colours and vintage furnishings. Overlooking the waterfront, it boasts rooms with balconies made for sipping morning coffee, while the palace-like room where a pastry-packed breakfast is served takes you right back to the 1800s. If you fancy yourself an artist, you can even pay for your stay with pieces of your own work, to be exhibited or sold in the hotel store.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

For beach bums

Mercury Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
Map View
Mercury Boutique Hotel, Sardinia
© Mercury Boutique Hotel / Booking.com
While not technically an island– Sant’Antìoco is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway – Mercury Boutique Hotel offers a space where you can enjoy a secluded vacation. A 10-minute stroll from the hotel you’ll find Cala Sapone, a picturesque bay with rocky outcrops and a sandy beach. 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.

For the budget traveler

Villaggio Camping Calapineta

Reacquaint yourself with nature with a stay at Villaggio Camping Calapineta in the heart of Sardinia’s woodland. This accommodation combines the luxury touches of a hotel stay with the immersive feel of camping. Think low-key log or brick cabins set beneath towering pine trees just a few metres from the white sand and transparent waters of one of Sardinia’s best beaches. There’s also a private pool on-site, as well as a pizzeria, a bar and a kids’ club – making it the perfect getaway for the whole family.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article

These recommendations were updated on September 4, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.