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From its dreamy white sand coves, sheer cliffs, and mountainscapes dotted with roaming sheep, Sardinia has become one of Italy's leading luxury destinations. Here, La Dolce Vita living is particularly potent, with a local spin adding a new color to the green, white and red of the Italian flag. An untamed hinterland meets the emerald waters of the Tyrrhenian, with dramatic rock formations curating endless oases of relaxation. Drop anchor along the picturesque coastlines of Costa Smeralda, or Golfo di Orosei, or set sail for the epic La Maddalena Islands. Distinct regional eccentricities and a unique culinary and gastronomic tradition are sure to attract Italophiles, while an unmatched coastal playground ensures guests will never want to leave.
The dedicated LVH team ensures all guests receive the ultimate in service and satisfaction during their stays. LVH can arrange for private chefs, private jets, exotic cars, luxury yachts, and anything else you might require to make your vacation stay truly remarkable. Choose a one-on-one session with a certified yoga or pilates instructor, time with a private tennis pro to up your game, or complete pampering sessions with a massage therapist, hair stylist or barber, nail technician, and makeup artist.
Luxury home rentals, with full services and support, can be arranged to accommodate groups of varying sizes and are ideal for lavish events. A wide roster of specially curated properties makes up the lists of the world’s most exquisite vacation estates. No matter what your chosen destination, when you are seeking the best homes, you have the most elite selection from which to choose when booking your stay with LVH.
Sardinia is synonymous with luxury vacationing. These six areas among the most popular:
The small beaches of Capriccioli have fine, light sand tinged with grey, washed by the blue sea and protected by yellow, pink and reddish granite rocks. These are surrounded by dense Mediterranean scrub. The eastern shore is sheltered from the northwesterly wind, so it’s an ideal place for families with children. Separated by pink granite blocks, the other side of the Capriccioli coastline stretches to the west, and two beaches: 'Il Pirata' (The Pirate) where a small wooden pier makes docking possible. In fact, visitors can rent dinghies, canoes and pedalos. The second beach, 'Delle Tartarughe' (Turtles), is a natural oasis frequented by sea turtles to lay their eggs.
Sardinia’s Emerald Coast offers beachfront resorts, chic marinas, shopping areas and a vibrant nightlife while keeping a balance with its beautiful surroundings. Located between the villages of Baja Sardinia and Porto Rotondo, the Costa Smeralda is a marriage of miles and miles of picture-perfect bays, coves and white sandy beaches. The perfectly clear turquoise waters are magical and every sun destination traveler’s wish come true. This area has some of the best beaches in Europe. In fact, it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Italy. Avid snorkelers must gear up since the waters offer some of the best undersea treasures in all the Mediterranean. To be close to all this area has to offer, staying at Villa Griselda would be an outstanding decision. The exquisite waterfront location offers incredible views. The property is surrounded by a meticulously manicured garden and lush greenery. The pristine serviced beach of Rena Bianca is about 980 feet away. The outdoor pool area is the ideal setting for al fresco dining. Up to 12 guests can enjoy the amenities this magnificent villa has to offer.
Golfi di Marinella is a small seaside village in the northeast of Sardinia. The area is home to a variety of restaurants, hotels, café’s and shops. Many restaurants specialize in seafood and local dishes, along with a variety of Mediterranean classics. As with many other places in Sardinia, the incredible beaches are one of the main highlights for visitors. In addition to the beaches and gorgeous scenery, travelers will find many things to do in the area such as visiting historical attractions like La Marinella Church, an impressive and ancient structure, but Madonna del Monte is arguably the most interesting due to the vantage point on which the church was built. Another impressive property is Villa Ara, the accommodation of choice for many discriminating travelers. This gated villa offers a lovely water view and nine bedrooms. Truly an exclusive place, this villa has a helipad, an incredible open air gym, an outdoor pool and a terrific al fresco dining area. There is also a guest house with its own entrance and separate quarters for staff.
Porto Cervo is a district of Arzachena, a town in the Gallura area, with just a few hundred residents. But in the summer months, the area becomes replete with countless yachts and famous personalities. Porto Cervo is a favorite spot of the international jet set who come for the parties, and social and sporting events. The town of Poltu Celvu was built high up on level ground with respect to the port. From Piazzetta delle Chiacchiere to the Sottopiazza there is a series of alleys, windows, balconies, built in typical Costa Smeralda style, as well as shops and boutiques selling prestigious designer items, upscale restaurants, the most fashionable clubs, and splendid villas climbing up the surrounding hills, nestled in the Mediterranean scrub. Among those villas is Villa The Rock, accommodations which surpass the best luxury hotels in Sardinia. This extraordinary hillside property has too many luxury amenities to list, but among them are an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, a rooftop terrace, an indoor Jacuzzi, gym, massage rooms, cinema room and wine cellar. Guests will enjoy the feeling of space and light in this outstanding villa as well as the heart-stopping views of Pevero Bay.
Porto Rotondo is a district in Olbia between the gulfs of Cugnana and Marinella, with a highly-equipped tourist port with 800 boat moorings. In the summer, there can be as many as 30 thousand inhabitants in the villas, timeshare homes and residences built around an initial nucleus of the village in 1964. The architecture decidedly resembles the structures of Venice. Porto Rotondo is considered to be one of the most “in” places in all of Italy. Tourists are likely to encounter famous personalities, especially in the summer. Well-known figures from the world of high finance and show business choose the area as a summer residence. Exclusive travelers also often choose the area for their getaways. The sophisticated and enchanting Villa Lianora is a true pearl set in lush vegetation, with stellar water views and private beach access. Affluent vacationers choosing this villa will not only get panoramic views, but spacious, elegant and comfortable surroundings. Up to 12 guests can enjoy the tranquility of this property. Laze around the outdoor heated pool with a favorite cocktail, have a sunset dinner on the terrace. Retire to impeccable bedrooms, all with sea views.
Sos Aranzos Beach is located in Golfo Aranci. The area offers wonderful views of Capo Figari and the Figarolo Tavolara islands. Sos Aranzos can get very lively during high season. Waters here are shallow, so it is the ideal spot for vacationers with children. Snorkeling and scuba diving are favorite water activities here. There is a small hill visitors can climb to get a gorgeous view of the beach and sea. With its granite cliffs, the area is very photo-worthy as is all of Sardinia. Villa Olga in Sos Aranzos, offers stunning views of Tavolara Island. While offering privacy and tranquility, the villa is also close to many services and amenities. Five bedrooms can accommodate up to 10 guests comfortably. The outdoor infinity pool is a great place for lounging with a cold beverage and the latest copy of Vogue or Forbes. Sear some steaks on the outdoor BBQ and dine al fresco with a bottle of fine Cabernet. To get some exercise after sun time, get out onto the tennis court for a couple matches.
Sardinia has many fine restaurants from which to choose. LVH recommends these four:
This amazing, off-the-grid restaurant on a country farm, is a fantastic experience. The eatery provides its own products and diners will agree that getting there is part of the magic. Sit next to the fireplace and tickle the palate with homemade, traditional Italian fare that is organic, fresh and utterly delicious. Try the antipasti of ham and salami with caponata and onion relish; then go with a huge plate of pasta in meat and tomato sauce with cheese; followed up by roast lamb with salad; then more cheese accompanied by fruit and pastries. Wash the meal down with local red wine. The service at Agriturismo Calavrina is impeccable; the ambiance, romantic. This is a gem not to be missed.
Diners who want an absolute authentic Italian dining experience should make their ways to Agriturismo Zabe. The eatery is a farmhouse located in the very heart of Gallura. The dishes bring guests back through time thanks to the traditional recipes and fresh, genuine ingredients. Most of them, in fact, are produced locally by the family that runs the restaurant. Privacy and relaxed atmosphere are guaranteed by Gallura's landscapes, so diners can feel at home while eating decadent, authentic Italian cuisine.
Multiple Michelin-starred Chef Heinz Beck brought his culinary genius to Sardinia in 2019 opening an eatery which bears his name in the Forte Village Resort. Many upscale travelers enjoy trying new dishes while away from their everyday routines and Beck provides that experience. Purveyors of haute cuisine call Beck’s creations a mixture of inspiration and pure genius. Diners will taste the balance between flavors in exemplary fare such as Amberjack tartare on strawberry granite, almond mousse, and finger lime.
Il Belvedere, also in the Forte Village Resort, offers distinctly Mediterranean cuisine to be enjoyed either in the formal dining room or on the terrace overlooking an aromatic garden. Delicious dishes such as crustacean soup, Sardinian lobster, and fresh linguine with sea urchins and lobster are on offer. The menu is also brimming with a wide choice of other dishes, such as tastings of typical Sardinian products like cold cuts and cheeses, and typical local desserts all accompanied by excellent national and regional wines.
S'Apposentu is in the old manor house of Puddu pasta makers, heirs of a tradition that seemed extinct. But that lives again today in Chef Roberto Petza's kitchen. Casa Puddu is dedicated to great cuisine. Diners get the ambiance of a cozy home, a welcoming living room (s'apposentu) where it’s nice to dive into the chef's dishes. Each course is a narrative. Lamb, pork, poultry, herbs, grains, legumes, cheeses tell of an ancestral and honest land. The story continues with fish in the vast, clear Sardinian sea. Petza personally selects the seafood he uses at the Cagliari fish market. Once archaic flavors are transformed into new creations such as cave-aged goat cheese with honey and toasted pine nuts. Desserts look particularly appealing, especially the cannoli filled with cardamom cream, pear poached in Cannonau wine and lemon compote.
These five venues look interesting for those who would like to soak up some culture:
The Civic Archaeological Museum of Cabras, named after Giovanni Marongiu, who hailed from Cabras, is a journey from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages through traces of the past discovered on the Sinis peninsula. The area is well-known for the Statues of the Giants dated the 8th century BC, six of which are on display at the museum. Visitors will also learn about the Cabras Lagoon inhabited uninterruptedly between the 5th and 3rd millennium BC. There are artifacts on display from these periods as well as of Tharros, the oldest town on the island founded by the Phoenicians. Another area of the museum is dedicated to a great underwater discovery, the wreck of a Roman ship from the 1st century BC, identified one mile from the island of Mal di Ventre. In the remains of the boat, which lies on the seabed at a depth of nearly 100 feet, a cargo of about 1,000 exceptionally pure lead ingots coming from Spanish mines was found – a unique example of the ancient world.
Museo del Carbone or Coal Museum takes visitors back to a time when coal was mined in Serbariu, a district of Carbonia from 1937 to 1971. Workers from all over Italy were recruited to extract coal: 16.000 miners resided in Carbonia, which was built in 1938 to accommodate them. After recovery work, it became the Coal Museum and reopened to the public in 2006. The restructured complex, which perfectly represents the world of mining, leads visitors through life during those years. In the lamp room, guests will get a glimpse of mining history and of the town, through a collection of mining lamps, work tools, objects used in everyday life, photographs, documents, films from the period and video-interviews. The passage through the underground tunnel is interesting, as it shows the evolution of coal mining techniques from 1930 to 1971, the year in which mining activity ceased,
This museum is dedicated to the life of Italian novelist Grazia Deladda who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. The building was actually Deladda’s family home and birthplace. The writer lived there until her wedding in 1900. The property was sold in 1913 and remained mostly unaltered. It was declared a national heritage building in 1968, eventually becoming a museum which contains a large number of manuscripts, photos and Deldadda’s personal belongings. The museum is a window into the past, into society and places experienced by a novelist whose works revealed to the world the culture and feelings of Barbagia and all of Sardinia.
This is a small museum where visitors can learn about Sardinian history and customs. The building is full of period furniture and everyday objects of the past. See the work of ancient craftspeople and the work of blacksmiths, shoemakers and carpenters. One of the most interesting things to see here is the weaving of the Aggese carpets, very well-known and appreciated in Italy and abroad. Visitors can watch a weaving demonstration with an explanation of this ancient art.
The Archaeological Museum contains a rich collection of objects and artifacts about the succession of the island's ancient cultures from the pre-nuragic age to the high medieval period. The museum was born in 1800 when Ludovico Baylle asked Viceroy Carlo Felice to create a space for archaeological collections and to preserve the island’s natural history samples. The museum now highlights various ages of Sardinian life and contains samples from all over the island such as traditional pottery and fine craftsmanship objects like the famous Phoenician necklace in faïance (glass) made of large pearls.
The three venues mentioned here are ideal for post sunset entertainment:
The Billionaire Club was created to lure classy international visitors from the fast-moving clientele frequenting Sardinia. The nightclub is renowned with the rich and famous while international DJs are commonplace every summer weekend. Featuring a stylish interior with luxury seating and sensual chill-out music, the adjoining Shisha Lounge has also been a huge success. The range of artists and entertainment makes The Billionaire Club the most exciting experience in Sardinian nightlife.
Standing tall on a hilltop in Baja Sardinia, the sight of the old castle that is home to The Ritual Club is enough reason to feel excited, never mind the interior which is spectacular. This club is a work of art. While the natural appearance of the architecture is incredibly unique, the interior is indeed the highlight and the reason for the popularity of the club. Guests can choose one of the many private lounge areas in which to socialize. The Ritual has been around since the 1970s and has established itself as a cultural attraction. The atmosphere is trendy, classy and definitely upscale.
Sottovento is often regarded as the primary nightclub on the Costa Smeralda and the best in Porto Cervo. Featuring a neighboring shisha lounge with an outdoor terrace, this is quite a unique venue which appeals to nearly everyone. The attached restaurant is also incredibly popular, and where many partygoers start their evenings before the dancing begins. Sottovento is a very stylish venue with a certain exclusivity more than worthy of its reputation. This is a club for the glamorous where world-class DJs are frequent guests, and tourists are always welcome.
For travelers who like to partake of local events to get a sense of the cultural scene, here are five in Sardinia sure to entertain:
Autunno in Barbagia is a delightful walk from September until the end of the year, through 26 beautiful mountain villages like Desulo, Orgosolo, Mamoiada, Fonni and many others which open their own Cortes, in a route full of wonders and charm. Week by week, the entire community of every village welcomes guests. “Autumn in Barbagia” also means “Cortes Apertas,” when ancient Sardinian courtyards were opened to visitors. Now, during the walk, local craftsmen use the "Cortes" as workshops to fashion items of wood, gold, iron, and hide. Embroiderers demonstrate their accurate and refined work. Inside the different "Cortes," visitors will find local products like wine, olive oil, sweets, pasta, honey, various types of sausages and cheese they can sample. Autumn in Barbagia is an invitation to all curious visitors not merely content to see a glamorous island, but wish to be in tune with nature and its unique products – a result of ancient traditions.
A truly unique Sardinian festival – the Cavalcata Sarda – is held in May in Sassari with the aim of celebrating beauty and it does so, splendidly. Every year, on the second to last Sunday in May, the unique culture and identities of all the island communities in Sassari come together to pay homage to all things exquisite. Groups from all over Sardinia are decked out in traditional dress and vibrant jewelry. There are more than 3,000 people in traditional costumes and hundreds of horseback riders too. There are equestrian races and horseback acrobatics for those who appreciate a little more excitement. In the evening in the downtown area, there is an abundance of live music replete with traditional songs and dances that carry on long into the night.
On the day of the feast of Saint Lucia, Sardinia also remembers another martyr, Saint Antiochus who is the patron saint of Sardinia and the protector of the island. A great feast in his honor is organized every year in Sant'Antioco 15 days after Easter. In the small island off the coast of Portoscuso there are dozens of groups devoted to the saint from different municipalities of Sardinia. The Saturday before the festival the parade of "is coccoisi” takes place. The parade gets its name from a particular type of leavened white bread, "Coccòi de su Santu" prepared for the feast. Very decorated, especially with floral motifs and small birds, "is cocois" are brought to the basilica of Sant'Antioco and left there for a few weeks to embellish the simulacrum of the saint and his relics. The Sagra di Sant'Antioco is the oldest annual religious festival in Sardinia.
The tradition of the festival of Sant'Efisio originated in the mid-17th century when a terrible plague swept across Sardinia decimating the population in four years. Ten thousand people died in Cagliari alone and the town councillors prayed to Sant’Efisio to save the city. When the epidemic finally passed the people kept the promise they made to the saint and carried his sacred image in procession from Cagliari to Nora, where he had been executed. The festival of Sant'Efisio takes place every year on May 1 and is a magical celebration of faith and folklore, the sacred and the profane. The event attracts thousands of tourists who are welcomed spectators of what is probably the island's most authentic manifestation of popular worship. The procession starts from the church in the Stampace neighborhood where the statue of the saint is kept. At the head are entire families from the Campidano plains wearing traditional costumes and they are accompanied by the sound of the 'launessas,” an ancient Sardinian wind instrument. They pass through the streets on ox-drawn carts beautifully decorated with colorful hand-made blankets and rugs and the oxen are adorned with flowers and garlands. After them come dozens of representatives from towns and villages from all over Sardinia.
Su Prugadoriu is the Sardinian version of Halloween which takes place in Seui, a small village in the Barbagia Mountains about a two-hour drive north of Cagliari. Su Prugadoriu is a three-day celebration on Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1, is a commemoration of the souls stuck in Purgatory. During the festival, visitors get to learn about the history and traditions of this part of the region, eating local food, experiencing traditional dances and crafts and participating in ancient rituals. It’s fascinating, and fabulous, and an alternative way of celebrating Halloween.
Activities and experiences in Sardinia can be as unique and customized as guests would like them to be. Here are four interesting choices:
Capo Testa is popular for its breathtaking views and explicit hiking terrain. Atop this glorious holiday destination visitors have a clear view of a collection of bizarre rock formations and even the infamous cliffs of Bocche di Bonifacio. It is a beautiful place to walk around, and the absolute perfection of the most dramatic scenery of Sardinia remains through spring and winter. Although there are few remnants of Roman times, the rugged rock formations and shoreline are a mystifying sight firmly placing Capo Testa on the tourist map. This was once a small mining town where the Romans extracted enormous amounts of granite to be used to construct their beloved city of Rome.
The panoramic road SP71 between Chia and Teulada is in the south-west of Sardinia and it’s 16 miles of absolute beauty. There are many coves, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. The road is a series of ups and downs with stretches that almost literally touch the sea. It is impossible not to stop along the way. Travelers will find some of the most beautiful southern beaches along this scenic drive in Sardinia. Unique places such as Tuerredda, Piscinnì beach and numerous coves. The view of the sea follows the whole itinerary. Walking it in the low season, in the months of September and October, allows you to enjoy it to the fullest. You can’t miss a swim in these splendid clear waters.
Cagliari is Sardinia’s largest city, and its capital, but it hasn’t lost the feeling of a friendly, laid-back town, full of old-world charm, especially in Castello, the historic district, where 14th century towers still stand guard over the medieval city walls. Visitors might enjoy exploring the area on a walking tour which includes sights like Bastione di Saint Remy, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Cittadella dei Musei. Head to Via Roma to find a string of cafés and bars under the porticoes. They’re a great place to grab a coffee or beer, even a light lunch, and enjoy a spot of people watching.
The archaeological site "Su Nuraxi" (Sardinian term for "The Nuraghe") lies at the foot of the Parco della Giara, near Barumini. Nuraghes are the main type of megalithic edifice found in Sardinia, and the use of these beehive-like buildings still remains unknown. Most archaeologists assume they were used as religious temples, meeting halls, or military strongholds. Built somewhere around the 12th century BC, Su Nuraxi is located along the road that leads from Barumini to Tuili. It was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, and it is certainly the most important monument of the old civilization in Sardinia. The area is open to visitors who can see the fortress, while passing in narrow tunnels, which were carved from the walls. The oldest part of Su Nuraxi, the truncated conical central tower, was originally more than 19 meters high.