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Sardinia Couples looking to get married in Paradise don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth to find their dream destination – the Italian island of Sardinia is just a two-hour flight away and is an idyllic setting for your special day
Huw’s view Founder, owner and hands-on Managing Director of Just Sardinia, Huw has spent many years in Sardinia. Since 1985 Huw has been involved with hotels in Sardinia, lived in Santa Teresa and has spent many successful family holidays at locations all over the island with his wife and 3 children. Since the year 2000, Huw has toured the length and breadth of Sardinia to personally choose hotels, villas, apartments and farm accommodation suitable for Just Sardinia to appeal to all tastes and budgets. Therefore Huw’s View is designed to give a personal opinion and any advice on each accommodation as a holiday destination after visiting it himself.
Climate Sardinia has a pleasant six-month summer, hot and dry from May to October, but often with a pleasant breeze due to its location in the centre of the Mediterranean. The winter months are mild with a good amount of sunshine, particularly in March and April when all the ﬂowers are out and it can be hot during the daytime and cooler in the evenings.
ou will fall in love at ﬁrst sight with this sophisticated Italian island, whether you decide to exchange vows in Sardinia, in a pretty Town Hall or on the beach, or have a sublime honeymoon on this delightfully romantic island. Sardinia is a sparkling gem in the Mediterranean, just off the Italian coast. It’s close enough for you and your wedding guests to reach easily – there are direct ﬂights from many UK airports – yet it’s reminiscent of a far away Caribbean island, with similar lush vegetation, white sands and sparkling azure blue sea. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is charming and un-commercialised. It lies due west of mainland Italy and south of Corsica and Elba and with over 1000 miles of unspoilt coastline it is renowned for its beautiful beaches, translucent crystal sea and fascinating rock formations. Yet it has so much more to offer than simply a beach holiday – the island has an interesting history, wild mountainous interior, vibrant towns with local traditions, colourful festivals and warm and friendly people. The island attracts both the sophisticated jet set as well as families to the world-famous Costa Smerelda with its breathtaking scenery and exclusive hotels, and the unspoilt south coast with many deserted beaches and turquoise sea. However, for loved-up couples and newlyweds seeking the ultimate wedding and honeymoon destination it’s the perfect choice. They can relax by the pool, sip cocktails watching the sunset, enjoy a sumptuous Sardinian dinner and walk hand in hand on a deserted beach in the balmy evening air – bliss! Sardinia offers accommodation to suit all budgets, and delicious cuisine heavily inﬂuenced by Corsica and Italy accompanied by impressive local wines. The island has many great restaurants, pizzerias and bars and activities to keep everyone entertained.
Enjoy: water sports, cycling, golf, tennis and horse riding. Excursion opportunities are also plentiful – from boat trips and four-wheel drive safaris to trips to archaeology sites and Roman ruins.
Getting Married in Sardinia Couples getting married in Italy need to provide speciﬁc documents from their home country to certify their identity and prove there are no legal impediments to their marriage. They should allow plenty of time to organise documents, book a date with the Town Hall and venue and allow for everything to be veriﬁed and processed by their consulate in Italy. Under Italian law a wedding can only be ofﬁcial if it takes place in the Town Hall or a church. It is possible to have a wedding in a hotel or on the beach, but it is not legally binding – it can only be a ‘Symbolic Ceremony’ and bride and groom will still have to go to the Town Hall to sign the wedding register.
Travel & planning Tour operator Just Sardinia (www.justsardinia.co.uk) has teamed up with Weddings in Sardinia (www.weddingsinsardinia.com) to offer tailor-made wedding planning for dream weddings in Sardinia. Just Sardinia will co-ordinate all your wedding arrangements in association with Colleen Piras of Weddings in Sardinia, who is English but based locally in Alghero. Weddings in Sardinia are able to organise everything from the most intimate wedding that consists of just the bride and groom to a full fairytale white wedding to suit all tastes and budgets. Just Sardinia can book accommodation and advise on ﬂights for both you and your guests and arrange a pre-wedding consultation with your wedding planner.
Weddings in Sardinia
eddings in Sardinia are specialists in arranging dream weddings in Sardinia. They have been working as wedding planners on the romantic island of Sardinia for the last ten years and are totally ﬂexible to all their clients’ needs and take all the stress out of getting married abroad. Weddings in Sardinia ofﬁciate your wedding in Alghero. They arrange legal processing and personally supply their own highlytrained translator/interpreter so there is no misunderstanding. Colleen Piras and her team at Weddings in Sardinia are English and speak ﬂuent Italian. They have full knowledge of Italian weddings and document procedures and can also arrange beach and garden ‘Symbolic Ceremonies’ so that the dream of a beach wedding can be fulﬁlled. They can help the bride and groom with all the arrangements for the Big Day including: reception venues, menu, photographer, ﬂorist, hair and beauty, wedding cars, transport for guests, wedding cake, horse and carriages, favours, musicians, DJs and babysitters. They also offer a choice of wedding packages including:
Silver Package Booking wedding at Town Hall, handling all necessary documents, cost of consular fees and postage, translation of documents and paperwork, hand delivery of documents to Town Hall and Embassy, arranging dates and times with Town Hall ofﬁcials, accompanying you to the Town Hall for pre-wedding declaration signing, interpretation services during the signing of the declaration, Marriage Certiﬁcate.
Gold Package Includes the silver packages plus: the whole organisation of the wedding from hotel/ restaurant venue, menus, transport, hair and beauty appointments, ﬂowers bouquets and button holes.
Further information Visit www.justsardinia.co.uk Couples who book their weddings with Weddings in Sardinia will be offered a discount for travel and accommodation booked through Just Sardinia for bride and groom and their friends and families. www.justssardinia.co.uk
Amanda and Kenny marry in sunny Sardinia
ith her parents being Italian, it was a perfect choice for Amanda Rubertazzi, a Customer Administrator from Ayrshire in Scotland to marry in Sardinia. However, her Scottish ﬁancé, Kenny Steward, chose to pay homage to his heritage too by marrying in a Scottish kilt!
Finding ‘the one’ I met Kenny through his friend, who I worked with – he introduced us. It wasn’t quite love at ﬁrst sight though! I was playing hard to get, but it didn’t take Kenny long to win me over...
The proposal He proposed at his parent’s house – he just brought out a beautiful diamond solitaire ring and popped the question. He didn’t go down on one knee though, as he had hurt his back and was worried he wouldn’t be able to get back up again! It wasn’t totally unexpected – I knew it was going to happen at some point, I just didn’t
know when exactly, so it was a surprise when it did happen
The planning We decided to get married abroad because my dad passed away a few years ago and I felt it would be too much of an emotional day to have the big traditional church wedding in the UK. So we decided to go abroad for a more intimate ceremony with just immediate family then have a big party when we got home. We decided on Sardinia because both my parents are Italian, so Italy was the obvious choice. Initially we were looking at Florence then Kenny suggested Sardinia, and neither of us had been here before so it was an ideal place. We used the services of a wedding planner, Colleen Piras, at Weddings in Sardinia. She was great and did everything for us, so our wedding was totally stress free – just a few emails and phone calls was all that we needed and she did the rest. We would deﬁnitely recommend her!
All our travel arrangements were done through Just Sardinia, who took care of all the details for us. Once again we can highly recommend them! Elaine at Just Sardinia gave us all the info we needed for accommodation for our families to stay and ensured that all our requirements were catered for. They even left us a bottle of bubbly in our hotel room, which went down a treat! Great service. We didn’t need to plan much before we went, as my parents are Italian. I am also registered as an Italian Citizen, therefore we had to apply for our wedding banns through the Italian Consulate, that was pretty much the only thing I had to do, and decide on our menu. Colleen did the rest.
...And the guests? We chose to get married abroad because we had a small wedding with our immediate family of ten in total, plus Kenny and I and our two-year-old son Luca. Our guests stayed at the Hotel Oasis. They all decided it would be a great opportunity to make holiday out of it, so they came out for a week and had a great time in the lead up to the wedding.
Getting the look I wore a strapless ivory dress with sequins across the top and then the rest was plain, The top layer of the dress was chiffon material and at the back there were two ﬂowers from which two long pieces of chiffon ﬂowed, that just lay on top of the dress which I could tie in a bow at night. I bought it from Diane Honeyman in Ayr. I didn’t want a veil or a tiara so I just wore a diamante hairpiece, which held part of my hair together at the back. Simple but perfect for the day. I was not a traditional bride so I opted not to go for the ‘something old, something new’ etc, but I bought new jewellery, cream and diamante earrings and necklace. I had someone come to the hotel to do my hair and makeup, however I had trials three days before so I knew there would be no problems on the day.
Grooms and bridesmaids My groom wore a Royal Stewart Kilt! My 11-year-old niece Emma was bridesmaid and wore a champagne-coloured dress and our two-year-old son Luca was page boy and he wore the Royal Stewart Kilt like his dad.
Fine details We didn’t really theme the wedding, except for colour. I wanted everything in gold and cream, so the table decorations were this colour – I used gold table crystals to decorate the tables and cream place cards with gold butterﬂies, and I bought all the ladies a
cream Spanish fan each, so they could cool themselves down in the heat. I had an artiﬁcial bouquet of cream and pale pink roses made at home and just took it with me in hand luggage. As for the cake, the hotel kindly gave us our cake as a gift and we chose a cream sponge ﬁlled with strawberries.
Photographic memories Our wedding photographs were taken by Francesco Ballone at Sudio 5 in Alghero. He also did the video. The photos were great – he made us feel very relaxed and didn’t have us posing too much, he just wanted to take natural shots as well. My favourite is a beautiful photo we had taken down on the rocks which just captures the setting perfectly.
The ceremony The wedding ceremony took place at Hotel Dei Pini in a beautiful setting on the lawn in the grounds of the hotel. The service lasted about 15 minutes – any longer and I think our families would have passed out in the heat! We were married by Colleen and her husband Santino from Weddings in Sardinia. Santino said the ceremony in Italian and Colleen translated in English! My mum gave me away – I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else!
The reception We had the reception at Hotel Dei Pini, a beautiful hotel in the outskirts of Alghero. Bianca, the manager and all her staff, gave us a ﬁrst-class service, it couldn’t have
been better. The food was amazing. We had aperitifs after the ceremony, then buffet starters, which was everything from sandwiches, antipasto to pizza, ﬁsh, fruit. The main meal was ravioli pasta to start, then chicken with roasted vegetables, followed by pork and potatoes. Dessert was a chocolate nut ice cream followed by wedding cake and all the wine you could possibly drink. We didn’t have a ﬁrst dance in Sardinia, our meal didn’t ﬁnish till 10pm so we just joined the other hotel guests in the bar for drinks. We didn’t have any other entertainment laid on either, but the hotel had their own entertainment and there was a singer in the bar, so we just stayed there the rest of the night with our families.
On budget? The hotel, photographer and wedding planner all cost around £4,000 plus accommodation and ﬂights another £1,000! That was right on budget to what we had expected and accounted for ¬– there were no extra surprises, but it was wonderful value for money!
Honeymoon After the wedding we moved to Hotel Carlos V which was a beautiful ﬁve-star hotel. We just had four nights there but it was worth it. We told our guests before we booked that after the wedding we were having four days honeymoon alone, so they booked up with the intention of leaving just after the wedding. It worked out perfectly. ¢
Further information Travel arrangements: Just Sardinia Email: email@example.com Tel: +44 (0) 1202 484858 www.justsardinia.co.uk Wedding Planner: Weddings in Sardinia www.weddingsinsardina.com Photographs: Francesco Ballone at Studio 5 www.weddingsinsardinia.com
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Resort Valle dell’Erica Thalasso & Spa Set in a spectacular setting with secluded coves, beaches and stunning sea views towards Maddalena islands and Corsica.
Accommodation There are 140 guest rooms, situated close to the sea. They include Standard double/ twin, Classic double, Junior Suites suitable for families with two adults and two children and the Presidential Suite. Many rooms enjoy sea views. Additionally the special adult only Wellness Centre rooms have complimentary direct access to the Thalasso & Spa.
Wining & dining The resort offers a choice of two restaurants, Il Grecale, serving buffet breakfast and Mediterranean brunch, with panoramic sea views from the terrace and Nautilus restaurant, overlooking the pool, which serves dinner in more formal surroundings both indoor and al fresco. The Piazzetta pool bar serves drinks and snacks all day with live music and entertainment in the evening.
Facilities The hotel is approached via a private road terminating at the hotel car park, as cars cannot be taken into the resort. It offers two seawater swimming pools, an adults only inﬁnity pool and children’s pool plus children’s Mini Club. There are numerous coves and beaches with sun beds and parasols around the resort reached by footpaths. There is also an 18-hole pitch & putt golf course. Excursions are available to: La Maddalena island, Porto Cervo and Corsica and boat trips to nearby islands.
Thalasso & spa
At a glance... • Relaxed resort-style hotel • Superb location with stunning sea views
Huw’s View Valle dell’Erica is a suberb resort-style hotel with a relaxed atmosphere and the natural beauty of its unique location makes it very special. It is perfect for both families and couples with the freedom to explore this beautiful expanse of open headland, with its secluded coves, beaches and clear blue sea ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Car hire is essential for those who wish to access the town, see more of the local area or take advantage of the Brunch Around option.
• Beautiful beaches and coves • Two seawater swimming pools • Four open-air Thalasso spa pools • Choice of standard or classic room, or junior suite with or without sea view • Pitch & Putt practice golf course with chipping and putting greens • Recommended in Romantic Sardinia (p18) with special offer for honeymoon/ anniversary couples to receive three complimentary Spa entances (on reservation), Sardinian ring, Delphina gift and three golf lessons complimentary
Le Thermae Spa has been created in a natural setting of granite rocks with four superb outdoor hydrotherapy pools of varying temperatures and sea views. There are a variety of Thalassotherapy treatments available including a relaxation room, sauna, Turkish bath, cardio ﬁtness area and private cabins for massage and beauty treatments.
Porto Pozzo & Santa Teresa Valle dell’Erica is situated on a headland, opposite Spargi and the archipelago of La Maddalena, from where an estuary leads into the village of Porto Pozzo just 4km away. The larger port of Santa Teresa is situated 12 km away on Sardinia’s most northerly tip offering shops, café bars, market, restaurants and ferries to Corsica.
Package prices Classic room, HB, LHR ﬂights and transfers. £1201.50pp
Hotel Marinedda Thalasso & Spa This romantic hotel, situated on the north west coast of Sardinia, overlooks the beautiful Marinedda Beach near Isola Rossa. It has been designed for couples, singles and families alike to combine relaxation in the Mediterranean sunshine with health and ﬁtness.
Accommodation Built in attractive Sardinian style with 195 guest rooms in landscaped gardens. All rooms are en suite and air conditioned; and most enjoy sea views from the balcony or terrace. Rooms and suites include: Standard, Superior and Relax double rooms, Suites with a separate lounge suitable for families, Royal rooms and a Presidential Suite. There are also two Executive Elicriso sea view rooms suitable for couples only, which have their own private seawater thalasso hydro massage pool and complimentary entrance to the Thalasso & Spa.
Wining & dining A buffet breakfast is served on the poolside terrace, brunch and dinner in the main hotel Petra Ruja Ristorante. An alternative á la carte gourmet dinner is offered at the lower panoramic restaurants. The menus offer international as well as Sardinian and Italian cuisine featuring seafood, ﬁsh, meat and local dishes.
Facilities The hotel has a lovely, relaxing atmosphere with spacious sun terraces surrounding inviting swimming pools with water features and landscaped Mediterranean gardens leading down to a beautiful beach. There is also a children’s club. From the hotel there is a pathway leading to the beautiful Marinedda beach, about 500m away with sunbed hire, sailing and a diving school.
Spa The L’Elicriso Spa offers a chance to take part in a ﬁtness programme in the cardio ﬁtness area or just relax in the luxurious Turkish bath, sauna and hydro massage seawater pools with differing temperatures. Thalasso treatments are also offered using seawater minerals and oils from local Sardinian plants.
Isola Rossa Hotel Marinedda is built on the hillside to take advantage of the wonderful views and sunsets over Golfo dell’Asinara. It is approximately 1km from the pretty ﬁshing village of Isola Rossa with a few shops, café bars, restaurants and a marina. For families, there is Aqua Water Park 1km away.
Package prices Standard room, HB, LHR ﬂights and transfers. £924pp
At a glance... • Attractive hotel with lovely sea views • Impressive Thalasso Spa with beauty treatments and cardio ﬁtness programmes • Two swimming pools – fresh and seawater • Three restaurants and two bars • Tennis, football, diving, boat hire, ﬁshing • Children’s Club Recommended Romantic Sardinia hotel (p18) with special offer for honeymoon/ anniversary couples to receive three complimentary spa entrances (on reservation), Sardinian ring and a Delphina gift
Huw’s View This elegant hotel has proved very popular with singles, couples, families and friends for short breaks (approx 1 hours transfer from Alghero or Olbia airports) or longer summer holidays.
Park Hotel Cala di Lepre & Spa Superbly situated on the hillside around the bay of Cala di Lepre, on the beautiful north east coast of Sardinia, this hotel beneﬁts from wonderful views towards Baia Sardinia and the Costa Smeralda beyond. The hotel has a rocky coastline, beach and offers boat trips to the Maddalena islands, ideal for snorkelling and swimming.
Accommodation Arranged on the hillside along pathways through the gardens are 160 terraced bungalow -style rooms, with a choice of Standard double/twin rooms, Suites and Senior Suites with two bedrooms suitable for families. They are attractively furnished and all have a furnished terrace, en suite shower room, air conditioning and satellite TV.
Wining & dining The L’Arcipelago restaurant is situated on the ﬁrst ﬂoor with magniﬁcent views and serves buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner with a choice of Italian and local Sardinian cuisine and ﬁne wines. There is also a poolside snack bar and grill for lunch and guests can reserve a table at Le Terrazze for a candlelit dinner. Cocktails and live music are available in the piano bar and evening entertainment and separate dining for children in the adjacent open-air amphitheatre
At a glance...
Cala di Lepre has much to offer, with many activities to keep all the family entertained and Children’s Clubs in high season. Please note that due to the size of the hotel the facilities are spread out and the walk from the rooms or main hotel building to the pool is approximately 500 metres with some steep slopes. However, there are golf buggies to take guests around the hotel at certain times of the day. The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring the surrounding area by boat or by car. From Sunday to Friday there is a shuttle service on payment to Palau. Car hire is recommended but not essential.
• Large style hotel
Internet point/WiFi are available in the reception area. Paths lead down the hillside from the main hotel to the large seawater swimming pool with sun loungers on the terrace surround, poolside bar and restaurant. From here there is a narrow coastal path to the beach with further sun beds and parasols to hire. There is also a magniﬁcent spa, mini football pitch, archery, tennis courts, volleyball, Children’s Club and play area and a riding school with complimentary rides for children 8-14 years old.
• Beach with reserved sun beds and parasols
For sublime pampering, the D’Ea Marina Spa offers three fabulous open-air spa pools, cardio ﬁtness and beauty centre, sauna and Turkish bath.
• Minibus to the town
• Range of activities including tennis, football and archery
The vibrant town and port of Palau is just 3km from the hotel where there is a selection of shops, weekly market, restaurants and ferries to the island of La Maddalena..
• Large seawater swimming pool and children’s pool
• Boat trips, boat hire, scuba diving, sport ﬁshing and riding school • Spa with open-air pools and indoor cardio ﬁtness and beauty centre • Honeymoon/Anniversary couples receive three complimentary spa entrances (on reservation), Sardinian and a Delphina ring
Package prices Parco standard room, HB, LHR ﬂights and transfers. £797.50pp
Hotel Capo d’Orso Thalasso & Spa This enchanting hotel is tucked away in a lovely secluded location, shaded by olive trees and surrounded by beautiful coves with sparkling sea views of Caprera Island, Baia Sardinia and the Costa Smeralda beyond.
Accommodation This hotel has been skilfully designed to take advantage of its sheltered position. Accommodation is arranged in stepped terraces. There are 84 rooms Classic and Deluxe double rooms and Junior Suites leading down to the pool and secluded rocky cove with sun decks. The 20 prestigious Executive and Cardinal Junior suites, with elegant bathrooms and separate showers, are close to the Thalasso & Spa centre. Adult guests staying in these suites and the Presidential Suite enjoy complimentary entrance to the Spa. All the rooms have a furnished terrace or balcony, en suite shower room, air conditioning and all the mod cons including Italian Sky TV.
Wining & dining With its stunning views over the beach and marina, the hotel restaurant Il Paguro is renowned for the quality of its cuisine and service. There is also a breakfast terrace, piano bar and Restaurant Gli Olivastri, located on shady terraces offering an a la carte dinner menu and an intimate al fresco dinner.
Facilities The hotel is approached via a private road terminating at the marina and the hotel. The seawater swimming pool nestles under the shade of wild olive trees. The suites, Thalasso & Spa and 9-hole pitch and putt golf course are also reached via the gardens. The hotel has its own marina, with daily boat trips out to beautiful islands of the Archipelago of La Maddalena and selected beaches along the Costa Smeralda. There is a lovely beach with a shaded grassy area leading to a second large swimming pool available for guests use.
Thalasso & Spa L’Incantu is a fabulous Spa and Thalasso Centre with open air hot and cold seawater spa pools,Turkish bath, and health and beauty cabins for massage and treatments.
Capo d’Orso and Palau Hotel Capo d’Orso is situated between Cala Capra and Cala Selvaggia beaches. There are wonderful sea views to Baia Sardinia with the Costa Smeralda beyond. Bear Rock has breathtaking views of Maddalena Islands and to Corsica on a clear day. The town and port of Palau is just 4 km away with its shops, market, restaurants and regular ferries to La Maddalena Island.
Package prices Classic room, HB, LHR ﬂights and transfers. £1103pp
At a glance... • 5-star hotel with relaxed atmosphere • Perfect choice for a special occasion, anniversary or honeymoon • Seawater swimming pool • Wooden sun decks and two secluded beaches • Tennis, scuba diving, horse riding; boat trips, boat hire and sport ﬁshing available • Golf practice area with driving range and pitching & putting green • Honeymoon/anniversary couples receive three free Spa entrances (on reservation) one free Delphina Express boat trip (subject to weather), Sardinian ring, Delphina gift & free beginners golf course, 3 complimentary green fee for advanced.
Huw’s View The Capo d’Orso provides a truly romantic setting. What could be better than to start the day with an excellent buffet breakfast accompanied by the harp, then spending the day relaxing by the pool and swimming off the rocks into the clear blue sea. Alternatively take the hotel water taxi or sailing boat out to the magniﬁcent unspoilt islands nearby. Car hire is recommended to see more of the local area.
Baja Hotels Villas Resort Situated near Costa Rei in the south east of Sardinia, approximately 75km from Cagliari airport, Baja Hotels Villas Resort offers stylish accommodation close to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
Accommodation Built and furnished in typical Mediterranean style, there are 72 modern guest rooms and suites in the main hotel building with villa-style accommodation, arranged around the gardens. All rooms have en-suite shower rooms, air conditioning, satellite TV and Internet connection. There is the choice of Standard rooms, Junior Suites, Suites and Suite Royals – all with sea view and Jacuzzi.
Wining & dining The bar and restaurant has an al fresco dining terrace overlooking the swimming pool and offers a continental style buffet breakfast and buffet or a la carte dinner, with local specialities and Italian cuisine, accompanied by a good wine list. Intimate dinners are served on the pool terrace.
Facilities The hotel has a freshwater swimming pool with sun terrace, sun beds and gazebos for shade. It also has a reserved area with sun beds and parasols for hotel guests on the white sandy beach of Castiadas, which is accessible on foot via an underpass or by hotel shuttle. Facilities at Castiadas beach include beach volleyball, boules and a newly opened beach restaurant and bar. Excursions can be arranged through the hotel including boat trips, sport ﬁshing, riding, golf, trekking and quad safaris. There is also a separate sports area in front of the hotel with tennis courts and ﬂoodlit football pitch.
Spa & wellness
At a glance... Huw’s View This delightful hotel is in an ideal location to enjoy this stunning coastline. Baja Hotels Villas Resort provides stylish accommodation, with a pool set in lovely gardens, close to one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. It will particularly suit couples for a romantic holiday or honeymoon but also families looking for a quiet holiday with some sports facilities. A car is not essential but recommended for seeing more of the local area.
For relaxation and pampering, the Spa has a hydro massage pool, emotional shower and Turkish bath with the option of massage and beauty treatments .
• New in 2010 and close to stunning beach
Costa Rei & Villasimius
• Stylish guest rooms and suites, some with outside Jacuzzi or sea view
Baja Hotels Villas Resort is situated 1km from Costa Rei, a charming holiday resort with shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and pizzerias and a stunning 8km sandy beach. Villasimius is approximately 14km to the south, again offering a variety of shops and dining options, along a wonderful scenic coastal road lined with picturesque coves and beaches all the way to the dramatic south eastern tip of the island, Capo Carbonara.
• Restaurant & bar terrace overlooking the pool • Lovely lawned Mediterranean style gardens • Freshwater swimming pool • New I Ginepri beach restaurant • Separate sports area with tennis and football • Complimentary Children’s Clubs. • Spa centre • Excursions including riding and boat trips
Package prices Parco standard room, HB, LHR ﬂights and transfers. £797.50pp*
Baja Hotel Le Palme
Hotel Garden Beach
Situated on the stunning beach at Cala Sinzias, the Hotel Garden Beach has a wonderful position, large pool set in manicured gardens and attractive bungalow style accommodation on the beautiful south eastern coast of Sardinia, approximately 70km from Cagliari airport.
Accommodation There are 106 terraced bungalows arranged in the gardens, built in Sardinian style with colour wash and granite rendering and shaded terraces. The rooms are small but attractively decorated and furnished, all with en suite shower room, air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, safe, minibar, hairdryer and beach towels provided.
Facilities The white sandy beach in front of the hotel has sunbeds and parasols for guests’ use and the electric turquoise sea is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. For the more active, watersports (extra cost) are available and there are aerobic and gymnastics courses, an open-air ﬁtness area, spinning, tennis, football, beach volley and sports tournaments arranged every evening (28/05 - 18/09). Also, mountain bikes are available to rent and diving and boat trips can be arranged locally (extra cost). Situated in the gardens of the hotel there is a children’s pool and children’s clubs for 4-16 year olds open every day from 9am - 12.30pm and from 3.30pm - 11pm (predominantly Italian speaking).
The Restaurants & Bars La Bahia Restaurant offers an American style buffet breakfast, a lunch buffet (extra cost) and a dinner buffet with a wide choice of hors d’oeuvres, salads and fruits. The Sunset Lounge Restaurant is situated on the beach and offers a selective candlelit à la carte menu on reservation (supplement for guests in Classic rooms). The American Bar is situated near the swimming pool for drinks during the day and evening. There is also a beach snack bar open for lunch (extra cost).
Costa Rei Hotel Garden Beach is situated at Cala Sinzias, 3km south of the small holiday resort of Costa Rei with shops, restaurants and an 8km long white sandy beach. Villasimius is 12km south of the hotel with a wonderful scenic coastal drive along the stunning south east coast. The landscape is set off by rolling hills covered with aromatic green Mediterranean vegetation and dramatic granite cliffs, an area which is mainly undeveloped.
Package prices Price inc ﬂights from Heathrow and transfers in classic room HB. £944pp*
At a glance... • Beautiful beach location • Large freshwater swimming pool and separate shallow children’s pool • Large manicured Mediterranean style gardens • Attractive terraced bungalow style accommodation • 2 Restaurants, American bar and beach snack bar • Open air ﬁtness area • Tennis, football and beach volleyball • Watersports available (extra cost) • Children’s clubs for 4 – 16 year olds
* All prices based on 2 adults sharing and include the BA charter ﬂights from Heathrow to Olbia or Cagliari or Thomsonﬂy ﬂights from Gatwick to Alghero
Huw’s View The Garden Beach is a lovely, spacious and modern hotel on a stunning beach in a relatively undiscovered area of Sardinia. The beach is one of the most beautiful I have been to and the large pool is an attractive feature of the hotel. It is ideal for both couples and families to get away from it all in a relaxing garden setting. Yet there are a number of activities if you wish to participate and an alternative restaurant by the beach to enjoy a special meal with a superb view. Car hire is essential if you wish to see more of the local area.
Borgo Sixeri Farm Residence Borgo Sixeri is an attractive development of small villas and apartments situated up on the hillside above Monte Sixeri, enjoying wonderful views over the countryside and to Alghero town and bay.
The Apartments There are twelve ‘Casa’s’, which are stone built terraced bungalow-style or two-storey apartments, attractively decorated and furnished in Sardinian style. Due to their hillside position, they enjoy panoramic views over the countryside to Alghero town with the sea in the distance. They vary in style and layout to suit individual requirements and some interconnect to offer larger two and three bedroom accommodation (sleeping six/ten) with two -bath or shower rooms. They include: One-bedroom apartments: sleep up to four on one level; Two-bedroom apartment: sleep four/six arranged on two ﬂoors; Three bedroom apartments: sleep six/eight arranged on two ﬂoors.
The Villino’s These are two small individual stone built villas (sleeping up to four) with one double bedroom, lounge with double or two single sofa beds, dining table and shower or bathroom. Patio doors lead onto a terrace furnished with table and chairs and built in barbecue, enjoying lovely views. All the villino’s and apartments have air conditioning/heating, washing machine, lounge with dining suite, fully-equipped kitchen area, satellite TV, safe and furnished terrace with barbecue. Internet access is also available (extra cost 30 euros per week or 10 euros per day).
Wining & dining Le Pinnette Agriturismo (farm restaurant) is situated at the bottom of the hill, past the pigs and wild boar grazing in the ﬁelds. Just Sardinia guests receive a 15 per cent discount on the set menu price.
At a glance...
This delightful development offers different styles of small villas and apartments to suit couples, families and friends alike, sleeping from two to ten people. It would also be suitable for groups for a holiday, party or wedding with the very good Agriturismo restaurant at the bottom of the hill. It is a perfect location to unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside and wonderful far-reaching views. Alghero town, port and beaches are within easy reach by car and it is just 5km to the airport. Car hire is essential for provisions, eating out and seeing more of the local area.
• Countryside location with lovely views
• Attractive modern residence • Choice of villino’s or apartments • Air conditioning/heating • Two shared freshwater swimming pools • Town 8km, beach 4km • Open all year round • Internet access (extra cost)
Facilities In the gardens are two freshwater swimming pools with hydro massage jets and sun terrace equipped with sun loungers and parasols for the guests of the villino’s and apartments to share. Car parking is set away from the accommodation so as not to disturb the peace and quiet afforded by the hillside setting.
Package prices 1-bedroom apartment, SC, LGW Thomson ﬂights and transfers. £489pp* Price based on 4 sharing.
Monte Sixeri Farm Residence
Situated in the countryside in the north west of Sardinia, these self catering apartments are within 8km of the town of Alghero.
Accommodation The owner has taken great care to convert the buildings on his farmland into spacious, rustic style apartments. There are 5 individually designed apartments with different layouts to suit individual requirements. They all have air conditioning/ heating, well equipped kitchens (including a fridge freezer, oven and hob), lounge with table and chairs, satellite TV (news channels only in English) and shower room with washing machine. Each apartment has a terrace area with outside seating and they are all conveniently positioned near to the pool and gardens. Studio apartment: suitable for 2/3 guests. 1 bedroom apartments: with either two roller beds for up to 3/4 guests, or one sofa bed and 2 roller beds in the lounge for up to 6 guests. 2 bedroom apartments: on the ﬁrst ﬂoor (not suitable for young children) that can sleep up to 4 guests or on the ground ﬂoor with a sofa bed in the lounge for up to 6 guests. Only a few metres stroll away is Le Pinnette Agriturismo (farm restaurant), which offers a traditional Sardinian set menu for lunch and dinner, with an outside covered dining terrace adjoining a lawned play park. Just Sardinia guests receive a 15% discount on the set menu price. Guests can walk past the sheep and pigs up to the top of the hill to the new residence, Borgo Sixeri, at the back of the farmland. From this high vantage point, there are spectacular views of the fertile plains and vineyards that give Fertilia its name, all the way to Alghero with the sea glittering in the distance. •
Fertilia & Alghero Fertilia is situated on the coast, with a few shops, small supermarket, café bars, gelaterias and pizzerias, just 4km from the residence. There are a couple of lovely beaches nearby on the way to Porto Conte. The town and port of Alghero is approximately 8km away, buzzing all year round, with the old town cobbled streets hosting an array of café bars, gelaterias, restaurants and shops. There are daily boat trips from the port to Capo Caccia and Neptunes Caves and a white sandy beach stretches all the way out to Fertilia, approximately 5km.
At a glance...
• Countryside location
These charming apartments have been lovingly restored and brought to life by the landowners, who also run the Agriturismo (farm) restaurant next door, produce their own olive oil and farm their own land. All the necessities have been thought of to make your holiday here relaxing and enjoyable. With Alghero approximately 10 minutes drive away, guests can beneﬁt from the tranquillity of the countryside yet are within easy reach of this thriving seaside resort. Car hire is essential.
• Selection of rustic apartments • Within 8km of Alghero town centre and 4km of beach • Air conditioning/heating • Shared freshwater swimming pool • Agriturismo (farm) restaurant next door with ﬁxed price and la carte menus (extra cost) • Open all year round
• Recommended Family Sardinia apartments
1-bedroom apartment, SC, LGW Thomson ﬂights and transfers.
• Internet access (extra cost)
• Recommended Rural Sardinia
£448.50pp* Price based on 4 sharing. * All prices based on 4 adults sharing and include the BA charter ﬂights from Heathrow to Olbia or Cagliari or Thomsonﬂy ﬂights from Gatwick to Alghero
Hotel Abi d’Oru Situated on the fringe of the renowned Costa Smeralda near Porto Rotondo, with lovely sea views over the Golfo di Marinella, Hotel Abi d’Oru is located directly on one of the most beautiful bays in the north east suitable for romantic couples and families alike.
The Apartments The Abi d’Oru hotel has 170 rooms, including some suites with separate living areas and interconnecting rooms, all superbly furnished in classic Italian style. All the rooms have a balcony or terrace (most with sea view), en suite shower room (some with baths), air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and minibar.
Wining & dining There are two bars and two main restaurants, offering an extensive choice of international cuisine, with impressive breakfast buffet and choice of buffet or a la carte dinner menu. At the beach the Marinella Restaurant offers a buffet and lunchtime grill, or alternatively lunchtime snacks and pizza are available at Il Marinaio bar/pizzeria.
Facilities Lawns, sheltered gardens and sun terraces with poolside bar surround the large freshwater swimming pool. Paths lead from the hotel past the lake to the white sandy beach with sun loungers and parasols. The gently shelving beach with turquoise sea is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and water sports. Other facilities available include an Internet point in the main lobby and WiFi throughout the hotel, boutique, mini club for children 4 -10-years-old, Dive Centre and two tennis courts.
Package prices Standard room, B&B, LHR ﬂights and transfers. £901pp*
At a glance... Huw’s View The Abi d’Oru is a desirable resort-style hotel, standing in Mediterranean manicured gardens with a lake and a beautiful beach, suitable for families, couples and singles. The hotel is well designed, with most of the rooms, restaurant and bar enjoying superb sea views and within 100 metres of the pool and beach. There is boat hire on the beach to access the nearby coves and islands. Car hire is recommended for those who wish to explore the stunning local area, the Costa Smeralda and to visit the restaurants and designer boutiques of Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo.
• Large freshwater swimming pool • Hotel restaurant offering buffet breakfast • Beachside restaurant (seasonal openings) • Water sports available locally • Dive Centre nearby • Floodlit tennis courts • Children’s club • Babysitting available (book locally, extra cost) • Lift to all ﬂoors • Room service • Shuttle service to Porto Rotondo • Open April to October * All prices based on 2 adults sharing and include the BA charter ﬂights from Heathrow to Olbia or Cagliari or Thomsonﬂy ﬂights from Gatwick to Alghero
Hotel L’Ea Bianca
This small and elegant hotel is situated at Cala dei Ginepri just a few kilometres from Baia Sardinia and Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda. Set in secluded gardens, Hotel L’Ea Bianca enjoys panoramic sea views across the Gulf of Arzachena towards Caprera Island.
Accommodation The hotel has just 31 Superior and Deluxe guest rooms and Suites, all with balconies or terrace on the ﬁrst and second ﬂoor, they are furnished to combine contemporary inﬂuences from Sardinia and the Far East. The hotel bar and Restaurant Lunaria offer both indoor and outdoor dining, serving local and international cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. The hotel’s Spa Recrea offers a hydro massage pool, sauna, gym and a wide selection of massage and beauty treatments.
Baia Sardinia Baia Sardinia is a beautiful seaside resort looking out to Caprera Island, with a white sandy beach and turquoise sea surrounded by villas, hotels and a lively piazza with shops, café bars and restaurants. There are water sports available on the beach and boat trips out to the islands to really appreciate the beauty of this coastline.
Package prices Superior room, HB, LHR ﬂights and txfers £1785pp. Price includes honeymoon offer! www.justsardinia.co.uk/leabianca
At a glance... • Small elegant hotel • Short distance from the Costa Smeralda • Attractive spacious guest rooms and suites • Stylish restaurant with al fresco dining terrace • Large freshwater swimming pool • Spa centre and gym • WiFi in public areas • Honeymoon/anniversary couples receive ﬁve per cent discount, strawberries, sparkling wine & red roses plus room upgrade if booked over 1month before arrival
Hotel Oasis The popular Hotel Oasis is well situated, just a short transfer from the airport and across the road from the long white sandy beach leading to Alghero town. Surrounded by attractive gardens, the Oasis is a wellestablished and well-kept hotel with a great holiday atmosphere.
At a glance... • Opposite the beach and 3km to town • Hotel rooms with balcony or terrace and garden or pool view • Two adult swimming pools and two children’s pools • Tennis court • 24-hour reception with multi-lingual staff • WiFi in lounge and pool area (extra cost) • Mini market • Bicycle hire
Package prices Standard room, B&B, LHR ﬂights and transfers. £616pp* Price based on 4 sharing. www.justsardinia.co.uk/oasis
* All prices based on 4 adults sharing and include the BA charter ﬂights from Heathrow to Olbia or Cagliari or Thomsonﬂy ﬂights from Gatwick to Alghero
Coluccia Hotel & Beach Club One of the ﬁrst boutique hotels in Sardinia, the Hotel la Coluccia is situated in a picturesque nature reserve in an enchanting, secluded position. It enjoys a superb position on the north coast of Sardinia at the beginning of a long bay where its clean, contemporary design stands out on the breathtaking horizon. The hotel blends island tradition and a contemporary style, offering sharp, minimal interiors and the highest standards of service.
Accommodation Accommodation is offered in a choice of Classic Rooms, set in sheltered positions within the gardens, or Superior rooms with sea views. All are decorated in cosy, yet minimal chic style.
Wining & dining The hotel’s restaurant is idyllically situated overlooking the swimming pool, and offers a choice of gastronomic delights, including local and international cuisine in a magical atmosphere. It serves rich buffet-style breakfast a la carte lunch and romantic dinners with attention to detail. There’s also a piano bar with evening entertainment.
Facilities The hotel is equipped with every modern facility, its focal point being the terrace restaurant and the enchanting swimming pool. Guests can relax and unwind in the Spa, which offers a range of treatments from Comfort Zone with two massage rooms, a Turkish bath, gymnasium and relaxation area. A fresh Mediterranean pinewood separates the hotel from a delightful sandy beach, edged with granite rocks. Here guests can relax on sun beds under parasols or go for a swim in the crystal ocean. Guest towels are provided by the hotel free of charge. Watersports are available on the beach with horse riding and golf nearby.
Package prices At a glance...
Classic room, HB, LHR ﬂights and transfers £1080.50pp*
• Chic, contemporary design • Enchanting Swimming pool • Lovely view from restaurant • Water sports available locally • Spa with treatments by Comfort Zone • Gymnasium • Guest towels on beach • Conference facilities.
* All prices based on 2 adults sharing and include the BA charter ﬂights from Heathrow to Olbia or Cagliari or Thomsonﬂy ﬂights from Gatwick to Alghero
Hotel Corallo is situated on the north west coast of Sardinia in the centre of the quiet and picturesque ﬁshing port of Isola Rossa and enjoys views over the town, marina and sea towards Castelsardo.
Accommodation Recently refurbished to a high standard, the hotel has 35 rooms including some suites. At the front, the Deluxe and Superior rooms and Suites have large furnished terraces with views of the marina and sea. There are also Classic and Comfort rooms and for families and honeymooners one Deluxe Suite and two Deluxe Junior Suites with large terrace , Jacuzzi and sea views. During the summer evenings the hotel offers an á la carte dinner menu served al fresco on the terrace and light lunches in the bar.
Isola Rossa Isola Rossa is a rocky peninsula with beaches on either side, with a small town offering a few shops, café bars, restaurants and marina. From the hotel you can walk to the main beach, past the marina, and watch the ﬁshermen bringing in the catch of the day, including the famous local red lobster.
Huw’s View The Corallo, which has been refurbished to a high standard with personal touches, will suit couples and families looking for a small and friendly place to holiday. Car hire recommended (although not essential) if you wish to see more of the local area.
Classic room, B&B, LHR ﬂights and transfers £651pp* www.justsardinia.co.uk/corallo
These apartments are well situated on the seafront in Alghero, opposite a beautiful long gently shelving sandy beach, next to a popular pizzeria and within walking distance of town.
Accommodation There are 46 traditionally furnished apartments with shower room and living area with satellite TV, basic kitchenette equipped with fridge, four ring hob, cutlery, crockery, microwave and kettle. All apartments have a hairdryer, safe (extra cost) and balconies overlooking the swimming pool or the beach. Air conditioning may be booked in advance and paid for locally.
Package prices 1-bedroom apartment, SC, LGW Thomson ﬂights and transfers. £409pp* Price based on 4 sharing. www.justsardinia.co.uk/buganvillea
At a glance... • Clean and functional good value apartments • One or two bedroom apartments sleeping up to eight people • Swimming pool for adults and children • Extra midweek linen change, clean and ﬁnal clean included • Supermarket and pizzeria nearby • Opposite beach with sun beds, parasols and pedaloes for hire •Town centre 1.5km
* All prices based on 4 adults sharing and include the BA charter ﬂights from Heathrow to Olbia or Cagliari or Thomsonﬂy ﬂights from Gatwick to Alghero
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