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Sardinia's white, sandy coves make its waters appear so bright blue they look almost tropical, and being closer to Africa than the rest of Italy certainly gives this island its own colour. Sure, this is a wonderful spot for a beach break (and many of the best places to stay in Sardinia are geared towards exactly that), but the varied greens of the interior - which ranges from mountain peaks and cliffs to orchards, olive groves and even cattle grazing - the island's strange, ancient, conical stone fortresses and the charming towns means it takes a lot of time exploring to feel like you've 'done' Sardinia.
If you're here for the gorgeous beaches then we've plenty of lovely hotels and villas to recommend, but if your appetite is whetted to see a bit more of the island's treasures then some of the best places to stay in Sardinia are the inland towns. For those who want a self catering villa or apartment, check out the selection with our online partner, booking.com.
You do have to choose your town wisely though, some are picturesque, with architecture borrowed from the island's Catalan heritage, and some are less so. But you'll be rewarded, because as well as being Sardinia's cultural centres, these towns are also the island's capitals of cuisine. Olbia is a proper port town, Caligari has the hilltop citadel, cathedral, museums, palaces and a university, all surrounded by a sturdy fortress wall, built by the Pisans. Bosa is crowned by a medieval castle, and known for its pastel houses and ochre, medieval buildings, around an ancient, cobbled-street heart. Iglesias was a Spanish town, and still has an Iberian feel to it. It's got plenty of life and atmosphere. Oristano, with its elegant piazzas and buildings, looks like a town with wealth. And it's definitely one of the best places to stay in Sardinia if you want to do some boutique shopping. Arzachena manages to offer the best of all worlds - a charming rural village just a few kms from the Costa Smerelda.
Don't forget that this island is hugely popular during the peak summer months. So if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Sardinia in July or August, you'll need to get organised and plan well ahead. Alternatively visit in the shoulder season, when the skies are still blue, but the crowds are much thinner!
Sardina's wine is well known for its strength and bold flavours, and their local liqueur, filu e ferru, is even more potent. The flavours of the food tend to be bold enough to keep up, with lots of hearty pastas dusted with pungent local cheeses.
- The Hotel Su Gologone is an old, but working, Sardinian estate with its own olive grove and vineyards, so much of the excellent cuisine served here is sourced direct from the grounds. They also offer a wide selection of classes and hotel run activities - heavy on the artistic as well as foodie.
- The Hotel Villa Las Tronas offers a more traditional five star experience. On a promenade jutting out into the sea, this hotel has spectacular 360 degree views and an excellent seafood restaurant.
Historic Sardinia: Caligari, Bosa, Iglesias & Oristano
Caligari, Bosa, Iglesias and Oristano are three of Sardinia's prettiest towns.
- Hotel Miramare in Caligari, is right in the heart of the city, opposite the harbour, with beautiful views out to sea. Inside the style is Belle Epoque fancy, with an excellent breakfast.
- For a fabulous guesthouse experience, book the Hotel Lucrezia, which is located between Oristano and Bosa. The gardens are lovely, and inside it's all whitewashed walls, cast iron beds and charming, homely paintings and tapestries. And its a short distance from an excellent beach, so a good spot for families.
- The Hotel Villa Las Tronas is just along the coast from Bosa, on a promenade which juts into the sea. This hotel has plenty of traditional charm. Suites have their own private decks and hot tubs, so this is also one of the best places to stay on Sardinia for honeymooners.
Beach Break Sardinia
The Costa Smeralda hosts Sardinia's well known strip of beach resorts. The water here is transparent and bright blue, the sand is pale and the sunshine's abundant. It's busy though.
- Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa offers private views over the Bay of Cannigione and a private yacht at your disposal if you want to explore the coastline.
- If you're on a budget, we'd recommend the Hotel Panorama. By the harbour in Olbia, this hotel is easy to get to, and Olbia has a few sights of its own. The hotel is modern and comfortable, with gym, pool and everything you'd expect from a hotel which also caters for business guests.
If you want the same sort of beach-y perfection, but with a less tourist-y feel, then one of the best places to stay in Sardinia is the Golfo di Orosei. These 20 miles of cliffs, dotted with lovely beaches and grottos, are a bit more of a challenge to access from the land because there's a large nature reserve behind them. Sailors, fishermen and luxury yachters of the highest calibre enjoy this paradise, and these days with a bit of planning so can you.
- If you're looking for traditional chic, try Albergo Diffuso Mannois in Orosei's Old Town. The decor is simple creams and whites, to make the most of this charming building's original features. With 18 rooms starting from less than £70 a night, this is also a good choice for those on a budget.
- Hotel Su Gologone has been converted from a Sardinian estate and is surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and bougainvilleas, and serves up their own produce in the restaurant. You're up from the beach, but there's a pool fed from a local spring and the views are incredible.
- The Nascar Hotel is a good option if you're travelling with your family or a group and you want to stay somewhere comfy by the beach. The rooms are a generous size, some with private terraces, and the restaurant serves an excellent local menu. Right at the foot of the spectacular "Wild Blue" walking trail, this is also a great choice for hikers.
Just off Sardinia's south west coast are the two islands of Sant'Antioco and San Pietro, which are probably the best places to stay in Sardinia if you're searching for the least developed 'authentic' Sardinian experience.
For a holiday villa or apartment
- If you're travelling with extended family or in a group you might want to consider your own place. For a wide range of villas and apartments, check out the selection with our online partner, booking.com.
Best Hotels in Sardinia
Cala Cuncheddi 79 roomsOlbia
An elegant hotel on the edge of the beach with tranquil swimming pool, extensive spa and gym facility. Rooms are simple but stylish, decorated in calming neutral tones, many with a balcony overlooking the Med. The restaurants serve exciting Italian dishes. Perfect for beachside relaxation.Spa - With indoor hydromassage pool featuring chromatherapaySwimming Pool - Outdoor infinity pool overlooking the seaGreat walks - Get to know Sardinia on footDiving - Tavolara Diving Cente
Villa La Casitta 2 roomsOlbia, Sardinia
Two Sardinian villas for exclusive use on the private island of La Maddalena archipelago, just off Sardinia. Beautiful rooms and a great restaurant. Plenty of activities; there are motor boats and yachts to take out. Ideal for a family holiday or a group of friends.Views - Great views from hotelGroupsFamiliesTotal relaxation
Hotel Balocco 40 rooms from $73Porto Cervo (Costa Smeralda)
Charming boutique hotel in Costa Smeralda. Light, chic and specious rooms with marble bathrooms and beautiful sea views. Tropical gardens with seating areas and separate adult and kid pools. A great base for exploring the beautiful beaches of northern Sardinia.Swimming Pool - Outdoor with separate kids poolHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Hotel Panorama 80 rooms from $85Olbia, Sardinia
A large centrally located hotel with good facilities and great value for money. Lovely views from the roof top bar and lounge deck, modern rooms and suites, gym, conference facilities and breakfast room. Very family friendly.Views - Great views from hotelFamiliesRoof terraceSpa - Only offered on an exclusive use basis
Hotel Villa Pimpina 10 rooms from $80Carloforte, Sardinia
In the charming fishing town of Carloforte, Villa Pimpina has ten homely bedrooms - spacious and air conditioned, tiled floors and some with balconies and sea views. A small garden where breakfast and cocktails can be enjoyed. Very helpful and willing to organise local trips and seaside activities.Local exploring - Just 400m from the historic portSailing - Tours on lateen sail boatsFishing - Traditional fishing boatsSights nearby - Piazza San Carlo
Tenuta Pilastru 32 rooms from $89Arzachena Olbia-Tempio,, Sardinia
An excellent little resort-style farmhouse with charming rustic chic rooms. Fantastic pool and spa facilities, local restaurant, and extensive conference facilities. The ideal choice for a gathering whether for business or pleasure. Also not far from the beach and excellent value.Spa breaksSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Ca La Somara 12 rooms from $91Arzachena, Sardinia
Converted stables now chic guest villas decorated in vibrant colour palettes and well kept gardens. Fun hand painted tiles and embroidered Sardinian linens decorate the rustic bedrooms. Breakfast is laid back and served outside when weather permits - which is almost always! A homely hideaway.Hideaway - Former stables this rural idyll features hammocks in which to relax and a tranquil poolRestrictions on children - No children allowed under the age of 14Remote - Off the beaten track.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Albergo Diffuso Mannois 18 rooms from $91Orosei Nuoro, Sardinia
A lovely hotel in Orosei's Old Town. Chic rooms and suites all in creams and whites, some with mezzanine levels and private balconies. Close to the beach, it makes a great spot for families.Active HolidaySights nearby - Located in Orosei, so sights easily accessible on footSailing - Can be booked nearby.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Antica Locanda Lunetta 3 rooms from $91Mandas Cagliari, Sardinia
An adorable rustic, but perfectly designed, B&B in mainland Sardinia. Just three rooms with wooden beams, exposed stonework, and elegant furniture. Lovely breakfast room and courtyard. A great base to do some local exploring from.Value chicSights nearby - Situated in the old town of MandasCooking classes - Check for timings.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - I Escape
Domu Antiga 3 rooms from $91Sardinia
Rustic chic B&B in the heart of rural Sardinia. Charming bedrooms have wooden floorboards and beams, painted shutters, and attractive furnishings. Fabulous hearty breakfasts, cooking lessons, and lots of countryside fresh air. The perfect country escape for a couple or family.Views - Stunning views over the rolling countryside.Value chicCountry EscapeGreat walks - There's a deep gorge from the village that runs 5km, perfect for biking, hiking and rambling.Recommended by - I Escape
Hotel El Faro 88 rooms from $108Alghero Sassari, Sardinia
A fabulous seaside hotel on a peninsula North of Alghero. Beachy rooms and suites in nautical colours have lots of space, private balconies, and sea views. Top of the range Thalasso Spa, excellent Mediterranean cuisine, and lots of activities on the private beach and surrounding coastline.Spa breaks - Fabulou Thalasso Spa and Dead Sea Salt Bath therapies.Beach Life - Miles of coastline and coves to explore and swim in.Views - Stunning seaviews from all angles.Swimming Pool - Three pools.
Hotel Sporting 47 rooms from $111Olbia (Porto Rotondo)
With its own private beach area and just moments from Porto Rotondo harbour guests can experience the best of both worlds. Light airy rooms with vaulted ceilings enjoy private balconies and sea views. There is a gourmet restaurant, tennis court, swimming pool and gym. The ultimate seaside stay!Private Hot Tub - Book the suite for your private terrace with outdoor hot tubSailing - Head out on a sunset cruise embarking from Porto Rotondo.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Hotel Miramare 18 rooms from $112Cagliari, Sardinia
A good four star hotel in the city centre with lovely sea views. Chic rooms and suites in Belle Epoque style with four posters and chandeliers. Good breakfasts and a lovely terrace. A great spot for a romantic break.Views - Great views from hotelSights nearby - Bang in the centre of Cagliari, opposite the harbourSpa - Wide range of Ayurvedic treatments on offerLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Antica Dimore del Gruccione 12 rooms from $103Santu Lussurgiu, Sardinia
Set in the charming medieval village of Santu Lussurgiu, this boutique guest house hotel has 12 apartments dotted around at different locations. Traditional parquet floors and charming fireplaces create an antique feel. Full of character with stone arched walkways and cobble courtyard dining.Foodies - Organic, fair-trade, locally sourced dishes are served - delicious!Local exploring - Wander the cobbled lanes of this medieval townBirdwatching - Sinis-MontiferruGreat walks - Scenic walks
Albero Capovolto 5 rooms from $131Golfo Aranci, Sardinia
A quiet B&B in a peaceful garden with new swimming pool. Very relaxed atmosphere with outdoor seating areas and cool indoor lounge. Bedrooms have air conditioning and all have en suite bathroom. An ideal getaway for a group or those looking to do their own thing. Plenty of beautiful beaches nearby.Local markets - In charming nearby town of San PantaleoCycling - Bicycles available for hire.Sights nearby - Nuraghic settlements nearby.Other Activities - White sandy beaches nearby.Recommended by - I Escape
Bajaloglia 15 rooms from $137Castelsardo Sassari,, Sardinia
A contemporary resort-style hotel set on a clifftop with stunning views of the Gulf of Asinara and the medieval town of Castelsardo. Individual cottages form private rooms and suites with all the mod cons and private balconies. Excellent spa, pools, terraces, and a traditional Sardinian restaurant.Views - Stunning view over Castelsardo medieval town and out to sea from its clifftop perch.Beach Life - The perfect location for a beach holiday.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Adiola Country Resort 18 rooms from $144Sant Antonio Di Gallura, Sardinia
Surrounded by cork trees in a beautiful garden, this secluded resort overlooks Lake Liscia. Brightly coloured villas feature bedrooms decorated in a traditional Sardinian style embellished with fine ceramics and delicate, embroidered linens. A quaint stay.Country Escape - This rural abode overlooking Liscia Lake and surrounded by 1000-year-old olive grovesSights nearby - La Maddalena ArchipelagoKayaking - Canoe on Lake LisciaSecluded setting - For escaping.
Hotel Lucrezia 7 rooms from $147Riola Sardo Oristano, Sardinia
Fabulous guest house in lovely grounds, a short drive to beautiful coves and beaches. Rooms are immaculate with white washed walls, cast iron beds and attractive paintings and tapestries. Lovely breakfast courtyard and terraces.WellbeingSailing - Can be booked nearby.Kayaking - Available locally.Cooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Ollastu 54 rooms from $160Olbia
An expansive complex with wonderful views and private beach. Set in enchanting natural scenery with two dining rooms, an indoor and outdoor bar, landscaped garden and swimming pool. Plenty of activities for the kids and relaxing areas for adults. An ideal family resort.Diving - guided visits to the protected area of Tavolara and Molara (sea park in front of the hotel) can be arrangedSailing - There is a sailing school close byOn the beach - Private sandy beachSights nearby - 8km south of Olbia
L'Agnata di de Andre 10 rooms from $170Tempio Pausani, Sardinia
Steeped in traditional history, this charming country retreat was built by Italian musician Fabrizio De André. A romantic setting with beautiful garden and vine covered balconettes. This secluded escape is perfect if you want to go 'off-the-grid' and completely disconnect.Country Escape - This ivy clad property almost blends in with its verdant surrounds - a true country escapeFoodies - Wild boar, amongst other local delicacies, can be found on the menuSights nearby - Archaeological sites such as Nuraghe MajioreGreat walks - Peaceful walking pathsRecommended by - Sawdays
Nascar Hotel 10 rooms from $171Baunei Ogliastra, Sardinia
A lovely seaside hotel with good rooms and excellent local food. Rooms and suites with white washed walls, parquet floors, and big white comfy beds, some with private terraces. Excellently placed for a beach holiday for families, couples, or friends.FoodiesBeach LifeGreat walks - At the foot of the spectacular "Wild Blue" hiking trailViews - Views over the Gulf of Orosei from some roomsRecommended by - I Escape
Spartivento Hotel 27 rooms from $194Chia, Sardinia
Luxury rural resort in the hills of Southern Sardinia, overlooking Chia's beaches. Spartivento offers stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Rooms exude elegant simplicity, and many boast a terrace for enjoying the views. The restaurant serves traditional Sardinian dishes. Rustic bliss.Back to Nature - Lagoons, coves, nature trails, mountains and forests are all nearby and ready to be exploredViews - All rooms offer a garden or sea viewSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.On the beach - In front of the hotel.
Petra Segreta 24 rooms from $206San Pantaleo, Sardinia
Fabulous hotel and spa with a gourmet restaurant. Gorgeous rooms and suites in neutral tones with big comfy beds and private terraces. Lovely pool and spectacular views. A great choice for a honeymoon.Views - Spectacular views of the Gulf of Arzachena, the Island of Caprera, the Island of Maddalena , and CorsicaHoneymoonsFoodiesSpa breaksRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Relais & Chateaux
La Coluccia 45 rooms from $249Conca Verde, Sardinia
Chic design hotel on Sardinia's north coast. Rooms are a charming blend of traditional and contemporary, some with seaview balconies. It's a short stroll to the private beach plus there's a pool, spa & gym. The restaurant serves gourmet Mediterranean cuisine. Glamour by the beach!Total relaxationBeach LifeRemote - Off the beaten track.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa 59 rooms from $226Olbia, Sardinia
Stunning views over the Bay of Cannigione, a private yacht at your disposal, an extensive spa to indulge in, and chic Sardinian interiors to relax in. Beautiful creamy suites have private terraces. A very relaxing spot.Hotel boats for hire - The hotel's yacht can be taken out on reservation.Views - Fabulous views over the bay.Romantic BreakTotal relaxationRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Villa Las Tronas 18 rooms from $229Alghero Sassari, Sardinia
A Five Star hotel on a promenade jutting into the sea. Traditionally elegant rooms and suites, not at all modern, excellent sea food restaurant, wellness centre and swimming pool over the water's edge. A romantic setting, but still very family friendly.FamiliesRomantic BreakViews - Great views from hotelPrivate Hot Tub - Some suites have private decks with their own outdoor hot tubsRecommended by - Sawdays
Costa dei Fiori 82 rooms from $237Sardinia
A picturesque flower-filled property with enviable sea views. Sunny rooms feature traditionally tiled floors and antique furniture. A stunning infinity pool is the ideal spot to while away a lazy day. The restaurant serves up superb regional dishes. Within walking distance of lovely sandy beaches.Beach Life - Set on Sardinia's stunning sunny coast, with beautiful views and just a short walk to the beach.Kayaking - Take a kayak out to sea and explore the picturesque coast.Sights nearby - Visit the fascinating archaeological site of Baccu Idda.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Johansens
Hotel Su Gologone 69 rooms from $240Oliena Nuoro, Sardinia
Olive trees, vineyards, bougainvilleas surround this authentic Sardinian estate. Fantastic Sardinian cuisine and produce picked from the garden. Rooms and suites filled with artworks, fireplaces, and luxurious fabrics. Spa, wine cellar, and lovely pool. Rustic romance.Views - Great views from hotelTotal relaxationRoof terraceSwimming Pool - Spring fed 25m outdoor poolRecommended by - Tablet, Sawdays
Lanthia Resort 28 rooms from $265Santa Maria Navarrese, Sardinia
Set in a vast peaceful garden with a private swimming pool just minutes from the beach. Bedrooms are spread throughout a number of stone villas decorated with chic, modern design incorporating natural materials from the island. A hidden gem nestled between forest and beach.Beach Life - Two minutes walk from your own private beachSights nearby - The hotel can organise a number of excursionsSecluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotel