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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.
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.
Caligari, Bosa, Iglesias and Oristano are three of Sardinia's prettiest towns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arzachena 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orosei 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.
Mandas 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.
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.
Alghero 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.
Olbia (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!
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.
Santu 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.
Golfo 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.
Castelsardo 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.
Sant 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.
Riola Sardo Oristano, Sardinia
Fabulous guest house in lovely grounds close to the beach. Rooms are immaculate with white washed walls, cast iron beds and attractive paintings and tapestries. Lovely breakfast courtyard and terraces. A great choice for a beach holiday.
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.
Tempio 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.
Baunei 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.
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.
San 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.
Conca 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!
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.
Alghero 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.
Oliena 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.
Santa 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.