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A romantic getaway beckons at Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort

June 30, 2019

Hotels & SpasLifestyle | by Baldwin Ho

When you hear Villa del Golfo prefers to call themselves a lifestyle resort rather than a hotel, you know your Sardinian adventure isn’t going to be a formulaic, run-of-the-mill experience. This family-owned hotel is situated on the northern tip of the island and uses its fantastic geographical location to great advantage.

One of the best selling points of the villa is their own private yacht which is available for guests to use on day trips or sunset dinner cruises. The BonAria yacht can take you on excursions to the Maddalena Archipelago, to the world-famous pink beach or even as far afield as Corsica, which is a French territory.

However, if the weather is more British rather than Sardinian and sailing is not possible, there is much to enjoy on land at the resort, as was our case during our visit. The beautiful rooms and suites of Villa del Golfo are spread across the gentle hillside so as to blend in as much as possible with the natural landscape. The buildings make abundant use of local material such as red granite which matches well with the terracotta-tiled roofs.

The rooms are all spacious and airy with an amazing view of the Gulf of Arzachena. They tend to use light furniture and furnishings with a hint of Sardinian charm. The higher up in class your room is, the more likely you will come across the fantastic artwork of Caterina Cossu, a celebrated local ceramic artist. You might even come across her shop at Olbia airport plus they do have a boutique on the grounds of the hotel which sells her work.

Their main swimming pool has an elegant curved shape and extends into the distance of the gulf. And whilst their massage area is limited in terms of space, they do offer exciting treatments such as Armonia massage which includes anti-ageing treatment as well as a massage using myrtle, a famous local herb.

Eating is reputedly treated like an Olympic sport in Sardinia so it was no surprise to see the hotel running an exquisite local-produce focused restaurant in the form of Miraluna as well as 2 off-site restaurants. Seafood is a key part of the Villa del Golfo experience and that offer a raw bar where I sampled some of the freshest prawns and langoustines I had encountered on the island. Vegetarians are also well catered for here with dishes like whole wheat vegetable spaghetti as well as vegetable tempura on offer.

Their off-site options include Cutter Lounge and restaurant which is by Cannigione beach and offers more relaxed dining including mouthwatering pizzas, homemade desserts and an abundance of Gallura wines. Whilst those looking for a more traditional affair can head to La Colti Farmhouse, where you can salivate over dishes like crispy suckling pig and lemon ricotta ravioli. In fact, they offer a fun and informative pasta-making masterclass in the daytime, if you want to learn how to make your very own ravioli or fregula.

You can also walk around the farm to see all their vegetable and herb fields which are used in the preparation of their food at La Colti. They even have their own brand of extra virgin olive oil, Cascioni.

In an age filled with corporate monoliths, it is extremely refreshing to come across a family-owned venture like Villa del Golfo and the charming staff who work there will guarantee you will have an unforgettable stay.

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