Near Olbia, Sardinia
It’s rather like joining the gods on Mount Olympus. You climb
up the hill, pass your test of courage (the track that leads up to
the hotel), then find yourself lounging about in the lap of luxury,
with staff on-hand to carry bags, delicious food
waiting in the restaurant, a gorgeous pool encircled by sunbeds,
even a small spa in case you need a massage. There’s the
view, too, a 20-mile sweep over land and sea to Corsica.
It’ll stop you in your tracks as you potter down to your room
and you might just spot the odd mortal scurrying about below.
Petra Segreta is the work of Luigi Bergeretto and his wife Rossella, he a famous cook from Rome, she an architect whose gorgeous design is everywhere. When they bought their 5 silent hectares, the hill was strewn with boulders. The biggest, most beautiful stones survived, but the others have made way for manicured lawns and 24 lovely rooms, which are dotted about the hill, bringing beauty and comfort in spades. All have shaded terraces, some with sea views, while 21st-century rustic charm runs throughout; gorgeous bathrooms come as standard, and the 2 Suites have private plunge pools. Beaches galore are close by (10km), but the island's interior is worth a visit, too. A popular spot with honeymooners.
Reviewed by Tom Bell
- The beautiful grounds with their fabulous views and sparkling pool
- The warm design and cool rustic chic that flows throughout
- The privacy and peace - this is a very romantic spot
- The beaches of the Costa Smeralda, the stuff of glossy magazines
- The staff, who speak lots of languages, and who go the extra mile
- There’s not much nightlife up in the hills and it’s a bit of a slog if you want to eat down on the coast
- Prices soar in July and August, but the sun is hot from April to mid-October, so come when rates are low
- No kids aged 2-11 allowed
- We've heard mixed feedback on service but we found it excellent when we stayed
- Little extras - eg fresh OJ or boiled eggs at breakfast - cost a lot
A hamlet of tiny stone outhouses, centring around a pool, with the spa as linchpin...The Independent