“Stylish B&B close to the coast with a shimmering pool, big country views and lovely rooms with shaded terraces”
There are 5 lovely Junior Suites, all with big shaded terraces where you find a couple of cushioned wicker armchairs and a small sofa. Three are at the front, 2 at the back; those at the front have slightly better views, those at the back are probably quieter at night, though all are pretty peaceful.
Chic interiors are just the ticket - simple, stylish, spotless. You get whitewashed walls, white linen on smart beds (queensize or twin), perhaps a small table and chairs. We had the smallest room, which isn’t small at all, and loved it: pretty seascapes on the walls, smart fabrics, sandstone tiles, a tiny padded bench at the end of the bed. All rooms have shuttered windows with mosquito screens, so you can sleep with the windows open, but your privacy assured. Bathrooms are lovely, shining white, with power showers, big mirrors, deep sinks and lots of space to stash your stuff. No toiletries or robes though, so you'll need to bring your own.
Breakfast is served from 8.30-10.30am. You either eat on the pool terrace or in Ivania’s cool rustic dining room, where glass walls frame the view. It’s a help-yourself affair. You’ll find fruit salad, toast and focaccia, plates of ham, cheese and salami, those cakes Italians love so much, then jugs of juice. There are eggs if you want some, and fresh tea and coffee.
Chef Luciana cooks dinner on request for 2+ people; perhaps Sardinian gnocchi or a plate of ham and mozzarella to start, pollo alla Milanese or grilled beef to follow, then tiramisu or a good fruit salad. Wine is included.
Out and about you’ll find countless restaurants to choose from, though in high season (mid-July and August), you need to book at least a day ahead. Ivania recommends the seafront Blu and Gente di Mare in Golfo Aranci, or Lu Stazzu in Porto Rotondo (3km) for much-vaunted suckling pig.
All ages are welcome but children over 8 are preferred as the swimming pool is not securely fenced and kids will require supervision. Please note that the hotel is primarily aimed at couples and honeymooners come here often so more than one family at a time is not encouraged.
Cots are available and can fit in all rooms (free), as can an extra bed (small cost). You can use the kitchen to prepare food and bottles for babies. Remember, 3 dogs live here, too.
Children (4-12 years)
Any; all rooms are big.