“Cute hotel 50 paces from the village beach with fantastic food and local boats to whiz you up to the wonders of the Golfo di Orosei”
Rooms are spread over the 1st and 2nd floors with a lift to whisk you up. Superiors have French windows that open onto tiny balconies, giving views past the church to the village. All come in a similar style: traditional wood ceilings, whitewashed walls, pretty art, terracotta-tiled floors and comfy beds dressed in crisp white linen. Some have exposed stone walls, all have a splash of colour, while good bathrooms come with excellent power showers. You find shuttered windows, beach towels, flat-screen TVs and air conditioning, too. Although not huge, we liked ours a lot and they’ll do you fine for 3 or 4 days; bear in mind, you’ll spend most of your time down on the beach, out on the terrace or exploring the hills.
If you’re here for a week - and why not, it’ll rush by in a flash - then you may want a little more space. Step forward the Junior Suites, which run the full depth of the house and are unmistakably spacious, though neither has a sofa. However, both have four-posters and double-aspect windows, and bathrooms at the back have corner baths as well as showers. For the same price, there are also a couple of Deluxe Terraces at the back on the 1st floor, which both have wicker sofas and armchairs on large shaded terraces. They’re rather peaceful, too, but they don’t have the view.
You eat in one of 3 places - out on the terrace, in the vaulted dining room or in the inside/outside dining room, which is completely open to the elements at one end, but other than that has a ceiling and 3 walls.
Breakfast is a help-yourself affair, but it’s delicious, too, and you may well find yourself drifting back for a second dip. For the first and only time on our trip we found freshly squeezed orange juice. Well, actually, what we found was a bowl of oranges by an extremely efficient squeezer, but that was fine by us and quite fun, too. On top of that, there was lovely bread, croissants and pains au chocolat, bowls of fruit, plates of cheese and ham, even cakes and pastries. In short, an exceptional breakfast and you wash it down with strong coffee or a selection of teas.
Lunch isn’t served - you’ll probably be cruising the Golfo di Orosei or down at the café on the beach. However, dinner is a remarkable feast. The food here is extraordinary - impeccably sourced and full of flavour, proper Italian country food (not a pizza in sight!). We started with flawless Sardinian ravioli stuffed with fresh cheese, moved on to one of the best pieces of beef we’ve ever eaten (and which cost half the price it would in the UK), and polished things off nicely with an espresso Tiramisu. This was the best meal we ate in Sardinia by a country mile.
If you want to eat out, try Tanaku for a good pizza or Lungo Mare for fish. Both are in the village, but it’s highly unlikely either will come close to the food here. However, there are a couple of agriturismo restaurants out of town that are worth visiting. Franca’s - she’s your host and cook - is a farmhouse where you eat communally around the same table with Franca’s children pottering about. Her husband farms and you eat his fare, impossibly fresh and apparently extremely good. Also, drive up to Golgo, the mountain behind you, and find Il Rifugio, a community project where they cook every night. We doubt the food is particularly refined - suckling pig, local fish, grilled meat - but the landscape is wild up here and it no doubt makes for an entertaining evening.
Children are welcome, though there is not that much for them to do here. Under 2s stay free with a baby cot provided. Children aged 3-6 receive a 50% discount when staying in an extra bed in their parents' room; from 7-12 it's a 30% discount. Over 12s get a 20% discount.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Junior Suites and Deluxe Terraces can take extra beds; smaller rooms can fit a baby cot only
Available with advance notice.