“Small, elegant hotel hidden away in the hills, with big views, a shimmering pool and lovely beaches waiting below”
All the rooms are lovely. Some are bigger than others and a couple don’t have sea views, but the same chic style runs throughout and all have shaded terraces where you can escape the midday sun. They are scattered about the manicured grounds in sculpted buildings of golden stone that hold one or 2 rooms. Smart paths weave past beautiful rocks and deliver you to your front door. Suites and Junior Suites tend to be more private, while the terraces of Standards and Deluxe Double Rooms might overlook the path or even the pool, though all have a great sense of peace.
Interiors have stylish earthy colours. You find crisp linen on smart kingsize/twin beds (several have four-posters), terracotta-tiled floors, beautiful showers or a bath to soak in. There are flat-screen TVs and minibars, perhaps a contemporary chaise longue or a beamed roof. Best of all are the terraces, especially the bigger ones in the Junior Suites - alfresco sitting rooms where you can while away the afternoon with a good book or a snooze. As for the 2 Suites, they may cost a bomb, but they come fully loaded with living rooms, private plunge pools, enormous views, cushioned sunbeds and fabulous walk-in showers plus tubs. All rooms have bathrobes, Etro toiletries and air conditioning.
When the weather is good you eat on the terrace. Otherwise, you eat in the rustic-chic dining room, with walls of glass to frame the view.
Breakfast is the usual continental feast: jugs of juice, croissants and pains au chocolat, homemade cakes, plates of cheese and ham, bowls of just-sliced fruit. Hot options are available on request. It’s served from 7.30am-10.30am so there’s no rush in the mornings.
Snacks are available in the bar overlooking the swimming pool - salads, sandwiches, perhaps a slice of pizza. You can eat light lunches here, too - Parma ham and melon, a plate of pasta, fresh fish or spicy chicken. We had a delicious bowl of homemade fettuccelle with aubergine, tomato and ricotta sauce washed down with a glass of red wine.
Dinner is the big event and you’ll want to eat here at least once. The food is all local with fish and seafood straight from the sea, perhaps pasta with a langoustine sauce to start, then fresh lobster or steam-cooked sea bass to follow. Meat from the hills is just as good - local lamb chops or roast suckling pig. As for puddings, try strawberry millefeuille, bitter chocolate tart or rosemary-scented apple with lemon cream.
If you want to eat out we'd recommend Ichnos in San Pantaleo (3km down the track) for an excellent pizza. Alternatively, rub shoulders with the jetset at Love or The Belvedere in Porto Cervo (about a 25-minute drive); both are extremely popular in high season.
This is not a great hotel for children, a quiet spot up in the hills with many guests who come for the peace. However, babies under 2 and children over 12 are welcome. You'll need to bring a baby cot but extra beds are available and can be put in the Junior Suites and Suites.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available