“A small hotel, once a farm, wrapped in beautiful countryside with amazing views, delicious Sardinian food, plus 2 private villas”
Potter about and find a cool main pool, a tasty restaurant and lovely staff. Rooms are scattered about: big Suites with shaded terraces in the old stables; Junior Suites at the top of the hill with their own swimming pool; a couple of self-catering villas for 6-7 in old stone barns, one with a private pool - ideal for families. All of which gives you reason to linger, but you’re nicely positioned to explore the coast from Olbia to Santa Teresa, so explore by day, then return for a spectacular meal: fresh seafood, homemade pasta, delicious local meat.
- The estate, a beautiful country retreat, yet close to the coast
- The Suites, big and airy with shaded terraces and good bathrooms
- The main pool, a lovely spot to spend a day doing nothing at all, except take in stunning views and order a cocktail
- The restaurant and its romantic terrace for superb food served by friendly staff
- Gorgeous beaches and aquamarine seas nearby: Santa Teresa, the Maddalena Archipelago and Costa Smeralda all await
- It’s more agriturismo than slick hotel, some might find the rustic style a little simple
- If you want to eat out and explore the area, you’ll need a car
- Prices are high in mid/high season, but so are most places on the Costa Smeralda
- Villa guests will need to pay a refundable security deposit on arrival, and will have a cleaning charge added to their final bill
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel + Villas
- 11 rooms + 2 villas for 6-7
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
We loved the airy Suites, which have pretty terraces with fabulous views, and sleep 2-4 with a sofabed. The smaller Classic Rooms have sofas at the end of their beds, then doors onto a patio. Two people would be very happy in these, and you’ll save a few euros into the bargain.
The Junior Suites, each with one bed and a sofa, are located in a renovated old farm building, up a small hill, away from the main house. There’s a smaller, second swimming pool up here too, and wonderful views. For something a little bigger, the Superior Suite can sleep up to 4. It has 2 bedrooms, a walk-in dressing room and a terrace.
If you want to self-cater there are 2 villas, set in beautifully renovated old stone farm buildings. Each sleeps 6-7, making them a perfect option for families. They have proper kitchens and separate dining rooms, sitting rooms with open fires, shuttered windows and stone walls. Hay barn Lo Stazzo, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, is bigger with a private swimming pool and a terrace for alfresco dinners. Il Pagliaio, by the main pool, has 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Breakfast in the courtyard is excellent, with a buffet of local cheeses, charcuterie, fresh fruit, homemade cakes and bread, and scrambled eggs. Lunches are light, and are available on request. Choose from a selection of salads, sandwiches or pasta. For your sundowner beverages, head to the raised cocktail cabana with its thatched roof, and ask Aldo, who trained in Brazil, to make you his signature Caipirinha.
Dinner (pre-booking recommended) is eaten inside at clothed tables or under the stars on the candle-lit terrace. The food is all local: antipasti of buffalo mozzarella, tuna tartare, then lobster linguine, grilled sword fish with aubergine or rack of lamb. Local Sardinian wine is impressive; we can vouch for the Gallura Vermentino. On Sunday’s there’s a Sardinian Tasting Menu featuring local specialities, such as ricotta mousse, ravioli with sage butter and suckling pig.
If you want to eat out, you’ll find good restaurants a drive away (book ahead in high season). Try Agriturismo La Kustera. It’s up in the hills (1.5km away) and serves lots of small, tasty dishes made with homegrown produce.
Guests staying in the self-catering villas can pay a supplement for breakfast, and are of course welcome in the restaurant for dinner. The villas are well-equipped for rustling up meals, with full kitchens (hobs, ovens, barbecues). Arzachena has grocery shops, full of local produce (3.4km).
- Children's meals
- Coffee maker
- Lunch by arrangement
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Hang out at the estate: snooze on sunbeds by the pools, and enjoy peaceful walks
- Have a treatment in the tranquil massage gazebo or work out in the hotel's fitness hut with mountain views
- Head to the Costa Smeralda for its fabulous beaches, cute towns and marinas stuffed with expensive boats. Don’t miss the beach at Bája Sardinia
- Explore the Maddalena Archipelago, a group of tiny islands above Palau. You can swim from deserted beaches and see Garibaldi’s house on Isola Caprera
- Visit the long, sandy beach at Santa Teresa, and gaze over the water to Corsica. Ferries will zip you across to explore Bonifacio
- Take a luxurious private boat trip, with lunch, drinks and lots of deep water swimming included
- Head into the hills above the coast at San Pantaleo for the Thursday market
- See some fascinating archaeological sites close by: the Giant’s Tomb at Li Lolghi, the Necropolis at Li Muri and La Prisgiona
- In the first week of September, head 8km south to Sant’Antonio for the feast days of 3 saints; their statues are paraded through streets on smartly dressed oxen
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Archaeological sites
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Children are welcome and will love the pools and freedom of the spacious grounds.
Family friendly accommodation:
Junior Suites have space for a rollaway bed or baby cot. The Superior Suite can sleep 2 children on the sofabeds in the living room. The larger Suites sleep 2 children on sofabeds and have space for a baby cot, too. Junior Suites 14 & 15 look straight onto the second, more secluded pool, making them a good option for families. For longer stays the self-catering villas offer more room - both sleep 6-7 and have space for a rollaway bed and baby cot. Lo Stazzo has its own pool, too.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kid-friendly meals can be whipped up on request
Families Should Know:
The swimming pools are not securely fenced and children will require supervision
- Airport: 30 minutes (Olbia)
Stazzo Lu Ciaccura is a rural hotel, 3.4km from the small town of Arzachena in the northeast of Sardinia. It's half an hour from Olbia, 2 hours from Alghero and 3.5 hours from Cagliari.
Fly into Olbia from April to late September (23km), or Alghero and Cagliari all year round (though the hotel is closed mid-October to mid-April).
From the Airport
The hotel does not offer transfers and you'll need a car while you're here, so best to hire one. Click here to see our recommendations. You can park for free at the hotel.
There are sailings from mainland Italy (Genoa, Livorno, Piombino) and from Corsica to northern Sardinia (Olbia, Golfo Aranci, Santa Teresa Gallura); and from further afield (including Marseille, Barcelona) to other Sardinian ports.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.
- Olbia 23.0 km OLB
- Alghero 130.0 km AHO
- Beach 10.0 km
- Shops 3.4 km
- Restaurant 1.5 km