Since I was a child, the Italian island of Sardinia has always been one of my most favorite destination for the Summer. Especially the Costa Smeralda where I stayed with my family for two long weeks that lasted in my heart like a glimpse of a second. Time through have changed, and with the arrival of globalization, certain places unfortunately are today lacking of their original core. Soon in my book, you will have the opportunity to find out more about Costa Smeralda at its peak during the seventies and eighties. But let's focus on the pleasant surprise while exploring a side of Sardinia I didn't quite know yet. Palau, and Santa Teresa di Gallura a region that for years was known for its authentic charm, crystalline sea waters and untouched natural landscape.
But in the Northern Sardinian coast and Gallura everything remained as genuine as I knew it thirty years ago thanks to a relatively new hospitality group in the region, the Delphina Hotels & Resorts. With a variety of destinations they group has luckily different options to offer to traveler. Gallura has a long-standing reputation for traditional Sardinian hospitality and, at Delphina, they have captured this spirit of the land and shared it across their resorts. Being a sea aficionado, I enjoyed mostly Delphina's dedication to Sardinian Thalassotherapy – the practice of using sea water as a form of therapy. With this natural resource at their fingertips, we were guaranteed during our whole stay a first class, veritable experience.
Their superb collection includes the Resort Valle Dell ‘Erica Thalasso & SPA a relaxing spa haven , the Hotel Marinedda Thalasso & SPA if you like to indulge in nature walks, boat excursions and horse riding. The Park Hotel & SPA Cala Di Lepre mostly for families focused on beach life , the Thalasso and Spa Centre at the Hotel Relax Torreruja Thalasso & SPA are all the perfect place to unwind.
I picked the Hotel Capo D'Orso, Thalasso & Spa in my opinion their most representative flagship nestled in a privileged and unrivalled location amidst a stunning natural environment where every care is taken to respect the surroundings and protect it for generations for holidaymakers to enjoy.
The delicious, fresh cuisine the core of any Sardinian holiday and it's wonderful Chefs took our tastebuds on a culinary adventure as they presented in person modern interpretations of the island’s traditional dishes as Sardinia offers visitors an array of gastronomic specialities from the ancient cooking traditions of the shepherds to the sea food specialities of the coast.
The set up is romantic and intimate, the staff pleasant and stylish, nature at its best, definitely, I truly recommend it like my Summer home.