Hotel Don Diego
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast
- Located in a secluded cove with direct access to a private beach
- Stunning views of the islands of Tavolara and Molara
What To Know
- Great for families and active types; the sea is shallow and warm here, and there are tennis courts and a fitness center on-site
- Free WiFi and parking
- Only some of the villa-style rooms offer sea views
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a secluded cove on the northeast coast of Sardinia, overlooking the islands of Tavolara and Molara, Hotel Don Diego is a sprawling maze of terraced villa-style rooms, purple bougainvillea and winding stone walkways. Typically Sardinian in style, the hotel has pale stone walls and pastel interiors that contrast with the verdant green of the surrounding Mediterranean gardens. Relax in the freeform saltwater outdoor pool or make use of the private beach area; the shallow, warm swimming waters make this a great place for families. The guestrooms are simple and classic; some feature rock-hewn walls, others wood beam ceilings and traditional Italian arched fireplaces. The modern bathrooms are equipped with walk-in showers. You can sample Sardinian delicacies at the restaurant (the à la carte lunch menu features local seafood, cheeses and sharing plates) or sip a glass of Italian wine at the bar. There are tennis courts and a petite fitness center, and the hotel can arrange snorkeling, kayaking and cycling trips.
In the Area
The hotel is located on the Costa Smeralda, home to some of Italy’s (and Europe’s) best beaches, coves and resorts. One of the best places to catch some rays (it constantly tops travelers polls) is Cala Mariolu, a few hours to the south. Here you’ll find calm turquoise waters and a soft sand beach. Closer to the hotel is Porto Istana, which is great for families and has good snorkeling and water sports on offer. For a spot of Sardinian culture, head to Olbia, a city eight miles north of hotel, where you’ll find ancient churches, including the Basilica di San Simplicio, weekly markets and boutique shops. For an authentic food experience head to the family-owned farmhouse restaurant La Rocca Olbia, where you can dine alfresco on local, seasonal dishes.
How to Get There
We had a wonderful stay! The room was great and always cleaned properly. Breakfast was amazing and staff was always really friendly and helpful. They arranged a transport for us from the airport to the hotel and back which worked out without any circumstances. The reception team was always helpful before and during our stay. The service was great in every way. We would really like to come back again and spend another amazing vacation.
This is a small hotel situated right on the beautiful coast. The sea was the clearest sea I think I’ve ever seen! Stunning!
The position of the hotel is its selling point.
Hotel itself clean and comfortable, staff helpful, food fine. Found it unusual that with the stunning position it has with views over the sea and islands that there was no one having evening drinks nor eating dinner in the restaurant while we were there.
Free paddle boards and kayaks were a bonus, as were reserved sunloungers for guests. We also hired a boat from the hotel to explore the beautiful coastline.
This was our last stop in Sardinia while on our Honeymoon, having travelled quite extensively around the east/ north east of the island for 2 weeks. The hotel itself was very beautiful, the central building was where all the facilities were, and had exceptional views of the bay.
Our room was really nice, massive bathroom, little terrace, and an amazing sea view. The staff treated us to a complimentary bottle of Prosecco on arrival as we'd said it was our Honeymoon, which was a lovely gesture. The pool was really nice, and the beach was good, although not really a private beach as stated. The sun bed situation on the beach was a bit strange too - the majority (especially at the front) are reserved - but on our stay, they were hardly ever occupied. The water at the beach wasn't quite as crystal as on other beaches, and there was quite a bit of rubbish that was washing up on the shore, but I know that can't always be helped with the currents.
As my review title says, I couldn't imagine spending more than two nights there - in large part due to the food, which to me was the poorest we had (and definitely some of the most expensive). The evening restaurant wasn't bad, but not on par with other places we ate at up and down the coast. We were also told just before 10pm that there was no more of one of the desserts - which for a hotel, I think is pretty poor given we didn't exactly have dinner late.
The pool side bar/ restaurant is to me, what lets this hotel down the most - the menu is limited and very basic - salads, sandwiches, hamburgers. And they aren't even done well. It just seems a massive shame when there's such amazing produce and ingredients literally at your doorstep to serve a menu that is so generic that it could be anywhere in the world.
My biggest recommendation to anyone staying here is to go to the local Pizzeria, Lu Stangu at the end of the hotel drive (about 10-12 minutes walk from the main building of the hotel) - it was honestly the best Pizza we ate in Sardinia, and a meal for two with wine and dessert cost under 40 euros!
I think if you just stayed here and seldom left the hotel, you'd really be missing out on what Sardinia has to offer. There's no doubt you would be in a beautiful bubble - but it would be a muted experience of Sardinia as a whole.