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 stayed at Hotel Don Diego for 5 nights. The room overlooked the Tyrrenhian sea, with a roof-top sun terrace. The food was outstanding. In particular, the staff went to great lengths to look after the gluten free dishes for one of the party.
Wonderful romantic hotel with great beach with clearest water I have seen in my whole life. Very friendly staff who were always ready to help.Rooms were spacious and clean with wonderful view of the ocean.Would ask for two improvements. One have a double bed instead of two single beds. Hard to sleep on. Two need much better WiFi as it was almost not usable.
This is an wonderful hotel located on a beautiful private beach. The hotel and restaurant staff are incredibly friendly, accommodating, and helpful. We had breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the property and all were absolutely delicious. The views /sunset & rise from our room were stunning! This really is an amazing place to come and get away from all the stress in life and just relax. Highly recommend!
The location is excellent, as the hotel is set on a rocky, still lush little promontory, so that three of its sides face the sea and it is immersed in a luxuriant mediterranean landscape, made of Strawberry trees, Myrtles, Olive trees, Japanese pittosporums, Mastic trees, but also Yellow sage, Jasmines, Lavender and Roses of Sharon.
The main building houses the reception and the restaurant, a few smaller buildings house the rooms.
We had a family room with included a spacious, beautifully decorated double bedroom, a bathroom, a corridor with three very spacious cupboards and a living room with a fireplace and two sofa beds opening onto a private east-facing portico with a most enchanting view onto a small cove.
The restaurant is housed in a big veranda made out of dark wood and glass with 180-degree stunning views onto the sea and the islands of Tavolara and Molara.
Very good food.
Friendly and at the same impeccable service.
Very pleasant atmosphere.
We shall definitely return.
Amazing place and stuff. Everything was perfect! The park area around the hotel is beautiful and has a true retreat atmosphere. Perfect getaway from urban hustle. Oasis for a relaxing Holidays! Grazie mille!