The thalassotherapy spa, with its state-of-the-art technologies
Hotel Castello is located just a short walk from the sea
What To Know
The resort is huge; if you’re after a boutique getaway, this may not be your place?
It’s fairly rural; if you want to get out and about it would be easiest with a car?
The resort is very child-friendly
Parking on site
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A romantic hideaway in southern Sardinia within the sprawling luxury resort Forte Village
Set on more than 100 acres in sun-drenched southern Sardinia, Forte Village is a sprawling resort that caters to your every whim and fancy — although, if you’re after a little privacy, Hotel Castello, within its own grounds, could be just your place. Tucked away in a corner of the resort and just a short walk from the sea, it’s a perfect haven. In keeping with traditional Sardinian style, the guestrooms are simply but beautifully furnished, from the cool flagstone floors to the local tapestries above the beds. Guests at Hotel Castello get exclusive use of the heated freshwater swimming pool and can have a post-swim refresher at the candlelit Cavalieri restaurant on the second floor or the chic Bandiere bar and lounge.
Bed & Bath
First things first: The views are utterly spoiling. Pick between vistas of the Mediterranean Sea or the lush pine forests from one of the panoramic terraces. Each of the 13 spacious guestrooms and suites is individually decorated in calming neutral colors; think cream or white sofas, light yellow walls and pale wood furnishings. Deluxe Patio Rooms have enormous wrought iron four-poster beds with canopies and their own private patios, while Executive Deluxe, Mare Rooms and Junior Suites on the fourth or fifth floors get use of their own reception desk and personal service. The bathrooms are comparably roomy, and some come complete with their own whirlpool tubs and chromotherapy showers.
Eating? Shopping? Drinking? Entertainment? Don’t worry, Forte Village has it covered, and then some. In fact, the choice is a little overwhelming. Three-Michelin-starred chefs are among the army of kitchen staffers who produce some seriously gourmet cuisine in the eight restaurants classified under fine dining (including a signature restaurant by Gordon Ramsay) and the 12 restaurants that fall under world dining. Pick from the tucked-away seafront Caviar Bar, Rocco Iannone’s Forte Gourmet, the wine-centric Cantina del Forte and the classic Italian Pizzeria. You can even sign up for the Forte Gourmet Cookery School to recreate the various masterpieces at home. Entertaining comes in the form of light shows, DJs and live music, or the more relaxed candlelit dinners and cocktails in the Piano Pianissimo Lounge Bar. To flex the plastic a little bit further, there’s the temptation of Piazza Maria Luigia, which stocks more than 80 designer brands, from Lanvin to Balmain to Valentino. If you’re exhausted by the options, check out the thalassotherapy choices at the spa. The natural methods combine climatic and marine elements and are housed in seawater pools. There’s also an enormous Turkish bath, a sauna and a lengthy treatment list. Sports lovers can try the soccer, golf, tennis, cricket, biking, swimming, basketball and rugby academies, or check out the water sports center.
In the Area
It’s unlikely you’ll want to leave Forte Village, but if you have a car and are ready to explore, you can get out and discover the rolling Sardinian countryside and the hidden beaches on your doorstep. Follow the SS195 toward Chia and try Baia Chia or the teeny island of Su Giudeu. History buffs should head for Pula, which is filled with ancient ruins, such as the Nora archaeological site, where the remains of the theater are still used for concerts in the warmer months.