Monday, 21 January 2019

If you can’t afford a trip to Tahiti, make Sardinia your next holiday!

By Hayley Lewis for,

I’m a big fan of the beach. Let’s face it, who isn’t? I dream of the kind with crystal clear water, white sand and ideally, a cocktail bar. I’ve spent many an hour lusting over pictures of Tahiti on Instagram, but sadly have been unable to afford a trip to the tropical paradise. However, less than a three hour flight from the UK, there are beaches just like those of Tahiti, and a holiday here costs a fraction of the price tag. I’m talking about Sardinia. Sardinia is known for having the best beaches in Italy, and it really does live up to its reputation. Whether you visit the north, south, east or west of the island, you can find tropical looking beaches. One beach is even nicknamed ‘Little Tahiti’.

It’s a bigger island than you might expect, so if you want to see more than one place, it’s best to hire a car. We landed in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, picked up a rental car and headed south. We aimed to do a loop of the island, exploring the best beaches and enjoying all that Sardinia has to offer. First on the itinerary was the small town of Sant’Antioco, located on an island of the same name (Isola di Sant’Antioco). Just like Tahiti, Sardinia has a number of small islands, and it is here that some of the best beaches can be found. A special feature of Isola di Sant’Antioco is easily noticeable as you drive over the mile-long causeway that connects the island to the mainland: flamingos. Hundreds of pink flamingos nest in the pond of Santa Caterina, so make sure you stop for a look at these tropical birds. Certainly not what I was expecting to see on an Italian island!

After exploring a few of the island’s beaches we headed north, on the incredibly scenic drive to Capo Mannu. This is Sardinia’s version of Teahupoʻo, Tahiti’s famous surf break. Capo Mannu offers some of Italy’s best surfing and is a popular destination for surfers from all over Europe. There is a surf school here so you can take a lesson, or for the pros, you can hire a board.

A big part of Tahitian cuisine is fish, and this is also true of Sardinia. Our next stop was the fishing town of Bosa. As well as fish aplenty, this town has two other special features; an impressive castle on a hill and lovely multicoloured houses. We spent an afternoon wandering the cobbled streets and admiring the attractive palazzos, before moving onto our hotel for the night, in nearby Tresnuraghes. The name Tresnuraghes means three nuraghes. I had no idea what a nuraghe was before arriving here, but soon found that Sardinia is full of them. These fortress-like structures were built during the bronze age and are unlike any other ruins found across the globe. As you might have guessed, Tresnuraghes had three such structures of which only a trace of one remains. It is a charming little town and we spent a lovely evening at Maison Tresnuraghes, two old houses that have been restored into a hotel around a large garden, with beautiful views of the coast from the roof terrace.

One of the most popular towns in Sardinia is Alghero, in the north east of the island. Here you will find paella as well as pasta, as the town has a heavy Catalan influence, in fact Catalan is the co-official language. This stems from the middle ages, when Catalans conquered Alghero, and Sardinia was part of the Crown of Aragon. Many of the town’s residents have Catalan ancestors. It’s no secret that hotels in Tahiti are pretty pricey, so in comparison, staying at a luxury hotel in Sardinia seems relatively cheap. We treated ourselves to a few nights at the fabulous Villa Las Tronas – a hotel fit for royalty – in fact, it was once the residence of the Italian royal family.

Now it was really time to explore those beaches! We headed to the east coast and travelled our way south, beach-by-beach. First stop was Cala Suaraccia. This is such a tropical looking beach, even though it was cloudy when we visited, the water was still a vibrant blue and the beach looks out over a small mountain immediately conjuring images of Bora Bora. Then it was on to previously mentioned ‘Little Tahiti’ otherwise known as Cala Bradinchi. A small sheltered bay in the north east of the island, I could immediately see where it had gained its nickname. This was followed by San Teodoro, which is set in front of a lagoon and also happens to be home to even more flamingos. After an incredible selection of beaches, we arrived at our hotel for the night. Cala Gonone is a destination in itself, but many people come here to explore the Gulf of Orosei and the gorgeous Cala Goloritze. This beach is famed for its cliff backdrop, clear waters and rugged beauty. It is actually quite challenging to reach Cala Goloritze and there are two options if you wish to visit. The first is a 90-minute hike through the mountains and then down some stairs to the beach, the second is by taking a boat trip from Cala Gonone and swimming to shore. We opted for the latter. Prima Sardegna offers daily boat trips along the coast and we hopped aboard ready to explore this picturesque stretch of coastline. It didn’t disappoint, the water here is a bright aquamarine and incredibly clear. We stopped off at a number of different beaches for a quick swim and a bit of relaxation, before moving onto the next beach. Before returning to Cala Gonone we stopped at the Bue Marino Grotto, one of the many caves along this coastline. For a small entrance fee, a guide will take you around 1km inside the cave, through different ‘rooms’ containing striking stalactites and stalagmites. Our final destination was Cala Sinzias. Wow. We really did save the best for last. This beach was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Endless white sand, lined with eucalyptus trees, with only a handful of people and the most incredible turquoise water. It was like a swimming pool. I just couldn’t believe that this was in Europe and not the South Pacific or the Caribbean. At the entrance is a beach club, so you can enjoy a cocktail while relaxing on a sun lounger in this stunning paradise. Cala Sinzias along with many other beaches confirmed for me that Sardinia is the perfect alternative holiday for those wanting to visit Tahiti. Plus there is the added benefit of pizza!

Other beaches to explore in Sardinia: 
Cala Domestica: Located on the south-west coast, Cala Domestica is long, narrow beach surrounded by white limestone cliffs and wild sand dunes. Popular with scuba divers.

La Maddalena: An island in an archipelago of the same name in the north east of Sardinia, full of scenic coves and beaches with jewel-like waters.

La Pelosa: Considered one of the best beaches in Europe, La Pelosa has fine white sand and shallow clear water. The beach is located in the small town of Stintino in the north east of Sardinia.

3 nights bed and breakfast at Maison Tresnuraghes with Just Sardinia starts from £263.50, based on 2 adults sharing a Standard room. 

For more accommodation visit or for personal recommendations call Just Sardinia 01202 484858

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Request our 2019 Brochure!

Our new and updated 2019 Holiday Collection will be hot off the press next week!

Click here to order your copy of our 2019 Brochure, packed full of inspiration for your next holiday.

If you have already called to request the 2019 brochure or pre-ordered it online since the 1st September 2018, then you are already registered and will receive the 2019 Holiday Collection in the post shortly.

For more information about Just Sardinia holidays, please call our Reservations Team 01202 484858 or visit 

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Just Sardinia Reintroduce Hotel Arathena in San Pantaleo

Just Sardinia 01202 484858 are delighted to reintroduce Hotel Arathena in San Pantaleo to their 2019 Holiday Collection.

Situated inland from the Costa Smeralda in the artisan village of San Pantaleo in north east Sardinia, the charming Hotel Arathena, overlooks the village as well as the surrounding dramatic landscape.

This hotel has a fabulous position on the hillside in San Pantaleo. The hotel itself is small and charming and provides a relaxing base for those wishing to relaxing by the pool or on the beach yet see more of the stunning local area and enjoy the local artisan village of San Pantaleo, just 300m walk away, with a good selection of café bars, restaurants and fantastic weekly antiques market.

Prices from £438per person per week - Call Just Sardinia 01202 484858 or for more information and to book online visit

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Biggest Savings for 2019 with Just Sardinia

Just Sardinia have a HUGE amount of 2019 Early Booking Offers with amazing savings of up to 30% plus Free Nights, Full Board Upgrades and Free Child Places!

Sardinia is an ideal Mediterranean holiday destination, just a short 2 hour flight from the UK, its beautiful beaches with Caribbean-blue sea and great range of accommodation will suit couples and families alike.

Forte Village Hotel Bourganville
15% Discount + 2 Children (2-12yrs) GO FREE! (Excludes 28th July - 17th August)

Resort Cala di Falco
15% Discount + 5% Discount if staying 14 nights or more!

Club Hotel Baia Sardinia
15% Discount, 7 nights for the price of 6 on selected dates + FREE upgrade to Full Board for Repeat Guests!

Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort
15% Discount!

Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu
20-25% Discount for stays of 3 nights or more! (excluding 2nd-18th August)

Park Hotel & Spa Cala di Lepre
15% Discount + 5% Discount if staying 14 nights or more!

Chia Resort
25% Discount, 7 nights for the price of 6 or 10 nights for the price of 9 on selected dates!  Further 5% Discount for Repeat Guests!

Hotel Capo d'Orso Thalasso & Spa
15% Discount + 5% Discount if staying 14 nights or more!

Grand Relais dei Nuraghi
20% Discount + 7 nights for the price of 6 on selected dates!

Voi Tanka Resort
20% Discount!

Book online  or call us on 01202 484858 for personal recommendations to guide you to your perfect holiday!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Forte Village Sardinia - October Special Offers

The world renowned Forte Village stands in a unique 47 hectare tropical park-like setting on the beautiful south coast of Sardinia, 48km from Cagliari airport.

Completely refurbished, this resort and spa is 'a world of its own' with a wide choice of 4 and 5 star hotels, beachfront suites and villas, restaurants, pools, sports activities, children's clubs and entertainments, on a magnificent beach where you can be as active or relaxed as you wish to be...
October Special Offers
Book to travel between the 30th September and 2nd November (check out) and receive the following when staying 3 nights or more: 
2 Children 0-12 Stay Free when sharing with 2 full paying Adults
10% Discount off the Accommodation price
Complimentary Daily Spa Access for adults
Complimentary Bicycle Hire for the entire family for your whole stay
50% Discount on Certain Academies

Hotel Bouganville 4*
Situated in the centre of Forte Village, adjacent to the Oasis pool complex, Hotel Bourganville offers 133 traditionally built bungalows set in the shade of the tall palm trees and surrounded by Mediterranean gardens.

Hotel Le Palme 4*
Situated close to the beach and adjacent to the Oasis pool complex in Forte Village, Le Palme offers 103 traditionally built bungalows situated amongst palm trees and colourful gardens.

Hotel Il Borgo 4*
Set up on a slope overlooking the village, Hotel Il Borgo has 35 spacious and attractively decorated Deluxe Bungalows, ideal for smaller families or couples.

Hotel Pineta 5*
Situated in the centre of the resort, Pineta is set amongst the tall palm trees and comprises of 102 spacious double and triple rooms in 2 different styles.

Hotel Castello 5*
The obvious choice for those seeking a highly luxurious and sophisticated environment with 177 newly refurbished rooms in one of the most private corners of Forte Village.

Hotel Le Dune 5*
Ideally situated near the beach, mini club and sport area, Le Dune at Forte Village offers 39 luxury bungalows and 27 suites all with private patios and shared gardens.

Hotel Villa del Parco 5*
Villa del Parco is a small hotels situated near the Spa with just 43 Deluxe rooms located either in the main building or in the secluded gardens under the tall pine and palm trees.

Forte Village Suites 5*
Surrounded by a garden of lemon trees and aromatic herbs, the exlusive Cala del Forte, Beachcomber and Boat House Suites are set in a secluded corner of the resort right on the beachfront.

Forte Village Villas
The 8 Forte Village Villas provide an ideal place to enjoy a holiday in privacy with Sardinian style luxury and the benefit of the use of the many facilities of this world class resort.

Hockey Academy
Enjoy a family holiday of a lifetime at Forte Village this October half term with Elite Hockey Coaching from Team GB Olympic Hockey Stars!

Please call 01202 484858 for personal recommendations or book online at

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Just Sardinia NOW ON SALE FOR 2019!

Just Sardinia are delighted to announce that their 2019 Holiday Collection is now on sale for 2019!

Choose from a wide range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets throughout the island and take advantage of some great Early Booking Offers. Secure your first choice of accommodation and cheap flight prices by booking early!

Call us now 01202 484858 for personal recommendations and to guide you to your perfect holiday.

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Monday, 30 July 2018

Flash Sale for L'Ea Bianca Luxury Resort Sardinia!

L'Ea Bianca Luxury Resort is a small and elegant hotel situated close to Cala dei Ginepri just 5km from Baia Sardinia and 10km from Porto Cervo on the beautiful Costa Smeralda in north east Sardinia. Set in immaculate secluded gardens, L’Ea Bianca Luxury Resort enjoys panoramic sea views across the Gulf of Arzachena with Caprera Island beyond.

Flash Sale!
Book before the 8th August 2018 to travel between the 27th July and 25th August (check out) and receive a 20% Discount on the accommodation price - Saving up to £732 per person! (Saving based on 2 Sharing a Superior Room with Half Board.)
PLUS Free Private Return Transfers from Olbia Airport! (Worth £158!)

Contact Just Sardinia 01202 484858