Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Costa Smeralda – heaven on earth? Harpendia magazine in association with Just Sardinia

We all make choices on what a holiday can offer - for us it is peace and sunshine, small hotels set in green gardens and close to the beach. The Costa Smeralda seemed the ideal choice.

All the boxes were ticked - even the drive up to the hotel was lovely - enormous sculpture like rocks framed each side of the manicured lawns, and then we arrived at .......... a low rise hotel -TheHotel Pulicinu (which seems to be the style in most of Sardinia).  Our room had a small balcony overlooking the two pools - twin beds and small shower room, there was even a bottle of wine waiting for us.  The possibilities of a week’s relaxation gave us energy to unpack and try out the pool area. The views over two bays where magnificent with mountains in the background - picture postcard!!!!

We ate by candlelight every night on the terrace, the sunsets being the icing on the cake to end our days.  Sardinian bread, as thin as paper, is delicious but we had to restrict ourselves to enjoy the four courses that followed. Local fish was always cooked in an authentic Sardinian style and the sommelier was happy to encourage us try a local wine with our choice of dish.  The lounge area had many types of seating (and the usual TV mostly tuned into football), there were lots of quiet areas where you could have a drink, read or just rest. Breakfasts again where excellent with a vast array of anything you could wish for - and if it wasn’t there they could get it for you.

There were many positives. Visiting the beautiful beach at BajaSardinia was one - reached by the shuttle bus from the hotel - our first glimpse at the bluest sea we had ever seen was breathtaking and the short walk to the beach took us past many lovely shops and bars. We found a lovely private beach area where we hired beds and parasols daily. At lunch time we ambled to what was to become “our favourite bar” The Baracuda.  Fabulous food, friendly staff and great views. The shuttle bus will collect you at your chosen time, and by 6pm we where ready for an iced lemon before the short ride back to the hotel.  There are many opportunities to join day long boat trips which take you around the headland and various islands - some with pink sand. The Costa Smeralda conjures up an area full of film stars - pricey restaurants - but ........ that was not the case (if we’d gone 20 minutes around the headland then we would have arrived with the beautiful people) - we had our own beautiful people - and enjoyed the week of our lives. Sadly all holiday have to end but our wait in one of the loveliest airports (Olbia) helped ease us back to the flight home. The Costa Smeralda in Sardinia is beautiful ..... you will not be disappointed.

Holiday booked with Just Sardinia www.justsardinia.co.uk 01202 484858
 http://issuu.com/exxy/docs/summer_master_2013__best  June 2013 (page 9) by Sue Taylor

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