Delphina Le Dune outdoor pool
Eden Village Colostrai outdoor pool
chia laguna resort suite
Hotel Le Dune parasols
When it comes to choosing a seaside location for a luxury family holiday, Sardinia tops the list in Italy, where locals refer of children as being “part of the heart.” It is the Mediterranean's second largest island and defined by sparkling clear turquoise water (every year beaches are awarded "Blue flag" prizes for cleanliness and safety,) warm temperatures, and mile-long, white sandy dunes. Most beaches are easy to reach and have excellent facilities with lifeguards so you can play a day away without worry, while the fabulous luxury hotels and resorts usually have private access to the sea and a bounty of family-friendly amenities and services.
If you're after sea views, Villa Marina is a luxurious, family-friendly villa that will definitely please.
Villa Marina is a luxurious, family-friendly villa just 150 metres from the sea (sea views are, of, course part of the experience of staying here). The large fenced-in garden has a swimming pool and outdoor shower. Comfortably sleeps 10 across 5 bedrooms. Nearby amenities include a shop, a grocers, a restaurant,...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Villa Silvia is a luxurious villa near the sea with a swimming pool and an open-air jacuzzi on the sun terrace.
Villa Silvia is a luxurious villa near the sea with a swimming pool and an open-air jacuzzi on the sun terrace. Comfortably sleeps 10 across 5 bedrooms. Local amenities include a shop, a grocers, a restaurant, a bar and the "Lu Impostu" beach. There is also a nearby diving centre and tennis courts. This 6 room...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Villa Elena is in Porto Coda Cavallo just 180 metres from the Sardinian sea with nearby tennis courts and a diving centre.
Villa Elena is in Porto Coda Cavallo just 180 metres from the Sardinian sea. The garden is also home to a glorious swimming pool and outdoor shower. Comfortably sleeps 14 across 7 bedrooms. Local amenities include a shop, a grocers, a restaurant, a bar and the nearby beach "Salina Bamba," There is also a nearby...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Villa Gianluca is a luxurious property located right on the sea with a beautifully manicured garden and swimming pool.
Villa Gianluca is a luxurious property located in a quiet, sunny position right on the sea. The large 7'500 m2 garden is beautifully manicured and there is a swimming pool. In the house you'll find a whirlpool and satellite television, while the furnished terrace comes complete with a barbeque. Comfortably sleeps...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Chia Laguna Resort
Chia Laguna Resort is a cocktail of sophisticated luxury and natural delights.
Set on the southernmost, quite wild tip of Sardinia, Chia Laguna Resort offers four luxury hotels, a set of private villas and nine different restaurants to choose from. There literally couldn’t be more to keep both adults and little one entertained both by day and by...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Eden Village Colostrai
Eden Village is the best of rural wild Sardinia located two hours from Cagliari southern airport.
It'll just be you, the kids, dunes and the smell of the Mediterranean bush at Eden Village Colostrai. A sort of oasis surrounded by a tropical garden and a heron lake, the luxury family beach bungalows are the ideal solution if you want to stay right on the sea. The beach is constantly monitored by the hotel's...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Delphina Le Dune Resort and Spa
Delphina Le Dune Resort & Spa demonstrates elegant, natural Sardinia away from the incessant buzz of the Emerald Coast's tourist ports.
Just a one-hour drive from Olbia airport, Delphina Le Dune Resort and Spa is located in front of the Asinara Island Natural Marine Park. Your children will be happily spend the whole day on the 8-kilometre white sandy beach interrupted only by bountiful juniper bushes. There is no time to get bored: the resort rises...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Hotel Le Dune
Hotel Le Dune beautifully combines history, art and nature under one beautiful roof.
Located on the western coast, Hotel Le Dune is in the heart of Piscinas Sandy Valley, listed as a UNESCO site for the beauty of its dunes which are, incidentally, amongst Europe's tallest. At Hotel Le Dune you'll be sleeping in a renovated nineteenth-century mining warehouse, which has been declared a national...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
Via Isonzo 2, Domus de Maria, Cagliari
Da Angelo offers arguably the best seafood in southern Sardinia, and it is certainly the most popular restaurant. Each morning, the resident chef picks fish up directly off the local fishing boats. If you or the children aren’t keen on fish, the restaurant has a wide choice of pasta and meat dishes, too. This is the perfect pit stop if you visit the nearby town of Cagliari coming from Chia.
Chiosco Sole e Mare
Localitá Mari Ermi, Cabras, Oristano
You’ll be eating practically with your feet in the water, because Chiosco Sole e Mare sits on the sand dunes of Cabras. Relax away an afternoon at this thatched fishermen’s cabin, where a big grill serves up fresh fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. This is a perfect starting point for touring the western coastline of Sardinia. While you wait, children can play right on the beach in front of you.
Localitá La Scalitta, Trinitá d’Agultu, Oristano
A restyled, ancient stone dwelling, La Nuraghe offers a sun-kissed veranda overlooking the Asinara Bay. Serving traditional cuisine, specialities include both meat and fish dishes as well as the expected Sardinian pasta (the so-called “maloreddu”). Roasted piglet and sheep, along with fresh fish grilled on a 4-meter barbecue are also extremely popular: a pleasure for both the eyes and taste buds. There is a delightful garden for the children to play in.
Sample the delicious gelato
Relaxing by the sea while discovering the many beautiful Sardinian beaches and inlets will absorb much your vacation. But, if you’d rather not spend too much time under the hot sun, take children for a delectable homemade ice cream in one of the many colourful villages.
Spend a day in Cagliari
Sardinia’s main city, Cagliari, deserves a day trip: you’ll adore the Baroque avenues and buzzing, vibrant markets.
Delve into Sardinia's ancient history
Highly recommended is a boat trip to the scenic bays or a guided tour of the prehistoric “nuraghe” dwellings, dolmens and menhirs (tiny Stone Henge-like structures). Kids will be mesmerised by the Bandits’ Museum of Aggius (Sardinia was once Italy’s Wild West) that showcases ancient bandit weaponry, artefacts, photos and traditional clothing. Worth visiting is the rural interior of Sardinia – the city of Mamoiada is renowned for its picturesque animal-mask carnival called “Mamuthones,” and Orgosolo which is a former bandits’ headquarter, famous for its splendid murals.
For emergencies dial 112, or for first aid and an ambulance dial 118. Cagliari has seven hospitals and there are many sanitary structures (ASL) scattered across the island. All major cities – Olbia, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Oristano, Sassari – have hospitals.
When to go
Sardinia is ideal for a family holiday when you need some sun, making June to September prime months to visit. During the winter months, most places are closed. Sardinia survives on seasonal summer tourism, but warm temperatures start pretty early in Italy so any time from May to October will suit if you aren’t limited by school holidays. August can be crowded in Sardinia as a lot of Italians go there on holiday and prices can, inevitably, skyrocket.