The fresh, cooling flows of air are filled with sounds of tweeting birds, the sun rays pierce the crystally blue, cloudless sky…. This is what the phenomenal season of spring would feel like if it were not for winter storms and the aftermath of roaring blizzards in the form of slush and dirt on your newly-acquired leather shoes. Unfortunately, we cannot change the weather or buy you a new pair of shoes, but we know just the right places to find “real” spring. Located in one of the most picturesque places in northeast Sardinia, the scenic gulf town of Golfo Aranci, Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites and Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort, situated in the town of Cannigione overlooking “La Maddalena Arcipelago National Park” and its “Caprera” island, are the ultimate saviors of your spring expectations.
Up to relaxing under the Italian sun? Offering direct access to a white sandy beach, Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites is located on the seafront of Sardinia’s famous Emerald Coast. A leisurely stroll along the cozy fisherman village, a 5-minute walk from the hotel property, offers an entertaining shopping experience called La Dolce Vita Golfo Aranci. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Olbia Airport and within a stone’s throw of the most stunning beaches of the Golfo Aranci that can be reached in just a few minutes. Keep in mind, Sardinia is an island that strikes its visitors with wild and pure nature. Explore Sardinia by visiting the Maddalena National Park that encompasses the Maddalena Archipelago and its “seven sisters,” with its lively seabeds that provide an incredible scuba-diving experience. Fortunately, you can easily access Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort’sBonAriA private sailing yacht excursion and romantic dinner on board that leaves from Cannigione harbor, sailing towards “La Maddalena Arcipelago National Park” and Costa Smeralda coasts. We also recommend you visit Archeologic Park of Arzachena, where you can follow the steps of the ancient past of Sardinia’s Nuraghe, the primary type of ancient megalithic edifice found on the island, and Tombs of the Giants, a gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the ancient Nuragic civilization. Finally, don’t miss out on wine tasting at one of the local wineries.
Guests are welcome to choose from the extensive range of rooms with fantastic views of the Mediterranean and Tavolara Island; it seems like a massive limestone is springing out of the sea. Boasting furnished balconies or patios, rooms and suites are charming and come with 4-star superior amenities such as a flat-screen TV with international satellite channels, WIFI access, and a minibar. The interior design may look too old-fashioned, but remember, Sardinia is a gemstone of Italian traditions. Radiating a romantic vibe, the property is ideal for couples. Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites offers a wonderful pool filled with sea water and decorated with natural rocks to blend into the ambiance. The poolside bar service allows guests to enjoy a glass of excellent wine such as Vermentino di Gallura or Cannonau without leaving the smooth, flowing waters. Don’t forget to rent beach loungers and umbrellas to enjoy the warm weather and not burn to a crisp.
Sardinian food is as historical as the island itself. Flavorful cuisine will surely satisfy the most demanding palates with its fresh, natural ingredients and delicious recipes brought to life with local products. Mediterranean and Sardinian cuisine traditions are mixed together by Chef Daniele Sechi to create a signature menu for the on-property eatery, Blù Restaurant. The majestic, fairy location, only three meters above the Sardinian sea, is a prologue to an unforgettable symphony of an Italian gourmet experience with the sound of waves. The menu always changes, but one indispensable dish is still available for customers: La Fregula Nera, a unique Sardinian pasta plate at Blu Restaurant. Managed also by Chef Daniele Sechi, the White Restaurant offers daily a la carte offerings with a focus on well-balanced cuisine of Italian and Mediterranean traditions, especially Sardinian specialties. We recommend you book tables in advance to enjoy the 180-degree stunning panoramic view from the restaurant’s large windows.
For those who prefer nightlife to serenity, Golfo Lifestyle Resort is the place to stay. Located a few steps from the most important centers of the Costa Smeralda, the hotel is a perfect outpost to hit trendy clubs, discos, restaurants and social events of all kinds. Don’t worry about spending more time on the road because Golfo Lifestyle Resort is situated about the same distance from the local airport as Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites. Although the property has no private beach, a wooden deck by the sea, well-equipped with loungers, sun umbrellas, and beach towels, is available for hotel guests’ convenience.
At the arrival, guests can contemplate the winding architecture of the hotel building that imitates the soft outlines of the hill where it is located. Absorbed by the blooming nature and the scents of wood and myrtle, the hotel possesses superb views of the azure waters and islands of La Maddalena Archipelago. The inner interior boasts exquisite furnishings, the pride of authentic local craftsmanship. The hotel offers quite a few options of gorgeous accommodations. Whatever choice you make, you will experience amazing panoramic views and spacious outdoor spaces. Classic Deluxe or Superior Deluxe sea view rooms, finished in soft colors and characterized by traditional designs, are charmingly cozy, which is perfect for a casual escape. Located in a more irrespective area of the main building to assure a pleasant feeling of privacy, Suite Sea View, with its much-needed extra space, is an ideal choice for a family getaway. For a luxurious stay, consider Superior Suite Sea View, a property fully independent from the main building, featuring a private pool, a large outdoor area, a porch, and a private garden. For those seeking a romantic retreat, the ultimate option is Luxury Suites Sea View with private pool; its exclusivity of services will ensure the success of yours and your beloved’s dream holiday. The service is personalized and attentive yet not annoying. Available at the earliest convenience, a butler is at your complete disposal.
Taking care of your soul and mind, don’t forget about your body. Indulge in meditative activities at the Beauty Centre and Spa Armonia; both are innovative in the use of local materials such as cork, mastic oil, extract of myrtle and arbutus honey. Choose between emotional showers, sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, heated indoor counter-current pool, and many other amenities to treat yourself.
Don’t even think about leaving the island without dining at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, MiraLuna, renowned for its grill and excellent Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is ideal for any time of day: celebrate your morning with a rich breakfast buffet, hide from the scorching sun with the lunch menu in the afternoon, and fall in love with dinner plates during a romantic evening. Attention to even the smallest details can be seen in the eatery’s interior. The gradient of color is the central concept in the restaurant’s design, and the menu ultimately guarantees a multisensory, unique and exclusive dining experience. Make sure to sample the zero-kilometer Sardinian sandwich, pane Carasau stuffed with bacon, cream cheese, and grilled vegetables. Toasted and served warm with fruity olive oil and rosemary, the sandwich is indeed a flavorful highlight of the daily menu.
With its fabulous cuisine, ancient historical sights, and scenic views, Sardinia is a must-visit, especially in spring when the island pampers travelers with warm temperatures and caressing sunrays. Embrace the season of new beginnings without heavy coats and dirty leather shoes, but with Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites and Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort, blooming opportunities in the firmament of the New York City brumal fairytale.