Once my friends asked me to recommend a good hotel on the island of Sardinia (Sardegna) for a holiday with a child. Unfortunately, not every hotel has family rooms. Some are for adults (18+) only. However, Italy generally has excellent conditions for a family beach holiday. Below, I collected for you the best options to stay.
Hotel Cala Luna
The family Hotel Cala Luna is located on the waterfront of Cala Gonone, in the Gulf of Orosei, famous for its rocky coves and caves.
The boutique hotel offers 27 rooms, including comfortable quadruple rooms with a bright and comfortable design, and a furnished balcony/terrace. The beach is sandy with clear, calm waters, suitable for children to swim.
Good breakfasts are served on the sunny terrace, including homemade yogurts, Italian pies, croissants with and without sweet fillings, fruits, and excellent coffee. There is an air-conditioned dining room and a panoramic terrace for romantic dinners. The menu has a wide selection of Mediterranean and Sardinian dishes and the perfect wine.
A bar on the roof and a relaxation area with sofas and sun loungers. Within a 5-minute walk, there is a supermarket, souvenir shops, and cafes. Funicello gelateria makes delicious ice cream and milkshakes from natural ingredients. Children will love the small aquarium Acquario Cala Gonone.
Hotel Onda Marina
Hotel Onda Marina is located on the coast in the town of San Teodoro (San Teodoro), which is famous for its holidays, parties, and festivals.
The main asset of the hotel is the carefull staff, the magnificent view from the windows and the proximity to the popular La Cinta beach.
You have 9 categories of rooms to choose from. All of them are with modest interiors but at the same time clean, well-equipped, and with a balcony. In the mornings, a decent continental buffet breakfast is served with cheese and cold cuts, hot dishes, cereals, yogurts, pastries, jams, fruits, and juices. Free WiFi is available in the lobby. In addition, there is a small garden with a seating area and free parking.
You can dine at the nearby Verdeacqua or L’Olive pizzerias. I also recommend the La Cinta beach bar with pleasant service, where, in addition to classic snacks and drinks, there is a wide selection of meat and fish dishes. The waiter will help you to choose the right wine. If you have the opportunity, try Giunco Vermentino white wine with a beautiful aroma of tropical fruits and a lively taste.
Abbaidda Hotel is located in the typical Sardinian village of La Muddizza, a 15-minute walk from the town of Valledoria in the province of Sassari.
The only drawback is some remoteness from the coast, but a free shuttle regularly runs to the sandy beach and the city.
A 4-story building represents the hotel has 39 spacious rooms and suites with pleasant interiors. It features a 24-hour front desk with a multilingual staff. On its territory, you will find a garden, a swimming pool with a jacuzzi, a gym, and a mini-football field. For children, there is a special menu, a children’s aqua zone, and board games. On the terrace overlooking the sea, you can enjoy breakfast.
The restaurant serves local and seafood specialties and has a vegetarian buffet. For dinner, I recommend Agriturismo Monte Istulargiu or Ristorante della Locanda Del Mare da Roberto. Be sure to take a trip to Castelsardo, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Sardinia with a castle hill somewhat reminiscent of the French Mont Saint-Michel. Water Paradise water park is located in the same direction.
Hotel Simius Playa
Hotel Simius Playa is located 2 km from the center of the town of Villasimius.
The beach is wide, with clean white sand and a gentle entrance – just what you need for children. The hotel has a relaxed homely atmosphere, carefully maintained by attentive staff. There are 46 standard rooms and spacious, bright suites decorated in a Mediterranean style.
The compact territory is decorated with a tropical garden, a swimming pool, and shady paths framed by flower beds. Guests note the excellent breakfasts served on the outdoor terrace. The restaurant is famous for its authentic cuisine, commitment to the canons of Sardinian cuisine, and varied menu. The chef uses natural products from the hotel farm and freshly caught seafood.
An American bar with a decent selection of drinks is open during the day. Live music is played in the lobby in the evenings. You can work out in the fitness room or book a massage at the spa. I advise you to rent a car and drive along the coast, making stops in beautiful bays with wild beaches. Grab some delicious burgers and sandwiches from Sardigna street food outside the city center.
Hotel Villa Gemella
The family Hotel Villa Gemella is located on the fashionable Emerald Coast (Costa Smeralda), on the outskirts of the town of Baja Sardinia, a 5-minute walk from Porto Sole beach.
Surrounded by fragrant Mediterranean plants, the sandy beach is formed by two picturesque bays of the Gulf of Arzachena (Golfo di Arzachena). The hotel was built in a traditional style in the form of a two-story building with outbuildings.
The courtyard is equipped with a saltwater swimming pool with a jacuzzi and a children’s section. The hotel consists of 25 elegantly decorated rooms (from Singles to Triples and Suites), equipped with a balcony overlooking the sea. European-style breakfasts are served on the outdoor terrace. Children will enjoy delicious cakes, pastries, and fruit variety.
Hiking, mountain bike tours, horse riding, tennis, diving, windsurfing, yachting are available.
Nearby are the Aquadream water park, supermarket, market, and many food outlets. Within a 10-minute walk of the best city restaurants: Foodie Eccellenze Italiane and Punta Baja. There you can have a delicious lunch at affordable prices.
Cala Di Volpe
Cala Di Volpe is an exclusive luxury hotel located on the Emerald Coast, 8 km from the respectable Porto Cervo.
It resembles a Mediterranean fishing town, surrounded by dense vegetation and a beautiful bay. The inseparable architectural ensemble is a bizarre combination of stone houses of various shapes and sizes, towers, porticos, arches, platforms, and bridges. The interiors of the hotel are in authentic Sardinian style, decorated with antique furniture, traditional textiles, and other unique design elements.
One can reach the equipped beach free of charge by boat or a 15-minute walk away. Besides, there is a comfortable relaxation area with a spacious saltwater pool. Young tourists will like a mini-club (from 3 to 12 years old), a playground, and fun animation. In addition, 3 excellent restaurants and 5 bars serve tasty food and drinks. The sports program includes fitness, tennis, golf, and water sports.
Hotel Club Saraceno
Hotel Club Saraceno is especially popular with families and young couples.
It is located on a long beach in San Gemiliano Bay, 2 km from Arbatax. Guests are accommodated in elegant standards and family rooms decorated in a Mediterranean style, equipped with panoramic windows, a furnished balcony, or a terrace.
Of the three pools, the real decoration is an artificial lagoon with sea water, granite boulders, a fountain and a waterfall.
Breakfasts and dinners are served on a spacious terrace in the form of a buffet. The Piazzetta bar serves light lunches throughout the day with pasta, salads, snacks, and alcoholic and refreshing drinks. Children will have fun with a professional animation team, a rich sports and entertainment program, a mini-club with a play area and a swimming pool, a football school for boys, horseback riding, and a children’s disco.
For teenagers, group classes are available: tennis, canoeing, windsurfing, and sailing. In addition, there is a fitness studio, a massage room, and a diving center.
Hotel CalaCuncheddi is one of those hotels that mixes traditional style with island charm and modern comforts.
It is located next to the Li Cuncheddi beach on the granite cape of Capo Ceraso, 4 km from the town of Murta Maria and 12 km from Olbia Airport.
The surrounding area is remarkable for its rich vegetation and beautiful natural locations: sandy valleys, rocks, bays, and secluded beaches. The comfortable rooms are decorated with quality Italian stylish furniture. You will find continental breakfast and lunch at Asarena Restaurant, which offers starters, regional dishes, fruits, and desserts. Dinner is served at a la carte restaurants: Asumari by the pool and Zinnibiri on the beach. The closest decent place to dine outside the hotel is the Barbagia Al Mare trattoria. Fans of water sports have the opportunity to go diving, windsurfing, and sailing.
Hotel Nautilus is located on the Lungomare Poetto seafront, 2.5 km from the historic center of Cagliari.
The cozy boutique hotel was built recently in a marine style. The bright rooms offer views of the bay or the hotel garden from the windows and balconies. The staff will serve you continental breakfasts in the dining area. It includes snacks, cheese, cold cuts, hot dishes, porridge, yogurts, pastries, desserts, and juices. There is a beautiful Jacaranda restaurant within walking distance (it’s strange that it still doesn’t have a Michelin star).
The wide beach stretches for 6 km. The sea floor is sandy and gently sloping, without holes, underwater currents, and jellyfish. There are playgrounds and shallow baths for children. Numerous beach cafes and bars offer fresh seafood, pizza, desserts, and local wine. It is possible to rent an ATV, a boat, a jet ski, boats, and yachts. Nearby is a summer theater where engaging performances take place. The natural park Molentargius (Molentargius-Saline) – a habitat for thousands of animals and birds, including rare pink flamingos – is nearby.
Hotel L’Esagono is on the beach of Cala d’Ambra in the town of San Teodoro.
Lovely one-story buildings in a typical Mediterranean style. Rooms are comfortable and spacious, with traditional wooden furniture and private entrances. On the hill, two- or three-room apartments with a furnished terrace are ideal for large families, groups of friends, and tourists with pets. There is a large garden with abundant grapevines and flowers on the territory.
There is a good a la carte restaurant and a bar with a terrace overlooking the Tavolara and Molara islands. The chef prepares fantastic fish specialties. There is a playground for children and good access to a universal beach suitable for relaxing, a swimming pool, and diving. There are many great places to eat within a 10-minute walk. For sweet-tooth, I recommend the BM&V Gelateria Artigianale.
Hotel Villa Margherita
Families with children, romantic couples, and those looking for a relaxing holiday choose Hotel Villa Margherita.
It is located in the town of Golfo Aranci, which is famous for the picturesque rocky cape of Capo Figari and its location, convenient for exploring the famous resorts of the Emerald Coast.
The hotel welcomes you with a well-maintained tropical garden with a swimming pool and a complex of four-story buildings in a Mediterranean style.
The interiors of the spacious rooms are designed in the best Sardinian traditions: warm colors, wicker furniture, home textiles, and art objects are used. The Grill restaurant invites you to spend pleasant hours, serving the best dishes of national and local cuisine. The hospitable Sunset Bar invites you to drink a glass of your favorite cocktail accompanied by pleasant music. In addition, you can play golf, tennis, go diving, windsurfing, fishing, go on a boat, or sail to the nearby islands.
Il Nuovo Gabbiano
Set on Cala Gonone’s promenade, Il Nuovo Gabbiano is a small, family hotel opposite the marina, where you can take boat trips to caves and stunning beaches.
The hotel was designed by the famous island architect Mario Spanu. It offers 16 rooms with standard amenities, handmade furniture, and a balcony overlooking the Orosei Gulf. Every morning, a hearty breakfast of selected products awaits guests: homemade bread, freshly baked croissants, seasonal fruits, cereals, cheeses, cold cuts, cappuccino, and much more. The bar-restaurant on the ground floor is very popular among guests and visitors.
Sardinian and fish dishes, as well as the wine served, receive the most positive reviews. You can swim and sunbathe on the central beach (Spiaggia Centrale), surrounded by lush vegetation. If you get hungry while walking around the city, I recommend the Zio Pedrillo pizzeria, where they serve delicious, inexpensive pizza and more.
Location of Hotels on the Map
For convenience, you can find all the best hotels in Sardinia for families mentioned in this review on the map below:
If you still need advice on where to stay in Sardinia, welcome the comments. I will be glad to assist.