Is there a nice place to go in Sardinia with good food and clear blue water that isn’t the Costa Smeralda?
Park Ridge, Illinois
How very right you are not to go anywhere near the Costa Smeralda. Wickedly expensive, full of hideous, show-offy yachts and Russians. Much as we love the charming Aga Khan who invented it, Costa Smeralda is quite recent, so not a French Riviera or even a Portofino. You obviously want the magic blue sea, therefore an option is Valle dell’Erica Resort Thalasso & Spa, which looks out over the La Maddalena archipelago, sprinkled with uninhabited islands. The property has two hotels; choose Hotel Erica. This resort has a lot, including a photography shop, but I warn: it is seriously families. How much can you tolerate screaming children? The same problem in the southern part of the island with Forte Village Resort (which everyone will tell you about), a bit footballers’ wives. Only stay in Hotel Il Castello there. And if you don’t mind going a bit inland, Su Gologone is a charming, peaceful villa in the hills. Do you have to go to Sardinia? What about Sicily and the Aeolian Islands?
Victoria Mather is a veteran travel writer based in London