At a glance
|Best for:||Multi-centre relaxation seekers|
A long-time favourite vacation spot to the rich and famous, Sardinia is an enviable earthly paradise of secluded places, heady colours and scents.
Edged with long, high and rocky coasts, Sardinia offers an incredible stay, boasting the Med’s most seductive beaches, a beautiful, mountainous interior, and a fantastic array of both traditional and contemporary restaurants to enjoy. Stunning coastlines, dramatic mountains, white sandy beaches and limpid turquoise seas.
Located in the Mediterranean, the French island of Corsica is not as over developed and busy as one would maybe expect, meaning there are fantastic opportunities to explore its stunning and undiscovered beauty. Due to its close proximity to Sardinia it makes it a fantastic location for a multi-centre experience allowing you to enjoy flavours of both Italy and France, or of course Corsica makes a fantastic standalone destination due to its amazing scenery, beautiful beaches with rocky coves and incredible harbour towns.
With 1000km of coastline, white sand and crystal-clear blue water to the heartland of the island, harnessing the most magnificent scenery of forests, gorges and beautiful villages perched high in the rugged mountains, we know you will just love your time in Corsica.
Day 1: Arrive at Olbia airport and meet your private transfer which will take you to your first hotel Gabbiano Azzurro. The transfer time is around 25 minutes
Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites is a stylish modern family friendly hotel in a spectacular spot, right on the sea, close to the small resort of Golfo Aranci, Sardinia. In a beautiful setting, literally on the sea, three sides of the lovely beach Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites have fantastic sea views. Wonderful terraces overhang the water, with uninterrupted and breath-taking views over the bay and of the small holiday resort of Golfo degli Aranci, which is just south of the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia.
A pathway leads from the Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites, onto its private section of white sandy beach and crystal-clear water, with sunbeds and umbrellas for guests to use. The beach bar serves not only light snack lunches, but also the main restaurant’s lunch menu – so if you don’t feel like leaving the beach for a delicious lunch, you don’t have to, and past Long Travel clients love that idea. There is a lovely swimming pool on yet another sunny terrace of the Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites overlooking the sea, with a smaller pool, for children. The hotel is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday for both couples and families, in a difficult to beat location in Sardinia.
Built in the late 60’s, Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites has been brought up to date with style and flair. Family-run, the owners are rightly proud of their hotel and, involved in the day-to-day running of it. You can see the redecoration has been done very tastefully at the Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites bringing out the crystal clear blue colour of the sea along with crisp white accents to give it a wonderful beachy Mediterranean feel.
Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites serves superb local, as well as international cuisine, using ingredients sourced as close to home as possible. The restaurant has gained a reputation for superb food and we at Long Travel can definitely see why! Usually weekly, in high season, the Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites pull out all the stops for their wonderful Sardinian barbecue evenings, where traditional dishes are served on the terrace, overlooking the sea, making it a beautifully fun and romantic evening which you will not want to miss out on.
Just a short stroll from the relaxing Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites will take you into the centre of the small resort of Golfo Aranci in Sardinia, where you will find a few bars, restaurants and shops. Popular with Italians, it can be particularly busy in July and August, buzzing with life and great for people watching. From Golfo Aranci, you can easily reach other glorious beaches, and the chic villages of the Costa Smeralda.
Day 5: After breakfast meet your transfer who will take you from Gabbiano Azzurro to Santa Teresa Gallura port where you will board a Moby Lines Ferry to take you across the Tyrrhenien Sea to Bonifacio in Corsica.
You will then have a private transfer waiting to take you to Hotel Capu Biancu, close to the pretty town of Bonifacio. The transfer time from Gabbiano Azzurro to Santa Teresa Gallura port is around 1 hour and 10 minutes. The Ferry time is around 50 minutes. The transfer time from Bonifacio port to Hotel Capu Biancu is around 20 minutes. For the next 3 nights you will enjoy your time at Hotel Capu Biancu – OPTION 1
A 20 minute drive from the centre of Bonificio heading on the winding roads towards the sea, one may think they were heading to the ‘end of the world’ as the nickname given to Hotel Capu Biancu suggests. Distanced from hustle and bustle, as you approach along the long flower scented drive hidden in its own seafront location and built upon the rocks with a meandering path down to the beach, this hotel is a Corsican gem!
This hotel has 41 rooms, 12 of which are suites and with the beautiful landscaped grounds boasting two restaurants and two private beaches you never feel a sense of anything but serenity. Scattered in various cosy pockets of the grounds are intimate seating areas, all with stunning views out to sea. The bathrooms by the lower restaurant also have the most incredible views!
The rooms in the hotel each have impressive views out to the sea whilst others look out over the landscape gardens and to the mountains in the distance. The hotel even has its own vegetable gardens and chickens who produce your lovely morning eggs!
For the next 3 nights you will enjoy your time at Hotel Mariosa – OPTION 2**
Mariosa is a hotel of character located on the beach front overlooking the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, with only 26 rooms the hotel has a sense of space, style and serenity. The timber clad hotel surrounded by pine trees eases into the landscape and spills out into a beautiful garden past the wooden decked pool and restaurant to the lapping turquoise waters on the beachfront.
The rooms are spacious, contemporary and airy, splashed with colour and decorated with soft furnishings, freestanding bath tubs and some have a balcony or terrace. What you will notice about this hotel is the feeling of ‘home from home’ with a personalised service managed by two sisters and excellent food sourced from fresh local products.
The hotel is in a great location and within easy reach of the stylish boutique Porto-Vecchio filled with excellent local restaurants.
Day 8: After breakfast you will be transferred to Figari Airport and board your plane back to the UK.
Transfer time is around 30 minutes
At Gabbiano Azzurro:
• Private dinner on the beach
• Massage and relax
• Dolphin watching at sunset
• Scuba diving & snorkelling
• MuMart: the underwater museum
• Land Excursions
• Trekking: natural parks & trails
• Wine tasting
At Hotel Capu Biancu
• Hiking with Stephane Rogliano
• Excursion with 4 x 4 Rangers with Corsica
• Ranger Jet Ski and Quad outings with Pirate Adventure
• Kitesurf with Corsica Kiteboarding
• Scuba Diving with Scuba Libre
• Catamaran Tour with Voiles de Bonifacio Canyoning & Via Ferrata with Xtreme Sud
• Boat Rental with Bonifacio Yachting and Nautic Adventures