3 days of pure indulgence in Sardinia

Turkish baths - pure indulgence in Sardinia

If your idea of pure indulgence is lazing in a hammock, ocean swims in gin coloured water, relaxing by a pool, having a massage, eating fresh lobster… then a break to Sardinia could be just what you need…

Day 1 of pure indulgence in Sardinia

  • Exploring the hotel
  • Ocean swim
  • Fine dining in the restaurant
  • Piano bar for drinks and music

British Airways Flight

Firstly I flew with BA which I can recommend, assuming they are not on strike!!!  I flew on a Thursday, returning the following Tuesday and it cost £165, was on time, with very friendly members of staff.  The flight times were good too.  On departure, my flight was at 8:40am from LGW. Early, but not silly o’clock.  Return was at 2:45pm, arriving at LGW just short of the rush hour on the M25, if you are driving.

Travelling to the Hotel from the Airport

Getting to your hotel from the airport is straightforward and there are 5 ways I recommend. Read my blog post “How to get from Cagliari Airport to Villasimius” for full details.

Hotel Cala Caterina

I stayed at the highly recommended Hotel Cala Caterina.  This was the perfect hotel for pure indulgence in Sardinia. Hotel Cala Caterina is located on an unspoilt beach with crystal clear water. The rooms are luxurious and the restaurant offers fine dining at its best. The bar area overlooks the beautiful pool and well manicured gardens with palm and olive trees. It looks amazing when lit up at night.

pure indulgence in Sardinia - sitting in a bar overlooking the pool at night

Additionally, there is a spa offering a range of chargeable treatments which take place in an open air gazebo.

Massage in an open air gazebo - pure indulgence in Sardinia

Hotel Cala Caterina is an upmarket, 4* hotel, Romanesque in style with its pillars, archways and earthy colours. My room was charming with a large bed, ensuite bathroom and private balcony with sunny aspect.

Room at Hotel Cala Caterina

The grounds were park-like, dotted with sun loungers under imposing trees, hammocks swaying in the breeze. Walk for 1 minute and you are welcomed by a beautiful beach accessed by steps. This is the perfect way to relax and take in some of the natural beauty of Sardinia with its granite rocks protruding from the sea and golden sand. The sea was crystal clear and it was amazing to watch the fish swimming around you.

crystal clear sea at Cala Caterina

The relaxed, fine dining restaurant has extremely friendly and professional waiters, some speak very good English. It serves exquisite food with good wine and the four courses included in the half board option, ensures you do not leave hungry. 

I ate more than I should have and then settled in the comfortable lounge chairs in the open air, but under cover bar area.  A pianist played every night performing eclectic music to suit all tastes, from classical, to reggae, to modern pop.  Tables are spread out so it was very comfortable being there by myself and was good to have entertainment to watch.

Day 2 of pure indulgence in Sardinia

  • Exploring local beaches
  • Historic monument
  • Villasimius Marina
  • Relax by the pool

The local area

Day 2 involved exploring the local area, beaches and snorkelling spots. Within a 10 minute walk from Hotel Cala Caterina is an area accessed by steep steps taking you to a section of beach good for snorkelling. Make sure you bring your own equipment as there is nowhere to hire it. 

Beaches

5 minutes further on will take you to another beach Spiaggia Santo Stefano. 

Spiaggio Santa Stefano has clear water, a rugged coastline and beautiful mountainous views. It really is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

After spending time here, I walked for another 10 minutes and discovered a footpath leading to another beach, Spiaggia Fortezza Vecchia. Overlooking the area is the old fort itself, Fortezza Vecchia which is open to the public to visit at certain times of the day.

Fortezza Vecchia

5 minutes further on I came across Villasimius Marina which is a beautiful area to explore. As well as admiring all the boats in the marina there is a mini supermarket, restaurants, shops selling excursions by boat or scuba diving.

The pool at Hotel Cala Caterina

Day 3

  • Stagno Notteri – flamingos in the wild
  • Villasimius Town and a traditional Sardinian treat
  • A massage
  • Laze in a hammock
  • Lobster dinner

Stagno Notteri

Villasimius town costs Euros 15 each way from Hotel Cala Caterina.  You can walk there in around an hour but to be honest, it was 30 degrees and there is no shelter along the way.  It is also very hilly!  I wanted to see Stagno Notteri which is where the flamingos migrate to and settle during the summer months.  It was wonderful to see them in the wild in the lagoon.  The taxi driver took me here enroute to the town.

Flamingos in the wild at the lagoon Stagno Notteri

Villasimius Town

Villasimius town itself is a main strip on a hill.  It has a number of shops you can browse, a couple of pleasant plazas, cafes and restaurants. 

Foumtains at one of the plazas in Villasimius

In one of the cafes, I was keen to try seadas as I always like to try something traditional, it did not disappoint! Deep fried pastry filled with pecorino cheese, lemon zest and drizzled with honey…

Seadas - pure indulgence in Sardinia

There isn’t an awful lot more to do in the town during the day to be honest, unless you wish to visit the Archeological Museum. But, at night time the whole area becomes pedestrianised and stalls appear in front of the shops selling various souvenirs. Additionally there are live music performances.

I headed back to the hotel for what I though would be a light salad lunch (wrong, it was enormous!). The salad was delicious, chunks of steak, mango, cheese and croutons on a bed of lettuce.

steak, mango and cheese salad at Hotel Cala Caterina

I decided it was time for some relaxation and booked one of the half hour massages for Euros 50. It was fantastic. The breeze coming through the open air gazebo was particularly nice and enhanced the whole experience. Afterwards, you are led to an area to relax and enjoy freshly squeezed juice, ripe fruit, nuts and biscuits…

Fresh fruit platter following a massage

To finish off my afternoon of relaxation, I headed straight to one of the hammocks to read my book…

pure indulgence in Sardinia - lazing in a hammock

Just 5 minutes walk to the restaurant is a high end restaurant, Il Ragno Blu. Clientele have included Gorbachev amongst others. It serves many tempting dishes including some which are traditionally Sardinian. Il Ragno Blu is in an elevated position and if you reserve a table by the window, you can watch the sunset. Click on Il Ragno Blu‘s website for the full menu.

Sunset views from Il Ragno Blu

The lobster with spaghetti I had was outstanding and a perfect way to end a wonderful 3 days in Sardinia.

Lobster at Il Ragno Blu - pure indulgence in Sardinia

If you are looking to stay longer than 3 days, you can of course spend more time relaxing, book a boat tour, quad biking or horse riding which is offered nearby.  Another option is to spend a few days in another part of the island. Costa Smeralda, in the north of the island was recommended to me by a few people I met.

Suggested Further Reading:

Villasimius – links to hotels, restaurants, things to do

Gallery of Photos – selection of favourite photos from my solo holiday to Villasimius

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