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Sardinia

Mark's verdict:

A beautiful island with a rugged, herb-scented interior and a coastline riddled with coves and sandy beaches, Sardinia is a family holiday favourite – whether you like to hike, bike or flop on a beach. Forte Village resort is one of the best known beach beauties, but the experts at Sardatur have uncovered plenty more family-friendly gems.

Recommended tour operator: Sardatur Holidays

Forte Village Resort beachCrystal clear waterGorgeous resortsFun on the beach and in the sea

Sardatur Holidays says

We have specialised in holidays to Sardinia since 1987 and we like to think we know this glorious Italian island inside out.

  • kids clubs
  • luxury beachfront resorts
  • sports academies

We offer a wide range of family-friendly hotels throughout Sardinia but here are three of our favourites which we particularly recommend for families.

Set on the southern tip of Sardinia, the Forte Village occupies a private estate of 55 acres dotted with pine trees and exotic gardens. The resort, located on one of Sardinia’s most amazing pristine white sand beaches, is sheltered by a range of rugged hills.

Apart from its choice of no fewer than eight hotels, Forte Village is justifiably renowned for its sports and leisure facilities, excellent spa, swimming pools, and the variety and number of restaurants (including a Gordon Ramsey restaurant) and bars on offer.

There is something for all ages including a day nursery, a mini club and sports for teenagers. 2012 saw the expansion to six sports academies including the Chelsea Football Academy, the Greenwood Rugby Academy and the Tennis Academy run by Thomas Enqvist.

Further along the coast is the Chia Laguna Resort, a more low-key hotel with a relaxing atmosphere, white sand beaches and superb hospitality. There is a choice of five restaurants, including one for children. Facilities include a nursery, a mini club, a junior club for teenagers, four swimming pools, a five-a-side football pitch and a practise golf course. Two-bedroom cottage suites are scattered throughout the gardens.

On the north east coast is the five-star Hotel Valle dell’Erica – La Licciola with a wide choice of family suites. Surrounded by gorgeous coves and set in lush gardens, it’s a family-friendly gem, with a spectacular Thalasso and Spa Centre for grown-up pampering. There are free children’s clubs from ages three up to 13 years – activities include canoeing trips and photographic safaris for example – and plus a baby club from 12 months (payable locally). It’s quickly become a family favourite.

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