For holiday-makers seeking luxurious sanctuary, no finer European hideaway can be found than at the 5* Resort Valle dell’Erica Thalasso & SPA, Sardinia. 28-hectares of scented shrub-land, a long sandy beach and wind-carved sandy coves line 1,400m of unspoilt, sparkling coastline making Resort Valle dell’Erica a truly unique natural oasis. Moments from the ancient village of Santa Teresa Gallura, amidst the National Park of the Archipelago of La Maddalena and the Natural Reserve of the Straits of Bonifacio, this elegant resort provides sun, sea, sand and seclusion in abundance.
Despite having a choice of two distinct hotels; Hotel La Licciola and Hotel Erica, 252 luxurious bedrooms and suites, four swimming pools, a prestigious Thalasso & SPA Centre, seven restaurants, five bars and a choice of breathtaking daily excursions; at Resort Valle dell’ Erica you couldn’t feel more far-removed from the hustle and bustle.
For refined relaxation, Hotel La Licciola, which opened in 2013, is a stylish extension to the original resort. Discretely set within the natural landscape and designed using authentic Sardinian masonry, art and artifacts, the hotel features 116 luxurious rooms including the duplex Imperial Suite with private panoramic terrace and pool and three beautiful seawater swimming pools connected by waterfalls and a ‘swim-up’ bar. A collection of exclusive suites, including loft-style bedrooms and chic infinity pool is reserved for guests over six years old, providing an idyll for couples and honeymooners.
Hotel Erica offers 136 fully equipped rooms with a choice of stunning junior suites and interconnecting family suites. Located just a stone’s throw from the sea, all rooms are furnished in the classic Mediterranean style and are privately accessed with their own verandas; some with hammocks for leisurely lounging. The President Spargi suite has a private plunge pool enjoying a superb 180° view over the La Maddalena Archipelago.
Resort Valle dell’Erica offers a choice of seven restaurants, including a child-friendly pizzeria with wood-fired oven and grill at the Mini Club and La Prua; an adults-only sea-front restaurant. Hill-top Li Ciusoni with its stunning outdoor kitchen provides an education in traditional Sardinian cuisine with complimentary cookery courses available for those keen to learn the art of traditional Gallurese dishes such as Zuppa Gallurese, Ciusoni and Seadas. In high season the boutique, beachside restaurant Li Zini is open for superb alfresco dining and intimate, candle-lit experiences. Grecale, Nautilus and Les Bouches provide a choice of buffet or waiter service for breakfast, lunch or evening meal whilst La Piazzetta piano bar offers after-dinner live shows and entertainment.
No retreat would be complete without a dedicated space for the rejuvenation of body and mind. The prestigious Thalasso & SPA Centre “Le Thermae” offers exactly that. Set in an impressive 1,600sqm natural environment of granite rocks and scented by Mediterranean herbs, Le Thermae celebrates the art of Thalassotherapy with a circuit of four seawater swimming pools of varying temperatures; 15 stylish booths for Thalassotherapy massages and beauty treatments; hammam; sauna; relaxation and cardio-fitness area.
Parents can enjoy peace of mind, whilst children enjoy an unforgettable experience at Mini Club Ericaland. Well-equipped, modern and spacious, Ericaland provides a dedicated family area with secure indoor and outdoor play areas, restaurant and evening entertainment. Memories are made with unique experiences such as the Robinson Crusoe Adventure day; a unique excursion by canoe, allowing children to discover uninhabited beaches bordering the resort, Sardinian flora and fauna and stunning scenery.
Mini Club is open 7-days a week from 9.00 to 23.00 and is free for children aged from 3 – 9yrs. At Resort Valle dell’Erica everything has been thought of, so guests don’t have to: a complimentary 24-hour nursery with bottle service, highchairs, pushchairs, sterilizers, baby food and nappies is available and for children aged 14 years and above, complimentary canoes, snorkeling equipment, SUP, Golf, Nintendo Wii, Play Station, Xbox can be arranged. A Baby Club is also available for children aged 12 – 36 months.
Fun and excitement are not exclusively reserved for children at Valle dell’Erica with trekking and mountain-biking itineraries, windsurfing, kite-surfing, diving, private helicopter charters and sailing cruises all available upon request. Golfers of all proficiencies can also enjoy a picturesque 3-hole pitch and putt golf course.