Glass takes time out at Sardinia’s Forte Village

WITH the sparkling seas of the southern Mediterranean as its backdrop, Sardinia’s Forte Village already has a head start on most other destinations. Just a short journey south-west from Cagliari, the resort – a self-contained sweep of hotels, suites and private villas blessed with high-end facilities and an army of well-attired staff – has redefined all-inclusive luxury in this sun-kissed corner of Europe, while retaining a family-friendly vibe.

Beach LifestyleBeach Lifestyle

Designed to meet visitors’ every need without occasion to leave the resort, Forte Village’s guests are equipped with a map upon arrival – a useful tool for navigating from forest to beach, spa to bar as well as the many dining options on offer. Ranging from seafront tavernas to elegant brasseries in the forest, Forte Village’s 21 restaurants are scattered throughout the resort and although you may not have time to experience them all, it’s definitely recommendable to try.

Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at Forte VillageGordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Forte Village

Michelin-starred chefs Alfons Schuhbeck and Gordon Ramsay have outposts here, as do a new wave of local rising stars. Sardinian delicacies, including spiny aragosta lobster, sea urchin and gelato are as much of a focal point as the haute cuisine at Forte Village, while a gourmet cooking academy also gives you the chance to take a few tips home with you.

Acquaforte spaAcquaforte spa at Forte Village

A major draw at Forte Village is the spa, which boasts a thalassotherapy circuit among its myriad treatments and therapies. Inspired by the Greek belief in the healing powers of the sea, this seven-pool series of varying temperatures and sodium and potassium levels, and marine mud – yes really – allows guests to and recalibrate body and mind through the benefits of weightlessness. And, although initially disconcerting, it certainly works.

Forte Village at nightForte Village at night

For those guests seeking more adrenalin-fuelled pursuits, Forte Village is a playground for watersports aficionados, its beachside club housing windsurfing, canoeing and SUP and giving the opportunity to get out on the sparkling waters. Elsewhere, there is a vast array of options including tennis and basketball courts and football pitches. Just a short distance away, guests can take excursions to the Roman ruins of Nora, while cycling and trips to the mountains behind the resort are also on the doorstep.

Children's WonderlandChildren’s Wonderland at Forte Village

Or, of course, you can just sit back and embrace the region’s 300 annual days of sun.

by Ben Olsen

Forte Village, S.S.195 Km 39.600, CAP 09010 – Pula (Cagliari), Sardinia, Italy
Tel: +39 0709218818

Citalia is offering a seven-night holiday to Forte Village Resort in Sardinia, staying at the four-star Hotel Bouganville on a half board basis from £981 per person. The offer includes private airport transfers and return international flights from London Gatwick with British Airways. Based on departures October 8, 2016.
Tel: 01293 765 006


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