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For a day spent ashore, these are the places to be pampered, the shopping districts to delve into, the activities to indulge in, and the gourmet treats to discover.
Cool sophistication and mellow moods of the local spas sets a peaceful and hypnotic state of mind for sheer relaxation. Combine a variety of treatments over a few days with different and unique experiences designed to enhance detoxification in order to make you feel re-energised and relaxed. Spas with first class staff and state of the art equipment include Hotel Capo d’Orso Thalasso & Spa, Sofitel Thalassa Timi Ama and Hotel Relax Torreruia.
Sardinia is somewhere you can spend an indecent amount of time to give your wardrobe the Italian job. Try the upmarket seaside town of Porto Cervo where you'll be hanging out with the designer-clad crowd.
If you're heading south, the capital city Cagliari will more than occupy your credit card. We're not talking a shopping frenzy on a Milan scale, but an intimate relationship with all the stylish Italian names you could wish for. If your tastes are a little more eclectic, wander off down the narrow streets behind and you'll find antique curios and tiny handicraft stores.
Up in the north of the island, it's the Costa Smeralda's look-but-don't-touch boutiques that have the shoppers' full attention. From posh togs to designer bags – it's a temple of jet-set retail worship. Other good buys include pottery, woodwork and filigree jewellery. The small town of Bosa's renowned for its goldsmiths' workshops, while Alghero's old town is the place to hunt out bespoke pieces of polished red coral jewellery.
A Sardinian holiday is not complete without a round of Golf on the Is Molas Golf Course. The Course situated in Santa Margherita di Pula, has fascinating views of the Roman ruins of Nora and the turquoise bay coupled with the impeccably kept lawns. An unforgettable golfing experience of 18 holes complete with cocktails in the clubhouse and a picturesque sunset over the coastal views is a must.
The potential of the A-list restaurants is experienced by a fusion of flamboyant regional and modern cuisine. While Sardinia is a region of Italy, its history and heritage is shared with explorers of many European nations. This is often a surprise for the palette expecting a red sauce and parmesan cheese: seafood and wild game with different breads and red wine are the essential basics.
The cuisine of Sardinia is just as varied as it’s terrain with an as expected abundance of seafood dishes to be found in coastal regions including what is said to be some of the finest lobster in the world. All this having been said though the traditional delicacies of Sardinia are to be found in land where your taste buds will be tantalised with wood roast suckling pig, wild boar and traditional Sardinian sausage. Sardinia is also know for their hearty and fruity Cannonau wine made from the oldest grapes in the world dating back to 1200 BC and may therefore qualify as the mother of all the European wines.