If you don’t have fabulously wealthy friends with a private estate in Italy, Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru, may just be the next best option. This stunning boutique hotel is nestled in the hills in the North East of Sardinia a short drive to beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda. Once there you can play spot the super yacht (if only your friends provided one of them as well!). Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru is in quite a secluded setting which means the views are sensational but you definitely need a car.
Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru used to be an old farm and some of the buildings date back to 1850. The hotel is made up of a cluster of rooms all with their own balconies and two private villas. As we were holidaying with a group of friends we hired one of the villas, Lo Stazzo, which used to be the hay barn.
The thick brick walls, weathered beams and terracotta tiles impart a real sense of history which is carried through the carefully chosen antique furniture in the three bedroom villa. Lo Stazzo has its own private swimming pool although we chose to use the main hotel pool most of the time as it was sunnier. The hotel is small so don’t expect the spa facilities or organised activities of a larger hotel but to me the intimate size added to its charm.
Staying at the villa meant we were able to cater for ourselves to an extent, while also popping up to the hotel restaurant for meals when we wanted to. The villa did have limited kitchen equipment so this is one aspect that could be improved on, however we had no complaints about Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru’s restaurant.
There’s an a la carte offering each night served on the terrace and once a week the restaurant puts on a special Sardinian night. It’s a good opportunity to try lots of different dishes including Sardinia’s famous “music bread” named for the noise when you break it and slow roasted lamb served with artichokes. The restaurant isn’t cheap but the setting is stunning and there’s a lot to be said to a one minute stumble to your bed after dinner.
Details: Stazzo Lu Ciaccaru, Località Lu Ciaccaru, Arzachena, Sardinia, Italy (Ph +39 0789 844001)
Kids: Staying in the villa made this very child friendly with our 1 year old. Staff were very welcoming towards children and high chairs are available at the restaurant. If you have a mobile child be aware the pools are not fenced.
Damage: Pricey. Lo Stazzo is around $675 a night in peak season, a double room is $285.