By town standards, Alghero, on the north western coast of Sardinia, is small. The historic centre can be walked in a couple of hours and the long sandy, pine wood fringed beaches to the north are close enough to walk to. (If you want real privacy however, you need to take public transport, the car or cycle a bit further north out of the town. Follow the signs for Fertilia Airport & you will find crescent shaped sandy beaches, which are much less populated than those closer to Alghero).
And, because it’s quite a small town, accommodation which is beyond the edges, isn’t actually that far out. We found Boutique Hotel Sant Anna online while we were in Rome – we like booking as we go along & definitely like spreading the word when we find somewhere that’s not only as good as we hope, but over-delivers. And this is one such place.
By the time we’d landed in Alghero – a short 40 min & very inexpensive flight from Rome Ciampino – & collected our car (the dream car for touring Sardinia – a Fiat 500 cabriolet), it was after 8pm by the time we headed off to Alghero. It’s only 10km but the directions we’d downloaded were rubbish and so, even knowing the town, we got hopelessly lost & arrived at the accommodation after 9pm. However, Max, who manages Sant Anna was waiting for us & introduced us to his little bit of Sardinian heaven…
Sant Anna is an old farmhouse which has been very sensitively & elegantly refurbished into three self-contained apartments, all looking out onto a huge garden packed with lemon & olive trees, a huge terrace and lots of seating areas. Our room was described as of traditional Sardinian style with dark wood, ornately carved furniture. Although quite small, one of the best things about it, is it is tucked around the corner, so very private.
Because there are only three rooms, I can’t imagine the terrace is ever packed. An enormous dining table takes pride of place – perfect if you book the entire place with friends. At the moment there is no swimming pool, but this didn’t spoil things in any way. (Although we think there may be plans to look into a small pool, so if this is on your list of “must-haves” you might find there is one next year…). We stayed for three nights and could not fault Sant Anna. (Breakfast is not included, although there is a big communal fridge, so we just bought provisions and did our own on the terrace). There are also bicycles to hire, enabling you to explore the area on two wheels, or hit the beach.
On the morning we were leaving, we were given a sneak peek of the two other rooms – this Moroccan inspired one was definitely our favourite and, despite the privacy of our Sardinian hideaway around the corner, we might plump for this one next time.
Max is a real asset to Boutique Hotel Sant Anna – he just knows how to create something beautiful and has big plans for coming seasons. He’s really personable & interesting – and we were delighted to find out that he has connections with Manchester & Didsbury. And likes nothing more than a Sunday Roast! So, Max, we did promise next time you’re over, we’ll treat you to a Didsbury Sunday Roast 🙂