It’s 8.30pm on a sultry Sardinian night and I’m considering the heavenly aroma emanating from the ravioli with summer season truffles set earlier than me. I’m on the two-Michelin star restaurant San Domenico in Forte Village Resort on Sardinia’s south coast. The solar has dipped over the horizon, assuaging the hothouse-like warmth of the afternoon. The waves of the Med are lapping onto the shore close by and I’ve bought a glass of crisp Vermentino on my hand. I reckon life couldn’t get significantly better. 

Then it does, briefly. A dolphin hoves into view about 25 metres out, breaching the floor of the water and inflicting gentle commotion among the many diners. It’s fairly the spectacle and transfixed us for a couple of minutes earlier than it glided off to shock diners elsewhere. I return to my truffle pasta: a signature dish of the restaurant, which migrates from Imola in northern Italy to Sardinia for the season, it seems to be as thrilling as any impromptu dolphin sighting. The dimensions of a small pancake, its shock is a yellow egg yolk in its centre, offering much more depth of flavour to the dish. 

Why keep right here

It’s a peak expertise amongst many we had throughout our keep at Forte Village, an upscale resort whose USP is offering a trip with all the things at your fingertips. Only a 45-minute drive from Cagliari airport, the resort covers an space of fifty hectares of dense tropical forest plus a stretch of dazzlingly fairly shoreline warmed by its personal microclimate. Opened in 1974 by Italian-born resort magnate Charles Forte as a vacation park for sports-mad visitors, over the many years it’s modified arms and it’s now a graceful oasis of luxurious with 5 five-star motels, three four-star motels, 40 suites and 13 luxurious villas with non-public gardens. 

Nevertheless it’s not about lodging alone – Forte Village’s specialty is providing actions for individuals who wish to do greater than lever themselves on and off a sunbed throughout their keep. Had I possessed extra power I may have gone boating, taken a Zumba class or educated with a champion boxer. 

We had been put in within the five-star Villa del Parco, one of many Main Lodges of the World and enveloped by so many lush timber it’s not possible to discern the resort’s form from the skin. However irrespective of, as a result of inside it’s all understated magnificence. Our sizeable room was embellished with well-chosen items: a buttoned headboard, an expanse of distressed mirrors above and a good-looking darkish wooden desk had been complemented by impartial partitions and ground. A floor-to-ceiling sliding door opened onto a wrought iron balcony that ignored majestic palms and hibiscus. The lavatory, with a ground of beautiful travertine marble, had partitions painted in a muted blue that I instantly determined to repeat in my lavatory at house. 

Relax in one of the pools at Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa

What to do 

We had been right here for Sardinian R&R and glorious Italian delicacies, and we bought that in spades. We spent our days on the resort’s non-public seashores, the place well-known Italian footballers on the sunbeds close to us had been pestered for selfies by excited children. Between stints dozing beneath our umbrella, we’d cool off within the clear, shallow waters of the ocean, little silver fish darting between our toes, gazing on the yachts moored within the distance and the rugged hills that jutting up behind the village. 

When the blazing solar grew to become an excessive amount of for these pasty Brits, we’d retire to the resort’s well-known Thalassotherapy spa, organized beneath the forest cover in a collection of winding coated walkways. Its six swimming pools of various levels of saltiness and temperature are stated to have a detoxifying impact, and definitely, floating on my again in saltwater staring up at waving palm fronds was extra enjoyable than I anticipated. 

The spa gives a wealth of wellness programmes for weight reduction, detox and well being, however I used to be right here for a calming beach-and-food vacation and opted for only one remedy, the spa’s signature honey-and-salt therapeutic massage. In a glass-sided room with solely forest creatures trying on, the professional Alessia massaged salt, honey and oil into my pores and skin after which hosed them off whereas I lay dozing on a heated waterbed. The contrasting textures made for a stunning sensation and left my pores and skin mushy and splendidly fragrant. 

There are many restaurants and bars to choose from at Forte Village Resort

Consuming and ingesting

Afternoon siestas set us up properly for dinner, which is an evening occasion at Forte Village. In summer season there are as many as 21 eating places on web site – many, like San Domenico, migrate to the resort for top season to serve Italian haute delicacies to the well-heeled. We bought our evenings began on the resort’s wine bar run with bustling effectivity by Sofia. On a terrace within the central piazza and flanked by designer garments outlets we sipped Sardinian wines and nibbled at a beneficiant plate of cured native meats and the sharp pecorino sardo cheese whereas Gaston, an Argentinian bard, entertained us together with his eclectic track line-up that encompassed each Coldplay and Hank Williams. 

We dined at Belvedere, on the roof terrace of our resort, a gourmand eatery whose chef executed a superb fusion of Italian and Japanese flavours. A extra casual meal at Sardinian restaurant Sardo centred across the rustic dish of curlurgiones, pasta parcels filled with potato, pecorino cheese and mint. At Le Dune, on a terrace overlooking the glassy Med the place fishermen had been hauling of their nets, Italian meals was served with imaginative twists. 

The presidential suite at Hotel Il Castello at Forte Village Resort

Verdict and learn how to e book

From the wonderful meals to sporty actions to seashore or spa-based leisure, Forte Village has it coated. It’s a Sardinian oasis the place a dedication to prime quality ensures visitors gained’t wish to go away. They will assure all the things however the dolphins. 

Forte Village Resort has rooms from €530 (£458) per room per night time based mostly on two adults sharing a deluxe bungalow on a half-board foundation (excluding drinks); fortevillageresort.com