The Sardinia Villa Collection
represents a diverse portfolio, with the common thread of quality, concierge service and bespoke elements. During our recent stay at Villa Karalis Two, we were particularly grateful for all the careful touches for small children, from beach towels to movies. You can even ask in advance for baby food and diapers to be provided if you’re prey to the Draconian Ryanair baggage restrictions like we were, as well as babygates and other toddler essentials.
The villa sleeps up to six people, so for a family of four it felt extremely roomy; so much so that we barely used the lovely top storey of the house. The beds are really comfortable and the air conditioning works brilliantly. The kitchen and three bathrooms are high spec, and a fantastic feature is the great TV den with a flatscreen and tons of DVDs generously on offer to keep kids amused. There’s the pretty garden for that, too, with a proper outdoor dining arrangement and a barbeque. At dusk, it was magical to watch the swallows and bats flitting across the sky with a glass of Vermentino while the steaks and vegetables sizzled.
The shared pool is pristine, well-landscaped and vast. Lounging around it, watching geckos running about and listening to that distinctive, soporific fauna buzz that everywhere warmer than Britain seems to enjoy, is just bliss. Though “shared”, in mid-June there was never a time when we didn’t have it completely to ourselves, which was fairly extraordinary given that our children essentially moved into the pool.
This might seem like an odd plus point to dwell on, but Sardinians are very keen to preserve their beautiful island and are consequently absolutely brilliant on rubbish and recycling. There are several carefully marked bins in the backyard in which everything from kitchen towel to eggshells to plastic bags can be re-used or disposed of in an eco-friendly way. It makes a real difference when vacating a villa, for me anyway, to not go through that guilty process of shaking my head at all the wine and Evian bottles that have ended up in the bin on their way to some ugly landfill. When you have fallen in love with a landscape the way that you are likely to in Southern Sardinia, it feels good to be given the chance to leave it as unspoilt as when you arrived.
Sardinia’s cool and pretty capital, Cagliari, is an easy drive, for either the airport or day trips. In terms of even more local amenities, the villa is on the outskirts of the chocolate box town of Pula, and Conad, the nearest supermarket, stocks tons of local produce, with an exceptional fish and meat selection. In high season, BluFan Water Park is also just 8km away, and if golf is your thing then Is Molas International Golf Club is literally just down the road.
There is a nearby beach within walking distance but there is also the gorgeous Nora beach less than ten minutes’ drive away. Chia beach, which is just sublime, takes maybe twenty minutes by car, and is justly famous throughout Sardinia for its shallow lagoon, flamingos, powdery sand and intriguing rock pools.
I have to mention that there is currently a competition underway to win a week’s stay at this very villa, so do check out The Sardinia Villa Collection
for your chance to win.