Sardinia, Italy

Albero Capovolto

Style

Stacked-stone abode

Setting

Vineyard vantage-point

Boutique bed and breakfast Albero Capovolto is the laid-back, Italian country home of our dreams. Built as a summer retreat by the owner Alessandro’s parents, this stacked-stone abode holds onto its endearingly homey past: bed throws were made by the family’s matriarch and the furniture nods to ties with the fashion industry. There are also modern touches, with unique lighting pieces and a di moda, white stone-lined pool. Market-fresh dinner options are run by guests over breakfast and the terrace looks out over verdant vineyards; a handful of white-sand beaches lie just beyond that. 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Six, including one suite.

Check–Out

10.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 1pm.

Also

Pick up a few authentic Sardinian kitchen skills with a private cooking lesson, or arrange an in-room massage to get rid of those pre-holiday knots.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed annually from 20 October to 10 April.

At the hotel

Free WiFi and a laundry service. In rooms: pool towels, air-conditioning and Herb Sardinia bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the six rooms is light and airy, but we’re partial to the spacious suite, which has direct access to two gardens and is the only room with both a walk-in shower and a bath tub. We do love a good soak.

Poolside

Swim leisurely lengths or simply float in the generously-sized (20-metres long) white-stone pool. At one end, the pagoda, with its large communal table, is just the place for a shaded post-dip drink.

Packing tips

Bring something suitably elegant for a night on the town, and don’t forget your shades.

Also

During high season, sunset yoga sessions can be arranged on the lawn, when there is interest from six or more would-be holiday yogis.

Pet‐friendly

For €15 a night, your pup can join you and be supplied with a dog bowl and bed. See more pet-friendly hotels in Sardinia.

Children

This peaceful retreat is best for adults only.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

You’ll enjoy countryside views with your meal wherever you choose to sit.

Dress Code

Albero Capovolto is your home-away-from-home, so consider it such when dressing, but do remember you’re in effortlessly stylish Italy.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant as such, but the chef cooks in the home kitchen and meals can be delivered to anywhere on the property you’d like to eat, although most are served on the veranda. Breakfast is buffet-style, with home-made breads and cakes, locally-made yoghurt and ricotta, teas and coffee; eggs and other breakfast staples can be whipped up on request. Lunch is light and served on request only; ask nicely and the chef may provide you with a picnic lunch to go. Dinner is a fixed menu of market-fresh Sardinian specialties, so expect fish to feature. At breakfast every morning, owner Alessandro will run the evening menu by guests, and once or twice a week, they’ll fire up the barbecue or dish out home-made pizza. 

Hotel bar

There’s no bar, but you won’t go thirsty. Just ask, and Alessandro will serve you any time. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served on the veranda from 8.30am to 10.30am, and dinner starts at 8.30pm.

Room service

None officially, but the chef will ensure you have access to sustenance when hunger (or even just the nibbles) strike.

Location

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Address
Albero Capovolto
Via Sudunigheddu, 13
07020
Golfo Aranci (Olbia)
Italy

Planes

From within Italy, fly directly to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport; it’s a 12-kilometre drive from the airport to the hotel. Flights from the UK, Germany and elsewhere will likely require a stopover in Rome. Arrange transfers with the hotel for €40 each way, or hail a cab at the airport, but be aware that they sometimes charge extra for luggage, so agree the fare before you get in.

Automobiles

If you want to explore the island, hiring a car is key; you can pick one up at the airport, and from there follow signs to National Route 125 in the direction of Palau, then on to Provincial Route 16 towards Golfo Aranci.

Other

Boats and ferries (check out Moby Lines, Grimaldi Lines and Tirrenia) sail between Olbia and mainland Italy, including ports in Genoa, Livorno and north of Rome, and from France.

Worth getting out of bed for

Albero Capovolto’s countryside setting makes it perfect for lovers of a good ramble. The closest beach is white-sand La Marinella (two kilometres from the hotel), although it can be a bit busy; owner Alessandro highly recommends the calmer Cala Sabina, Cala Sassari and Bianca beaches. Hop into your rental car with a picnic and beach towels, or take a boat to little secluded beaches that are only accessible by sea. 

Visit the nearby villages of Porto Rotondo, Golfo Aranci and San Pantaleo for a wander around shops and cafés; on Tuesdays, San Pantaleo hosts an arts, crafts and food market that’s known as the best on the island. If you fancy a boating excursion, ask Alessandro about a visit to the archipelago of La Madalena, a former NATO base on a string of beautiful islands. You’re also well placed for wine tasting; Sardinia is serious about their grapes, and there’s no dearth of wineries in the area. We especially like Vigne Surrau

Local restaurants

Venture to the centre of hillside village San Pantaleo for dinner at Giagoni in Piazza; try the lorighittas pasta with seafood stew and pesto, a classic aubergine parmigiana or the fresh-as-can-be catch of the day. Make sure to save a bit of room for the ricotta-and-chocolate cake too. The north side of Sardinia is liberally dotted with agriturismo restaurants, which are homey eateries on the edge of farmland. Try nearby La Sasima, which specialises in traditional grilled meats and home-made pastas. They also offer tastings of wines, cheeses, honey and salami, if you’re not after a full meal. 

Local cafés

Fino Beach Club on Cala Sassari will keep you fed and hydrated during your day on the sand. It serves up food throughout the day, alongside refreshingly chilled drinks; all alfresco, of course.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the countryside and unpacked their Sardinian wine and locally-made loot from the hotel’s shop, a full account of their bed and breakfast break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Albero Capovolto in Sardinia…

Within a few minutes of being greeted by the exuberant Alessandro, owner of Albero Capovolto, we’ve decided (almost subconsciously) that we do feel very at home here. In fact, it’s exactly the way we pictured our Italian countryside summer home in our dreams, with olive tree-dotted and casually landscaped gardens, multiple patios for lounging and alfresco dining on, and a pool with vineyard views.

Inside this light and airy bed and breakfast, we find craftily upcycled furniture, including thread-spool lamps, made by Alessandro and cloud-like throws made by his mamma. Our room is named after one of his brothers, and has exposed-beam ceilings and a cosy shared terrace. At breakfast the next morning, we are delighted to engage in our favourite gluttonous hobby – discussing an upcoming meal while finishing another. Alessandro runs the evening’s market-fresh dinner menu by us while we polish off the breakfast pastries and sip our second coffees. We’ve been told there’s wine in these hills and home-made pizza later in the week, so naturally we’re planning to move in. 

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