Sardinia, Italy

Albero Capovolto

Rates from (ex tax)$166.08

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR155.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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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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One bottle of Sardinian wine and an aperitivo

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.

Rates

Double rooms from $166.08 (€141), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR155.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast.

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 the 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

Children over 12 are welcome, but this peaceful retreat is best for adults only.

Food and Drink

Photos Albero Capovolto food and drink

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
Golfo Aranci (Olbia)
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. Some airlines offer direct flights from the UK, but you may have to make a stopover in Rome. Speak to our Smith24 team to book flights and arrange transfers (€40 a car, 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

The hotel is pretty remote, so you'll need a car to get to the nearby towns, which are roughly a ten-minute drive away. Our Smith24 team can organise a rental for you to pick up at the airport; 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 Thursdays, 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. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Albero Capovolto’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything. One of the loveliest B&B's we've stayed in. Alessandro was so warm and welcoming into his beautiful, tasteful family home. So disappointed we were only able to book for one night, as we could have easily moved in! Dinner was an absolute must, one of the best meals all trip. The pool, gardens, home and room were just perfection. We can't wait to return and have been raving about it to all our friends.

Don’t expect

We were a little unclear on how the drinks situation worked, which was a little awkward but fine. Drinks are sold with dinner, so I wouldn't recommend BYO!

Rating

Stayed on 29 Aug 2017

We loved

Staying at Albero Capovolto was like us finding out we had a Sardinian country house in the family. In fact it's much better because it's impossible to imagine anyone in our family that would be so passionate about good food, beautiful interior design and hospitality. Alessandro has created so many spaces – inside and out – that make you instantly relax. We loved the loungers next to the wall of cascading jasmine, the moon/cuddle chairs overlooking the small vineyard, the Dutch hammock next to the outdoor sofas. The Spring colours and smells were brilliant and I'm sure Summer is just as good. Every effortlessly landscaped or decorated corner creates a new place you want to stay in for the rest of the trip or try to recreate at home. Alessandro is the perfect host in a home that is very special and we're looking forward to visiting him again soon. Our top tip is to eat at Albero Capovolto if you get the chance. We did (twice in three days) and it was the best food we had on the island. Also, just as a side note: San Pantaleo market is on Thursdays not Tuesdays.

Rating

Stayed on 14 May 2017

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