Need to know
15 rooms, all of which are spacious suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability and an additional charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Nature and nurture are central to this eco retreat. You can learn from the best of garden-to-table dining with a cooking masterclass; or if you’re more akin to clothing than cuisine, pick up tips on how to use plants – madder, buckthorn, lavender and daphne to name a few – as natural dyes for wool, linen and silk.
The hotel is open from the first week of May to the last week of October every year.
At the hotel
Pool, spa, Techo-gym equipment, restaurant and bar. In rooms: private porch and garden, heated plunge pool, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mineral water, TV, free WiFi, hairdryer, minibar, bathrobe, laundry service.
Our favourite rooms
All 15 suites have private plunge pools, gardens and earthy interiors, but the prestige rooms are slightly more spacious. Bag the last of the bunch – room 15 – for mountain views.
Trees act as umbrellas around the sinuous pool – dappling shade over the socially-distanced sunbeds (the small number of rooms means there’s no need for poolside crowding). An uninterrupted view over Gallura – and up to Sardinia’s steely blue skies – make this the epicentre of the hotel, albeit an incredibly peaceful one
The post-coast feeling – one of beach breeze, sun-kissed skin and sandy everything – slips away in the hotel spa, with its Mediterranean-scented sauna, heated swimming pool, herbal teas and natural treatments. And if you’re not content with only using olive oil with your food, why not book one of the treatments using the estate's own batch: nature and nurture go hand in hand here.
Leave laptops at home: this retreat is too wholesome to spend time at your screen. Instead, leaf through a pocket-sized Sardinian dictionary – the language has been classified by UNESCO as an endangered language – so pick up a phrase or two while you still can.
Yoga classes are held in the garden against a background hushed by countryside; and spa treatments can be taken from the comfort of your suite.
Children above the age of six are welcome at Cascioni: an additional bed can be added to rooms upon request (with a charge).
Home-grown and home-made is the ethos at Cascioni – starting with the one hundred species of Mediterranean plants grown on the nature reserve. The 3,000-tree olive orchard is impressive, too, and houses varieties such as Bosana, Nera di Gonnos and Becco di Cornacchia, grown as nature intended. Olives are pressed and bottled on site to make fragrant extra virgin olive oil, natural jams and the toiletries that you’ll find in your room. The restaurant’s menu is drawn from the harvest of the estate's vegetable garden, herb plants and fruit trees – from freshly laid eggs to just-picked aubergines – making it sustainable, seasonal and kind to the land. The spa uses organic products from the estate – honey, myrtle, mallow and lavender – and saves water by populating the space with cacti and herbs, instead of more water-guzzling plants.