Don’t be fooled by the name – Seven Pines Resort Sardinia may have plenty of the ultimate festive evergreen around, but there are cypresses, palms and fragrantly scented shrubs, too. The botanist-courting Baja Sardinia is in the island’s northernmost reaches, close to the towns of Olbia and Porto Cervo, along the Costa Smeralda’s sparkling emerald-coloured shores. Sunsets and live DJ sets have been imported from the hotel’s sister stay in Ibiza, but the pale stone, blue ceramics and traditional textiles are all Italian. Please note Despite appearing alarmingly real, these images for Seven Pines Sardinia are in fact computer generated. Apologies, real-life pictures will be with us soon…
Double rooms from €1485.00, including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-in.
Rates usually include breakfast.
Suites and up will have a house bar: an upgrade on the average minibar thanks to the delivery of full-size bottles of spirits, fresh herbs and ice for some DIY mixology.
The hotel opens every summer season, from May until October.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, gardens, daily wellness classes, tennis academy and padel court, and four beaches. In rooms: free bottled water, tea and coffee kit, television.
Our favourite rooms
Guests in the Laguna View suites will get a secondary swimming pool all to themselves – this set of 11 rooms is also a good choice for extended families and groups of friends. And if you’ve always thought rooftops were wasted unless they were a terrace, book one of the standalone suites with steps leading to their very own sea-facing sun deck and enjoy the salty breeze.
The Spazio pool is in the hotel’s main hub and open from 9am to 7pm. Laguna guests can use this pool, but they’ll also have the pool that their rooms are set around all to themselves.
The Pure Seven spa has an aroma sauna, a steam room and a hammam, plus a courtyard to ensure the serenity starts before you’ve even entered the treatment room.
Leave the tennis rackets at home and hire the hotel’s instead – you’ll also be able to borrow a padel version to try the tennis, squash and badminton hybrid for yourself.
The hotel’s communal areas are all accessible for wheelchair users and there are specially adapted rooms, too.
Out on the terrace to admire the Costa Smeralda in comfort, or primed for an imported Ibiza-style sunset (with regulatory applause) at Cone Club.
Spruce up for supper.
There are three restaurants within the grounds: Capogiro, Cone Club and the Spazio pool bar. Capogiro celebrates both land and sea, even if it’s the latter stealing the show on the terrace. Cone Club is formed from pyramids that could be an art installation; inside, you’ll be able to meet non-residents here for the fusion food from the Med-loving Japanese chef, the DJ sets and the daily sundown rituals. Breakfast is served at Capogiro
Each restaurant has a bar attached for fragrant cocktails and signature snacks – the DJ-enhanced Cone Club is likely to be liveliest (especially during its sunset celebrations).
Breakfast at Capogiro is from 7.30am to 11am. It’s also open for dinner from 7pm to 11pm. Cone Club is open from noon until 1am. Spazio’s laid-back lunch service runs between noon and 2.30pm, with dinner available from 7pm till 11pm.
Food can be ordered to your room or rooftop around the clock.
All 40 evergreen acres are on Sardinia’s northern shores, a short drive from Olbia and close to the Costa Smeralda’s main town, Porto Cervo.
Direct seasonal flights operate to Olbia’s Costa Smeralda airport, half an hour away by car from the resort. Hotel transfers start from €100 each way.
The resort has plenty to keep you entertained within its (expansive) confines, but a car will be useful if you want to see how emerald-hued the Costa Smeralda really is. There’s free valet parking at the hotel.
Ferries from Corsica and the Italian and French mainlands call in at Olbia’s port, which is a similar distance away as the airport (a 30-minute-or-so drive). The hotel also has its own pier for any incoming yachts.
Worth getting out of bed for
There’s no need to rush to reserve a sunlounger around here, since there’s a whole 37 acres of sunbathing spots. Along with the main beach, which has flowing food and drinks, there are three more coves to lay your towel out, where whole days will pass without seeing another guest. For more active sorts, there are running trails, tennis courts (plus padel – a Mexican take on tennis that’s increasingly popular in the Med) and watersports, including snorkelling, stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking. The team will also be able to furnish you with a yacht to cruise around the turquoise-coloured coast – the Maddelena archipelago is all that stands between you and Corsica. Car ferries depart for La Maddelena from the port town of Palau. Also outside of the resort, megalithic edificies (called nuraghe) and the towns of Porto Cervo and Baja Sardinia await.
For fine-dining within walking distance of the resort, stroll down to Somu and secure a sea-facing table in time for sunset. In Porto Cervo, don’t miss Il Fuoco Sacro at fellow Smith stay Petra Segreta. Or work your way through all three spaces at Frades, which include a cheese and charcuterie counter and a wine shop, all the while enjoying the view out over Cala di Volpe.
You hardly need to make the effort to go in search of beach-club buzz since the hotel’s Cone Club is on your doorstep, but if you do want a change of scene, try Phi Beach. The island is also home to a Nikki Beach outpost, a 30-minute drive south.
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 hotel in Italy and unpacked their sun cream and swimwear, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Seven Pines Resort Sardinia…
The Italians may not exactly be known for doing nothing, given their staggering contribution to the world (and we’re not just talking about pizza, though it’s a good place to start) – but they’re actually masters of the art of what they call dolce far niente: being happy doing nothing (we’d be happy doing pretty much anything in Italy). This notion is taken very seriously at the Seven Pines Resort in Sardinia, a beach resort but also not your average beach resort. Think of it more as a lifestyle concept, with its own art installation of a beach club – to which guests voyage from all over the island for the Japanese-meets-the-Med fusion food – imported-from-Ibiza DJ sets and sunset rituals, and a mostly beige (for optimal serenity) spa. It’s a seaside stroll to the restaurants and bars of Baja Sardinia, and a 10-minute drive to Costa Smeralda’s most well-heeled town, Porto Cervo, which has an unsurprisingly yacht-packed marina and just 400 or so lucky permanent residents. You may not speak fluent Italian, but at least you’ll be versed in the most stylish sort of inertia.