Satisfy Mind, Body & Soul in Sardinia

Satisfy Mind, Body & Soul in Sardinia

The island of Sardinia is an emerald jewel located off the West coast of Italy, sitting just South of the French island of Corsica. It is a land of contrasts, surrounded by the bounty of the ocean yet also with a mountainous interior filled with history and rich culture. Although sometimes overlooked by travellers in Europe, Sardinia provides the perfect place to visit in order to indulge your body, engage your mind and feed your soul. The island has a friendly and welcoming population and promotes a way of life that prioritises nature, family and food! Here we’ll take a look at some of the most beautiful and interesting places to go to on a visit to Sardinia.

Mind

If you’re looking to give your mind a workout whilst travelling, then Sardinia is full to the brim with fascinating history, wildlife and art. Perhaps some of the most famous geographical features on the island are its mysterious nuraghe or stone towers which can be found up and down its length. It’s not certain what the exact purpose of these cone-shaped monoliths is but historians speculate that some could be fortresses, burial chambers or religious temples. Constructed from blocks of basalt, or volcanic rock, the structures are pre-historic and date back to the Nuragic civilization that lived in Sardinia between 1800 – 730 BCE. Not much is known about this ancient civilization except that, much like the Sardos of today, they were mostly farmers and shepherds. You can travel back in time to investigate Sardinia’s prehistoric roots at some of the most famous nuraghe settlements like Su Nuraxi in Barumini and Santu Antine in Torralba. Be prepared to be wowed by their intricate design and impressive construction.

If you’re more a mathematician than a history buff, then there are many locations in Sardinia that offer the chance to test your skills at table games like blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Hotels like the Stefania in the North and Is Morus Relais in the South offer on-site casinos, or you can take advantage of the island’s growing amount of WiFi hotspots to take a spin online instead. Whether you prefer to delve into the rich history of Sardinia via the nuraghe or engage with its modern thinking community in the hotels and casinos, the island has something to offer every type of mind.

flock to Italy every year is the food

Body

Perhaps one of the main reasons that people from all over the world flock to Italy every year is the food. As with other parts of this culinary nation, in Sardinia you are spoilt for choice with a feast of flavours taken from both the Mediterranean Sea and the farms and herds tended inland. Su Gologone Hotel is a beautiful example of the island’s attitude to food, with its own farm and vegetable garden and a focus on Sardinian customs. The restaurant here offers the island speciality of porcheddu, or roast suckling pig, cooked over an open fire and served out on the terrace. It also offers delectable treats made with locally sourced Oliena honey and culurgiones, which is ravioli filled with local ricotta. The perfect place to visit for the true taste of Sardinia!

If you’d rather take a more hands-on approach to cooking during your stay, then Sardinia Escapes offers a retreat called The Wabi Sabi Escape. Wabi sabi translates to the Japanese idea of beauty that appreciates imperfections and simplicity. The Escape claims that this fits in well with the Sardinian approach to life and food, and they have subsequently built a six-day retreat designed to help you explore your approach to cooking and eating through that philosophy. This is a great chance to explore the region whilst getting in touch with your own body and mind through trusting.

There are many wellness retreats offered across the island of Sardinia

Soul

There are many wellness retreats offered across the island of Sardinia, perhaps because it is a such a restful, peaceful and grounding place to spend time. Retreats In Sardinia offer a variety of different packages incorporating yoga, mindfulness, reiki, meditation and mountain camping. Each retreat is designed to fit a different need, but all come with access to the Galanias Hotel in Ogliastra. This homely seaside hotel provides locally grown wine, fruit and olive oil, and aims to be as self-sufficient as possible. If you’d like to spend some time reconnecting with yourself, then one of these options can provide a wonderful space to breathe.

Alternatively, Forte Village Thalasso and Spa is geared towards spa-style pampering and thalasso therapy. Choose from classic thermal baths, the thalasso therapy procedure or a selection of different massages, salt scrubs and mud masks to invigorate your spirit and soothe your soul. There is even an on-site aquaforte clinic offering a range of diagnostic treatments and laser therapy, a fully fitted gym and expert nutritionist advice available. Here you can take advantage of the experience and knowledge of the professionals, before soaking in the healing atmosphere of Sardinia itself in the expansive hotel grounds and on the spotless white-sand beach.