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Tucked behind its own private beach on a small granite headland, the Hotel Pitrizza occupies a prime position on Sardinia’s wild but exclusive shoreline.
First opened in 1963 and substantially refurbished in 1990, the design of the Hotel Pitrizza is in keeping with the rest of the Costa Smeralda: nature has been respected, and the grounds and architecture are in perfect harmony with the rugged landscape of Sardinia's north-eastern coast.
The Hotel Pitrizza's 55 rooms are scattered across the grounds in small clusters. Understated in design, they feature white-plastered walls accented by local tiles and furniture. A panoramic sheet of glass separates your bedroom from the terrace, so you can enjoy the view even when all of the windows are closed. However, most people leave the windows open for the sound of the lapping sea and the gentle scent of jasmine that wafts into the room.
At the heart of the Hotel Pitrizza is a bar and indoor-outdoor dining area with views to the beach. Dining tends to be al fresco and the food is (unsurprisingly being Italian) superb.
Proteus Diving is an easy five-minute drive from the Hotel Pitrizza, and a private charter will pick you up from the hotel's beach if you request it. You generally have to look after your own gear so it's easiest to rent theirs, but this isn't a problem; you get excellent and personalized service from the small, friendly team. Most importantly, you will only ever dive with five in your group (some local centres lead dives that number in the twenties).
Why we love it
Make sure you take a swim in the unique natural rock formation swimming pool at the Hotel Pitrizza.
Neill, Original Diver