Set in the heart of rural Sardinia in the midst of nowhere is the Su Gologone, possibly one of the most unusual hotels in Italy. It is famous throughout Sardinia for its individuality, its artwork and its quiet luxury. Having stayed here I shall never forget the experience.
We arrived here for three nights on a hot July afternoon and were greeted by a friendly receptionist who checked us in with the minimum of fuss and offered us a welcome refreshing drink. What struck me most was the incredible sound of the cicadas in the trees and shrubs that totally surround the hotel and the feeling that you had arrived in a very unusual place indeed.
The hotel is decorated with a multitude of different kinds of Sardinian artwork and is situated on a hillside with a series of terraces shaded by masses of exotic flowering shrubs and other vegetation. And everywhere you can hear the sound of birds and insects – it reminded me of a visit to the rainforests of Northern Australia long ago.
The bedrooms are individually decorated and are very luxurious with beautiful furniture. Ours had a small balcony again shaded by copious amounts of vegetation and a view, albeit obstructed, of the imposing Supramonte Mountains. To be honest I feel there is just a tad too much shrubbery around the hotel particularly near the bedrooms which often obscures a sensational mountain view.
The hotel possesses several modern facilities including a pool and tennis court. Wi-Fi was available in our bedroom.
You could spend days wandering around the gardens discovering all the nooks and crannies that invite you to relax and absorb the wonderful artwork and brightly coloured decor and furnishings. On our last evening we eventually found the Bar del Tablao near the Terrace of Dreams and watched the sun set over the mountains whilst being served a delicious cocktail – a very memorable and delightful experience.
The hotel has several restaurants all serving delicious authentic Sardinian food. In the summer you eat dinner on the terrace overlooking a beautiful valley and mountains. Lunch can be taken in a separate pool side area again decorated in bright colours and artwork.
The hotel is very efficiently run by a team of charming staff who are happy to advise you on the many spectacular trips on offer in this rugged part of the country. It is particularly appealing to hikers and trekkers. The very interesting town of Orgosolo is worth a visit where local artists and others have turned the place into an art gallery by painting murals on many of the buildings.
You feel after a visit to the Su Gologne that you have tasted the true essence of Sardinia and is in splendid contrast to the more tourist and beach orientated coastal resorts. One day I hope to return to this magical place.
N.B. People with any kind of walking difficulty should contact the hotel to be allocated a room on a lower level to avoid some of the stairs to reach the rooms on the higher terraces. There is no lift.
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- Also Known As:
- Su Gologone Oliena, Sardinia
- Su Gologone Hotel Oliena