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The award-winning Sardinian resort that’s helping couples celebrate their love in freedom
Tables set for a romantic sunset meal on a sandy beach in North Sardinia

This article first appeared in our ‘Love is all we need’ issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published on 14 February 2022. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Delphina Hotels & Resorts is best known for helping guests experience five-star luxury in freedom; its resorts are nestled among native trees and framed by wild, rugged coastlines.

The buildings are so sensitively landscaped that they’re barely visible from the crystal blue waters, yet on reaching the shore guests enter a five-star paradise built around thalassotherapy, luxurious spas, wellness centres and the finest local wines and cuisine – often prepared using ingredients grown on the resort’s own grounds.

Now this romantic philosophy of freedom has been extended to the way Delphina handles honeymoons, proposals and anniversaries.

Its new programme to help couples feel liberi – or free – looks set to boost Sardinia up the rankings of the world’s most romantic destinations.

A new way to celebrate love

Delphina has 12 five- and four-star hotels, six spa and thalassotherapy centres, exclusive residences and villas in north Sardinia, all immersed in green Mediterranean gardens overlooking the sea between the Costa Smeralda, La Maddalena, southern Corsica and the Gulf of Asinara.

‘Five stars are not enough for us’, explains Delphina’s Elena Muntoni. ‘We propose a new way of celebrating the feelings of two lovers: making them feel free. Free to choose, because each couple is different and special.’

Couples can enjoy an ‘Intense proposal’ or choose from a selection of experiences. ‘Family moons’ allow newlyweds to enjoy a honeymoon with children, and couples can hire private boats, exclusive guides for land excursions and qualified instructors for canoe tours that end with a swim in a hidden cove.

In the evening guests can enjoy apéritifs at sunset, romantic dinners on the sand and even a private driver for late-night fun on the Costa Smeralda.

‘In all these years, we have realised that couples are looking for trips and moments just for them, to rediscover that psychophysical wellbeing that only a holiday in contact with nature and a destination as suggestive and exotic as Sardinia is still able to offer’, Elena adds. ‘Our task is to interfere as little as possible with this suggestion.’

Award-winning sustainability

Delphina Hotels & Resorts was crowned the World’s Leading Green Independent Hotel Group at 2021’s World Travel Awards, where it was also named Italy’s Leading Hotel Group for the second year running.

Delphina’s Resort Valle dell’Erica Thalasso & SPA was named Europe’s Leading Green Resort for the third year and Italy’s Leading Green Resort for the second year, while its Resort & SPA Le Dune was crowned Italy’s Leading Beach Resort.

This sustainable journey began even before the birth of the structures, which are deliberately no more than two storeys high and use materials that have helped to regenerate centuries-old local skills.

The family-run chain was the first Italian hotel group to use entirely green and renewable energy across its full portfolio, and in-resort transport is electric.

Delphina’s approach to sustainability is authentic and evident in the smallest details – from the eco paper and mineral-free inks in the brochures to the natural products in the spas.

Healthy cuisine is promoted across the resorts, while excursions, led by locals, allow guests to understand the traditions of the island’s communities. The land around the resorts is either left wild or planted with local flora.

We can’t think of a better place to celebrate love in utter freedom and luxury.

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