As a preface, I must unequivocally state that we had an amazing, magical time at this house. However! It is important to note that this is a very specific property and may not be for everyone.
If you crave new, fancy houses with the latest amenities and technology, stop reading now and book in Porto Cervo. However, if you value total seclusion, nature, and simplicity, this villa may be just your thing. Here's why...
Located 10 min east of the port village of Palau, the house is down a one mile dirt driveway off the main road. The main house is perfectly divided into two wings with the main living areas in the center, which makes it ideal for two families with children traveling together (as we were). There is also a guest house which makes it even more ideal to add in a third, small family (as we did).
The villa has a spectacular view from its extended patio of the sea, La Maddelena, and Corsica in the distance. Looking overtop its "yard" of rocks and trees, a narrow path leads to the house's own private "beach" which is actually more of a small cove. We spent much of the time on chairs on the rocks surrounding the cove or in the water itself. The landscape is arid, with stunning granite rock sculptures that will remind many of the vistas in part of the SW United States.
Everything about the house is an exercise in simple chic, from the mosquito netting on the beds to the beautiful Italian pottery and lithographs that adorn the walls. Note there are three types of water: that which comes out of the faucets (non-potable), that which comes in huge, rectangular jugs delivered by the municipality (for cooking) and that which you buy at the grocery store (for drinking). Again, some people may find this an inconvenience. We found it only added to the charm.
The house is a short drive into town to grocery stores, restaurants, the gelateria(!) and slightly further to magnificent towns like Porto Rafael. We would highly recommend chartering a boat at the Port in Palau for a day to get a totally different experience on Sardinia.
The house is expensive. But if you want a large property that provides distinct areas for three different groups, and a nearly colonial feel that will allow you to easily cut off from the rest of the world, we would highly recommend taking a look at this property. Being from the high-paced environment of NYC, we instantly felt on vacation and at ease.