A place where your thoughts can wander freely, get caught on the horizon and where you can safely dive into the sea. Essenza Sardegna is a different kind of accommodation where guests and visitors can find themselves and the essence of Sardinia. You don't feel like a tourist here, you arrive here and want to stay. Hard to see from a distance, the four round huts and the common room with open kitchen and fireplace fit perfectly into the UNESCO biosphere reserve Tepilora. Comfortable sofas in the open air invite you to relax and let all negative energy flow down into the valley of the Rio Posada.
Sardinian flowers and wild herbs can not only be found everywhere on the large property, but also inspire the senses with the finest essential oils, with which the operator Marina and her daughter Valeria give each hut their very own individual touch. The lovingly antique and at the same time minimalistly furnished round huts with integrated bathrooms are each dedicated to a different medicinal plant native to this area in terms of color and flavor. They reflect the wellness character of the small oasis: white myrtle for cleansing body and mind, delicate turquoise juniper for more balance and equilibrium, purple lavender against restlessness and insomnia and the yellow straw flower, which regenerates and gives new energy.
Marina and Valeria pamper their guests with an organic vegetarian breakfast with ingredients from the region; a plastic-free picnic basket can be booked on request. In addition to exploring the almost 8000 hectare nature park, through forests and meadows and along springs, streams and lakes, the shimmering turquoise sea with its long sandy beaches can be reached in just 10 minutes by car - provided you want to leave here at all. Because instead, why not just get tired of the breathtaking view, meditate under the old olive tree, enjoy soothing massages or get rid of the stress of everyday life with yoga on the terrace? Words or music are hardly needed here, because the wind that gently blows through the branches and over the grass, the cicadas in the trees and the melody of the sheep bells rising from the valley play their very own song of a vacation that you can do so quickly is not forgotten.
ArchitectureWhen building the accommodation, Marina had a clear, Sardinian model: the more than 4000 year old, prehistoric, nuraghi building complexes, of which there were once around 10,000 copies in all of Sardinia. One of them, the Nuraghe San Pietro, is just a kilometer from the property and can be visited. The meaning and purpose of the nuraghi is still controversial today: were they places of worship, grave complexes or residential complexes? In any case, Essenza Sardegna has found its destination: an architecturally unique oasis for nature lovers, away from the tourist crowds, in the middle of nature. All the materials used come from the immediate vicinity, from the stones for the walls to the branches that line the ceilings from the inside and the roofs of the huts called “Pinnetos” from the outside. The antique-looking furniture is complemented by a tasteful selection of Sardinian craftsmanship - nothing here seems standardized.
FoodIn the morning, guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast made from regional organic ingredients in the common room. The plastic-free vintage picnic basket is a special highlight for those who are planning a hike or a beach excursion or who simply cannot pull themselves up to leave this oasis of peace and contemplation. Packed full of fruit and vegetables, different types of bread, salads, cheese, fruit and vegetables, you can dine in style anywhere - be it under a shady tree or on the beach under the parasol. With the exception of local dairy products such as cheese and yoghurt, the ingredients used are vegan - because the hosts themselves also have a purely plant-based diet.
EnvironmentWaste separation and recycling, energy-saving lamps, good insulation, water-saving measures and the reprocessing of rainwater - for Marina and Valeria, all of these are taken for granted in order to live in harmony with their surroundings and in line with their vision. Further measures to save energy or to produce it yourself are being planned. Only environmentally friendly products from Sardinia are used to clean the premises. The same applies to hand soaps, shower gels and shampoos, which are not provided in single doses, but only in refillable dispensers.
Well-BeingIt doesn't take much to top the instant relaxation effect that this property triggers with its unique architecture, location and atmosphere. Nevertheless, there are a large number of offers that can be booked: from relaxing to energizing massages, Qui Gong, meditation and yoga - all outside in the open air or on the spacious, covered terrace. A stay in Essenza Sardegna enables you to relax from head to toe, to arrive at yourself and in a Sardinia that is so much more than beach holidays and chic tourism on the Costa Smeralda in the north of the island. Essenza Sardegna exudes a serenity that you want to distill and take home with you.
The property can be reached in 30 minutes by car from Olbia. The exact address can be found on the website.
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