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The light house at Capo d’Orso: romantic excursions in Palau

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The light house at Capo d’Orso, Palau

Follow the path from the Spa and have a swim in Cala Selvaggia, but don’t stop there. Continue along the coast, between the green of the land and the blue of the sea to the Capo d’Orso lighthouse.

The Capo d’Orso lighthouse rises on a rocky peninsula as if winking at the La Maddalena Archipelago. White and solitary, it has been there for almost a hundred years, a witness to the stories but also the legends that are told about these places: a guardian of this strategic stretch of water together with the other lighthouses scattered along the coast of Palau and throughout the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago.

Capo d'Orso lighthouse seen from the sea, Palau

The history of the Capo d’Orso between fact and fiction

The main structure, a large rectangular-shaped building, was built in 1924 and inhabited until 1974. Not far away, the 10-metre high white tower rises above the sea and its decaying charm will provide the perfect backdrop for the most romantic photos you will take on this holiday.

Capo d'Orso lighthouse seen from the sea, Palau

Legend has it that a small merchant cargo vessel carrying a load of barrels of beer was shipwrecked right on this stretch of sea. Although the lighthouse keepers managed to save the crew members, there was nothing to be done about the barrels of beer which floated off to the island of Caprera and which became a gift that came from the sea for the inhabitants of the small village on the island, who raised their glasses for a long time to come.

Other legends make it even more suggestive, including that of Ulysses: according to the writer Victor Berard, the coast of Palau was the land of the Lestrigoni mentioned in the Odyssey, where the travelling hero landed in search of food and water to sustain his crew.

By sea or by land, plenty of ways to enjoy the Palau lighthouse!

Even if a walk among the scented paths is always a good idea, the most romantic choice would be to enjoy the beauty of the lighthouse from the sea aboard the antique sailing ship Pulcinella. This elegant craft with its striking red sails will take you out of time to the paradisiacal islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago.

As you pass in front of the cliffs and coasts near the lighthouse, it will be easy to understand why this fascinating territory has inspired ancient legends…

Capo d'Orso lighthouse seen from the sea, aboard the sailing ship Pulcinella

The other lighthouses on the Strait of Bonifacio

In addition to the Capo d’Orso lighthouse, there are two more a few kilometres from the hotel, along the coast of Palau. The Punta Sardegna lighthouse, built on a rocky outcrop, perfectly separates the town of Palau from the romantic village of Porto Rafael. Once here, don’t miss the opportunity to have a dip in the crystal clear waters of the little Cala Trana and a visit to the 19th century artillery battery of Monte Altura.

A little further east you encounter the guardian of a small beach with golden sand, the lighthouse at Punta Palau, reachable on foot starting from the beach of Palau Vecchio near the port. Surrounded by granite rocks in the strangest of shapes and together with the lighthouse at Punta Sardegna this green and white sentinel of the sea is essential for all the maritime traffic of the La Maddalena Archipelago.

Porto Faro, Cala Selvaggia a Palau

There are many lighthouses dotting the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago, the oldest of which is the Razzoli lighthouse, in 1843 and also the oldest in Sardinia. In front of the north facade of the building, an ancient natural stone tower rises to a height of 12 metres and is now the true light source for the island. The other lighthouses to discover in the pristine waters of the archipelago are the Punta Filetto lighthouse on the island of Santa Maria, the I Corcelli lighthouse, a black and red lantern resting on one of the islets called the Barrettini, the Isolotti Monaci lantern and finally the light at the North East point.

North Sardinia: 5 star yacht mooring and facilities

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Cala Capra private marina, Palau in North Sardinia

An elegant private marina between the Costa Smeralda and the La Maddalena Archipelago

This is the location for the exclusive Cala Capra private marina, an exceptional setting, facing the La Maddalena Archipelago and the Costa Smeralda. An elegant tourist port in Palau, a mooring point and buoy area for yachts, charters and boats in Northern Sardinia, offering a wide range of exclusive services and facilities such as a Thalasso Centre & SPA, restaurants, fitness, catering, golf and 5-star hotels.

Hotel Capo d'Orso, Palau: Il Paguro, restaurant by the sea

The Cala Capra private marina

From Porto Cervo to the La Maddalena Archipelago, and on up to southern Corsica, sailing on this exclusive and breathtaking stretch of coast means you can discover the most “Caribbean” beaches in Italy … A day of this kind deserves a 5 star pit stop right in the middle of the 2 destinations, at the enchanting bay at Capo d’Orso. In the Marina di Cala Capra, yachts and charters up to 60 m can moor at the quay, and boats up to 100 mts out in the buoy area, close to the Mistral, Ponente and Libeccio winds. Once ashore, why not let yourself be pampered by the many 5-star services provided by the Capo d’Orso Thalasso & SPA Hotel?

You can choose between the 9-hole Pitch & Putt golf course, the “L’Incantu” Thalasso & SPA Centre, or an exquisite lunch at Il Paguro Restaurant, on a scenic terrace surrounded by olive trees looking out over the sea.

But that’s not all, because if you prefer to go back on board you can opt for the SPA service on board, with masseuses or beautician directly on the yacht, or there is the galley with delivery directly on board; show cooking with Chef on board; or even catering for any occasion, prepared by the renowned Il Paguro Restaurant which you can enjoy in comfort on your own boat.

Hotel Capo d'Orso, Palau: Piscine thalasso sul mare

The ‘Il Paguro’ restaurant

You know, the sea makes you hungry, and if you want a food and wine experience of the highest level an excellent lunch at Il Paguro Restaurant is a must.

The restaurant features a large terrace directly on the sea, overlooking the Cala Capra beach and the private marina. It offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine with seafood specialities and the catch of the day, accompanied by top-class wines expertly recommended by the sommelier. Gluten-free cuisine is also available upon reservation.

Opting for the à la carte restaurant means you can take advantage of free mooring for yachts up to 60 meters for guests who come here for lunch. This makes it ideal for a short break while sailing between the islands of the Archipelago.

Hotel Capo d'Orso, Palau: the Cala Capra beach

The Hotel Capo d’Orso, 5 stars by the sea

Should you wish to be captivated by the beauty and charm of this corner of Northern Sardinia with its beaches, the Roccia dell’Orso (Bear Rock) natural monument, archaeological sites, military forts, the delightful small town of Palau, or simply want to stop for a few days of total relaxation, why not extend the “break” with a stay in this elegant 5-star boutique hotel? The location is exceptional, as are the services and facilities.

Yet it is the unique quality of nature that reigns supreme here. A splendid and luxuriant natural park, a place where time seems to have stopped, surrounded by the intoxicating scents of Mediterranean plants such as helichrysum, Rosemary and juniper, and a clear and crystalline sea with constantly changing colours.

Your stay here will be a fairytale interlude during your sailing trip around Sardinia.

Sardinia 2020. Book early your place in paradise

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Sardinia 2017. Book early

Do you dream of a holiday by the North Sardinia sea? Satisfy your desires and book by the end of February to enjoy a 10% discount! Start early, that’s the secret to the success of your 5 star stay

The summer is near and the Hotel Capo d’Orso Thalasso & SPA is one of the most sought-after destinations for summer holidays in Sardinia. Its privileged position facing the Costa Smeralda and the La Maddalena Archipelago makes it ideal for relaxing holidays. A romantic location which is particularly suitable for couples looking for privacy and it is precisely this sense of cosy intimacy that makes it so exclusive. But in addition to the feeling of already being on holiday what are the advantages for those who book a 5 star holiday in Sardinia in advance?

Here are 3 good reasons for booking by the end of February:

  1. The Capo d’Orso Hotel in Palau is a boutique hotel with 86 elegantly furnished rooms, some with sea view, others set amidst a luxuriant natural setting.
    Booking by the end of February means it’s easier to get the type of room you like and also enjoy a 10% discount with the 2020 special offers. If your heart is set on an exclusive and romantic room with sea view, bathroom with Jacuzzi and Chromotherapy shower, there’s only one at the Hotel Capo d’Orso and that’s the highly acclaimed President Vista Mare! A word to the wise…

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  3. By planning your holiday in Sardinia in advance you will have all the time in the world to find out more about the area, what’s going on and what not to miss in Palau. In addition, why not complete your holiday by booking a health treatment in advance at the L’Incantu Thalasso Centre & SPA? If you book at the same time as your stay, you can enjoy an extra 10% discount (combinable with other special offers). And not only do you spend less, you’ll have less stress and things to worry about during your holiday!

  4. Hotel Capo d'Orso - L’Incantu Thalasso Centre & SPA

  5. Once you find the accommodation you’ve been dreaming of, sit back and enjoy the excitement that only booking a trip can offer. All you have to do now is find the most convenient flight to Olbia or Alghero airport, or you can take advantage of the early booking offers from the ferry companies that sail between Sardinia and the main Mediterranean ports.

Sardinia is waiting for you to experience the unexpected, everything else is booked!

Weddings in Sardinia: where to celebrate the most beautiful day of your life

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Weddings in Sardinia: where to celebrate the most beautiful day of your life.

Ideas for a dream wedding in an exclusive setting by the sea in the North of Sardinia.

Are you incurable romantics dreaming of a wedding by the sea? The horizon with its enchanting islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago and the Costa Smeralda is inspiration enough to start you dreaming about an unforgettable ceremony.

Imagine an exclusive wedding by the Sardinian sea, celebrated in a special location at the foot of the Capo d’Orso promontory in Palau, surrounded by lush vegetation that stretches down to the sea. In this paradise, the land merges into the sea in little beaches and private coves like the bays at Cala Capra and Cala Selvaggia.

Imagine slowly floating in your wedding dress in the shade of juniper trees and the intense fragrance of the Mediterranean maquis on a terrace overlooking the sea, while the hands of a skilled musician pluck the strings of a harp to accompany your every step.

Matrimonio in Sardegna: dove celebrare il giorno più bello della vostra vita

Every bride dreams of a perfect ceremony, an immaculate reception planned down to the smallest detail and impeccable service, but to make sure that on your wedding day everything is perfect, surely it’s better to rely on people who are well qualified in planning weddings together with the excellence that only a luxury hotel in the North of Sardinia can offer.

Organizing a wedding in a Luxury Hotel like the Capo d’Orso, will give you the chance to celebrate an unforgettable 5 star wedding by the Sardinian sea.

The ceremony, the reception by the sea, the menus, the tableau de mariage and the wedding gifts for guests: all these must be carefully planned long before the wedding day. The colours of the sea with its green and blue shades that become violet with the light at sunset will be the perfect setting for a beautiful wedding photo album.

Weddings in Sardinia: where to celebrate the most beautiful day of your life.

Inspired by the beauty of the sea, here are our suggestions for a dream wedding:

  • For the wedding ceremony, the terrace in front of the Gli Olivastri restaurant is a magical setting. A lush garden of olive trees overlooking the sea to be decorated for the occasion with flowers and special linens. The unique nature and breathtaking views of the Costa Smeralda will do the rest!
  • For the reception, “Il Paguro” facing the beach at Cala Capra is one of the best seafront restaurants in the North of Sardinia. The perfect place to kick off the festivities, not before having selected the best table arrangement, planned the tableau de mariage and organized all the details for an elegant and romantic wedding reception in Sardinia.
  • The wedding banquet menu has to combine taste and refinement. Whether they are traditional Sardinian dishes, seafood specialties or international cuisine, during your wedding banquet by the sea, the courses will be the finest delicacies prepared with care and passion by the award winning chef Pierluigi Putzu. From the hands of our pastry chefs, spectacular and delicious wedding cakes that marry the couple’s tastes and desires.

Have you found some ideas or inspiration for your wedding by the sea in the North of Sardinia? Getting married by the sea with a luxury reception in a charming and romantic setting like the Capo d’Orso is something unique. You think about the bride’s wedding dress… the wedding planning team will think of everything else.

President Sea View

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A unique room of about 80 m2, embellished with decorations and details which make this surrounding particularly elegant. Large windows allow you to have a wonderful 180° view out over the seaside. The big veranda is the perfect place to enjoy the sun or magical sunsets in total peace and tranquillity. The sinuous shapes of the finely-worked wrought iron resemble the sun and are also the headboard of the four-poster double bed, which becomes a large porthole which gives a view of the seaside from inside the shower. Separate from the bedroom there is a large and bright living room with a table and two single sofa beds. It is full of sophisticated details like the bright embroidery on the pillows or precious decorations of the lamps and wall lamps in handcrafted ceramics. For the comfort of guests there is also a walk-in closet, a luxurious bathroom with Jacuzzi bath tub and spacious shower with Chromotherapy, decorated with mosaics and precious details. For two adults with possibility of a third and fourth person, both aged up 13 years old and a child up to 1 year old in a cot.

Suite Family

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The ideal solution for four adults with the option of having a fifth person up to 13 years old. The colours in the room create a pleasant sensation and a warm atmosphere in every part of the accommodation. A daytime area with open plan living space and a sofa bed; a sleeping area with a double bed and a small twin bedroom for two adults; a bathroom with shower and 2 TVs
Sea view at extra charge.

Junior Suite Cardinal

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Spacious room (42 m2) with double bed or twin beds on request plus open plan lounge area with two single sofa beds and large bathroom with separate tub and shower. An exclusive and separate terrace with direct access to the park, just few metres to the wooden solariums positioned above the water and from the Thalasso & SPA Centre. Among its special features there is a roomy walk-in closet. The room is perfect for two adults and can sleep a third and fourth person, both up to 13 years old.
Sea view at extra charge.

Junior Suite Executive Sea View

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Close to the prestigious “L’Incantu” Wellness Centre, a spacious room of 38 m2 with double bed or twin beds on request and open plan living room with two single sofa beds. Spacious and elegant bathrooms with separate tub and shower; ideal for two adults and the option of a third and fourth person up to 13 years old.

Junior Suite

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Room of 31 m2 for two adults, tastefully furnished with warm colours, and elegant details in typical Sardinian style, with double bed or twin beds on request plus open plan living area with one sofa bed, which can host a third person up to 13 years old plus the option of a child from 0 to 1 year old in a cot.
Sea view at extra charge.

Deluxe Cardinalino Sea View

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Close to the prestigious “L’Incantu” Wellness Centre, a welcoming and light-filled room with double bed for two adults, elegantly decorated by expert local craftsmen using top quality materials.

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