Sardatur Holidays celebrates 30th anniversary with new Italia Premium Collection brochure and new privately commissioned regional flights
*New flights from Bristol and Manchester to Cagliari*
*New luxury villa programme*
Sardatur Holidays (0208 940 8399, www.sardatur-holidays.co.uk), the leading independent tour operator is celebrating 30 years as experts in travel to Sardinia, mainland Italy and Sicily.
To mark this milestone the company has released a new one-off ‘Italia - Premium Collection’ brochure featuring many of its best loved hotels and resorts in some of Italy's most desirable regions. From the spectacularly unspoilt beaches of Sardinia and the famous coastlines of the Amalfi Coast to the laid-back charms of Sicily and the lesser known region of Puglia, plus a brand-new collection of luxury villas in many exceptional locations.
With first-hand knowledge of the destinations, the highly-experienced team behind the beautiful picture-led, 97-page brochure, have been inspired by their deep-rooted love of Italy and a desire to share their favourite places. The hand-picked portfolio has been chosen with discerning families and couples in mind and the exclusive collection of 11 luxury villas, some of which are exclusive to Sardatur, offer a wide range of services from self-catering to more exclusive and concierge options.
In addition, Sardatur Holidays has expanded its programme of privately commissioned flights with British Airways from Heathrow and Gatwick to Sicily, Puglia and northern Sardinia. Sardatur has also introduced a new route to Southern Sardinia with two brand new regional departures on BMI Regional from Bristol and Manchester to Cagliari.
Offering convenient Saturday morning departure times from the mid-May to early October the exclusive dedicated flights operated by BA from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Cagliari and Olbia have economy and a Club Europe service. Heathrow to Palermo operates on Sundays from 14 May to 1 October. The service with BA from Gatwick to Cagliari, Catania, Bari and Naples departs each Saturday 13 May to 30 September. The brand-new BMI Regional direct service from Bristol and Manchester to Cagliari, operates each Saturday from 8 July to 16 September.
Commenting, MD Gianni Bonuglia said “In this our 30th year we’re proud to present this collection of properties which represents the close relationship we have established with many of the best hotels and resorts throughout Italy. It feels like a natural progression to introduce a new collection of private villas and to offer the same personal service with our special choice of flights”.
“Our experience and contacts enable us to personalise any itinerary creating unique and memorable holidays, adding tickets for the opera or sporting events such as the Palio in Siena. And we are continuously sourcing the best exclusive offers and deals to assure the best value for money, offering a guaranteed price match for any identical holiday seen elsewhere”.
Commenting on the new flights Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer, bmi regional said "We are delighted to be working with Sardatur Holidays, the tour operator holds the same values of quality, professionalism and service as we do at bmi regional so it's a natural fit. We hope that this new relationship develops into a long-term arrangement and look forward to welcoming Sardatur's esteemed guests aboard this exclusive route."
Forte Village Resort
Ideally located to take advantage of the brand new flights to Cagliari the renowned Forte Village Resort is only 45 minutes from Cagliari. Occupying a private estate of 100 acres dotted with mature pine trees and exotic gardens beside pristine white beaches on the beautiful Santa Margherita di Pula coastline. It features a choice of family friendly hotels, suites and villas, many of which have been refurbished for summer 2017.
Well known for its sports and leisure facilities and new for this summer, the Forte Village has partnered with Ruben Tabares, strength and conditioning coach to the stars, and Reebok for a new Athletics Academy for children aged from 6-15 years. Training sessions will include Fast Feet and Brazilian Beach Football, to improve strength and fitness in an engaging and fun environment and at the end of the week, children can take part in a mini Athletic Tournament.
One week costs from £1,359 per person (half board) or £3,102 per family** including flights and transfers.
On an elevated position surrounded by golden sand dunes on the southern coast of Sardinia is the family resort of Chia Laguna. With four hotels, the Hotel Baia is a new addition for summer 2017 with 80 spacious new rooms and spectacular panoramic views. Overlooking the magnificent bay of Chia with its succession of wide sandy beaches and lagoons inhabited by pink flamingos, the resort has a choice of restaurants and numerous sporting activities for adults and children. Departing 16 September one week at Hotel Baia costs from £890 per person (half board) or £2,138 per family** including flights and transfers.
Is Benas Country Lodge
Away from the coast in the unspoilt, western region of Oristano and surrounded by sand dunes, forest and natural water features Is Benas Country Lodge is a tranquil retreat. With 18 rooms, a restaurant serving fresh local dishes and a new raised terrace for al fresco dining the hotel is well placed to explore the fascinating archaeological site of Mont’e Prama and for golf lovers the nearby Is Arenas Golf Club is widely considered to be one of the best and most scenic golf courses in Europe. Departing 13 May one week costs from £915 per person (half board) including flights and car hire.
Belmond Sant’ Andrea and Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Hotel highlights in Sicily include two luxurious Belmond properties in Taormina – the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea on the beach and the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo which occupies an unbeatable position in the heart of the town, adjacent to the Greek amphitheatre. The former is steps from its own private beach retaining the atmosphere of a private villa with has an impressive guest list dating back to the 1950s. Its sister property takes advantage of its central location to offer panoramic views over the Bay of Naxos towards Mount Etna with wonderfully grand interiors, vaulted ceilings and opulent furnishings. Price on request.
New - Hotel Villa Franca
In the heart of picture perfect Positano the new boutique Hotel Villa Franca stands on an elevated position, between the cliff tops and the sea overlooking the magnificent Bay of Amalfi. It’s an easy stroll to the main piazza and the beach. There’s a rooftop terrace, swimming pool and sun-deck and O’SPA Wellness Centre. Price on request.
Canne Bianche Lifestyle & Hotel
The stylish Canne Bianche Lifestyle & Hotel is a relatively new retreat discreetly located in Torre Canne, one of the most scenic areas of Puglia. The 53 rooms and suites offers guests enchanting views and direct access to the Adriatic Sea with a restaurant serving the delicious flavours of Puglia, a spa offering a comprehensive choice of indulgent spa treatments. One week costs from £866 per person (BB) including flights and transfers.
Finding private space during the summer months when the international elite converge on the fashionable resorts of the Costa Smeralda in northern Sardinia is not easy. Sardatur have however sought out some hidden gems such as the elegant three-bedroom Villa Astro Blu, set in manicured gardens close to the prestigious Hotel Cala di Volpe and close to Pevero Golf Course. Price on request
Or for larger families or groups of friends the five-bedroom Villa Pantorina overlooks the coastline of Porto Cervo and was designed by the famous Sardinian based architect Savin Coulle. Elegant interiors in blue and white Sardinian style create a classic ambience whilst ample outdoor space includes an outdoor kitchen and woodfired pizza oven plus and direct access to the beach at Cala Corallina. Price on request
For more information on Sardatur Holidays or to request a brochure call 0208 940 8399 www.sardatur-holidays.co.uk
Notes to editors:
Unless otherwise stated prices are based on low season departures and may be subject to change at the time of booking.
**Family prices based on two adults and one child
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