It’s still summer on the Mediterranean, and for those looking for a fall getaway, the Italian island of Sardinia has a new luxury hotel worth noting. What’s so unique about the Ma&Ma Grand Hotel Resort is its location: inside the Archipelago of La Maddalena, a scattering of islets in the Bonifacio Strait that’s been a National Park since 1996. With the turquoise water and lush vegetation, you’d think you were in the tropics. The resort’s official website promises you’ll experience the “deep, inner and exclusive Sardinia.” Opened earlier this summer, the five-star Ma&MA Grand Hotel Resort was designed in an eco-conscious fashion to blend into the surrounding landscape.
Each of the 92 rooms comes with a verandah for taking in the sea views, marble mosaic bathrooms, toiletries by Acqua di Parma, and ultra-comfortable beds wrapped in satin sheets. Conde Nast Traveller notes that it’s “decorated in that expensively finished, contemporary Italian style of many of the Costa Smeralda's holidaymakers.” The restaurant focuses on local cuisine and seasonal produce, and the spa has some cool features: a thalassotherapy Magnapool, a Finnish Bio-Sauna, a Turkish bath, aromatherapy showers, a “Float Room,” and a fitness center by Technogym. For more information, visit www.grandhotelmaema.com.