Forte Village, Santa Margherita di Pula: it’s like an island in an island 

Located on the southern coast of Sardinia, this resort dates back to 1970 – Forte Village is nestled in a park populated by fifteen thousand trees

Forte Village in Sardinia aims at welcoming different expectations and needs

Located in Santa Margherita di Pula – on the southern coast of Sardinia – Forte Village’s history dates back to 1970. Founded by Lord Charles Forte, half Italian and half English, the resort is today managed by Lorenzo Giannuzzi. Class 1950, Lorenzo studied in international hotel management academies, and started his career at Forte Village in 1978. He then worked in hotels and resorts all over the world – from Switzerland to Barbados – but finally came back to what has been his first love. 

Easy to reach because of its proximity to the international airport of Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital city, Forte Village includes eight four and five star hotels, and thirteen villas. This variety of accommodations, all recently renovated in an environmentally-friendly way, is meant to welcome different expectations and needs: from couples seeking for privacy to families with children, from groups of friends to corporate travels.

Surrounded by a forty-seven hectares park, the resort comprehends also a beach, swimming pools, twenty-one restaurants, eighteen cafés, a winery boasting six hundred different types of wines, a spa and wellness program, a children’s area, a water park, a sports center, an amusement park, and a selection of boutiques. Moreover, the resort offers to its guests the possibility to enroll in various courses with international masters, from cooking to sport, and organizes several events. 

The environmentally-friendly renovation process of the resort

Forte Village is nestled in a park populated by fifteen thousand trees, two million plants, bushes and flowers, where typical Mediterranean nature blends with exotic vegetation. The guests of the resort can go for a walk among pines and eucalyptus, olive trees and tropical plants, palms and bamboo, hibiscus, yucca and aloe vera. And there are also an orchard and a vegetable garden for the organic cultivation of fruits and vegetables that are used in the resorts’ restaurants. Moreover, in front of Forte Village opens a beach of white sand. Recently, the beach has been renovated through a concerted plan with the Department of Environmental Protection and an expansion project will further develop its extension. 

Behind Santa Margherita di Pula stands a promontory that protects the coast from cold winds and guarantees more than three hundred sunny days a year, making it possible for Forte Village to welcome guests from March to December. The area of Santa Margherita di Pula is characterized by a microclimate that researchers consider unique in Europe. Forte Village aims at preserving it. 

Also, a rainwater harvesting system was installed in the Seventies and then a water recycling system was started, as well as desalination for irrigating the gardens. A collection rate of seventy percent of waste for recycling has been achieved, while plastic is gradually being eliminated. To avoid pollution, guests are provided with bicycles and electric vehicles to move through the resort.

The accommodations, combining tradition and innovation

Villa del Parco is a five-star hotel that offers two possible accommodations: rooms and bungalows. The rooms are located in a historical villa and combine local tradition with innovation: velvet and tassels for the living area, king-size beds adorned with printed satin and damask, bathrooms covered in marble and traditional Sardinian ceramics. The bungalows are nestled in the park, surrounded by nature but with all comforts. Guests can have breakfast on the patio and choose between the buffet or the à la carte menu.

The second five-star hotel is Le Dune, a group of bungalows and suites located near the beach. A swimming pool set on a terrace offers a view on the Mediterranean Sea, and the interiors of the accommodations are mainly made of natural and local materials, with a style combining modernity and tradition. 

Overlooking the sea is also Hotel Castello, characterized by a marine style, a minimal design and colors, and decors that homage the Mediterranean Sea. The fifth floor of the hotel is completely dedicated to the Royal Suite, featuring a terrace with a private swimming pool and a view of the sea. Moving inward there is Hotel Pineta, located in the middle of the centuries-old pinewood of the resort. There, guests have at their disposal a swimming pool, a relax area and a breakfast corner.

Finally, the two four-star hotels Bouganville and Le Palme consist of in bungalows located at the center of the resort, surrounded by a private garden and a few steps from the common pool Oasis. A four-star hotel is also Il Borgo, made of bungalows particularly suited for families because of their proximity to amusement and water parks.

As for the villas, each one of these includes a private garden, a heated swimming pool and a butler service available twenty-four hours a day. All villas are made mainly with local and natural materials and employ ecological technologies for a low environmental impact. The design of the interiors draws inspiration from Sardinian tradition and architecture. 

The restaurants: a mix of Sardinian traditions and contaminations

The overall twenty-one restaurants located in Forte Village employ one hundred chefs , some of whom are Michelin-starred. This makes it possible for the resort to offer to its guests a combination of local and exotic cuisines.  

Heinz Beck, German chef with three Michelin stars, is the owner of Beachcomber. Alternating a light menu for lunch and gourmet proposals for dinner, Beck uses local ingredients to create his personal interpretation of the Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Italian chef Andrea Berton owns instead Forte Bay, a restaurant located on a terrace overlooking the sea. His philosophy consists in combining few ingredients – all local and typical of the Sardinian cuisine – in innovative ways. Of Italian origin is also Max Mascia, chef of Terrazza San Domenico, a restaurant where seasonal ingredients are used to reinterpret Mascia’s receipts. 

While both Berton and Mascia come from northern Italy, Rocco Iannone, Michelin-starred chef of poolside restaurant Forte Gourmet, is Neapolitan and reinterprets the culinary tradition of his homeland with Sardinian ingredients. He selects them personally, working side by side with local farmers and fishermen. And, since pizza is an Italian must-have, Forte Village has also its own pizza parlor, directed by Neapolitan chef Peppe Cutraro. 

Born and bred in Sardinia is Antonello Arrus, Michelin-starred chef of Belvedere, a restaurant located on a terrace overlooking the park of the resort. Arrus mixes the Sardinian culinary tradition with flavors from foreign cuisines, legacy of his work experience abroad. 

Newest addition to Forte Village is Danish chef Brian Bojsen, who in 2022 inaugurated his Wild Scandinavian Cooking, a restaurant combining sustainability with modern Scandinavian hygge lifestyle. Bojsen selects local ingredients to create his personal reinterpretation of open-air cuisine, grilling in front of his guests in an environment that mixes wooden interiors typical of Nordic tradition with Sardinian decors.

As for the winery, a woman is in charge. Her name is Sofia Carta and she chooses the wines for each restaurant, which are then delivered by bike.

Wellness and harmony at Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa

Conceived as a place to promote wellness and harmony between mind and body, Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa recently underwent a complete restyling, for which natural materials of the Sardinian territory were used: travertine, wood, stone, and Orosei marble, deriving its iconic pattern from the inclusion of corals and fossils. All colors are biological and inspired to the nuances of the local nature, with a predominance of white.

Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa welcomes its guests with a cascading fountain and a pond inhabited by turtles. The spa is enclosed in a park that mixes tropical and local vegetation. All the paths winding through the park and the relax area are made of oak, while the cabins have panoramic crystal walls. 

Forte Village’s medical team, led by Dr. Angelo Cerina, patented a method capable of enhancing the beneficial effects of sea water thanks to the combined action of different gradations of temperature and salt concentration. He also recently focused on the development of an ImmunoBoost program, to strengthen the immune system. Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa uses the sea water of the Gulf of Santa Margherita – almost twice as rich in salt as that of the Dead Sea – to obtain sea oil. Being rich in magnesium chloride, sea oil has detox and anti-inflammatory properties and it is thus employed in cryotherapy. Moreover, it promotes the production of endorphins, with benefits for the psyche. 

Sea oil is the main ingredient of the Thalasso path, which consists in six tubs, where it is combined with other natural elements – such as aloe and mint – and innovative technologies. The Thalasso path is suited for people suffering from fluid retention, thrombosis, edema, hypertension, flushing, insomnia, low libido, mood swings, psoriasis and for those recovering from surgeries. 

Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa also offers other treatments, such as the Thalasso massage, done in the absence of gravity, and a tailored menu of detox and weight loss protocols. 

Forte Village

Strada Statale 195 Sulcitana, Km. 39.600, 09010 Santa Margherita di Pula

Forte Village is a resort consisting of eight hotels and thirteen villas located in Santa Margherita di Pula, on the southern coast of Sardinia, forty kilometers from Cagliari. 

Editorial Team

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