DESTINATION WEDDING | ANCIENT BEAUTY IN SARDINIA

A land of ancient beauty, the island of Sardinia rises 6,000 feet above the sea, a place where snow-capped mountains contrast with the azure waters of the Mediterranean. The second-largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia dazzles with ruins dating to thousands of years before the birth of Christ, the art, architecture and parks of the capital city of Cagliari, and miles of spectacular beaches.

A part of Italy, yet with its own distinctive history and culture, Sardinia is a wedding destination that’s far from ordinary, yet delivers all the sophistication and style you’d expect in a Mare Nostrum affair. The lovely seaside resort of Porto Corvo is a modern take on a traditional Sardinian coastal village, reeling in megayachts and celebrities with the lure of resorts like the Hotel Cala di Volpe, where couples can settle into the Presidential Suite and lounge in a private steam bath and heated swimming pool; brides will be rowed across a Costa Smeralda bay to begin their walk down the aisle on their wedding day aside the emerald sea. Equally lovely is the nearby Hotel Romanizzo, where seven luxury villas can accommodate your nearest and dearest and wedding guests will be welcomed in 77 rooms kitted in classic Sardinian style.

Located near the southern tip of Sardinia and protected by coastal mountains, Santa Margherita di Pula enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The Hotel Il Castello is the most exclusive resort in the seaside Forte Village complex, a private enclave that nonetheless is convenient to all of the village’s many entertainment options, from bars and restaurants to water slides and even an amusement park.

>Written by: Bob Curley