The Italian island of Sardinia has over 1,000 kilometres of unspoilt coastline, with hidden coves, sand dunes and spectacular beaches. It has the purest turquoise sea, and rugged interior of mountains. It’s one of the world’s primary blue zones, a longevity hotspot, with an unusually high number of centenarians. Sardinia is home to the glamorous Costa Smeralda, with maxi yacht regattas, groomed golf courses and designer brands, but also has a wildness and authenticity that is increasingly hard to find.

With only 1.6 million inhabitants on the second largest island in the Mediterranean, visitors soon discover its inherent magic, noted by D H Lawrence in Sea and Sardinia, “This land resembles no other place. Sardinia is something else. Enchanting spaces and distances to travel – nothing finished, nothing definitive. It is like freedom itself”.

Sardinia has a deep cultural heritage, steeped in tradition and history dating back thousands of years. There are archaeological sites in areas of outstanding natural beauty, discovered on excursions with local guides and experts. Guests are taken to vineyards in the heart of Cannonau country, to taste the wine, and seasonal products that are attributable to well being and longevity. It is a privilege to be welcomed by the Sardinian people, and learn about their lifestyle and traditions.