Nuraghe Arvu Resort© Easyvoyage
Nuraghe Arvu Resort© Easyvoyage
Tradition translated into architecture: this is, in essence, what the Nuraghe Arvu Resort is all about. The establishment was designed by Pietro Pittalis and built using local materials.
The beams made from juniper wood are the most beautiful example of this fondness for local heritage, which is also seen in the 'family' production of cannonau, one of Sardinia's finest wines. During your stay, you will be able to discover and enjoy this region, where craftsmanship once flourished: from leather work to goldsmith's art, the Nuraghe Arvu offers its guests a skilful blend of tradition and culture, all cleverly promoted by the manager.
As far as mod-cons are concerned, a few elements are lacking (in particular an Internet connection), but the cuisine largely makes up for this, making you want to cut yourself off from the rest of the world during your stay, walk around the mountains of the region, and succumb to the local flavours on offer.
The hotel is located in the Cala Gonone, at the foot of Dorgali (if you arrive via the panoramic road that leads to San Gemiliano, Arbatax and Los Frailes).
The Nuraghe Arvu is easy to find if you're driving, but quite hard to access if you don't have your own car.
With its back to the Gennargentu park, the hotel stands in a green and lush region covered in century-old oak trees that provided the raw material for the construction of the establishment. The load-bearing beams are made from juniper, a wood not unlike African mangrove trees, which is very valuable due to its resistance to termites and other insects. This tree is now protected and all the beams that were used for the Nuraghe Arvu date from earlier renovation works.
The hotel is the creation of Pietro Pittalis, a wine producer and the current owner of the establishment. Producing a specific type of Cannonau, Pittalis wanted the Nuraghe Arvu to be a hotel dedicated to preserving local traditions and culture. The restaurant serves a homemade wine of excellent quality, locally embroidered tapestries adorn the walls, and the reception desk provides brochures and pamphlets telling you all you need to know about local places of interest.
The hotel is located close to the historical centre of Dorgali, a place known for its goldsmiths, carasau bread, ceramics, pastries, leather work (bags and satchels), weaving industry (textile mills and wool preparation, carpet making) and glass industry, and it still shows some remnants of its 17th century religious history: for example, the dresser made from poplar wood at the entrance boasts the 'IHS' inscription, hand-inlayed and enshrined by a rose window.
The hotel has partnered up with various agencies to offer boat excursions to local coves, which are among the most beautiful in the region. Only accessible by boat, they line the coast of Sardinia all the way to Orosei.
This hotel is modelled on the ancient nuraghi, and is a testimony to sturdy constructions. White inside and out, the Nuraghe Arvu is organised around a traditional wooden structure clad with white plaster. This architectural style provides a cool and fresh setting in the summer, and keeps the dampness out in the winter (but the establishment generally closes during this period).
Behind the vaguely Spanish-style architecture (as seen in the archway at entrance and the white ceilings), this is a highly intimate hotel reminiscent of a private residence, especially in the entrance hall and the reception area. Everything here is simple, and the lounge affords a view of the interior courtyard, with its swimming pool.
However, the establishment boasts a keen appreciation of local products. In the cellar, the manager organises wine-tasting and taster sessions, during which the homemade Cannonau is served. Furthermore, the Nuraghe Arvu features many local artisanal creations (such as the Sardinian carpets made of wool, or the knife blades), elegant curtains, beautiful poplar wood furniture hand-inlaid according to a Jesuit technique that dates back from the 17th century, pictures of folkloric costumes, and locally-inspired cuisine (in particular from the Nuoro region, the heart of Sardinian gastronomy).
This love for the land goes hand-in-hand with great attention afforded to business travellers (the hotel has a large conference room with a capacity of 200) and holidaymakers in search of peace and quiet. There is nothing in the way of entertainment that may disturb your stay, but the hotel does plan to open a piano bar in the near future.
As we have already mentioned, the establishment has made a real effort to create an intimate setting. There common areas and the guest rooms, spread throughout accommodation blocks that are connected by paved pathways, bathe in this sense of intimacy. At the back of the establishment, there is a playground for children, but unfortunately, the synthetic surface can get very hot and lends an artificial context to the setting.
Just in front of the hotel is a car park, and a green area that covers 8,000 mē, a beautiful park open to guests, where various vegetables and plants are grown: another example of the rural spirit that characterises this establishment and its love for home-grown products and local heritage.
The rooms are decorated in white tones, which recreate the intimate atmosphere of the entrance hall, and they are gathered in a stone structure which creates a fascinating and original setting.
The antique furniture, for the most part made of wood, gives the impression of a 'natural home' and fully exemplifies the simple style chosen by management. The light fixtures that decorate the rooms and the hall are all the work of local craftsmen.
However, the hotel doesn't stand out for its technology. Of course, all of the necessary amenities are present: the flat-screen TV comes with a decoder box (conformant to regulations recently put in place by the government), the air-conditioning system is modern, and the phone line can make phone calls to and receive phone calls from outside of the hotel.
However, the IT system could do with being improved (the Internet connection works only in the reception area and not on all of the computers, and guests must pay to use the PC provided by management). This is a crucial point since the establishment claims to want to attract business travellers.
The guest rooms are spacious and boast a nice bathroom, and all come as standard units. The ones that look out onto the swimming pool have the nicest view.
The restaurant looks directly out onto the swimming pool in the courtyard, and is divided into an indoor area and an outdoor terrace. This is where breakfast is served, composed of sweet and savoury dishes, along with fresh fruit (an important detail which is common to many Sardinian establishments).
For dinner, the dishes served are copious, and the resident chef is very meticulous in terms of quality. If you like meat, you should try the suckling pig and the accompanying gravies on offer. You can wash it all down with a glass of homemade red or white wine.
The hotel also organises food and wine-tasting events, during which you can taste the homemade Cannonau and learn about the unique process that goes into making it.
This involves using different varieties of grapes, which are handpicked and placed in 15-kg crates and then immediately transferred into French oak barrels for fermentation.
Given its location, the establishment does not afford access to the sea.
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