The Valle dell'Erica was built in 1958, two years before the 'birth' of the Emerald Coast on the north-east coast of Sardinia, and the hotel has also changed with the times. It started out with just a few bungalows where well-off guests used to come to enjoy the sun and the beach. Porto Pozzo was, in effect, the VIP destination of the day, and tourists used to come to practise nudism. Since those 'happy-go-lucky' days, the Valle dell'Erica has expanded, and the present facilities date back to 2006. Spread over several acres, they are all located in the heart of a natural garden where the air is infused with the scent of Sardinian flowers and plants (the Valle dell'Erica is in fact named after a local plant). When you reach the hotel itself, you'll immediately notice its pleasant natural surroundings. The entrance lobby is particularly welcoming, with sophisticated and original decor, complete with handsome high ceilings, exposed beams, green plants, and the choice of colour scheme and furniture which all come together perfectly, giving a fresh feel to the whole place. To the right is the main restaurant, which is decorated in the same style and serves not only breakfast but also a rather unique Mediterranean buffet brunch of pasta, salad, cheeses and fruit. A second restaurant overlooking the sea completes the tasty dining options available at the hotel. What we liked most, however, was 'Le Thermea', a thalassotherapy centre offering a very comprehensive range of treatments you absolutely have to try if you really want to relax. The guest rooms are also welcoming and conducive to utter relaxation, and the Valle dell'Erica is one of those places you cannot afford to miss if you are looking for peace and quiet, especially because children are looked after brilliantly here. You can therefore let go of all your worries and pamper yourself with thalassotherapy treatments, or take the plunge in the infinity pool or emerald waters of the sea down below. Pure bliss!