Oliena, Sardinia, Italy
This is arguably the most beautiful hotel on our journey and one of our Trip Leaders' favorites! The family-run Su Gologone is a bit of paradise set on the slopes of Monte Corrasi. The architecture is distinctively Sardinian, with whitewashed bougainvillea-draped cottages sprawled around the garden, and birds are everywhere. The hotel is a showcase of Sardinian arts and crafts, with carpets and blankets reflecting the weaving tradition of the island and all displayed with enormous pride. The hotel's restaurant, considered one of the best on the island, is famed for its Sardinian specialties. The breakfast buffet is a feast of flavors, with local cheeses, organic jams, homemade cakes, fresh fruit, sheep's-milk yogurt, and ricotta cheese with strawberry tree honey. We always find it hard to leave here!