Destination… Sardinia

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Located west of the Italian Peninsula, Sardinia makes an appearance as a destination feature. Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its clear and pristine waters.

This week we caught up with Amber, who took the time to tell us about her trip to the beautiful island, her experience there and her love of the venue at which she was staying. Amber has been with us at Venues and Events International for eight months, and this was her first International FAM trip.

We think you’ll see below just how much she loved it…

Amber, tell us about where you stayed in Sardinia?

Following the flight from Gatwick Airport, I checked into the stunning Forte Village resort. Awarded the World’s leading sports resort 2019 by World Travel Awards. The luxury villas each equipped with their own private pools. The resort is based on the beach so guests are able to plan excursions by boat and travel to smaller quitter beaches that are less accessible to the public.

Aside from the fabulous bedrooms and copious amount of swimming pools, you’ll never go hungry here. There are 22 restaurants to choose from, gourmet or buffet, where guests can enjoy fine Italian and world cuisine. You can indulge in the fine cookery of two-time Michelin star winner, Massimiliano Mascia, or experience the extraordinary Belvedere restaurant, the Fort Village crown jewel. The resort even offers guests the chance to unleash their inner cooking talents at their Gourmet cooking academy. The week-long course will teach your how to recreate and perfect some of their very own dishes. You can then show off your new-found skills when you return home. Something i wish i could have experienced myself!

They also own a sister hotel called Palazzo Doglio in Caligari, which is a 30 minute drive away. This hotel consists of 72 bedrooms, underground car parking and a theatre space for meetings with a total capacity of 1000 delegates. They have restaurants and cafes located downstairs in the Piazza which is also open to the public.

Back to business, what does the resort offer for events?

The resort makes for the perfect setting for meetings and events. Having hosted globally recognised companies such as Ferrari, Volkswagen and Vodafone, Hotel Forte has plenty of experience in this area. Across the resort, there are 715 rooms with 21 meeting rooms, and an overall capacity of 2000.

Not only that, but the Forte village also well and truly qualifies as a recognised sports resort. The sports academy offers professional training for a variety of different sports, including football, tennis, and rugby. The facilities are well-equipped to assist guests to improve team-building and individual skills.

So, you could mix both business meetings and some wellness activities to keep everyone rejuvenated.

Things to do

Outside of the resort, you can experience the natural beauties of the iconic island through various host-led tours. Take a trip back in time by visiting some of the historical sites, such as the Bastione di Saint Remy or the ancient ruins of Villaggio Nuragico Palmavera.

The resort itself offers a wide range of activities and guest will not fall victim to boredom. There are 9 swimming pools, across the resort, for guests to dip their toes in. Football pitches and tennis courts, as well as many other sporting activities including the venues own academies are available for sports-lovers. There is also the Go-Karting school for those with a need for speed, with courses held by professional drivers and experts.

What was your highlight of the trip?

I was only in Sardinia for a couple of days, and we crammed so much in such a short space of time that it’s difficult to choose one specific highlight. But, if i have to, it would be the boat trip and tour off the coast of the island. The gorgeous scenery and crystal-clear waters made for a dreamlike adventure and one i would recommend if you ever got the opportunity.

Would you recommend Sardinia as an incentive destination?

100% I loved it, and with so much variety, there is enough to cater for all different tastes. Thank you to Kai Schomann and the team at Hotel Republic for organising such a fantastic trip.