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If you think of Sardinia, probably the Costa Smeralda comes to mind. Celebrities cavorting on yachts, playing hide and seek with the preying Paparazzi. Bronzed beauties beneath brollies on spectacular beaches. Ultra style, uber flash. But we Flashpackers would rather have a lot of style and a little flash – for less cash. With this in mind, we make a beeline to the South East tip of the island: the town of Villasimius, which plays host to a coastline of superb beaches, one hour from Cagliari airport...


We check into the chic hotel Simius Playa, which proudly stands a mere 20 metres away from it’s magnificent private beach.

We love the casual elegance of this charming boutique hotel with its 47 comfortable rooms including 7 well-appointed Suites; most have balconies and terraces.

Like many guests we’ve been coming here for years.

Sports and Leisure Facilities

After a couple of days a rhythm sets in of simple pleasures. A healthy breakfast, a morning stroll on the pristine white sands; a swim in the warm Mediterranean sea. Stretching out on comfortable loungers beneath blue and white umbrellas – it’s all about relaxing.

Feeling sporty? You can ace your partner on the nearby tennis courts at €10 per hour or diving devotees can rent equipment from Pro Dive close to the hotel.

Man’s best friend is not only a dog, it’s a bike. They are easy to hire from the hotel, €15 a day, to take you to the Thanka Village where there’s horse riding and a golf course. Rent a boat from the harbour for a coastal cruise or for those who want to keep in touch with their quadriceps and calf muscles there are the ubiquitous beach pedalos.

Feeling hungry? Tall multi-coloured Gladioli gladden the eye whilst lunching in the gardens of the Simius Playa. For €20 you can feast on a bountiful buffet of seafood and salads, or if your not feeling peckish, for less, share a delicious home-made pizza with your partner.

If you don’t need a nap, just Kindle the afternoon away on the pool-side terrace that in the evening becomes the popular cocktail spot.


Top Traditional Sardinian Cuisine

Dining is a celebration at the Simius Playa restaurant, noted to be one of the finest in Villasimius, especially for fish lovers. Sardinian specialities – a favourite is Fregola ai Crostacei, tiny pasta balls with baby crayfish, a welcome change from struggling with strings of spaghetti.

A strawberry risotto – savoury, nutty and sweet. For the carnivorous, tender slivers of grilled beef with rosemary and a salad of Chard sautéed with chilli pepper, partnered by a Rosso Fosco Merlot from the Cantina Valerio – a perfect marriage. Not to be missed is the homemade vanilla ice cream served with orange-scented sapa honey.


After our culinary adventure we hail the Ape Calessino (a baby open taxi). Three minutes and eight euros later we are in the town of Villasimius in the midst of a lively crowd of locals and tourists – it’s a veritable street party.The blare and pop from the glitzy shops compete with the sounds of the street musicians; but nothing drowns the music of the brilliant flautist Michela Calabresi, who thrills us with her cool jazz.

For a night-cap we drop in to the Capanna bar and restaurant next door to the hotel, a sophisticated ‘meetery’ for the smart set.

A Unique Sardinian Boutique Hotel

There is nothing corporate about Simius Playa, it’s a niche boutique hotel owned by Signor Fosco Valerio keeping the faith with authentic Sardinian tradition. It’s a place not just for imported tourists, locals are very much in focus adding to the charm of this hotel and lively seaside town

Simius Playa Hotel Photo Gallery

Room Rates at Hotel Simius Playa September/Oct 2012

Classic Room BB: €180 per room 17/09/12 – 28/09/12 > €90 per room 29/09/12 – 30/10/21
Superior Rooms BB: €190 per room 17/09/12 – 28/09/12 €100 per room 29/09/12 – 30/10/12
Junior Suite BB: €260 per room 17/09/12 – 28/09/12 €160 per room 29/09/12 – 30/10/12

Room rates at Hotel Simius Playa, 2013

Classic Room Prices:
Low Season BB: €94 per room 30/03/13 – 10/05/13 and 28/09/13 – 30/10/13
Mid Season BB: €186 per room 08/06'13 – 28/06/13 and 24/08/13 – 27/09/13
High Season BB: €288 per room 03/08/13 –23/08/13

1 disabled room on the ground floor.

Classic rooms are simple but spacious however, for guests wanting extra comfort and lovely views it’s worth booking the Superior rooms from €106 Low Season or Junior Suites from €160 Low Season, 2013 prices.

Beach facilities are included for guests taking Half Board at €55 per person per day.

A Special Deal on Room Rates at Hotel Simius Playa 
For romantic Flashpackers who want to avoid flocks of families go in May and September. 
Quote ‘The Flashpackers’ and readers will get a 10% discount on reservations made upon request, on official room rates, including Suites and Superior Seaview accommodation.
Prices are per room. Included in the room price: 10% VAT and Buffet breakfast. 
The deal applies for bookings from 15th September to 31st October 2012 and for the month of May 2013 and from 15th Sept to 31st Oct 2013

For readers who wish to take advantage of the Flashpackers deal, email Hotel Simius Playa at - and don’t forget to mention ‘The Flashpackers’.

For general bookings visit the Simius Playa website.

Hotel Simius Playa
Via del Mare
0949 Villasimius, Sardinia
Tel: 39 070 7931

Page updated: Summer 2012


© Philip and Nina Saville, The 2012-15