Sardinia's beautiful coast is difficult to leave behind without feeling some regret, but if you want to experience the real Sardinia then you must head to the mountains around Nuoro. Legend says that it was once a dangerous place, but these days you will experience nothing but tranquillity and the marvellous hospitality of the locals.
Hotel Su Lithu sits on a vantage point on a hill overlooking Bitti town and the valleys below. You can easily reach the town by foot, and if you are in search of a good local café, you are likely to find one where the locals play cards or discuss who's team played the best in last night's football match!
There is a lovely large swimming pool with a terrace and sun loungers at the hotel so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery from the side of the pool. There is also a bar on the terrace and a number of other terraces scattered around where you can find a bit of sun or shade. It really is a true oasis ...
Do not come to this restaurant expecting classic lasagne or Wiener schnitzel for dinner! This restaurant takes pride in finding local recipes and presenting them to an international audience. From bread to pasta to local cold cuts, everything oozes authenticity and with an emphasis on quality. The wine list is unlike those found in other Sardinian towns, it is large and varied and features wines with varying characteristics from all over the Island. It is possible to organise cooking courses and wine tasting sessions in the cosy lounge with a fireplace for groups by appointment.
PS: Unfortunately we only had time to stay and eat in the restaurant one night before we had to move on, but we can't wait to go back again!
The hotel is owned and managed by the hosts Dario and Susanna. Dario was born in Sardinia and is incredibly proud of the island's culture and crafts. He takes care of the guests' reception and hotel maintenance. He met Susanna when they both lived in London: She comes from Spain, and worked as a wine waiter previously and now manages the hotel's excellent restaurant. They are a pleasant couple who really love their hotel and the part of the world that they live in. PS: it goes without saying that English is spoken at the hotel.
Hotel rooms face either the valley and the town, or the mountain. If you choose a room facing the town, you can enjoy the beautiful light at sunrise - but if you are among those who prefer to sleep late, it is a good idea to choose a room facing the mountain. All rooms are comfortably furnished. In addition to the 16 standard rooms, there are two superior rooms whose furnishings are more exquisite and refined ... but you do not get a larger balcony or better food at the restaurant by booking them but only a bath with a shower instead of just a shower. All rooms, both standard and superior rooms, have air conditioning, a mini bar, wi-fi, safety deposit box, satellite TV and a private bathroom / WC.
The hotel also has several terraces and a cosy corners where you can find peace and quiet and enjoy the countryside, as the audience here consists mainly of adults in search of the authentic Sardinia. Be aware though that events are sometimes held in the restaurant and banqueting facilities, however the noise doesn't normally last long enough into the night to disturb guests' sleep.
Read about the rooms at Hotel Su Lithu