Sardinia property crowned Europe’s top green resort
The 5* Valle dell’Erica Resort Thalasso & SPA in Sardinia has been crowned Europe’s ‘Leading Green Resort 2019’ at the World Travel Awards – which acknowledges and celebrates excellence across key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.
The award is a stunning vindication of the guiding philosophy of Sardinia’s Delphina hotels & resorts, which is still run by members of the founding local Muntoni family, and was established on sustainable principles from the start, long before it became one of the imperatives for running modern resorts.
The 5* Valle dell’Erica Resort, Thalasso & SPA is set in 28-hectares of scented shrub-land, along 1,400m of unspoilt, sparkling coastline, sandy beaches and wind-carved coves making a truly unique natural oasis.
Moments from the ancient village of Santa Teresa Gallura, amidst the National Park of the Archipelago of La Maddalena and the Straits of Bonifacio, Corsica and La Maddalena Archipelago International Marine Reserve, the elegant resort provides sun, sea, sand and seclusion in abundance.
Marco Muntoni, Delphina’s CEO, said: “I remember that from the beginning of us building the company, back in the 70s, my brother Francesco was strongly determined, together with his partner Tore Peru, to make every single building fit harmoniously into the surrounding nature, as if it had always been there.
“This meant doing meticulous surveys to safeguard each individual sapling, using local stones and materials, ensuring the low-level buildings. In the following decades we have always enthusiastically followed this ‘vision’ in the management of Delphina hotels and resorts.
“This award is a great recognition for the life of the two founders. We also dedicate this award to all the collaborators who have contributed to this success and to the memory of Popò Vincentelli, a pioneer of Sardinian tourism who, with far-sightedness and environmental sensitivity, began to build the first part of the Valle dell’Erica tourist complex in the 50s.”
Francesco Muntoni, president of Delphina hotels & resorts, now in his 70s, is still in charge of the day-to-day running and development of Delphina. A property developer from Gallura in the Northern part of Sardinia, he built his first hotel, 5* Capo d’Orso, for another operator but then took it over in 1992 under the Delphina hotels & resorts brand. Today Delphina hotels & resorts owns and operates 12 four- and five-star hotels, two exclusive residences, six SPAs and 23 villas.