The trade of tourism has undergone many phases of change and development, from being the privilege of the affluent during the rise of mass travel by trains and later cars and aeroplanes to being accessible to an increasingly large proportion of the population, rising exponentially post-1950 with concerns emerging over its impact on local culture and the environment. Striking a balance of sustainability against development has emerged as one of the most challenging tasks facing operators in the industry.

On the shores of northern Sardinia, the awareness of the impact hospitality services can have on a fragile and delicate nature has been a guiding light ever since the beginning of Delphina Hotel Group, opening their first resort, Hotel Capo d’Orso, in 1992. Award upon award has affirmed this modestly managed and grown group as a leader in sustainable tourism. What else can you say observing their current collection of awards, the World's and Europe’s LeadingGreen Independent Hotel Group and locally Italy's Leading Hotel Group in addition to accolades given to individual resorts, Europe's and Italy’s Leading Green Resort, Valle dell’Erica, and for those seeking an intimate romantic setting the original Hotel Capo d’Orso, recently being named as one of the Italy’s top 10 romantic seaside hideaways.

Delphina Hotels and Resorts Group's roots deeply embedded in Sardinian culture and history have contributed to this success. Founded in 1992 by Francesco Muntoni and Salvatore Peru, two Sardinian entrepreneurs with a vision to create extraordinary resorts, the group started with a single property, the Hotel Capo d’Orso Thalasso & Spa. Over the years, Delphina has expanded its portfolio to include eight stunning properties, each uniquely designed to offer a distinct experience of Sardinia’s natural wonders.

Elena Muntoni, Brand Manager for Delphina Hotels & resorts emphasizes the dedication to sustainability: "To be known and recognised as the greenest independent hotel group in the world from the leading authority in travel and tourism is one of our proudest achievements to date, and something we have been working towards as part of our brand DNA for more than 30 years." Here, green values are not a trend, buzzword or something to cross off of a checklist, but a deep-rooted core value and identity Delphina Group has respect for nature and enhancing the local tradition.

There is a deep-rooted understanding amongst those in charge at Delphina that operating responsible and thoughtful tourism, whilst respecting the local land, is a way to create value, especially for a small regional island like Sardinia. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the setting of Hotel Capo d’Orso where guests, in addition to the luxury you would expect in a 5-star establishment, can access by foot through a narrow trail, an idyllic beach in a natural small creek, often allowing guests to be alone, even during high season.

Each of Delphina’s eight properties has its character. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a wellness retreat, Delphina has it all. It might even be worthwhile combining destinations rather than staying in one location tempting as it is. The Thalasso & Spa centres are renowned for their rejuvenating treatments and therapies, harnessing the therapeutic benefits of the Mediterranean Sea. Delphina’s commitment to showcasing Sardinia’s culinary heritage shines through its gourmet restaurants, where fresh, local ingredients take centre stage. With prime coastal locations, Delphina resorts provide ample opportunities for water sports enthusiasts, including snorkelling, sailing, and diving.

Delphina particularly goes the extra mile to cater to families, offering kids’ clubs, playgrounds, and a host of activities to keep children entertained while parents unwind. Guests can embark on guided tours to explore Sardinia’s rich cultural and historical heritage, including visits to archaeological sites and local villages. Or you can stay put at each property, strategically located to offer stunning views of the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean or the rugged beauty of the Sardinian landscape.

This ability to integrate luxury and entertainment with Sardinia's natural beauty and culture gives Delphina Group an edge over its competitors. The group is dedicated to providing an authentic and immersive experience for its guests, allowing them to not only enjoy the lavish amenities but also connect with the island’s soul. Nowhere is this more prominent than when embarking on the Pulcinella from the quay of Hotel Capo d’Orso, a vintage wooden 22-meter sailing vessel carrying a modest ensemble of guests through the archipelago on a day trip with multiple opportunities to enjoy local cuisine and swimming.

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