THE FIRST RESORT
To win the title of World’s Leading Resort just once at the prestigious World Travel Awards would be cause for considerable celebration for 99.9 per cent of the world’s leading luxury resorts. Not for Forte Village. Nestling at the southern end of Sardinia’s idyllic Mediterranean shores, Forte Village has been garlanded with this accolade an incredible 21 times in succession.
According to its CEO and Managing Director, Lorenzo Giannuzzi, there’s no mystery to the resort’s achievements – just an unquenchable desire to be the best. “We never rest on our success,” Lorenzo explains. “We always strive to be trend-setters. We are always looking to innovate, to bring new ideas and concepts to dining, entertainment and leisure. We try to be ahead of the curve – which is ultimately the reason for our success.”
Comprising 13 sumptuous villas, eight hotels (five five-star; three four-star) and more than 40 suites, Forte Village benefits from an unbeatable ace up its sleeve: its location. Only 100 km from Tunisia, the area benefits from sub-tropical temperatures – with over 300 sunny days every year – and is shielded from cold north winds by the mountain range behind it. As Lorenzo says, it truly is a gift from nature. Moreover, it is within easy reach of all the major European travel hubs, making it ideal for guests the world over looking for a luxurious getaway.
What the residents of Forte Village discover is their own taste of paradise. Set among 47 hectares of verdant gardens and running parallel to the whitest sandy beach imaginable, this destination within a destination boasts Michelin-starred chefs, a cooking academy, a range of wellness activities, first-class sporting facilities (including a Chelsea Football Academy), its own aquapark, “Leisureland”, and, for the little ones, “Children’s Wonderland”.
“It’s something that everyone should experience once in their lives,” says Lorenzo. “You won’t find a place anywhere else in the world that offers such a variety of activities. Nobody has to compromise – everyone can find something to do. One of the best compliments I receive is when guests leave and they tell me they didn’t have time to do everything they wanted to do. So they have to come back.”
This year, guests will find even more things to do. Over the last four years, the resort has undergone an extensive refurbishment, to the tune of €50 million. This means new private villas, an oasis pool, a new seafood restaurant and an opulent piazzetta, packed with exclusive boutiques featuring labels such as Chanel, Versace and Armani.
“We have a lot of repeat guests – one in two,” says Lorenzo, who celebrates his 25th year in charge in 2019. “They can have the best of both worlds here. Guests can comfortably switch from privacy to joining the crowds at one of our open-air nightlife concerts.”
As for the future, Lorenzo is optimistic. He points to people living longer, thus having more leisure time, and to growing new markets, such as the millennial generation, rising in significance. “We have beautiful videos and brochures, but they don’t do justice to the reality,” he says. “Normally it’s the other way around, but Forte Village has the opposite problem. Our guests will often say to us that the reality is even better than what we present beforehand.”