2/10 Chia Laguna Resort, Sardinia

Chia village is set back from the sea and home to a few sleepy little local eateries, but a stone’s throw from the series of white crescent bays from which it takes its name. It comprises a mixture of four-star apartments interlinked with four- and fivestar hotels, restaurants and a top-of-the-range spa and rooftop pool that were part of a recent £30million overhaul.

In 2016, the resort staged the Spar European Cross Country championships for elite athletes and it also holds a half-marathon every April. Kids can take part in the Chia Laguna Football Academy, a residential course for six- to 16-year-olds run by former and existing pros such as Andy Johnson, who won eight caps for England. The resort also has a diving centre and there are some rewarding reefs.

Price: At Chia Laguna’s five-star Hotel Laguna, nightly prices start from £323 based on two sharing a room on a halfboard basis. Nightly rates at Chia Laguna’s four-star Hotel Village start from £197.

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