Sardinia is certainly one of the most beautiful and charming places in the world. Blue sea, wild coasts, white beaches, and spectacular landscapes. And, of course, its nightlife that characterizes wonderful places like Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, and Santa Teresa di Gallura, which made Sardinia so famous and exclusive. But this island can offer much more. It “has no history, no date”, as the famous writer David Herbert Lawrence said. It is a mysterious and pleasantly rough land, made of sandy dunes, silent fishing villages, primitive landscapes, and old disused mines. Its hinterland preserves the deepest and most authentic roots of Sardinia, as well the real treasures of this land full of charm and magic. One of them is Paulilatino, a small hamlet in the province of Oristano, inhabited by 2,500 people. It used to be one of the main centres of the region of Guilcer. Nestled in the middle of the basalt plateau in Abbasanta, surrounded by a luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation, characterized by cork oaks, olive trees, and vineyards irrigated by clear water springs, Paulilatino offers its guests’ eyes an evocative kaleidoscope of natural and untouched landscapes, and a valuable collection of prehistorical finds: more than one hundred nuraghes, like the famous Santa Cristina’s well, which dates back to the 12th century BC, and is one of the most prestigious examples of nuraghic architecture surrounded by a majestic park of centuries-old olive trees.
In this fairy-tale world, just in the middle of the village, there is a place that has a lot of stories to tell around a fireplace, a place where you can smell the fragrance of pies or listen to children’s voices while playing. This place is called Bisos, which means dreams in Sardinian. It is an old residence that has belonged to the Urgu family for two hundred years, and now is completely restored according to eco-friendly techniques. This fantastic building provides a model that is very popular nowadays in Italy: the dispersed hotel. Staying at Bisos does not represent just a mere holiday, but rather a unique and unforgettable experience. In fact, Bisos provides a reception that includes the entire hamlet and its inhabitants, so that the guests can immerse themselves into the everyday life of that place, and enjoy its atmosphere and locals’ lifestyle.
Each one of the six rooms with a view of the streets in town centre has its own characteristics and reflects the different souls of the residence and its history: sail vaults, frescoed ceilings, valuable floors, smell of wood, colours of wool and natural fabric used for furniture… In Bisos, every detail is perfect in order to offer guests an original, unforgettable, and unique stay. Every room has the name of a colour in Sardinian language, and is enhanced by exclusive and valuable feature: wooden beds, natural latex mattresses, heads of the bed, whose wrought iron design matches the supraportes at the entrance of the residence, are enveloped by a Sardinian wool filament painted with herbs by an artisan from Atzara. The bedspreads and blankets are made of rough woollen fabric, and they are still used to keep the temperature during hand-made bread leavening before baking. Moreover, the curtains are made of thin fabric that recalls the one used to cover baked bread. Every detail in Bisos is full of meaning and has something to tell: a story, a taste, a scent, or a memory preserved over centuries. Here the Sardinian soul appears through every imperceptible shade, turning a mere staying into a sublime journey of your heart, body, and soul through nature, slowness, a good things offered by this extraordinary land..