Nearby : The sand-dune beaches at Chia; the Punic and Roman ruins at Nora.
Location : on the coast S of Pula; car parking
Food : breakfast, lunch, dinner; room service; half-board obligatory
Price Band : €€€€
Rooms : 85 double and twin, single and suites, all with bath or shower; all rooms have phone, TV, air conditioning, minibar, hairdrier
Facilities : sitting room, restaurant; bar, terrace, swimming pool, tennis, watersports
Credit Cards : AE, DC, MC, V
Disabled : no special facilities
Pets : accepted
Closed : Nov to Easter
Proprietor or Manager : Maurizio Maffei
09010, Pula, +39 0709 21171
Is Morus is one of several upmarket and isolated hotels along a strip of flat coastline dotted with holiday homes and greenhouses, and backed by parched, rocky hills.
Secluded within a garden of oleanders and a pine and eucalyptus wood, pantiled and whitewashed Is Morus is a Mediterranean rendition of a smart country-house hotel. In keeping with the fairly formal service, an understated elegance pervades the place, both in the cool, light sitting rooms that are interconnected by arches and furnished with squashy modern soft furnishings, and in bedrooms that are almost minimalist in style. Some of these are in the main building (avoid those without a sea view or balcony), others in villas sprinkled through the wood, with two or three bedrooms per villa.
The sandy beach isn’t one of Sardinia’s best (it can be weedy), but it is yards from the main building, private and immaculately maintained, and the swimming pool is large and inviting. This is a civilized and peaceful corner of Sardinia, bereft of bright lights or of even anything amounting to a resort.