Club Esse Porto Rafael


Club Esse Porto Rafael Altura is perched at the foot of Monte Altura, just 300 metres from ‘La Sciumara’ beach and 2 km from the centre of Palau and La Maddalena Park. With its slightly elevated position overlooking the sea, Club Esse Porto Rafael offers its guests an exceptional panorama of the gulf and the Caprera and La Maddalena islands. Porto Rafael is considered a special destination by VIPs who prefer a low profile. This getaway known for its refined exclusivity has attracted many famous personages to spend their summer holidays here.

The Club Esse Porto Rafael in Palau, Sardinia

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Our service is always buffet style and allows all our guests the greatest freedom and creativity in combining flavours and quantities to suit their own personal tastes. Each day we offer regional and international dishes, with a wide choice of appetizers, first and second courses, sides, real Italian pizza, fruit and sweets. Theme evenings. Always included (unless otherwise indicated) at no extra charge at lunch and dinner: micro-filtered water, house white and red wine, ale. A selection of local and national wines is also available. Our kitchen is fully equipped and our staff is trained to handle various food intolerances and to prepare contamination-free meals for celiacs (special foods not provided).

Sports and Services

Music bar; Possibility to participate in the activities of the nearby Club Esse Posada (about 2 km), purchasing the “Esse Card” package.

Custom ordering of magazines and newspapers. Free beach towels and prams (to be specified on the booking). Laundry service. Possibility of renting inflatables, cars, scooters and bicycles. Rich excursion program.

Children and Teens

Our baby feeding room is available at set hours every day, offering an equipped area dedicated to children up to 3 years old where mothers and fathers can cook baby food and find basic foods prepared in our kitchen without salt and using selected fresh products (meat/vegetable/fish broth, vegetable soup, small pastas, grated cheese, UHT whole and part-skim milk, yoghurt, processed cheeses, seasonal fruit).

Free beach

Free beach


Music Bar

Music Bar


Swimming pool

Swimming pool


Free Wi-fi

Free Wi-fi



Like in a Sardinian little village

The 57 rooms, with private entrance, private bathrooms with shower and hairdryer, individually controlled air conditioning, mini fridge, TV and telephone, are all well-appointed, immersed in Mediterranean scrub with well-kept gardens where you can see the typical rocks from Gallura and unmatched panoramas.


To the beach walking into the wild

The free beach La Sciumara is 300 metres away, accessible by a footpath through the Mediterranean scrub.


Visit the island of La Maddalena

Departing from the Hotel Porto Rafael you can visit the island of La Maddalena and its breathtaking beaches.

Choose the dates of your next holiday in Sardinia at the Club Esse Porto Rafael.

Hero Camp - L'animazione di Club Esse per i più piccoli

Hero Camp

The adventurous holiday of your kids

Hero Camp is an entertainment project for children started in 2011 and present in each Club Esse and all facilities with ‘Fun for Life!’ amusements. The mascot, a penguin called Pink Hero, and our Hero Trainers let our young guests experience a holiday within a holiday with leisure, sports, artistic and theatre activities inspired by themes of ecology and community… Learn more

Treatments and Price List

Optional and available from 4 June to 17 September for services offered at the nearby Club Esse Posada (2 km), 6 euros per day per person to be paid locally. It includes: access to the swimming pools (compulsory swimming cap) and to the beach equipped with deck chairs and beach umbrellas while exhausted, activities of the Hero Camp and Young Club, group swimming lessons, fitness, water aerobics, five-a-side football, use of canoes, group dances, access to theater for evening shows. The purchase is optional but allowed only if binding for all the occupants of the room and for the duration of the entire stay.

Mandatory from 0 to 3 years of age, 7 euros per day to be paid locally. Includes the use of the cradle (one per room, a possible second cradle only on request) and the ‘Biberoneria’ services use (basic food provided) without time limits.

Esse Plus is the formula designed for those who like to pamper themselves on holiday with a few extra conveniences. Includes: Welcome Lunch (possibility of free lunch on the day of arrival); Priority check-in (fast lane) and room ready before 14:00; late check-out until 12:00; dedicated welcome drink; priority assignment of the table to the restaurant; assignment on the beach of the sun-umbrella with a sunbed and a deckchair for the duration of the stay; initial supply of the bar fridge is complimentary; free rent of the beach towel; Lunch Around (possibility, after reservation, to have lunch at any Club Esse in Sardinia, (free for guests with full board, € 10 per person for guests with other rates).

Allowed one per room (max. 20 kg weight) with the exception of the common areas with final sanitation contribution of 50 € (euros) to be paid locally. Admitted at Bau Bau Palau beach, about 2 km from the resort.

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Recensioni dell’Hotel

Fantastic location, great hotel, professional and friendly staff

We spent a wonderful week! […] The hotel is located in a truly unique landscape… on the top of Porto Rafael overlooking the archipelago of La Maddalena. […]


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Great staff fantastic place

The location is great, with a beautiful and large beach (the Sciumara) […] beautiful pool overlooking the sea. But the real added value of the facility is the staff […] always ready to tear you out of a smile […] . Highly recommended.


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