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.

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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 30 May to 26 September for services offered at the nearby Club Esse Posada (2 km), 6 euros per day per person, to be paid on site. Includes: access to the swimming pools and the beach equipped with sun shades, plenty of deck chairs and sun chairs, Hero Camp and Young Club activities, group swimming lessons, fitness, aquagym, table football, use of canoes, group dances, zumba and access to the theatre for evening shows. The purchase is optional but allowed only if binding for all occupants of the room and for the duration of the entire reserved stay.

Required from 0 to 3 years, to be purchased on site. Includes the use of a cradle and the baby feeding room (basic foods provided), which is available at set hours.

Esse Plus is the formula designed for those who like to pamper themselves on holiday with a few extra conveniences. Includes: Welcome Lunch (a chance for lunch on the day of arrival); priority check-in (fast lane) and room assignment by 14:00; late check-out with a chance to keep the room until 12:00 at the end of the stay; dedicated welcoming aperitif; priority assignment of a restaurant table; complimentary initial stocking of the bar fridge; free rental of beach towel, changed daily; Lunch Around, which allows you to take lunch at any Club Esse in Sardinia, subject to reservation (free for guests in full retirement, 15 euros per person for other guests).

Small animals (up to 20 kg) are allowed, with restrictions in common areas and mandatory contribution of expenses for final cleaning. About 2 km away is the ‘Bau Bau Palau’, a communal beach with personalised services and free access to the sea for our 4-legged friends.

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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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