Villa Cassandra / Porto Rafael
Living Area: 300 m2 / Plot size: 1 m2
Situated on the summit of a promontory which forms part of Porto Rafael, a small piece of paradise and an exclusive resort, luxury holiday Villa Cassandra faces the splendid sea of Sardinia dominating it from a distance. The luxury villa Cassandra is immersed in greenery, interrupted by rocks of granite in extravagant forms reminiscent of the moon. The sea is visible from many parts of the villa and particularly enchanting is the glimpse offered from the area of the garden used the least, the area used to access the villa. Designed in the early 1960’s by a Spanish nobleman, the Count Rafael Neville from which it takes its name, Porto Raphael rises at 45 km from the airport of Olbia, facing the Archipelago Della Maddalena.
A small district set in between the rocks, there are no hotels or large complexes in Porto Raphael, but exclusively private villas and houses immersed in 150 hectares of Mediterranean vegetation, camouflaged between the rocks. Surrounded by one hectare of land, the villa offers the possibility to enjoy large external spaces of a total of 300 m2 of terraced areas, including the patio furnished with a large table for 12 people, sofas, wooden sun beds and stone seating areas. The patio connects to an external kitchen with sink, cooker and stone barbecue.
This exceptional villa is equipped with a pleasant living room designed with rounded forms and large picture windows that illuminate the interior and create a continuation to the exterior. There are five bedrooms, three of which have French windows leading to the garden. One of the bedrooms is only accessible from the exterior and is situated next to the swimming pool which is positioned in front of the house, just 3 metres away. The living areas are enriched with objects on a seaside theme of evocative memories, making the rooms more like a villa lived in all year round rather than a holiday home.
The ground floor of this charming villa has a small entrance area leading to a very large living room divided into TV area, sitting area with fireplace and dining room with table for 8 people. There is a small corridor leading to the kitchen with stone barbecue and French windows opening to the outdoors, a single bedroom for a nanny and one shower room. All the rooms on the ground floor have wooden floors (except the nanny’s bedroom and shower room).
Three steps below, along the corridor you’ll find one double bedroom with sea views and direct access to the terrace connected to the garden and pool area, one bathroom with bath tub and hand held shower and one small twin bedroom and shower room. There is another double bedroom with sea views and direct access to the terrace connected to the garden, en-suite very small shower room plus one twin bedroom (convertible into a double on request).
Also on the ground floor from the pool side with an entrance by a separate external door is a further double bedroom with large en-suite shower room with double basin. The exterior boasts a large patio with sea views, sofa and sun loungers and a large table, leading to the dining room and sitting area. The location - Porto Rafael is discreet but not isolated, where peace is guaranteed, relaxing in front of the sea, sitting at a coffee bar in one of the two small squares of Porto Rafael.
The first square, with a tobacconist, small supermarket stocked with local delicacies, a shop selling books and Italian and foreign newspapers is the first stop for a mid morning coffee. The second small square on the sea front is only open to pedestrians, with lots of open air bars for snacks and aperitifs, with the possibility to stay and listen to music in the evenings; various exclusive boutiques and two prestigious jewellers.
For lovers of good food there are some restaurants and for sport lovers, a tennis and yachting club with a diving and sailing centre. Security, with a doctor on call and permanent private security guards is guaranteed by the efficient consortium, which also organises an interesting calendar of social and cultural events in the town squares. The geographical position of Porto Rafael allows access by a short trip, also possible by simple dinghy, to all the islands of the Archipelago Della Maddalena, a strictly protected marine park.
Corsica and its islands are just a few miles away and can also be reached by car and ferry departing from Palau and S. Teresa di Gallura. The ‘Costa Smeralda’ with its famous Pevero Golf Club, Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo are just 25 minutes by car from Porto Rafael. The archaeological sites and areas of natural interest are close by as well as the town of Palau which is a lively place with shops, restaurants and a colourful weekly market.
Within 8 minutes walk from Villa Cassandra you will find a sandy beach, as well as coffee shops and restaurant just 2 minutes drive at the harbour of Porto Rafael, grocery shops at 800 metres, supermarket 3 km, horse riding 7 km, tennis court 5 minutes walk, Pevero golf course at approx. 35 km, archaeological sites at Arzachena 15km and 8km, bike rentals, internet point and train station at Palau 5 km.
Additional notes - Due to the dangerous area around the pool, the villa is not suitable for children under 5 years of age. Small pets are permitted.
External kitchen with sink
Pleasant living room
Sitting area with fireplace
Garden and pool area
Sofa and sun loungers
Prices & Service
Maid service 3 hours 5 days a week, weekly rental, all taxes, electricity up to 330kwh, water & hot water, weekly change of linen, change of towels twice a week, final cleaning on Saturday
Internet connection not included, heating 50 Euro per day, telephone, cooking service 18 Euro per hour, extra maid service 15 Euro per hour, babysitter 15 Euro per hour
This service is based on a week-long stay and services may be tailored to your exact requirements during the booking process. Exact services included with each booking will be listed on the Booking Confirmation.
45 km from the airport of Olbia
8 min walk to a sandy beach
2 min drive to the coffee shops
Restaurant just 2 min drive
Grocery shops at 800 metres
Supermarket 3 km
Horse riding 7 km
Tennis court 5 minutes walk
Pevero golf course at approx. 35 km
Archaeological sites at Arzachena 15km
8km to bike rentals, internet point
Train station at Palau 5 km
Porto Cervo is 34 km
Costa Smeralda: On Sardinia's north-eastern coast, Costa Smeralda offers breathtaking views, crystal-clear water, great food and night-life. Take a walk along Porto Cervo's streets, shop in fancy boutiques or just sunbatheon one of the beautiful beaches.
Porto Cervo: A holiday resort of international renown and haunt of the rich and famous, Porto Cervo, completed in 1962, was the first village built by the Costa Smeralda Consorzio, and remains its finest achievement. Stella Marisa, the building that symbolises the Costa Smeralda, towers over the village and its Piazzetta. This is the meeting point for all of Porto Cervo's high society and the provider of plenty of ad hoc services. There is a small lagoon at the far end of the bay next to the original marina and two beautiful beaches, Cala del Faro and Liscia Rena, the latter of which is much quieter.
Cala di Volpe, La Celvia, Liscia Ruja and long Beaches: Located along the Costa Smeralda panoramic road, after the crossroad for Cala di Volpe. These small beaches are sheltered by the green Capriccioli headland. Liscia Ruja is probably the most beautiful one. It's a 500 m white, sandy beach, surrounded by cistus and strawberry-trees. Near the shoreline, the sand turns pink in colour.
Pevero Beach: The beach is surrounded by dunes and junipers, and Costa Smeralda owes part of its fame to the beauty of this enchanting place. Located 750 m east of Small Pevero.
Baja Sardinia Beach: Located in front of Baja Sardinia village
Romazzino Beach: Romazzino, one of the most famous beaches in Costa Smeralda, is a few hundred metres further on. Located 2,1 km north-east of Cala di Volpe.
Portisco Beach: Located in front of Porto Rotondo
Poltu li Cogghi/Spiaggia del Principe beaches: Located 1,6 km east of Romazzino. It's a long, sandy beach surrounded by rocks and Mediterranean shrub. One of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Smeralda. The colour and transparency of the water depend on the granite depth. This kind of rock does not break up in pieces, therefore the water is always perfectly clear. The beach is divided in two parts by a rock on the shore, and it's very crowded in the summer.
Square of Talk: Porto Cervo is known for its smaller shops and designer labels, and the Porto Cervo shopping atmosphere is laid back. The Square of Talk is the most popular shopping area in Porto Cervo. In this area, there are a number of labels for people to explore. Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci are just a couple of the stores in this area. There are craft stores and smaller, more inexpensive boutiques. Square of Talk is great for people who want to load up on Italian fashion and leather goods. This stop is also popular among celebrities. For people who are stargazers, this a great place to observe celebrities up close and personal.
Sotto Piazza: Located by Chiacchiere’s Square, the Sottopiazza is another popular place for shoppers. This area is a collection of alleyways that contain small shops. If it exists, people will find it here at the Sotto Piazza. Another factor that makes Sotto Piazza unique is the ambiance. The area faces the ocean, and people can enjoy the water while they shopping. The stores range from private shop to international chains. It is not unusual to stop at an Armani Store, and then walk down a few stores and find a similar knock off for a quarter of the price. Another item that the Sotto Piazza stores are famous for are the unique pipes. The area is famous for creating unique designs for handmade pipes. Travelers should indulge in a gelato while walking through the Sotto Piazza.
Porto Rotondo is a first-rate vacation destination. Although it contains a wide array of beautiful beaches, art, and delicious cuisine, Porto Rotondo is extremely popular among shopping enthusiasts. Boasting brands like Gucci, DKNY, and Cesare Attolini, travelers from all over the world come to this remarkable village to satisfy their shopping urges. Some stores are more expensive than others, and for those who are in Porto Rotondo for the beaches and relaxation, window-shopping is a less expensive alternative Porto Rotondo is a picturesque Italian town that is the quintessential image of what Mediterranean life is like. The area of Porto Rotondo is certainly more tranquil and family oriented then its neighboring village Porto Cervo, which is the location of the majority of the nightclubs in the Costa Smeralda. At any given club or discothèque in Porto Cervo, one is likely to spot the omnipresent famous Italian soccer players, actors, and musicians vacationing in the trendy Costa Smeralda.
Piazza Quadra: Piazza Quadra is located at the heart of Porto Rotondo. Within it you can find the Porto Rotondo Gardens, an expensive timeshare community that is full of traditional Mediterranean villas that make Italy such a memorable vacation spot. Additionally, Piazza Quadra is a vibrant shopping center, boasting exclusive brands such as Versace, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Marni. No matter what your tastes are when it comes to high fashion, you will find something in Piazza Quadra.
Piazza San Marco: Shops and restaurants surround Piazza San Marco, and it is located right on the harbor, making it a wonderful place to sit and gaze out on the beautiful deep emerald waters. Piazza San Marco is a favorite destination of yacht enthusiasts, because many boaters seek shelter and relaxation in the breathtaking harbor area.
Portisco : The Portisco base is located in the beautiful Emerald Coast, between Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, only 10 minutes from Olbia Airport. The Portisco Marina, consists of a natural green cove, ideal for visitors, offering a variety of services in a warm and hospitable environment.
San Teodoro is a part of the coast known as Costa Smeralda. It is a pleasing small town built a few hundred metres from the coast.
Clipper: Clipper is a seafood restaurant that overlooks the Sardinian marina. People coming to the restaurant have the option of eating indoors or on the outside patio overlooking the sea. The staff recommends the terrace for visitors to get the full of effect of Sardinia. When patrons come to the restaurant they are greeted by a welcoming and hardworking staff. Meals eaten here are generally three courses, enhanced by Clipper's excellent wine list. People coming here will never forget the staff, ambiance or quality of food.
Rosmary: The Rosmary is a restaurant that serves food from the grill. The owners of the Rosmary recognized that the location is best suited for outdoor seating as the terrace has a view of the water. On clear evenings the view stretches all the way to Corsica. The staff has decorated the terrace with a garden, lanterns and candles to create a romantic and relaxed atmosphere for the diners. One of the attributes of the Rosmary is that the menu is very reasonably priced. A diner can enjoy anything from a salad to a steak or homemade pasta. A party of two can get by on a bill of $36, including wine. The owner likes to add a personal touch by meeting each patron and finding out how much they liked their meal.
Romazzino: The Romazzino restaurant first opened on Sardinia in 1979 and is famous for its innovative food. Chefs at the Romazzino do not want any label other than the best restaurant on the island. They are famous for experimenting with their cuisine. The menu is a pleasant mix up of traditional dishes and haute cuisine. The restaurant overlooks the sea and has optional indoor and outdoor seating. Customers feel like family members from the moment they enter the restaurant. The owner likes like to speak directly with people to make sure they are enjoying their evening. The Romazzino is also by a hotel so patrons indulge the wine list and not have to worry about driving back. The menu is a little pricey, the tab can go up to $60 easily for two people but the experience is worth the price.
Clubs & Nightlife
The Billionaire Club: This is definitely the most popular nightclub in Porto Cervo, mainly because world famous celebrities party there. This is the best place to be if you want to rub shoulders with some of the world’s rich and famous. But you should be warned that it’s very difficult to get into this club, especially if you are a man. Single women often find a way into the club. Those who plan to get in should remember that the dress code is smart and chic.
Ritual A timeless temple, a garden, two dancefloors, four cocktail bars and a terrace under the stars.
Sottovento Club: a club and restaurant holding the magic of the nights in Porto Cervo. Sottovento Club is certainly the club that made the greatest name of the Costa Smeralda and Porto Cervo. For more than 30 years the club is a meeting place for VIPs and jetsetters, for internationally renowned DJs, live music and an intriguing culinary offer, among Mediterranean flavors and oriental influences.
Phi Beach: If you are looking for a special venue in Sardinia, where you can organize an unforgettable summer private party,
you have definitely found the right place.
Lord Nelson Pub: For those who prefer quiet evenings, visiting the Lord Nelson Pub is a good idea. Located at Porto Cervo’s marina, this is a completely English pub and looks like something out of the early 1980s. The place is usually empty until around 11 p.m. but fills up soon after that. Drinks here are fairly cheap compared to most clubs and restaurants in the area. The Lord Nelson Pub is especially great during the off-season, when most of the other clubs and pubs in Porto Cervo are closed.
Café Prince: Tourists who are looking for a subtle way of spending an evening should visit Café Prince which is situated on the Piazza de la Principle. Visitors can choose to either sit in the open, out on the square, or in the stylish interiors adorned with modern art. You can sit back and enjoy a few drinks, but if you want something non-alcoholic, try the original fresh lemonade. Also, try the Bellini here as it is some of the best you’ll ever taste.
Sardinia yachting vacations: sailing yacht, catamaran and motoryacht in Alghero,Porto Cervo, Santa Teresa, Portisco, Carloforte, Maddalena Islands … Sardinia offer all the types of yacht charter such as bareboat charter (monohull, catamaran), crewed yacht charter (monohull, catamaran, motoryacht), luxury yacht charter and corporate yacht charter.
Golf: Is Molas Golf Club and Resort - Pula. We offer you a holiday of absolute peace and quiet. We are at Is Molas, an oasis of Mediterranean peace, lush, vital and authentic. And at the Is Molas Golf Hotel, four stars of elegance just a step from one of the most thrilling golf courses in Europe.
Is Arenas Golf Club - Narbolia. Is Arenas Golf is in the West coast of Sardinia, in an area where vast pine woods extend to a 4 kilometer sandy shoreline. The layout was designed by the famous American golf course architects Von Hagge, Smelek and Baril who sculpted the 18 holes within the natural sand dunes, creating one of the more stunning courses in Europe.
Il Ruscello Golf & County Club - San Pantaleo. Feel invigorated in this oasis, playing a round of golf or simply relaxing in the sun, pampered by impeccable and discreet service. A three hole executive course which winds on a total of 17.000 mq. An easy and fun course designed for people who wish to learn at least the basics of this sport. Kite Surf, Windsurf and Sailing at Lido di Orri - Tortoli. Ogliastra! Set on a beautiful beach "Lido di Orrì" offers relax, release sports and enjoyable vacations, all in a natural amphitheatre rich with unforgettable colours.
Diving: There are plenty of diving centers all over the island.