Hotel Cala di Volpe / Costa Smeralda
The extraordinary piece of northeastern Sardinian coastline know as the Costa Smeralda—or “The Emerald Coast”—was largely undiscovered until the early 1960s when the Aga Kahn bought 5,000 acres of this prized stretch of fine white sand beaches and coves of the clearest Mediterranean water. Sensitive to the breathtaking landscape of granite coastline and lush eucalyptus, juniper, and myrtle, the Aga Kahn developed the area into a resort paradise that embraced the natural wonder of its setting while offering the most luxurious accommodations, activities, and amenities conceivable. To that end, he formed the Architectural Committee of the Costa Smeralda, which chose renowned architect Jacques Couelle to build the Hotel Cala di Volpe.
Honorary member of the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France, Jacques Couelle’s artistic genius is undisputed. His design of the Hotel Cala di Volpe, completed in 1963, stands as an artistic masterpiece that irrevocably shaped the coastline into one of the most glamorous resort destinations for celebrities, royalty, and the international social elite.
The hotel’s exterior was conceived to look like an ancient Mediterranean fishing village—a private compound of interconnecting terracotta rooftops, turrets, porticoes, and terraces abloom with bougainvillea. The interiors give way to Couelle’s extraordinary surrealist vision. Graphic bursts of Mediterranean-inspired colours accent the white stucco. Dramatic archways and angled columns support the beautifully beamed wooden ceilings. Curved walls lead down angled passageways and up winding staircases, while the large-scale stone masonry echoes the wind-swept rock formations found outside. Superb Sardinian crafts celebrate the venerable artisan traditions of hand woven textiles, intricate woodcarving, and vibrant tile work that have been found here for centuries. The effect adds up to a setting of dynamic proportions, grand yet intimate, rustic yet undeniably sophisticated.
Jacques Couelle’s son Sauvin followed in his father’s extraordinary footsteps, continuing the unmistakable family legacy. Known for his fascinating designs all along the Costa Smeralda, Sauvin’s villas have become collector's items. In 2001 and 2008, Sauvin oversaw the renovations at the Hotel Cala di Volpe, employing only Sardinian mastLocated on the glamorous Costa Smeralda, Hotel Cala di Volpe faces the emerald waters of the Mediterranean. Designed as an old fishing village, the resort’s creative canopy of archways, porticoes, and turrets enjoys a staggeringly beautiful setting. Revel in an extensive selection of outdoor activities, from water sports in the crystal clear bay to swimming in the magnificent outdoor pool. The private white sand beach and the legendary 18-hole Pevero Golf Club are both just moments away.
A haven of thoughtful comforts and exquisite local design, each of the 124 rooms and suites at the Hotel Cala di Volpe celebrate the region's natural beauty and superb Sardinian artistry. Simple white washed walls are decorated with whimsical trompe l'oeil paintings, unique to each room. Accents of soft pastel colours echo the landscape's spring and summer palette. Handcrafted furniture is painted to match each room's singular theme, complemented further by vibrant ceramic tile work on the floors and in the bathrooms.
Every day begins with a selection of international newspapers at the door. Linger on your private terrace in a plush bathrobe and slippers, while soaking in the stunning panorama of land and sea, before retreating into the marble bathroom with premium bath products. Refresh yourself with bottled water, replenished daily and enjoy the generous selection of treats—many of local origin—found in each room\'s refreshment centre. High Speed Internet Access provides seamless connection to life at home, while multiple-language satellite channels, flat screen LCD televisions, DVD players, and a selection of in-room movies provide effortless entertainment.
Television with Remote Control
In-Room Premium Movies
Signature Bath Amenities
Bathrobe & Slippers
Separate Bathtub and Shower
Data Port Line
peed Internet Access in All Guest Rooms (Charge)
24-Hour In-Room Dining
Electronic Room Key
Non-Smoking Rooms Available
Connecting Rooms Available
View Port/Peep Hole in Guest Room Door
Room Access Through Garden (Select Rooms)
Rollaway Beds Available
Individual Climate Control / Air Conditioning
Room Amenities & Services
Cribs and High Chairs Available
Nightly Turndown Service
24-Hour In-Room Dining
Room Amenities & Services
Cribs and High Chairs Available
Nightly Turndown Service
All prices are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of the booking.
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.
Beaches: 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.
Shopping: 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 in this area. This area 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 in 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.
Leeward Disco: If you can’t get into the Billionaire Club, this is definitely an alternative, especially for those who want to dance the night away. This nightclub is unique, dynamic and exciting. This club has different rooms that are designed interestingly with marble and wood. The club offers good music, refreshing drinks and tasty food, making it one of the best nightclubs in the area. A number of famous names have visited this club as well. While it may not be all that tough to get into this club, it is certainly expensive. Visitors should keep in mind that this club is only open during high season from May to September.
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.
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Airports: Olbia (OLB) - Gagliari (CAG)
Pevero Golf Club 2.0 km/1.2 miles
Cervo Tennis Club 8.0 km/5.0 miles
Porto Cervo 10.0 km/6.2 miles
Porto Rotondo 16.0 km/9.9 miles
Cagliari 321.9 km/200.0 miles
Maddalena and Caprera Islands 19.0 km/11.8 miles
OLB - Costa Smeralda Airport/Oblia 33.8 km/21.0 miles
AHO - Fertiliam/Alghero Airport 149.7 km/93.0 miles
CAG - Elmas Airport/Cagliari 331.5 km/206.0 miles