Porto Cervo’s most glamorous celebrity hotspot
The epitome of discreet luxury, the Hotel Cala di Volpe is the place to see and be seen in Sardinia.
Sardinia's Hotel Cala di Volpe curves around a tranquil emerald-green bay, its simple stucco walls, porticoes, terraces and terracotta roofs suggesting some timeless Sardinian fishing village.
This, however, was a creation of the 1960s, built by the Aga Khan, and is today the summer destination of choice for a host of international A-List stars.
Past guests have included Princess Diana, Elton John, Beyoncé and George Clooney, and the hotel itself is something of a screen star, too, featuring as a location for the 1977 James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me.”
Bellinis on the terrace
Cala di Volpe enjoys a well-deserved culinary reputation and its restaurants are regularly fully booked, so advance reservations are recommended. The hotel’s bars are just as popular, and are great places to meet friends ashore.
With your yacht moored nearby, Cala di Volpe is just a short tender ride away. The hotel’s private moorings allow you to make your entrance in style, with tenders dropping their guests just below the terrace for maximum effect. Alternatively, a jetty is available for less conspicuous arrivals.
The terrace of the Atrium Bar, with its dramatic views over the bay, is the place to mingle in the evenings. Enjoy the signature Bellini cocktail to the accompaniment of live piano music as the sun goes down over the gently shimmering Mediterranean sea.
A haven for gourmands
The Cala di Volpe Barbecue Restaurant offers informal poolside dining, with a menu created by Executive Chef, Maurizio Locatelli. Call by at lunchtime to enjoy the Mediterranean style buffet of local seafood, grilled meats and homemade pasta.
Indoors, the main Cala di Volpe Restaurant provides an elegant setting for both lunch and dinner, offering a sumptuous menu of dishes inspired by the flavours of Italy, including 100 different appetisers. Don’t miss Chef Locatelli’s, signature dish, Fregola – pasta with a delicate seafood sauce.
For more exotic tastes, try Matsuhisa at Cala di Volpe, where celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa presents his innovative Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian culinary traditions that has taken off around the world in recent years, focussing on fresh fish, including his famous black cod in miso.
If you are visiting Porto Cervo on a luxury yacht charter, make sure Cala di Volpe is on your itinerary, but remember, seats at the restaurants are in high demand, so make your reservations well ahead.