Why you should visit Hotel Cala di Volpe on the Italian island’s Costa Smeralda
Although summer wasn’t so accurate at arriving to London in June, it seems the British Autumn is right on time. But it doesn’t mean holiday season is gone just yet. In fact, going to a place where September still means above 25 degrees might just blow away your rainy blues.
On the shore of crystalline waters of the Adriatic Sea lies the Emerald Coast, a gem of the Italian island Sardinia. Surrounded with the Azul blue and turquoise waters on one side and the far-reaching cliffs on the other you’ll find the luxurious Hotel Cala di Volpe. And it even has a secret spy mission feel to it. This hotel was the location of Roger Moore’s 007 movie The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977.
And since then, it’s seen celebrities like Robbie Williams, Beyoncé and Jay-Z to mention a few.
The secret: exquisite service in paradise on Earth.
Located on the northeastern tip of Sardinia, the transport from the island’s Olbia airport is just about 30 minutes. The curving roads leading to the shore quickly relax you leaving your worries behind.
Designed to resemble an old fishing village, the pastel colours of the exterior create a rustic yet charming ambiance. The canopy archways, porticoes and turrets set the stage to a picturesque view of the Emerald Coast. Stepping indoors that antique design meets a modern accent from the lobby bar to your bedroom.
What to do
An Olympian-size saltwater pool won’t leave you short of laps. But you might wonder why you don’t see a sandy beach anywhere. Well, there is one. In fact, it’s a private beach only a five-minute boat ride away. The hotel’s boat ferries guests back and forth all day. There’s also an indoors and outdoors gym and three tennis courts to keep you active in between filling up on Sardinian cuisine and soaking in some Vitamin D.
Although it’s slightly isolated and you’ll need your own transportation to explore the area, there are several leisure activities that can be booked at the hotel such as diving, horseback riding, sailing, or even guided tours to wineries and archaeological sites.
What to eat and drink
Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, service is top-notch and the dishes deserve a 5-star rating. From Mediterranean meals to international cuisine at all six restaurants and bars your taste buds will not be disappointed. And since we’re in Italy, next to the sea and sun, all you need is Saluti with Aperol Spritz. But if you prefer a red, a white or a rose with your dinner, you can choose from a collection of 400 bottles of vintage wines from all around the world at the hotel’s La Cave wine cellar.
There are 121 rooms, 100 of them sea-view, dressed in traditional Sardinian design representing local workmanship. And if you’re seeking an OTT experience, the Presidential Suite with a steam bath and a private heated swimming pool overlooking the translucent turquoise waters will take your breath away.
A luxe holiday with everything you need to relax and recharge away from the buzzing city. There isn’t much in walking distance, so it’s best suited for those who want to just switch off in an enchanted getaway.
Classic doubles from €1,848 (£1,685) in August, and €566 (£516) in September.
For more information, visit caladivolpe.com