Hotel Cala di Volpe Hotel 5 star
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Cala di Volpe Sardinia Porto Cervo 07020 Cala di Volpe, Italy -
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Definitely the most famous hotel in Costa Smeralda. Well-known for its original architecture and its Jacques Couelle decoration, the Cala di Volpe has snappy facades in warm colours and is beside a beautiful private marina, a few steps away of a white sand beach. Despite its 40 years, the Volpe has come through the ages with no wrinkles. Its famous restaurant, its impeccable rooms, its bars, its ''live'' concerts and its very ''pro'' staff, attracts everyone on the planet.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    6 miles south of Porto Cervo. 19 miles from Olbia (21 miles from the airport) between 30 and 45 minutes by car, depending on the traffic.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    The size of the standard rooms does not offer anything special for a hotel of this class (about 270 feet˛), but they are very spacious. Bright, fully-equipped, decorated with taste in the same style as the rest of the hotel, they offer both the ambiance and the services worthy of a 5* hotel. All the 123 rooms and suites overlook the marina. Note: the bathrooms were recently renovated (separate toilets). Here you will find Bulgari welcome products.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    What will immediately seduce you in the world of the Cala di Volpe, is its architecture and its original colourful decoration, created by the French designer Jacques Couelle, the inventor of the ''landscape houses''. Built in 1963 at the back of a magnificent bay that has been transformed into a private marina, the hotel enjoys a really exceptional location, between the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea and the dark green of the scrublands that cover the hills of the backcountry. Inspired by a small Mediterranean village, the hotel is perfectly integrated into its surroundings. It has a huge pool adjacent to the restaurant and there is a pleasant piano-bar where you can go through a footbridge. Inspired by Sardinian traditions, the interior decor of the hotel is very fancy, the smallest detail is taken care of: whitewashed walls, open beams, joyful colours, soft and rounded shapes. In short, a really enchanting place. It is not surprising that James Bond went there for shooting a scene - ''The Spy Who Loved Me''.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    Located in the right side of the lobby, the very beautiful main restaurant of the Volpe offers a decor that will delight the visitor - archways, coloured furniture and large bay-windows offering a magnificient marina view. The place is well known in the area and the dishes are delicious, made by Mr Franco - a Sardinian chef who has dedicated 15 years of his life to the cuisine. Another great setting, the semi-covered restaurant located on the verge of the pool where you can taste pantagruelian breakfasts. Finally, the hotel offers two piano-bars, one located in the main building, the other one in another building raised up on stilts. This latter one organises live concerts and offers a very comfortable atmosphere - lots of nooks, fireplaces and soft sofas.

    Beach 7.95 /10

    You can get to the Cala di Volpe beach by a maritime shuttle that runs all day long. The ride takes about 5 minutes. Covered by white sand, the beach is about 1,640 feet long and 100 feet wide. The water is turquoise and the beach is well fitted out, supervised and managed by the all-present staff of the hotel. For water sports, specially nautical ski, all you have to do is go to the marina, few steps away from the hotel.

    To know

    Concerts with international stars are organised regularly in high season. Famous stars are invited here. The Cala di Volpe belongs to the Starwood chain that also includes three other charming hotels in the area: the Pitrizza, Cervo and Romazzino.
    The hotel is located a few steps away from the Perevo golf course: one of the nicest ''18 holes of the world'', created by Robert Trent Jones. Very popular among the Italian and international jet set.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, golf, jet ski, water-polo, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Architecture and decoration.
    • Catering services.
    • Standing.
    • The very skilled staff.
    • The location.

    disadvantages

    • The access to the beach by boat.
    • The atmosphere a little stuffy.

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10