That is exactly the vibe I get when walk into the lair of Cala di Volpe, Prince Aga Khan's playground for the rich and famous. The entrance alone sets the stage for my three days- sexy, cozy and casual. For Forbes, I called it a terracotta sandcastle with curves, and I meant it. There is something dreamlike and nostalgic about Cala. Maybe because it reminds me of St. Peter's weekend sunbathing with my ex-boyfriend Andrea and I while chatting up Nesta and Inzaghi the Younger. Or maybe because its warm tones and beautiful lounges remind me of those 1980s Bain de Soleil commercials. Or maybe because it is just that - dreamy.
I love its style, color and its vibe. The Cala is rustic yet sophisticated. It reminds me of my imaginary home, you know the one that is effortless chic, seemingly casual and meditatively colorful. In brief, the rooms are comfort caves with a view. The rooms are decorated with Sardinian imagery, vibrant colors dominated by emerald green. And almost every room has a terrace. I could've spent most of my days on my terrace , or in that cozy bed, if that gorgeous green water wasn't so deliciously inviting.
The Cala's location is fantastic-- it's an easy get-away and get-to. Just 30 minutes by car from Olbia's airport to the hotel and just far away enough from Port Cervo that you can pretend you are on your own island. And the little is oasis is set up for food and fun so you really don't ever have to leave. The Professor's friend Christian runs all the water sports, and he's cute. The hotel restaurants (the grill!) are obviously amazing but more importantly, throughout the summer they bring in Michelin-starred chefs for Eating under the Stars, and the hotel sponsors both Porto Cervo Wine Festival (May) and Food Festival (September). If I had to be picky, I would say that only the bathrooms need a pick-me-up but it did have a five-star hair dryer. Here's my idea of a weekend in Porto Cervo.
JULY and AUGUST 2015: Natalie Imbruglia e Earth, Wind & Fire Juy 26 luglio. Robbie Williams August 13.
Cala di Volpe. Porto Cervo, Costa Smeralda.