About Cala di Volpe
Welcome to Cala di Volpe Sardinia! Breathtaking views and pristine beaches best describe this popular tourist spot in the heart of the Costa Smeralda. Yes, this near-perfect travel destination is overflowing with celebrities and attractions, and here you’ll find some of the most highly regarded Costa Smeralda hotels. Cala di Volpe (meaning the ‘bay of the fox’) is a small community located in Arzachena in the province of Olbia-Tempio, in north-east Sardinia, Italy. The village is located in the historical region known as Gallura on the Emerald Coast, between the beaches of Li Itriceddi and Capriccioli. Its strategic position offers easy access to other famous beaches as well, such as Spiaggia del Principe, Grande and Piccolo Pevero, Liscia Ruja, and Romazzino. The small village is best known for the luxury hotel with the same name – Hotel Cala di Volpe – part of “The Luxury Collection” operated by the renowned Starwood hotel chain. Hotel Cala di Volpe has a legendary tale to tell since it was chosen as one of the film locations in “The Spy Who Loved Me” at the end of the seventies. In that classic James Bond movie, James Bond and Anya Amasova walk through the hotel’s lobby towards the reception and check in under the false name Sterling. In case you’re wondering, just as countless James Bond fans still do after all these years, they booked Suite A5.
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Where to Stay in Cala di Volpe - Top Picks
Hotel Cala di Volpe
Located in a romantic spot in the heart of the Costa Smeralda, Hotel Cala Di Volpe offers a very peaceful vibe in the midst of the charming fishing village with Sardinian houses and villas. The five-star hotel surrounds itself with the unforgettable vibes of Mediterranean white sand beaches and tantalizing vistas of the mountains of Golfo Aranci and Isola Tavolara. Hotel Cala Di Volpe offers 124 guest rooms that include six suites, and an outdoor pool with a length of nearly 50 meters. The hotel offers an amazing experience of luxury and comfort with the classic double, premium double, superior double, and deluxe suites. The hotel features an intimate sanctuary that is filled with excitement with the amenities they provide right at your fingertips. There is complimentary WiFi, a private beach, three tennis courts, and two fitness centers available for hotel guests. Hotel Cala di Volpe also provides a wellness center to ensure the maximum comfort for every visitor. The Restaurant Cala di Volpe offers a Dine-Around Program which allows guests to experience the vast choices of meals a day around the fantastic accommodations.
This perfect haven exudes beauty and isolation with its proximity to Capriccioli Beach, which is about fifty meters away. Hotel Capriccioli sits to the eastern coastline of beautiful Sardinia and is about 1.4 kilometers from Spiaggia del Principe. Guests can also visit Liscia Ruja Beach at 1.6 kilometers and the Giants Tombs Coddu Vecchiu at 13.3 kilometers. The 20.4-kilometer proximity to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport makes the place even more charming for guests who want to enjoy the breeze of Sardinia at the most comfortable and affordable site. Hotel Capriccioli provides excellent choices for a double or twin room with side sea views, a small single room, or a small double room. A double room and triple room with balcony are perfect for guests’ varying requirements. The hotel also provides both free and paid internet services. The private parking area ensures the safety of vehicles and does not require reservations. There is also an outdoor pool for additional enjoyment for guests during their stay. A wide range of activities that guests may pick includes canoeing, bike rental, golf, and tennis.
Originally built by the ambitious British film company The Rank Organization, and one of three hotels in Sardinia belonging to the "Luxury Collection" operated by the Starwood Hotel chain, the luxurious five-star Hotel Romazzino offers rooms with a private terrace overlooking the garden or the Tyrrhenian Sea. Rooms are elegantly decorated, and feature modern comforts such as an LCD TV and a CD and DVD player. The 94-room hotel also features 2 fitness centers, a salt-water swimming pool, and a spa that offers massages and other wellness treatments. The Romazzino Hotel has its own large garden with wild flowers and a small private beach. Other famous Sardinian beaches are in the direct vicinity of the hotel. The nearby Principe beach (Spiaggia del Principe), one of the best beaches of Costa Smeralda, is a beautiful beach with lovely clear water and certainly a very nice spot for snorkelling. On the beach, a small bar serves lunch, ice cream and cold drinks. Further south you'll find the long and wide Liscia Ruja with powdery white sands and incredibly blue water. The Long Beach Café serves breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed both at the restaurant or on the beach.
Hotel Il Piccolo Golf
Together with Hotel Valdolia, Hotel II Piccolo Golf is the only 3 star hotel in Cala di Volpe. This accommodation is unrivaled when it comes to the location with beautiful coves and stunning coastline stretching for miles on either side. Situated just thirty kilometers from Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, this 3 star hotel in Cala di Volpe is also easily accessed and has seventeen rooms of various types to cater for every preference. Featuring an American bar, Hotel Il Piccolo Golf is also the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail, while the typical Mediterranean architecture embodies the absolute tranquility and peace which can be found throughout the Costa Smeralda. The rooms, seventeen in total, consist of standard, classic, superior, and superior rooms overlooking the Cala di Volpe Bay. These rooms never fail to impress visitors, but at the same time, this appearance could never overshadow the food experience. Every breakfast consists of a unique Sardinian flavor with sublime cakes, jams, and fruits on the side. Another highlight can be found in the delicious buffet at lunchtime when salami, cheese, egg, bread, coffee, milk, cappuccino, and more can be enjoyed. Things to do in Cala di Volpe include diving, cycling, hiking, biking, fishing, and playing golf at the Pevero Golf Club. Simply put, you can sit back and relax as the world turns or you can get outside and stay active at any time. Also, Hotel Il Piccolo Golf offers a daily maid service, car for hire, an express check-in and check-out, babysitting or child services, and room service. The free WiFi, parking, and garden are also popular with guests and all of this before any mention of a refreshing outdoor pool.
Among the hotels in Cala di Volpe, Hotel Nibaru is among the top choices for a summer vacation in Porto Cervo, with remarkable reviews from previous guests. Situated just two kilometers from renowned Sardinian beaches Spiaggia del Principe and Liscia Ruja, the hotel has a prime location with many significant landmarks nearby including the Giants' grave of Coddu Vecchiu. The jewel-coloured waters at the beaches of Capriccioli and Romazzino are just a few minute's walk from this popular Cala di Volpe hotel. Hotel Nibaru promises comfort and satisfaction at every turn with numerous options for rooms and amenities. Every room has a television, air-conditioning, and safety deposit box while there is also a complimentary airport shuttle for those deciding against renting a car. The swimming pool and wellness center include a shallow end which makes it perfect for families while there is also the hammam, solarium, fitness center and sauna for adults. Guests can enjoy a broad range of things to do including snorkeling, diving, cycling, windsurfing, and fishing. And then there is the golf course and tennis court which can be enjoyed at a very affordable rate. Overall, Hotel Nibaru provides a comfortable experience in idyllic surroundings with a strong emphasis on the little details in every room.
Boutique Hotel Petra Bianca
Hotel Petra Bianca is located next to the bay of Cala di Volpe, overlooking some of the most famous beaches in Sardinia. Featuring an intense focus on detail, every room in this hotel has been furnished in such a way to help guests relax and feel at home in an elegant atmosphere with a touch of luxury. Regarding the rooms, you can choose between Standard, Superior, or a Junior Suite, while there is also the option of opting for the Executive and Deluxe Suites if you want to splash out a little more. Ideal for honeymoons in Sardinia, family holidays, or just a brief luxurious getaway, Hotel Petra Bianca has a reputation for meeting the highest expectations and never fails to delight visitors in every sense. You can relax and unwind without having to leave the hotel. Just spend the mornings lounging by the pristine private pool and enjoy some world class Italian cuisine as you dine in the à la carte restaurant overlooking the beach. Either way, this impressive small luxury hotel is equipped with a full range of amenities to entertain guests when they come back from the beach, including a gym and the nearby Pevero Golf Club. At the same time, the private beach next to the hotel is just too nice to pass up and what better way to start the morning than feeling the sand between your toes before heading back to the hotel to sip cocktails at the piano bar? Yes, if you yearn for a vacation in style, and to relax in the lap of luxury, Hotel Petra Bianca is a smart choice for visitors arriving in the Costa Smeralda. With a 24-hour reception, wedding and banquet facilities, this stylish and sophisticated hotel in Cala di Volpe can offer you the vacation of your dreams so get ready to escape the busy city and unwind in paradise, before dining in an incredible restaurant with panoramic views of the Sardinian coastline.
Porto Cervo Holiday Villa
When it comes to ultimate privacy and luxury, the Porto Cervo Holiday Villa is right up there with some of the most impressive villas in Sardinia. Situated in Abbiadori near Cala di Volpe, this villa has ample space and enough comfort to meet even the highest expectations. Featuring no less than five bedrooms, this is the perfect villa for a group or family vacation in Cala di Volpe, and the full range of facilities make it equally as accommodating. In the living room, you will find satellite TV, iPod docking stations, and ample comfortable seating while the fully equipped kitchen allows guests the freedom to cook and dine in whoever it suits. As for the rooms, they are just as airy and spacious as the rest of the house with modern furnishings, bright colors and great beds. Each of these rooms also features a private bathroom and a very enticing balcony with seating and tables. In total, the rooms can accommodate up to 10 guests with the sofa bed in the living room offering one extra space if necessary. And then there is the outdoor area, for this villa in Cala di Volpe is blessed with a luscious garden and scintillating pool. For many guests, this outdoor area is the highlight of the house, and this says everything about the view and beautiful surroundings. This outdoor area also accounts for a luxurious patio and seating area on the exterior of the house, the perfect place to unwind on a warm summer evening. Finally, the private spa center enables this Cala di Volpe villa to stand out from the rest, and it features massage tables, sauna, and an enormous bath. All considered, Porto Cerva Holiday Villa is fit for both celebrities and families and offers one of the most desirable places to stay in Cala di Volpe.
Holiday Home in Arzachena
The rustic exterior of this villa in Cala di Volpe is often the first thing to catch the eye of prospective visitors to the region. However, the comfortable furnishings and convenient layout also make this an enticing place to stay while the outdoor area is accompanied by one of the most impressive views in the region. As you might expect, for a house with five bedrooms, the Holiday Home in Arzachena is ideal for large families or group bookings. At the same time, this is quite a quaint home, for the communal areas and garden are rather cozy regarding the size. That is to say, the house is extremely comfortable but also better suited for a tight-knit group or family. Featuring a long line of modern conveniences, the kitchen is fully equipped which makes cooking easy. Furthermore, there is an indoor and outdoor table which can accommodate up to 12 guests at any one time. In this outdoor area, you will also find a small yet charming garden, but a stunning pool and scintillating views of the region is arguably the highlight. As for the sleeping quarters, the rooms at the Holiday Home in Arzachena are quite comfortable and designed in a minimalistic way. In this sense, you may not find five-star luxury in every corner, but the quality is extremely high nonetheless. Although most of the rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, some of them also have balconies which offer beautiful views out onto the swimming pool. In short, Holiday Home in Arzachena is a charming villa in Cala di Volpe with ample space, subtle design and some of the most stunning views in the region.
Things to Do in Cala di Volpe
Play Golf at the Pevero Golf Club
Next to Cala di Volpe you'll find the Pevero Golf Club, ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, and arguably one of the most stunning places to play golf on planet earth. Designed in 1972 by English-born golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, the 18 hole, par 72 course features magical views of the Bay of Pevero and Cala di Volpe. Private lessons are available for guests of Hotel Cala di Volpe, the nearby Hotel Petra Bianca has made special agreements with the Pevero Golf Club as well. The location of the club house makes it a great place for lunch, as its restaurant overlooks the impeccably maintained tees, fairways and greens. The Pevero Golf Club is open year-round, a game of golf on the 18-hole green in winter season (excluding golf club rental) costs about 70 Euros, during high season (from July through August) nearly twice as much.
Wine Tasting - Porto Cervo Wine Festival
Every year in the middle of May, the Costa Smeralda celebrates the Porto Cervo Wine Festival, an event featuring the best Sardinian and Italian winemakers. The wine tasting event lasts for three days and is held at the Cervo Conference Center and Porto Cervo's Piazzetta, roughly 4 kilometers north of Cala di Volpe. The Porto Cervo Wine Festival includes daily Italian wine tastings, lectures by nutritionists and representatives of the island, the Fashion Wine Walk, and a gourmet dinner at one of the most prestigous hotels in the area (Hotel Cervo, Pitrizza or Cala di Volpe). Tickets cost around 50,00 Euros per person, and include admission the Conference Center, the tasting of wines on display and admission to the Porto Cervo Food Festival which is held yearly in May as well.
Cala di Volpe Fashion Week
Every summer, true fashion aficionados the world over travel to Cala di Volpe and Porto Cervo to experience the Cala di Volpe Fashion Week. This event usually takes place in the middle of the high season, from around the 10th to the 16th of July. During the Cala di Volpe Fashion Week, the Costa Smeralda will be transformed into a place of pure glamour and style. Top fashion brands and designers such as Philipp Plein, Versace, Brunello Cucinelli, Emilio Pucci, Antonio Marras, and Les Copains show the latest trends in fashion on the catwalk surrounded by the stunning surroundings of Sardinia's exclusive Costa Smeralda. Bar Pontile, located near the wooden pier at Hotel Cala di Volpe, will be a magnet for fashionistas who'd like to get up to speed on the latest Italian fashion trends while enjoying the most sought-after summer appetizers. One such summer appetizer we highly recommend is "MaximIce", an unparalleled blend of Ferrari Maximum Demi-Sec with sage and white pepper served on the rocks.
Visit Porto Rotondo
Developed in the late 1960’s by wealthy Italian aristocrat Donà delle Rose, this port is now considered a luxury resort which is easily evidenced by the number of expensive yachts in the harbor. Together with Porto Cervo, the “capital” of the Emerald Coast, Porto Rotondo is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Costa Smeralda. Some of its beaches make up the crown to the Emerald Coast, and its glittering marina offers a haven for over 600 boats of all sizes. At the heart of this charming village is the Piazzetta San Marco, a peaceful square where locals gather for conversation and tourists lounge in quaint cafe’s enjoying their morning coffee. Ideal for a short getaway or an extended stay, Porto Rotondo is a small port with a big reputation and some of the most stunning scenery anywhere along the coastline. Infused with a large number of fine dining restaurants with world class cuisine, charming cafe’s serving high-quality blends of coffee, a surprisingly vibrant nightlife and prominent historical attractions such as the San Lorenzo Church and a man-made amphitheater, Porto Rotondo has something for everyone. The drive from Cala di Volpe to Porto Rotondo will take you about half an hour.
Cala di Volpe Restaurants - Where to Eat
Ristorante Gastronomia Belvedere (Seafood, Italian Food)
If you choose to venture out of your hotel, you may stumble across a few exquisite restaurants in Cala di Volpe. Ristorante Gastronomia Belvedere, in particular, is home to some exceptional dishes which are entirely exclusive to this part of Italy. Featuring an extensive range of seafood dishes that are creatively prepared, the restaurant is renowned for going the extra mile, and the same can be said for the many tempting desserts. At the same time, if you are not a fan of seafood, you can always choose from one of the lovingly prepared pasta dishes which continue to receive generous feedback online. Another highlight of Ristorante Gastronomia Belvedere is the balcony overlooking the sea, and this allows guests to enjoy one of the eateries sumptuous dishes with a glass of wine and a panoramic view. Elegantly decorated, and with a team of staff who do everything to ensure you enjoy the overall experience, Ristorante Gastronomia Belvedere is perhaps one of the best restaurants in Cala di Volpe. Reasonably priced, and with a decent variety on the menu, you may find that this will not be the last time you set foot in Ristorante Gastronomia Belvedere.
Ristorante Mama Latina (Seafood, Italian Food, Pizza)
For those who'd like to experience genuine Sardinian cuisine (Cucina Sarda), another much-loved restaurant near Cala di Volpe is Ristorante Mama Latina. This stylish restaurant serves seafood, Italian meals, and of course, pizza. A spacious restaurant with elegant décor, and friendly staff, Ristorante Mama Latina is ideal for any occasion, but most importantly, it has a distinct touch of sophistication about it. Regarding the menu, pizza lovers will enjoy choosing from the wide selection available, before enjoying the scent as the cooks prepare it from scratch, but at the same time, every meal is crafted with the same meticulous nature. In fact, this is one of the most impressive features of the restaurant – attention to detail – and with a large menu that is sure to impress, guests are left to drink in the scenery from the nicely decorated balcony. Sublime food, subtle décor, and unrivaled panoramas amidst a pleasant ambiance, if you want to dine out in style during your time in Cala di Volpe, Ristorante Mama Latina is unlikely to disappoint.
How To Get To Cala di Volpe
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Flights from the UK
- The nearest airport to Cala di Volpe is Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport.
- Direct flights from all London airports to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport usually take about 2.5 hours.
- Flights from London to Olbia are handled by airlines including British Airways, EasyJet, Meridiana.
Driving From Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport to Cala di Volpe
From the airport, head north and follow Via Degli Astronauti to the Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda. Continue north on the Strada Provinciale 73, which will guide you along the coastal villages of Cugnana and Portisco. After about 25 minutes, continue on the Strada Provinciale 160. Once you're near the village, take Via della Sughera to Via dell'Edera to reach Cala di Volpe.