Discover Italy describes Costa Smeralda as “a magical mix of sun, sea, music and glee that you’ll find hard to resist.” They couldn’t be more correct. Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast earned its name because of its brilliant green-blue waters. This master-planned community in northern Sardinia was developed in the early 1960s by flamboyant millionaire Prince Karim Aga Khan and a consortium of investors he assembled. Since then, it is the home of the Italian paparazzi as many high profile visitors flock to the area. They’re not that difficult to avoid, especially if you opt for one of our choices as your place to stay when you visit Costa Smeralda.
Hotel Cala di Volpe
Originally built as a fishing village with porches, arches, and stairs, Hotel Cala di Volpe overlooks one of the most beautiful coves in Costa Smeralda. With 21 suites and 100 sea view rooms, the rustic appearance of this hotel is just an appearance, it is most definitely a luxury hotel with both the style and service you’d expect. Golf, tennis, water sports, horse riding, fishing, and other sport activities are available to its guests, there is always something to keep you busy when you wish to be. However, should you prefer to relax there is a wellness center to help pamper you, as well as, six restaurants and bars.
This location features a collection of villas and suites, restaurants, bars, a seawater swimming pool, golf at the Pevero Golf Club, and also access to the Audi driving experience. Hotel Pitrizza is more than just a beautiful location, it’s also the perfect getaway spot for a Costa Smeralda vacation. With spacious grass-roofed rooms, the bulk of the property almost disappears into the landscape as it takes full advantage of the natural beauty of the Sardinian coastline. Hotel Pitrizza also boasts one of the world’s original infinity pools which remains one of the most impressive, even today.
Ca’ La Somara
Listed among some of the world’s best-kept secret escapes in Italy, Ca’ La Somara is an agritourist’s dream. With just 12 unique rooms in this old cattle shed-turned-farmhouse bed and breakfast, this may not be the most luxurious accommodation on our list. It will, however, definitely place you in a stunning setting where you’ll commune with nature in comfort. Relax in the Italian sun, frolic in the beautiful pool, or say hello to one of the donkeys roaming the property. You’ll forget the crazy world that exists beyond the farm as your hosts Laura and Alberto take care of you.
Colonna Pevero Hotel
The best words to describe the setting for this lovely property are those they use to describe the location itself. “The Colonna Pevero Hotel is built on rolling hills in a peaceful park where the intense perfumes and colors of the Mediterranean scrub create a unique atmosphere.” This secluded hillside resort hotel features all of the high-end, luxury amenities you’ll need. From a fitness center and wellness spa to an upscale, gourmet restaurants and, of course, their five lagoon-style pools, this is Italian luxury at its best.
La Rocca Resort & Spa
Another beautiful spa for our list, La Rocca Resort & Spa is a five-star resort located in the most exclusive corner of Sardinia. The hotel notes that “with its terraces and balconies full of flowers perfuming the open air verandas, staggered roofs and arcades – resembles an ancient Sardinian town, embedded perfectly in its natural surroundings and gives off a sensation of being immersed in the greenery of the Emerald Coast.” With beautiful rooms and suites, the spa, restaurants, and a private beach, La Rocca Resort & Spa is ready to spoil you on your visit to Costa Smeralda.
Start planning your Sardinian vacation to Costa Smeralda now, each of our suggestions will be best enjoyed if you remember to plan ahead to get not only the best of the accommodations but also the best of your pick in activities and other special elements for your vacation. While you’re visiting Italy, you might also try our picks for the best places to stay in Tuscany.