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In north-eastern Sardinia, a 50 km stretch of coastline bears the name ‘Costa Smeralda’. In the beginning, this land was the wildest on the island and was known as Monti di Mola. This coast is punctuated by two villages: Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, entirely created under the impetus of His Highness the Aga Khan. Between these two marinas, frequented by the most sought-after yachts on the planet, the coast gives way to a landscape of incredible beauty revealing heavenly beaches. Porto Cervo displays an artful blend of Greek, Spanish and Moorish architecture.
Pieces above: Pink opal drops and white diamonds earring, INDIA Collection
On the coastline of the Costa Smeralda, the Cala di Volpe looks every inch like a fishing village that appears to have captured a shoal of picturesque and romantic Sardinian houses in its nets, at the foot of a jetty perched above translucent waters.
The result of Jacques Couëlle’s artistic talent, a wealth of gaily interwoven clay roofs, towers, porticos and terraces reveal the bright colours of bougainvillea and the timelessness of white stucco. The result is a place that is at once majestic and intimate, rustic and sophisticated. The history of Cala di Volpe also forms the backdrop for a family tradition, since Jacques Couëlle’s son,Sauvin did the hotel renovations and his name is associated with the most sought-after villas on the island. Regulars know the secret places that contribute to the charm of the hotel and cement the feeling of being at home. Like its little orchard that shelters a number of goats and most importantly, Rocco and his chickens. The cock has become a veritable symbol, a character that insiders are sure to come and greet when they arrive.
To give shape to his dream, the Aga Khan established an architectural committee devoted to the development of the Costa Smeralda, surrounding himself by three renowned figures. All three – Michele Busiri a well-known Italian architect, his Italian colleague Luigi Vietti, along with French architect Jacques Couëlle – were firmly committed to ensuring that the buildings fit perfectly into the granite landscape of the coast.
Three emblematic places that offer a rare encounter with Sardinia’s natural environment, history and traditions and present their creator’s style. Three architects who were to set their unique style signatures on three legendary locations.
The Costa Smeralda emerges below the contours of the village of Porto Cervo that was brought to life by the pencils of Luigi Vietti. A seaside village with a harbour hosting guests aboard their yachts and offering access to the Cervo Hotel, whose ochre and pink stone construction and Arab-inspired patio endow it with an unmistakably distinctive appeal. Overlooking Porto Cervo, it opens onto its famous Piazzetta.
Pieces above: Cabochon-cut fossilised mammoth Ivory, brown diamonds and white diamonds ring, SENSUALE Collection
Above the magnificent Spiaggia del Principe, a splendid beach that is only accessible on foot from the hotel, the whitewashed façades of the Romazzino exude an architecture that is entirely typical of Sardinia. A veritable refuge built on the seashore, the Romazzino Hotel overlooks a long strip of coast consisting of breathtaking beaches. Designed by well-known Italian architect Michele Busiri Vici, an emblematic figure in Sardinia mainly known for the Stella Maris church in Porto Cervo, the Romazzino Hotel features rounded whitewashed walls and terraces with arches in keeping with the surrounding natural environment. Nature dominates all around. Only a few villas that are home to famous families such as the Agnellis or the Pirellis share this luxurious retreat.
Pieces above: Fossilised mammoth Ivory ring, BOULE Collection
Rocco The Rooster of Cala di Volpe