Meet You At The Cala di Volpe – Costa Smeralda, Italy (English)

Meet You At The Cala di Volpe – Costa Smeralda, Italy (English)

Andreas Augustin





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Once upon a time a prince came to the island of Sardinia in Italy and built the Cala di Volpe. This is the fairy tale about one of the most famous hotels in the world, from its beginning to the present, from dusk to dawn. Its stars, its stories, the architecture and its interior, about paparazzi and gala nights, film crews and photographers, busy restaurants, splendid yachts and peaceful moments

Welcome back. The Cala di Volpe takes you in her arms like an old friend. Even if you have never been here before you’ll realise that the Cala di Volpe lends the proverbial ‘in an ideal world’ a body on earth.
Your room door opens into a tiny wonder-world. It could be a small stone staircase leading upstairs into an Aladdin-like cave of a room, opening onto an arched balcony commanding an exquisite view over the bay.
Some rooms are small by international standards, other rooms are large; not one room is alike. The suites are a fantastic collection of rooms and surprises, the guests of the rooftop suite have their own pool on the sun deck.
All the others have to consort with a saltwater pool so large that, once you arrive on the other side, you actually note that it took you some time to cross it. There is the beach, a fine 20 minutes morning walk away (or let the shuttle boat take you in 5 minutes). There is the sea, unlimited. And before you read any further, don’t bother. The secret of the Cala di Volpe is that there is none. Here you find no limits, no forbidden trespassing, no borders. If you want to do something, you do it. No STOP signs in your face.
You are surrounded by an international elite-team of waiters, chefs, receptionists, concierges, maids, back and front of the house staff. The best of the best. But haven’t we all heard enough of this hotel-catalogue praise? At the end it comes down to very professional and meticulous preparation, attention to the smallest details. Or to sum it up in one simple word most of us still understand: work.
The difference of the Cala di Volpe seems to be that everybody involved appears to have understood that.
There are, of course, grave matters that can change my attitude towards a hotel. The most important I have to list was found in my bathroom here at the Cala: the belts of the bathrobes are already in their loopholes.
That sums it up.
It’s so easy.
Thank you

We thank
Marco Milocco and Bart Spoorenberg for their initiative.
Luciana Gullino for being there.
Robert Koren for his blessing.

Andrea Nissardi for his photographs and stories, Paolo Constanzi for keeping the archives of Nello di Salvo alive.
And now the small print: All historical data used in our research was selected and collated according to universally applicable principles. Our aim was to provide a general historical overview that should be as entertaining as possible. Therefore, this work does in no way claim to be complete.
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Edited by Thomas Cane

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Dear wonderful Readers; 

It is noteworthy that, contrary to all predictions, interest in good books is not dwindling. It spurs me and my team on to produce better, even more beautiful books. The new edition of THE STRAND (Yangon,Myanmar), for example, receives wonderful readers' feedback — thank you for your notes and mails. METROPOLE HANOI and ORIENTAL BANGKOK were relaunched in brand new edtions. The Oriental book is the first to present the (very) complete list of all authors who had ever visited. It was quite a challenge to compile it.

We dispatch all our books personally autographed (as you know).

Have a save journey!

Andreas Augustin

aa at famoushotels dot org

‘Wherever you go, try to stay at the most famous hotel, even if you can only afford the smallest room!'

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Greek who rose to become one of the world's most wealthiest men

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