Developed by the Aga Khan in the late 1960s, this eco-sensitive beach retreat for the jet set was was built upon a rugged stretch of Sardinia’s north eastern coastline to resemble a traditional fishing village. Strict regulations help preserve the allure of this modern day Eden where turquoise waters meet an emerald coast thick with juniper trees and bougainvillea blooming in great tangles of pink. The secret coves and tiny port towns of the Costa Smeralda are popular among princes and movie stars and the paparazzi who trail them.
Discover Hotel Pitrizza, a privileged refuge of natural beauty, the ideal destination for those seeking calm and privacy in close contact with nature in one of the world’s most romantic setting.Sardinia
Crystal clear waters lap gently against the pink-sand shores of a rugged chain of islands. The seven large islands and 55 smaller atolls are a prime destination for nature-seeking island hoppers. Charter a private boat and zip out to the main island, La Maddalena, and stroll the sparsely populated beaches or snorkel in the marine-rich coves carved out of the jagged coast. Take a seat at an outdoor cafe and dine on seafood just a fishing net’s toss from the source.
Dig into Sardinia’s past with a day excursion to the Archaeological Park of Arzachena, in Costa Smeralda’s capital city. One of the largest and most significant parks in Sardinia, this exceptional area includes eight monuments all of pre-historical age, spanning nearing almost 5000 years of history from the middle neolithic to the bronze ages. Explore ancient burial grounds and the impressively intact remains of a village.
The small church of Chiesa di Stella Maris sits atop a bluff keeping watch over the azure waters of Porto Cervo. As a founding member of the Architectural Committee of Costa Smeralda, Roman architect Michele Busiri Vici’s mod Mediterranean designs influenced the area’s aesthetic. The contemporary Chiesa di Stella Maris with its striking white bell tower stands as his landmark project. Six slabs of stone support the adobe-style terracotta roof, laden with curved tiles in every shade of ochre. Stone sculptures, a Madonna by El Greco and furniture by Luciano Minguzzi adorn the church's simple interior.
The village of Porto Cervo is the coastal Italian version of Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive. A terracotta-tile topped clutch of boutiques, cafes and the innovative MdM contemporary art museum surrounds a tidy piazza that gazed out towards a yacht-packed marina. Understated storefronts host high-end fashions from Versace, Prada and Gucci, to name drop a few. Snag an al fresco table, sip an aperol spritz and watch the glamorous parade of shoppers swinging their bags full of spoils saunter past.
Join Sardinians as they crowd the streets of nearby Olbia for a nine day fest full of religious processions, horse riding events, and fantastic food in honor of the town’s patron saint.Learn More
Kick off summer with talks by chefs and cookbook authors and regional food and wine tastings throughout this culinary-focused weekend.Learn More
Savor regional fare at restaurants and events celebrating Olbia’s prized seasonal catch as part of the month-long Cozze di Olbi.Learn More
Cheer on the five-person crews sailing in specially designed Smeralda 88 racing boats for a weekend of regattas and events.Learn More
Experience brilliant traditional dance and song traditions as folk groups from around the world take the stage for this colorful celebration.Learn More
Listen to solo and group musicians as they perform in piazzas, historic churches, and performance spaces throughout the postcard-perfect town of Berchidda.Learn More
Explore Sardinian culture through a handicrafts fair, processions, music, and local delicacies as part of this late summer folk festival in Olbia.Learn More
Yachting and sailing enthusiasts have been gathering annually since 1986 for this world-class regatta in Porto Cervo.Learn More
Tour the best beaches in the area - rugged La Spiaggia del Principe, scuba diver's delight Spiaggia la Celvia and the white sands of Liscia Ruja Beach - with an expert guide.Learn More
Cast off from shore and island hop during a day spent exploring several of the islands that comprise the naturally stunnng Archipelago of La Maddalena.Learn More
Experience local Sardinian cuisine with a special menu created by Executive Chef Franco Guardone of the Pitrizza Restaurant.Learn More
Begin the day exploring San Pantaleo, a typical 17th century Sardinian village dotted with artisan workshops for ceramics, wood, pottery and petit artist galleries.Learn More
An unforgettable evening awaits, starting with a relaxing in-room massage for two followed by dinner with special menu at the shamelessly romantic Romazzino restaurant.Learn More
Reserve a tee time at the sea-gaing Pevero Golf Club. This eighteen hole-course designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1972 is considered one of the most gorgeous in the world.Learn More