Good morning from Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo, Sardinia! As I explained a while back, we’re in Italy thanks to a great British Airways business class fare, and decided to visit Sardinia, which I’ve never been to before. Rather interestingly the tiny town of Porto Cervo has four Starwood Luxury Collection properties, all within a few kilometers of one another. Basically all the nice hotels here are Starwood Luxury Collection.
Ford visited here years ago, and had fond memories, so I was curious to visit. I’ll of course have a full trip report, though in the meantime I figured I’d share my initial thoughts.
First of all, I should note that this hotel is only open for a few months per year, for the summer season. During peak summer season the rates here are insane. INSANE.
A standard room here in July or August can go for over 2,000EUR per night. Fortunately we’re staying after the peak season as the resort closes at the end of September, so the rates are just a fraction of what they are in peak season. For example, with Citi Prestige’s fourth night free benefit, rates over our dates could be had for ~250EUR per night back when we booked.
What are my initial thoughts about this place? The resort is stunning, and pictures really don’t do it justice. The decor is Mediterranean and whimsical, and really has exceeded my expectations. In pictures it almost looks a bit run down, though it’s incredibly unique, almost borderline Flintstones-esque.
Our room is beautiful, and has a breathtaking view. Being able to work from our room’s balcony for much of the day is a dream. Funny enough I’m writing this post from our room, and as I look at the pictures below I can’t help but think how much nicer the hotel looks in person than in pictures.
As far as the food at the hotel goes, I can’t decide whether the quality of the food or the price of the food is more extreme.
The lunch buffet is probably the highest quality buffet I’ve ever seen. Everything is so fresh and tasty, and on top of the buffet they’ll prepare you just about anything you could possibly want from pasta to pizza to fish. And when I say they’ll prepare you fish, I mean it. You can pick out the fish you want, and they’ll prepare it for you table side.
However, it doesn’t come cheap. The normal price for the lunch buffet is 200EUR (how is that even a price?!?!) though at the moment they have a 50% off promotion for hotel guests, since it’s off season. So there’s definitely merit to getting a half (or full) board rate here, given the cost of food.
Hotel Cala Di Volpe is probably the most expensive Starwood property in the world in high season, and I get why people love it. The resort is extremely relaxing, with beautiful design and incredible views.
At the same time, the prices in Porto Cervo are from an alternate universe. Porto Cervo makes Monte Carlo look cheap by comparison. I guess demand for the area is off the charts and they have a captive audience, so they can get away with these prices. Even at 2,000EUR+ per night in high season, they still sell out months in advance.
Stay tuned for a full trip report.