The Location

THE LOCATION

Wide open spaces, uncontaminated landscapes, a primordial beauty

Wide open spaces, uncontaminated landscapes, a primordial beauty converted onto one of the most luxurious sea resorts in the world: the fabulous Sardinia, a place that reunites the wildness of a Seychelles-like sea to the glamour of yachting clubs, expensive luxury villas and a-list night clubs, bars and restaurants. Immediately attached to Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, the two equally important ports of the Emerald Coast, there is the Gallura, a name for both a geographical and cultural region in Northern Sardinia, and as well a prime location to visit along Costa Smeralda. Dating back to the middle Ages, this is as rich in history as most any area to be discovered in Italy. The main towns and villages in the coastal area are Olbia, Tempio Pausania, La Maddalena, Arzachena and Calangianus. Regardless of the estate immediate environmental seclusion, Olbia’s airport is conveniently less than an hour from the estate. The beaches of San Pantaleo and Santa Teresa Gallura have contributed to this land development as a fashionable touristic destination, both areas boasting some of the most beautiful of Sardinia’s beaches. Make your senses available for a journey to Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, as it ensures stunning views of the coast, wonderful fragrances of the sea, and sounds of its own natural world.

Top residential markets in Europe soar to new heights: SardiniaHomeowners on the Mediterranean island’s saw a 200% increase in home prices in just one year. In a study recently released by the European luxury real estate brokerage Engel & Völkers, Romazzino Bay was the number one ranked residential address on the continent. Prices on this gold coast can go all the way up to 300,000 Euros per square-meter, or as much as $36,297. That’s more than three times the approximate $13,000 paid for an $88 million condo at 15 Central Park West in New York.

The Costa Smeralda is legendarily beautiful and exclusive, sail along the coast or drive inland a stretch—away from the glitz and glamour and 300-foot yachts—and you can find semi-deserted beaches and villages that time forgot.

This purpose-built paradise attracted royalty, rock stars and the super-rich, who came to swim and swan around one another every summer. Among the early regulars were Elizabeth Taylor, Daphne Guinness, Ringo Starr, Princess Grace, Aristotle Onassis and the Agnellis. More recently Russian oligarchs and Hollywood royalty like Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow have descended. Their private jets at Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport and yachts swarming the coast testify to how well the Aga Khan’s vision has endured. “Everybody wants to be in Corsica, Sardinia and the west coast of Italy in August,” says Jonathan Beckett, president and CEO of Burgess, the super-yacht broker. “They want beaches, restaurants, golf courses, bars and boutiques—and they want to be able to cruise from one beautiful bay to the next.”

Why go? Because, like the Aga Khan – who discovered this remote coastline of pink-granite boulders and secret coves while yachting – you will be ravished by the sheer beauty of the Costa Smeralda and its unspoilt beaches. The Spiaggia del Principe (so called because it is supposedly Prince Karim Aga Khan’s favourite) is a perfect crescent of fine sand enclosing a blue-green bay.

Expanding upon its leading yacht-club status in the Mediterranean, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda—which has its home base in Porto Cervo, Sardinia—expanded into the Caribbean last week with a celebration marking the opening of YCCS Virgin Gorda, from luxury real estate developer Victor International. At the exclusive event, the superyacht-central unveiled its new clubhouse.