Hotel Cala Di Volpe in Sardinia, Italy
Off the west coast of Italy, the island of Sardinia is a distinctive Costa Smeralda destination with expansive Mediterranean and mountain views, rich history, and is home to one of the most famous jet-setting destinations in the world, Porto Cervo. Here, Hotel Cala di Volpe was designed to recall an ancient island village. This member of The Luxury Collection of Starwood Hotels & Resorts welcomes with towers, poticoes and artfully adorned bedrooms with private balconies.
Its grounds dappled with rosemary bushes and rockroses, the hotel offers a stylish base from which to explore the area's vineyards and picturesque small towns. Play a round of golf at the adjacent Pevero Golf Club or take advantage of the hotel's onsite water-skiing school. If you're looking for history, nearby archeological ruins date back to 1700 B.C. For a peaceful day trip, visit the low-key Maddelana archipelago or the old Spanish town of Alghero.
Location of Hotel Cala Di Volpe
Nearest Airport: FSC
Reviews for Hotel Cala Di Volpe
This property exudes retro charm and style and has a fantastic swimming pool and interior decor. There are some drawbacks to its age and position as the first high-end resort in Sardinia, such as small rooms, no spa, etc but these would be easy to overlook were the service and overall hotel experience charming and guest-friendly. Unfortunately, the service, with a few exceptions, is largely indifferent. For example, no-one came out to greet us on arrival, information about transport and activities is hard to source, and very few staff, particularly the pool attendants, seem invested in the guests having a good time. Many of the staff seem bored and a little resentful that these days they are mostly serving ordinary holiday makers rather than jet-setting celebrities. It is extremely pricey and, as it is currently run, the value-proposition just doesn't add up.
Sue H - Sydney, Australia
Lovely old resort now loosely run by Starwood as part of their luxury collection. Rooms aren't big but have been well maintained and most have lovely sea views and balconies. Food is hit and miss, the breakfast buffet is very nice, the cold food is excellent but the hot food is poor. The lunch buffet isn't as good and is very overpriced, the main restaurant for dinner is VERY EXPENSIVE but also top notch. The most disappointing aspect to me are the amenities or lack of. The hotel pool is freezing and frankly for a resort that is as expensive as this and only seasonal should be heated, only young children went in. Also the beach area is a joke, a hotel with these prices should have a proper beach club with a restaurant not a boat taking you to a semi private beach offering nothing but a chair and an umbrella, not even a table. If you stay at mostly any other top notch resort in Italy the amenities are far better than Cala. All in all a nice hotel but Starwood should examine what can be done to take it from nice to a true Luxury Collection property.
BethesdaDave - Bethesda, Maryland
I must tell you that Sardinia has been too overmarketed. It's a nice island with nice resorts which you can find better ones at much cheaper cost. Hotel Cala Di Volpe sounds very nice to your ears. The architecture of the property is very impressing, inside and outside. The location is perfect. The service is great. Food is very good. However, you must stay outside 24 hours a day because rooms really suck. It may be claimed that it is characteristic of Sardinia but I do not buy that. Rooms are tiny tiny tiny, very old and bathrooms are worn out. In addition, rooms are not sound insulated as you hear everything from the corridors and other rooms in addition to sounds of shaking Windows as doors of other rooms are closed. For the value, it has been one of my worst deals yet. However, if you have never visited this island and you think you must feel as the wealthiest, this hotel ofcourse can be your choice at a price which is not justified. If I visited here 20 years ago, I would fall inlove with it but not now.
ztacir - Istanbul, Turkey
We have been there the first week of June and got a double room on the third floor. The beds were quite comfortable, bathroom with shower and tub, everything very nice and exclusive. The hotel is an old/classic style (would guess '80), very well kept and for those that like type, one of the best you can find in the Porto Cervo area. It is by all means a luxury hotel: excellent service, many facilities (worth to mention the gym, the pool, free parking and the kid playground, the cozy restaurant in front of the pool). There is a free taxi-boat that will land you at a nearby very nice beach and move back and forth every 30 minutes. If you want to stay at the (big) pool you can enjoy the excellent sun beds (with appropriate space). So now the weak points: -In a five star luxury hotel I expect of course high prices, but IMHO here they are too high considering that it's not a new hotel. A dinner for 200â‚¬ fixed price per person (100 in low season), without drinks is not acceptable. All services like boat rental, water sky and in room service are a challenge for a normal wallet. - breakfast is served in the restaurant. Options are fair, but quality is not what you would expect. One thing is very bad: cold cuts are exposed to air and you will find plenty of flies on it. -the beach is nice but doesn't offer anything to eat. There is a private bar in the area but not of the level of the hotel. In a nutshell, the hotel is very nice, long standing and well know, that will take you quite much out of your pocket. If you are rich, go. If you are not, go there only for an important anniversary.
The hotel is simply stunning. It's like being in a magical fairytale. Our stay was wonderful and surreal with just one disappointment, the inconsistent and cold service. The amazing parts: we got upgraded to a sea view room that was just gorgeous. Cannot put that view into words. The room was decorated in that Sardinian way but had modern touches such as a big flat screen TV and was very comfortable. No coffee facilities due to fire hazard regulations. Didn't receive a welcome drink but received cherries, nectarines and a bottle of prosecco in the room. Nice touch! The food is delicious. As well as the buffet breakfasts (Omg the cheeses! It included strawberries and avocado to my delight - not often found in hotel buffets), we had dinner and it was so delicious! The internet is fast and does not drop out. The Acqua di Parma amenities are awesome! The private boat shuttle to their beach is pretty convenient too. And the place is ridiculously stunning. Loved the huge, salt water pool!!! Now, the service. We travelled through Sardinia, staying at various hotels and this one was our 'special' one being the most expensive and luxurious one. But it didn't fare well on the service. We even stayed at their cheaper sister property, Cervo hotel and the service there was much warmer and pleasant. I don't believe the service matched the price point of the Cala di Volpe hotel. It was went pretty stiff, cold and uninterested. A few strange things that came to my attention included: when arriving, there's no one to greet you. Had to leave the car and wonder inside to find help; it took two hours to get a drinks menu by a very rushed waiter. We asked two times and noticed that hours had gone by. Finally got them after the hours went passed but the waiter never came back. Then walked to fetch our drinks; it took three requests and getting up to find a waiter to get a coffee during breakfast service; Dinner is EUR $100 per person. The food was AMAZING but again, the waiter didn't smile, explain anything or even act pleasant at all. That's not to say that all staff were unprofessional. We had a few pleasant encounters. Look, I'm not sure what the deal was. Maybe we weren't showering them with tips so didn't deserve basic treatment? But I didn't even get the chance to tip as I had to fetch my own service. Not bragging here, but I like nice hotels and this is not my first time. I have never had such not caring service at any price point, let alone at this one. I understand they get famous and important guests and the special treatment is dedicated to them but basic professionalism should be given to all guests. However, the property!!! Again, too stunning to put into words and I enjoyed it throughly.
asmcneil - Sydney, Australia