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It’s the second largest island in the Mediterranean, with 1149 miles of spectacular coastline, fine food and huge history… and yet Sardinia is rarely on our radar. Maybe because we don’t know where to go? Maybe because we hear it’s a destination only for oligarchs? Maybe.
You may put all that aside, though, once you see these pictures of Cala Cuncheddi, which reopened last week east of Olbia. Crisp, white rooms and marble bathrooms. Sea views. Vitra furniture. Gnarled olive trees. An infinity-style pool overlooking the beach below. A loggia – a loggia! – overlooking the Mediterranean.
The hotel has reopened after a complete overhaul (the last TripAdvisor reviews were from 2011), with a local/natural aim. So the design emphasis is on looking outwards, the restaurants, Asumari and Asarena, serve “zero kilometer” food (on specially designed Villeroy & Boch plates).
Watch you put in your hotel room safe in Italy this summer as a wave of high-profile robberies have taken place, with one becoming a diplomatic incident.
This weekend, an unidentified Saudi princessperhaps the same who defaulted on all those shopping bills in Londonhad 15.6 million dollars worth of jewelry stolen from her hotel room safe. They actually took the whole safe, as it was only affixed to the wall with silicon, and they managed to do it in a period of ten minutes while everyone was at dinner.
Although the hotel has been identified as the Colonna Hotel in Porto Cervo, one of the many Iti Resorts on Sardinia's Costa Smeralda, we'd continue to be careful as this seems to be not only an inside job (they used a master key), but also a crime wave.