Where the Rich Play When They're Not in the Hamptons

By Gary Duff | September 9, 2019 | Lifestyle National

Before summer's end, celebrities and socialites make it a habit of visiting this enchanting island off the coast of Italy.


The sight of the first crooner-sized yacht heading toward Porto Cervo signals the beginning of “hot” season in the Mediterranean isle of Sardinia.

This year it brings with it a bevy of stars looking to call Cala di Volpe home for the next month or so—an annual tradition that dates back to the 60s when the area caught the eye of the Aga Khan, who developed its emerald coasts for the billionaires that would come to frequent it.

The island still lures the one percent, who shop at Piazzetta Delle Chiacchiere for Gucci, Dior, Prada and Versace; frolic on the private beaches near the Cala Beach Club; and spa at Hotel Romazzino’s new wellness center.

At night, they gather in the dining room in designer gowns and tuxedos, waiting to be serenaded by Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, who may feel the urge to delight the room with their latest hit.


In the morning on the terrace not far from the lobby and not far from where the festivities ended the night before, a group gets back together again.

Beyonce and Jay Z, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, movie stars like Leo and Brad share a table sipping on capuccinos and picking at smoked salmon. They don’t eat much, but they make for great eavesdropping. If you can get close enough, you might hear them whisper about their latest albums, latest films, latest loves, latest projects, before they make their exit from the dining room to the yacht, where the best views of the Mediterranean isle can be seen and la dolce vita never ends.

Photography by: Cala di Volpe