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Hotel Romazzino

The equally royal but slightly less illustrious hotel cousin of Porto Cervo’s Cala di Volpe, Hotel Romazzino looms like a rambling white palazzo on a hilltop of forested pine trees above the bright blue waters of Costa Smeralda.

What looks more Aegean architecture than traditional seaside Italian, a lobby of smooth white plaster walls has rounded walls hand-painted in cheery pastel floral a lot less formal than you’d expect of a $1,500 per night hotel in August high-season. An indoor-outdoor architecture offers incredible views of the sea from infinite terraces arranged in stark-white lounges with in-house gourmand Romazzino Restaurant that requires a jacket even on summer’s most balmy nights.

Perhaps the biggest perk of the Romazzino is its lavish beach club and private stretch of sand where a collection of brash and chic Italians sprawl-out under thatch umbrellas on a pristine stretch of beach good for snorkeling and swimming with a beach bar and barbecue-style eatery (think grilled octopus not mesquite ribs) open till the early hours of the evening. Those who prefer a swimming pool scene, especially in milder fall and spring months, a free-form swimming pool is located in a meadow of juniper trees and rosemary kept at 80-degrees year-round.