Boat International by Jordana Reuben Yechiel.
Porto Rotondo is a favourite with yacht owners and guests. Situated in the stunning southern part of the Gulf of Cugnana, it has a totally different feel to better known Porto Cervo, only a 20 minute cruise away. It is more family friendly and relaxed and has an abundance of shops, cafés, restaurants and tiny piazzas to explore. It’s the perfect place to stroll around, boat watch or shop (make sure to check out the fabulous local jewellery stores). There are also two small, quiet beaches right near the port if you are looking for a day on land or have children itching to use their buckets and spades.
Boat notes: This marina provides excellent shelter when the winds kick up. The Romans appreciated this – Porto Rotondo was built in the 1960s but there are two columns at the entrance that date from Roman times. With space for 600 boats, refuelling facilities and excellent boat services, support and tenders, it’s totally keyed up for superyachts. Don’t expect to save anything by mooring here, though – it’s just as pricey as Porto Cervo.
Where to eat: For lunch get yourselves to Il Pomodoro for the best pizza in town. Stop for a prosecco, Sardinian cold cuts and pecorino cheese at Assaggia. Make sure to make a dinner reservation for Da Giovannino for the best seafood and crudités – the wine list is truly phenomenal. Those wanting Italian should also try S’Astore. Hang out La Pinta or Sazer cocktail bars are great for an after dinner drink or three. Both are located in the centre of town – so sit outside on the cobblestones and absorb the vibes. The young and fun break away and hit the Country Club. Not one for the golfers, it’s an exclusive nightclub that sits on the hill with views overlooking Porto Rotondo. Make sure to arrive before 1am to avoid mayhem at the door.
Who goes: Still very Euro chic, but without the formality of Porto Cervo. It’s the kind of crowd that wears Valentino skirts with a T-shirt tied in a knot, gladiator sandals and a messy bun. Hot tip Some serious shopping can be done here. The Piazza Quadra is at the heart of Porto Rotondo, with Miu Miu, Prada, Versace and all the Italian big wigs.
Local classic: Porto Cervo: Some people can’t go to Sardinia without calling at Porto Cervo or dropping anchor outside the famous Hotel Cala di Volpe. It’s dinner at Madai, a new hot spot in the port, and clubbing at Billionaire nightclub, a landmark that lives up to its name. However, the one place that truly brings everyone together is La Pasqualina, the new ice cream parlour in the port – the perfect antidote to a long hot day.