The Cala di Volpe is renewed.
But the interior is decided by the guests

Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille rethink the masterpiece
by the architect Jacques Couëlle in the sign of the genius loci e
of respect for tradition.

di Elena Dallorso 

A small seaside village on the water, rustic plasters, unprocessed woods, stone bases, gable roofs: the style of the Costa Smeralda was born here, at the beginning of the Sixties, with the Hotel Cala di Volpe, the masterpiece of architect Jacques Couëlle. Involved with Michele Busiri Vici and Luigi Vietti in the great transformation project desired by the Aga Khan, Couelle was the spokesperson for the rediscovery of the intimate, ancestral relationship that links man to nature. His architectural model (according to the indications of the Architecture Committee of the Consorzio della Costa Smeralda) created a harmonious relationship between architecture and nature and was also the beginning of a relaxed luxury tourism, the one that distinguished Cala di Volpe’s guests for over 50 years. For this reason, having to renovate rooms and suites according to the criteria and needs of new travelers, it was thought that the best thing was to directly involve the most affectionate customers in the choices of the interior of 10 rooms and suites and of lobby and bar, entrusted to the 4BI & Associés studio in Paris under the guidance of architects Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille. They were the most loyal customers, the ones who have been coming back and returning to Cala di Volpe for years, to Luxury Collection Hotel to direct the choices of designers: larger wardrobes to hold evening dresses, sliding suitcases to hold bigger bags a weekend trolley, giant showers, etc. Moinard and Bétaille have therefore worked to innovate the original project of Jacques Couëlle, while maintaining his vision: the spaces have been redesigned by constantly recalling local traditions, creating every single piece of furniture (all made by Bussu Falegnameria Arredamenti and from the GiBi-Bagatti carpentry shop), evoking shapes, colors and materials from the 60s with a wide use of colored glass, wood and lighting (by Flos and Lumina for reading lamps) more effective.

Another great architect designed the Cala Beach Club, inaugurated last year: a lounge structure with simple and comfortable shapes, decorated with light colors, perfect for relaxing on sunbeds, perhaps with a flute of Champagne in hand.

The culinary offer of the hotel varies: until September 15 at the Matsuhisa at Cala Di Volpe, you can taste the Nobu style Japanese cuisine by Chef Nobuyuki Matshuisa. And from July onwards organic, natural and 0 km products at “La Fattoria”, with fruits and vegetables harvested directly in the Cala di Volpe vegetable garden; only 20 seats in the garden-vegetable garden, with a green pergola and goats and hens enclosures. Also next to the barbecue area, there will be a new dining area dedicated to pasta & pizza, for a more informal dinner.

It has also just opened the brand new Shiseido Spa Cala di Volpe, with two treatment cabins and two Turkish bath areas (separated for women and men), made with precious materials such as alabaster, local stone and rough wood.