Yacht Crowd, French Party Scene
Reason to Stay
Summer Nightclub, Boat Mooring, Terrace Eatery
Located on a harbor inlet just west of Porto Cervo, Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu is likely more familiar to yachters than anyone else. A popular stopping point along Costa Smeralda, this 1970s harbor evolved into a resort destination in the early 2000s with this small luxury-minded hotel offering equal amounts of local charm and familial service. A low-flung, all-white façade by Jean Claude Lesuisse fits into the surrounding landscape of tumbling boulders and rolling hillside that jets-off into the sea. Interiors mix Sardinian traditional design elements with terracotta floors, cushy rattan décor and buttress ceiling. White stucco walls frame unexpected corridors leading outside to the main pool deck with views of the harbor and dramatic mountain landscape that surrounds. A series of restaurants include a more formal dining room within the hotel as well as a more casual terrace eatery popular with visiting boaters. Long a secondary hotel address to properties like Petra Segreta and Cala di Volpe, a series of in-house upgrades have brought the hotel to its best service level since opening.
For those that have never stayed at a Sardinian hotel, be prepared for a spare design aesthetic of white stucco walls, terracotta floors and simple décor that weathers endless months of off-season relatively well. Smaller rooms are ideal for shorter stays with simple queen-bed arrangement, well-appointed bathroom and terraces. Larger suites and private apartments come with a bit more space as well as perks like separate living room, kitchenettes and large terraces with optimal views. With a location that’s even better than Cala di Volpe, especially for those looking to hit nearby beach clubz, a bit of visual patience regarding décor and service is more than rewarded.
Yacht Harbor, Terrace Eatery, Summer Nightclub
Restaurant, Lounge, Bar, Spa, Pool, Harbor