Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2007

by Natalie Walsh

Caprera Island, Sardinia, Italy

The vibe: La dolce vita meets Euro bling.

Picture this: A subdued day haunt just off Sardinia's ultrachic Costa Smeralda, Caprera Island's secluded bays and secret coves call out for skinny-dipping or a beach picnic for two. One of seven islands in the Maddalena archipelago, and now a national park, the beaches are gently bathed by the cobalt Tyrrhenian Sea.

The crowd: The Costa Smeralda is all about supertoned divas in teeny-weeny Missoni bikinis and Italian industrialists in oversized Prada sunglasses—but out here you'll be sharing nature with the abundant seabirds.

The sundowner: Cocktails on the speedboat. Try an Earl of Sardinia: crème de cassis, Campari, grapefruit juice, pineapple, and grenadine.

Come to bed: There are no hotels on Caprera, but it's just a 15-minute boat ride to the Costa Smeralda, where the Hotel Cala di Volpe exudes extravagant Italian glamour. The hotel's 125 rooms have private balconies, and activities include a water-ski school, tennis courts, the nearby Pevero Golf Club, and a lot of posing and flirting.

Hotel Cala di Volpe
Tel: 39 0789 976111
Doubles from $2,750

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