Beach + Island

Celebs in the Sand

by Natalie Walsh

Where? Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

Who hangs out here? Euro royals, millionaires, yachties, playboys, and movie stars in search of Italian beach chic. Top style points go to TomKat, who sailed in last summer for a vacation before heading back to Germany where Tom was filming a movie. And how cute is little Suri? The youngest Cruise charmed the paparazzi on her beach holiday debut, taking a splash in the sea.

The star attraction: A private members' club by the sea, the Emerald Coast is for folks who've made it big. Euro trash meets Euro royals, including Princess Caroline of Monaco. Opulent parties are the rule, so have the butler pack the aspirin. High season kicks off with the Sardinia Rolex Cup sailing regatta in June.

Stargazing: The world-famous Hotel Cala di Volpe, formerly the Aga Khan's villa retreat, is the A-list hot spot. Keep your eyes peeled for Hollywood hotties such as Bruce Willis and George Clooney, as well as regulars like the princess, who arrive on their yachts for the hotel's famous buffet lunch at the waterside restaurant.

The hot bed: Hotel Pitrizza on Liscia di Vacca bay is favored by more discreet visitors. It has a delicious infinity pool carved out of rock and a peach of a private beach with views of Caprera Island.

Hotel Cala di Volpe
Tel: 39 0789 976111
Doubles from $1,160.

Hotel Pitrizza
Tel: 39 0789 93011
Doubles from $1,168.

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