Live the James Bond Lifestyle at This Stunning Italian Hotel
James Bond fans: listen up. “No Time to Die”, the 25th installment in the film series, is finally here. After several pushbacks on its release date, the film celebrated its world premiere at the end of Sept. in London. U.S. fans don’t have to wait much longer, however, as the film is due to be released on Oct. 8. So, when better than now to take a look at one of the most iconic properties in 007 history?
Taking it back to 1977, “The Spy Who Loved Me” was the tenth film in the series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent. Shot on location in many picturesque destinations, one of the most standout areas featured in the film is Costa Smeralda, Sardina—namely, Hotel Cala di Volpe.
The luxurious property is seen several times throughout the film as Bond (Moore), and Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) stay at the hotel, checking in under the name “Sterling”, taking “suite A5, a sitting room with two bedrooms”. The hotel can also be seen in the chase scene where the Lotus dives underwater and reappears on the beach, serving as a backdrop during the final (and most memorable) scenes of the film.
The property is a must-visit for any 007 fans looking to live the James Bond lifestyle, and is the ideal location to bask in stunning views while sipping on a martini or two—shaken, not stirred.
Hotel Cala di Volpe lies on a stunning stretch of coastline, where the lush green vegetation, turquoise sea, and sandy beaches combine to create a Mediterranean paradise of dreams.
According to the website, the hotel’s exterior was designed to look like an ancient Mediterranean fishing village, a private compound of interconnecting terracotta rooftops, turrets, porticoes, and terraces abloom with bougainvillea. The interiors give way to designer Jaques Couëlle’s extraordinary surrealist vision—graphic bursts of Mediterranean-inspired colors accent the white stucco, while dramatic archways, and angled columns support the beautifully beamed wooden ceilings.
Each of the 120+ guest rooms celebrates the region’s natural beauty, with rustic-meets-glam detailing, and a fresh, neutral color palette. In the rooms, guests will find handcrafted furniture and simple, clean walls that contrast perfectly with whimsical paintings and vibrant floor tiles.
Although the hotel suite where Bond and Anya stay is actually a bar in the hotel, and was redesigned for the purpose of filming, the fictional suite seen in “The Spy Who Loved Me” mimicks the simplicity and elegance seen in the rooms at Hotel Cala di Volpe. The height of luxury has been encapsulated in “The Harrods Suite“, which was designed in collaboration with the department store. Be warned, this comes a rather hefty price tag…
The main dining area also features a neutral color palette; the only exception being the pastel mismatched chairs that add a playful touch to the space. Granite countertops complement all-white walls, complete with rustic accents and gold detailing that brings simple elegance to mealtimes. Scroll through the photos below to marvel at this impressive resort that has stolen the hearts of many, including Bond himself.
Adding another point to the luxe scale, Hotel Cala di Volpe also announced an exclusive collection with Dolce & Gabbana this summer. The Cala Di Volpe Exclusive Collection By Dolce & Gabbana is a line of sportswear inspired by the Sardinian resort that’s sold exclusively in the hotel’s Dolce & Gabbana pop-up store. The elegant range features caftans, t-shirts, caps, and foulards for men and women, paying homage to the resort’s landscape; think vivid blues, golden sands, and prints of tiny coastal towns that bring the designs alive.
For more information and rates, visit the Hotel Cala di Volpe website.