Porto Cervo was constructed in the 1960s by Prince Karim Aga Khan among many other international investors as the center of Costa Smeralda – a purpose-built luxury retreat for the richest of the rich. The seaside resort lies in the northern part of Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and fuses a wealth of architectural elements from Greece, Spain, North Africa and, of course, Italy. Today, the prestigious coastal area is lined with extravagant hotel resorts, golf courses, white sand beaches, private jet and helicopter services, and bountiful yachts, making Porto Cervo an exclusive mainstay among the world’s most affluent personalities and famous celebrities. With a permanent residential population of just over 400, Porto Cervo is essentially a Disneyland for millionaires where the wealthy elite and famous celebrities come together to enjoy the spoils of life – and you’ll want to ensure you bring your A-game to reflect this.
Nearly everyone who finds themselves in Porto Cervo owns a boat, and the seaside resort easily has the best marine facilities on the entire island. Hence, it should come as no surprise that a majority of the activity during the day takes place off of the land, exploring paradisiacal inlets or nearby archipelagos. Whether you find yourself with a glass of champagne in hand as music blares in the background or you’re simply cruising alongside the coastline of the island marveling at the Mediterranean scenery, glamorous is always your best bet.
Designed for life at sea, Dolce & Gabbana offers a number of multi-colored dresses such as the Majolica-Print Sundress, which is the perfect breezy option for life at sea with a unique Sicilian print and passementerie embellishments. The bold print makes it a standout option – which epitomizes the glitz and glamorous of Porto Cervo (and where Dolce & Gabbana actually holds an exclusive flagship store full of similar designs). Finish off the look with the matching Majolica-Print Wallet Bag which will pull the entire outfit together. For a more classic option, check out the Dolce & Gabbana Peony-Print Brocade Dress or this Dolce & Gabbana Printed Poplin Dress.
While the Mediterranean Sea has no shortage of picturesque beaches, Costa Smeralda really has some of the most renowned coastal shores and lavish resort towns all accessible via a short boat ride. From popular public sites such as Pevero Beach and Cala Granu Beach to the reserved beaches that belong to private luxury resorts such as Colonna Beach at the Colonna Hotel or Pitrizza Beach at Hotel Pitrizza, there are several stunning Sardinian beaches worth exploring that all lie within a stone’s throw from Porto Cervo.
Whether you actually go into the water or not, this Balmain Intarsia Knitted Bodysuit is a sleek and luxe one-piece that will have heads turning with ease. As with everything in Porto Cervo, glamor speaks volumes, so embellish with these Sansoeurs 18-Karat Gold Diamond Earrings, whereas if you find yourself heading to one of many nearby drink establishments for a cocktail or two, you can easily dress the bodysuit up with the matching Balmain Pleated Crinkled Maxi Skirt, Metallic-Trimmed Leather Pumps, and Striped Leather Shoulder Bag.
Late Night Dining
The Mediterranean is already known for its great dining, yet this is taken to new heights completely in Porto Cervo, which is home to a number of world-renowned establishments. Anyone with a penchant for fish and seafood should immediately make their way to the rustic-chic I Frati Rossi, a beautiful eatery consisting of immaculately presented seafood of all sorts while its location perched on top of a hill allows for spectacular scenic views. For a more modern take on Italian cuisine head to Spinnaker, which attracts a stylish, energetic and attractive crowd for its trendy ambiance, fresh seafood, and world-class wine. On the other hand, the Aqua Lounge at the Porto Cervo Yacht Club has been a go-to destination for those who want to see and be seen.
When in Italy, flowy dresses are an absolute essential. The look is especially great during the night as you’re heading out for dinner or as the pastel-colored sunset occurs. This Giambattista Valli Floral-Print Silk-Georgette Mini Dress is the perfect simple choice that will have you standing out, yet still exuding just the right amount of timelessness and Italian chicness. A simple pair of heels such as these Prada Glossed Textured Leather Pumps or these Cha Cha Crystal-Embellished Suede Pumps are the perfect simple complement to the bold red dress, while you can make a glamorous statement with a fun evening bag such as this Gucci Dionysus Shoulder Bag or this Jimmy Choo Pearl-Embellished Faille Shoulder Bag.
During any given trip to Porto Cervo, you’ll find yourself at Piazzetta often. The small town square lies at the heart of the city and is the center among a network of narrow alleyways that are filled with charming cafés and clothing stores. From the Piazzetta, wonderful stairs lead to Sottopiazza and La Passeggiata, both lined with top designer stores including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Valentino and more.
In a classic sea destination such as Porto Cervo, never underestimate the trusty failsafe option of all-white. Both this Thom Browne Button-Down Cotton-Poplin Shirt and this Brunello Cucinelli Cutaway Collar Shirt are high-quality and breathable options that will have you looking crisp. These complementing Ralph Lauren Purple Label Knightsbridge Cotton Shorts are the perfect simple option, while the Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneaker is the crisp all-white sneaker essential that every man should have in his sneaker rotation.
Whether you find yourself at the beach under the sun, on the water gazing at the Italian island from away or simply on the terrace of a charming café along the port, Porto Cervo receives plenty of sunshine, especially during the heat of the summer. You’ll need a trusty pair of sunnies that not only stays on-trend with a fashion-forward outlook but that also offer sufficient protection from those rays.
Oliver Peoples OP-505 and Oliver Peoples OP-506 are two of the best sunglasses options from famed eyewear specialists Oliver Peoples. The OP-505 and OP-506 are two of the brand’s most iconic designs, for which they offer unparalleled craftsmanship, astute taste, and sophisticated aesthetic. The vintage frames also have a certain timeless appeal to them, embodying the West Hollywood roots that remain evident to this day.
Suffice it to say, when you find yourself in the millionaire’s playground that is Porto Cervo, the nightlife is worth enjoying. During the night is when the playboys and showgirls come out and dressing to impress is really an understatement. The clubs are located a couple of miles south of the Piazzetta, such as Billionaire, a fitting name for a three-story villa located above the cliffs on the Gulf of Pevero known for its all-night debauchery and outdoor summer parties. On the other hand, Ritual Club is arguably the most iconic and chic disco clubs on the Costa Smeralda.
This Gucci-Dapper Dan Sweatshirt and matching Gucci-Dapper Dan Print Pant is the perfect casual cool meets going out attire that will have you exuding an aura that strikes a balance of exclusivity and nonchalance. The matching set is further enhanced by the Gucci Hercules Necklace as a status symbol even in a room full of the wealthiest and most famous celebrities.