Known for its sultry turquoise waters, the Costa Smeralda stretches languidly along the northeastern coast of Sardinia. Full of glamour and glitz, this little slice of paradise is the place to be seen for hundreds of socialites, billionaires and celebrities who fill the designer boutiques, classy bars and fine dining restaurants.
Away from the upscale resorts, though, lies another world waiting to be discovered. True to the wild spirit of Sardinia, the coast is also peppered with hidden rocky inlets only reachable by sea, while inland the enigmatic nuraghi or ancient defensive stone structures cast a spell over the majestic countryside.
Here are our favourite four charter yachts for exploring the breathtaking Costa Smeralda!
1. ROSSINAVI ENDEAVOUR II
There’s no better way to experience the Costa Smeralda than slipping through the emerald waters on an Italian superyacht. Launched in 2017, the brand-new 50 metre/164 foot Endeavour 2 features sleek, minimalist exterior styling courtesy of Enrico Gobbi from T4Design and crisp, modern interior spaces which are the work of Achille Salvagni. For enjoying the outdoors Mediterranean lifestyle, guests can choose between the private owner’s balcony, al fresco dining area, custom pool and numerous lounge spaces. Her five guest cabins can accommodate up to 10 overnight guests, and there is capacity for up to 8 crew members. Sardinian charter starts at €275,000 ($337,000) per week plus expenses.
2. AMELS LILI
Built by Dutch luxury yacht builders Amels and launched in 2017, the 55 metre/180 foot Lili is perfect for hopping between the Costa Smeralda’s chic marinas. Her classy exterior design is the work of Tim Heywood with interior detailing by Italian designer Laura Sessa Romboli. Key features include a 4-metre long deck pool, folding balconies in the main salon and spacious beach club equipped with a steam room. She also boasts a fantastic selection of water toys including seabobs, wakeboard, water skis and scuba diving equipment. Lili can accommodate up to 12 guests in six comfortable cabins. Charter rates for cruising the Costa Smeralda start at €290,000 ($355,000) per week plus expenses.
3. RODRIQUEZ YACHTS OCEAN PEARL
With a truly unique design, the 41 metre/135 foot Ocean Pearl is guaranteed to turn heads wherever she goes. Both her innovative exterior and contemporary interior spaces bear the distinctive mark of Sir Norman Foster & Partners which give her an air of timelessness and exclusivity. Her light, airy interior has five suites which can receive up to 12 overnight guests, while the full-beam master suite offers two private terraces for enjoying those sensational Sardinian sunsets. Ocean Pearl is available for charter in Sardinia from €115,000 ($141,000) per week plus expenses.
4. PALMER JOHNSON KHALILAH
Adrenaline junkies will love the 49 metre/160 foot Khalilah with her sporty race car design and top speed of 32 knots. Constructed by US-based luxury yacht builder Palmer Johnson, Khalilah’s eye-catching hull boasts a striking pearlescent gold finish which is completed by the use of neutrals and uplifting bright pops of colour in her interior spaces. Her key features are the vast 110 square metre aft deck which is ideal for lounging as well as a deck jacuzzi and sunbathing area on her foredeck. Five spacious guest cabins can receive up to 11 overnight guests. Khalilah is available for charter in Sardinia from €215,000 ($263,500) per week plus expenses.