As sunset approaches, have drinks on the sundeck of your charter yacht or cocktails at Orange Beach as the DJ’s get the party started, before adjourning to dinner at one of the great restaurants of Porto Cervo: Gianni Pedrinelli’s, Il Pescatore, or Restaurant Cala di Volpe at the eponymous hotel. For a stunning view over the coast, you can dine one mile inland at the excellent I Frati Rossi, where the menu includes amberjack tartare and fresh made pasta with saffron-scented lobster. Of course, you could just spend a leisurely day at the iconic Billionaire Club, moving from the pool terrace, to Crazy Fish restaurant, and onto the VIP lounges and dance floors of the two prestigious clubs. For an elegant nightcap, the American cocktail bar Il Portico is a splendid choice, or for an atmospheric drink overlooking the marina, the Aqua Lounge (at the yacht club) pool terrace is hard to beat, and only livens up as the evening rolls on.
Porto Rotondo is another upscale town at the southern end of the Costa Smeralda, with a luxury marina, fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, and a gorgeous piazza and church. Dine on a pool terrace under stone archways at Stella di Gallura, or take a veranda table overlooking the water at Lu Stazzu to enjoy an authentic Sardinian feast of suckling pork, pasta, and fresh-caught seafood. Set on a circular bay and surrounded by stunning beaches and spa resorts, Porto Rotondo is a sparkling gem on the emerald coast.