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In Costa Smeralda, you have few clubs that have been there forever, and Sopravento makes part of them. This yearthey have decided to give a new face lift and concept to it. The official birth date would be on July 23rd, but I had a sneak peak before…

I ended up there on my last evening with my friends. Someone had caught lots of tuna fish that day, so instead of cooking them home; decided to bring it to Cortes. The owner was happy to ask to his chef to cook it for us, and used the opportunity to have a pre-opening test run … And don’t worry I behaved ;)

The concept is simple; with over 2000 square meters, Cortes has a restaurant which is open for lunch as well; a show club where you can enjoy DJs as well as live music and shows; an art gallery and an exclusive luxury corner shops area.
So I can easily call it a “full option spot”!!!

As I was there before the grand opening, I can only say that the cook is quite talented and creative, because basing a whole dinner on tuna (3 courses plus desert), you need to have ideas. And believe it or not, we didn’t have it with pasta… The atmosphere was great, besides the beautiful setting, loved the live music accompanying the DJ.

My only concern was the trip to the bathroom; it is a good walk, so you have to plan ahead and maybe a pack a snack for the road… Joke aside, I wish I were still in Porto Cervo for the opening, so I could see and enjoy the night, and compare with my private one ….
And I guess the crowd would be more my type of crowd than the one Flavio attracts at the Billionaire ;)
So if you are around, you should definitely give a shot!!!

When my friend asked me to join them for her birthday week-end in Sardinia on the boat, I knew the only thing that could hold me in Geneva were the flights… First of all I knew it was gonna be a great group, and second haven’t been to Costa Smeralda (the Emerald Coast)for years, so it would be great to rediscover everything.

After checking all the options, I decided to go with Easy Jet to Olbia, otherwise I needed to change 3 flights.
For the people who don’t know Easy Jet, it is an airline that seems cheap. The flights are not expensive, but you have to add your luggage, which costs roughly 40 bucks; add that the “speedy boarding”, insurance and 16 bucks to use a credit card.
So basically when you add all the options it becomes more expensive then a regular company… and all this for a company who has delays 90% of the time, and also did I tell you that Easy Jet doesn’t assign you a seat, so it is like the bus, first come first served basis….. (why do you think I buy the Speedy Boarding???)
Oh well, as Easy Jet is the only company that offers direct flights from Geneva to Olbia, I shut up woke up at 4 am as the only flight was at 6.15am and made the best out of it… and come on it is only an hour and a half flight.

When I arrived to Olbia, took a cab to Cala di Volpe hotel so the tender could pick me up for the boat. This hotel which literally means the “Cove of the Fox” is by far the most expensive hotel in Sardinia. It has a great beach, and good restaurants. When I arrived it was empty, as the high season didn’t start yet and also I guess people don’t wake up at 8am in vacation…

That night we first hit “Phi Beach” for happy hour. Imagine a beautiful beach with a great sunset. Great music and hot Italians dancing… And you know me; I never go to a place in Italy without seeing a soccer player (the Italian celebrities). Didn’t miss it this time, next to us the yummy Lucas Toni with his girlfriend was dancing away, while paparazzi were trying to take his picture from a helicopter …

After the drink we had dinner at the boat and hit “The Billionaire Club”, famously owned by Flavio Briatore, former head of the Benetton Formula One racing team. This nightclub, used to be really happening couple of years ago when it opened, and Flavio tries to keep it that way by having extra expensive drinks, and asking his jet set friends to come and party.

The truth? Beside maybe few nights that you have someone interesting, it is full of little boys and girls spending the money of daddy. And when I say spending, I am not lying… as every time you open a mega magnum champagne bottle that costs thousand of Euros… (the regular bottle of Greygoose cost 1100 EUR, so I let you guess the rest of the prices), they make a huge fuss, with fire and music… these little kids, who have no idea about the crisis start a competition about who is going to open more bottles. I don’t want to see their families face when they see the credit card bills!!!
Beside them, you have few young ladies who are searching for a yacht owner or someone who will offer them a summer free of charge… but then again these special ladies are everywhere.

As we didn’t open a magnum, they tried to treat us like a second zone citizen, and take away one of our tables, but the minute they heard we were staying on a boat, everything went back to order ;)
Anyway, as usual we had fun, drank and danced… the top of my night? When I finally managed to cross the crowd in the heat and humidity and went to the bathroom, which had AC!!! Did I tell you that even the Billionaire uses the old trick of killing people with heat so they consume more?

Oh well, my first day in Sardinia was great and quite full and fun. Thank you to be born Frederique, so we had this great day. Happy birthday again!!!!