The location of the Hotel Colonna Pevero could hardly be bettered: overlooking the azure waters of the Golfo del Pevero – an intimate indent right in the heart of Sardinia’s celebrated Costa Smeralda.

From its vantage point against a gentle rise the world is a subtle blur of parkland, natural Mediterranean vegetation, beaches, coves and the stylish cluster of local architecture ranged about a particularly privileged corner of one of the most glamorous coastlines in the world.

If you look beyond the red tiled roofs, the horizon opens up in competing shades of blue as sea and sky compete for your attention. This sparkling vista is speckled with the white dots of yachts gently rocking at anchor.

Just three kilometres away is the centre of the famous Porto Cervo, with all its elegant shopping, dining, nightlife and marinas, but positioned along the idyllic Golfo del Pevero the Hotel Colonna Pevero nestles in tranquillity with excitement at its fingertips.

A perfect spot

Surrounded by gardens and natural greenery, the hotel looks down a slope towards the striking blue Mediterranean. Just 250 metres away is the Piccolo Pevero beach, with its larger equivalent some 700 metres distant.

Given the setting, and the fact that this is the glamorous Costa Smeralda, it is perhaps not surprising that even the driveway is impressive; quite the place to park a fine thoroughbred in romantic Italian style.

Built to blend into the topography of its surroundings, the Colonna Pevero also respects the cultural tradition of the region with a gentle, strongly Mediterranean architecture that speaks of low-rise, low-volume dimensions and flows seamlessly from one part to the other.

…for Mediterranean bliss

The evocative Sardinian-inspired architecture has a sensual styling infused with the many cultures that passed through the island. Open courtyards connect luxuriant lounges and a series of panoramic terraces with the hotel’s two fine restaurants and three stylish bars.

The latter, especially, exude a suave seaside ambience cooled by gentle sea breezes. The gorgeous views, even more entrancing by night, form a focal point in the luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, the various swimming decks and the open terrace piano bar.

Like a country estate of old, the Colonna Pevero surveys a world of opportunities that includes sailing, diving, golf and polo – or merely practising the age-old tradition of relaxation in the most refined of surroundings. Not surprising then that EREN have chosen this spot for their annual International Conference in May 2010.