From scenic drives around the island’s irresistible coastal roads to a traditional lunch and wine tasting at the Vigne Saurrau vineyard, the Rolls-Royce Porto Cervo bespoke experience is designed to encapsulate and savour the art of true luxury, writes Codelia Mantsebo.
The Rolls-Royce Summer Studio in Sardinia is now in its third year, offering visitors the chance to experience some of the world’s greatest motor cars and finest luxury living. Guests are invited to exclusive gatherings, curated to enlighten and inform, in the company of fellow connoisseurs of true luxury.
Guests can enjoy a tailor-made programme of public and private events offered to Rolls-Royce’s most valued clients. At night, alongside Rolls-Royce guests, visitors can attending the Rolls-Royce Studio are in for a social throng of activities, invigorated by the upbeat atmosphere.The luxurious studio, designed to feel more like a club or lounge than a garage or a traditional dealership environment also guests to test drive a fleet of Phantom, Ghost and Wraith cars along Sardinia’s stunning coastal roads.
As day turns to night, the Studio effortlessly segues into the cocktail-hour destination of choice for the occupants of the super-yachts during their visit in the harbour.
Joining the selected Rolls-Royce crowd, I was treated to an exclusive glimpse into Tim Everest’s world, learning the process that go into creating his beautiful unique garments whilst enjoying a specially designed tasting of wines from Tom Harrow - an exclusive experience created with the Rolls-Royce customer in mind.
We then witnessed the unveiling of the bespoke luxury cars, themed from ‘Dusk until Dawn’.
Both cars are imbued with the ambient hues of Porto Cervo at its most spectacular: dawn and dusk.
“Patrons of our marque delight in inhabiting some of the world’s most beautiful enclaves,” said Isobel Dando, General Manager, Future Retail, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The stunning Bespoke Wraith and emerald embellished Dawn, inspired by the sights and colours of Porto Cervo, have been commissioned in the spirit that so many of our customers delight in.”
The ambient hues of dusk are imbued on the Bespoke Wraith, reflecting the setting of the sun at the marina with an iridescent two-tone sliver exterior finish, while the interior is adorned in a luxurious purple.
Mirroring the laidback glamour setting of Porto Cervo, the seats are swathed in decadent plum-colored ostrich leather for more depth and texture, while the wooden veneers and marquetry feature shades of slate greys, browns and black. The Spirit of Ecstasy, the figurine that has graced the bonnet of each Rolls-Royce since 1911, casts a soft illumination from her position upon the motor car’s signature grille.
In stark contrast, presenting dawn is the marque’s newest and most social Drophead Coupé, the Rolls-Royce’s Dawn convertible. Specified to capture the vibrancy and vivid colour of the Porto Cervo seascape, the motorcar features a unique emerald green exterior, offset against a distinct seashell and green leather interior.
Precious emeralds and mother of pearl are set into white gold and presented on the dashboard in the form of an emblem of Porto Cervo — as a timeless memory of the charming island. Open-pore teak encapsulates the occupants, alluding to the elegant sensation of a marine sojourn. A Bespoke teak boot floor mat has been created for the luggage compartment, continuing the nautical theme.
The Rolls-Royce Summer Studio will be open throughout summer until September 2016.