The perfect island condenses a continent’s worth of geography into an easily digestible size. From coastal roads and mountain passes to deep gorges and crag-lined beaches. Sardinia offers some of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe. It’s a relatively rare destination for the automotive press circuit, so it made a powerful impression on the first lucky individuals to explore its roads from behind the wheel of Aston Martin’s newest and most distinctive SUV, the DBX707. With all the paraphernalia and personnel of an international car launch, the event garnered the kind of British presence not seen on the island since the filming of The Spy Who Loved Me in August 1976.
Aston Martin’s base was the Hotel Cala di Volpe, one of the jewels of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. The hotel was designed by the French architect Jacques Couëlle and opened in 1962, the centrepiece of a new luxury development that was to transform the image of the island. Couëlle was one of several contemporary architects who helped shape the vision of this region’s promoters, led by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV.