CELEBRITIES & VIP’S PRAISE STARWOOD RESORTS IN SARDINIA FOLLOWING COSTA SMERALDA INVITATIONAL

– Clarke, Shevchenko and Zola applaud Starwood hospitality –

Starwood Resorts took centre stage over the weekend in Sardinia as four of their finest hotels hosted VIP’s and a number of celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment, all in town for the Costa Smeralda Invitational.

Guests of the Invitational stayed across four of Starwood’s leading resorts: Hotel Pitrizza, Hotel Romazzino, Cala di Volpe and Cervo Hotel. The resorts are all conveniently located near the stunning Pevero Golf Club, the setting for the second Costa Smeralda Invitational (25th June), hosted this year by European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.

Clarke stayed in Hotel Pitrizza and was quick to sing the resort’s praises: “What a fantastic location this is with superb hospitality to match” – a statement echoed by Ukrainian top goal scorer Andriy Shevchenko, who said: “The Pitrizza is beautiful, my family were very comfortable staying there.”

Starwood’s Hotel Romazzino was the location for Costa Smeralda Invitational’s welcome dinner and the base for Strictly Come Dancing Stars James and Ola Jordan, who were taken aback by the resort. “What a place this is, so luxurious, beautiful food, great company and a whole lot of fun!” said James.

OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 25:  A general view of the Gala Dinner during The Costa Smeralda Invitational golf tournament at Pevero Golf Club - Costa Smeralda on June 25, 2016 in Olbia, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group )

Chelsea legend and eventual men’s celebrity winner Gianfranco Zola was equally delighted by his accommodation for the weekend, Hotel Cala di Volpe:

“The resort is stunning, I love coming back to this part of the world as it is such a beautiful place,” said the former Chelsea FC player.

OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 25:  Guests attend the Gala Dinner during The Costa Smeralda Invitational golf tournament at Pevero Golf Club - Costa Smeralda on June 25, 2016 in Olbia, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group )

Hotel Cala di Volpe also provided the setting for the Costa Smeralda Invitational Gala Dinner, which included a live auction for the event’s Road to Awareness charity in aid of UNICEF, and culminated in a spectacular firework display that brought the event to a close.

Franco Mulas, Area Manager Costa Smeralda & General Manager Hotel Cala Di Volpe, said: “The second edition of Costa Smeralda Invitational was an amazing event and even better than last year’s tournament.

“This competition is not only a great showcase for our magnificent golf course, hotels and hospitality, it’s most importantly a fantastic opportunity for us to show our support for the Road to Awareness campaign in aid of UNICEF,” added Mulas.

All guests and celebrities – which also included DJ Jamie Theakston, actor James Nesbitt and cricket legend Kapil Dev – were delighted by their accommodation for the weekend, which added to their overall enjoyment of what was another spectacular Costa Smeralda Invitational.

Speaking after the event, tournament Director Jamie Cunningham, CEO of Professional Sports Group, said: “We are delighted with the success of the second Costa Smeralda Invitational. The feedback from Darren Clarke, the celebrities and all the VIPs has been fantastic and we look forward to building on this success in 2017.”

OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 25:  A general view of the Gala Dinner during The Costa Smeralda Invitational golf tournament at Pevero Golf Club - Costa Smeralda on June 25, 2016 in Olbia, Italy.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group )