“Chic hotel above Palombaggia beach with cool pool, stylish rooms and delicious food in the restaurant”
The bedrooms are scattered about, a few in the main house, the rest in the garden. Most have the same simple elegance: white walls, high ceilings, terracotta floors, pink throws on super-comfy beds. You get sofas or comfy armchairs, flatscreen TVs, then waffled robes, fancy oils and tubs and showers in pretty bathrooms; there’s air-conditioning, too. Best of all is your private terrace. Glass doors open onto it and you’ll find loungers, wicker armchairs or perhaps a sofa, perfect for lazy afternoons. Most rooms have sea views.
Patio Rooms are the cheapest, but they're lovely; they’re not huge, and don’t have sea views, but they have large courtyards which act as a sitting room in the sun, so you get plenty of space. They're the closest rooms to the road, a small windy lane that serves the peninsula. We stayed in low season when the road was empty, but that’s probably not the case in summer. Not that you should worry unduly. These are great rooms.
The Sea View Rooms have lovely terraces, your privacy coming from walls of lush green foliage. The rooms themselves are nice and big with sofas inside and funky sun loungers on the terraces, all of which encourages you to get horizontal. We had one of these and loved it.
The Junior Suite Patio has a patio and a single bed behind a curtain, which will work well if you’re travelling with a child (though all rooms can fit a rollaway bed). The Panoramic Room and Sea View Junior Suite are in the main house. The former has lovely shaded balconies made from rustic wood, which have the best views in the house. Both are above the pool, so you may hear chatter from below.
Finally, the Sea View Suites, hidden away in peace, have large terraces gazing down to the water. Inside, driftwood furniture, doors onto a tiny courtyard, and beautiful bathrooms with a deep bath and walk-in shower. There’s loads of space, but the big surprise is the children’s bunk beds in the lounges. These are hidden behind double doors which, when open, slide into the wall, disappearing in a flash. Kids love them, and happy kids mean happy parents.
Breakfast (extra cost) is served on the main terrace from 7.30-10am. It’s a help-yourself affair, with lots to choose from: local cheeses and charcuterie, fresh fruits and bowls of bread, croissants, brioche and pains au chocolat; there’s even bacon and eggs. A beautifully effective machine waits by a pile of oranges - toss in a couple and watch as they turn into juice in seconds.
A limited lunch menu is available, which can sometimes be served as room service on your terrace. There are croques-monsieur, fresh salads, tasty pizzas, plates of local cheese and charcuterie.
Dinner is more serious altogether - the food here is excellent. Some of the starters are sinful - the baked Camembert is hard to resist. You may find grilled lobster or rack of lamb followed by pineapple carpaccio or profiteroles in chocolate sauce. The restaurant is open every day in July and August, but closes on Mondays at other times.
As for local restaurants, if you want to splash out, head to Casa del Mar, where 2 Michelin stars wait; book very early in high season. At the other end of the scale you can head over to Costa Marine, a 5-minute drive from the hotel, for seafood and meat simply cooked; it’s a lovely spot with big views. Alternatively, head into Porto Vecchio and try Sous La Tonnelle for great Corsican food at decent prices. If you want to eat on the beach, head down to Le Tamaricceu, a very popular spot; the hotel will drop you off. There’s also some serious food at The Belvedere, either a Michelin star or a brasserie for half the cost where you’ll find fresh fish and island meat.
For other restaurant recommendations in Corsica, see our Destination Guide.
Children are welcome, but the hotel best suits babies or older children as there isn't much here to entertain a toddler. All rooms are big enough to accommodate an extra bed (extra cost). There are cots available and babies (3 years and under) for free. Babysitting can be arranged.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Sea View Suite has a kingsize bedroom and bunk beds in the lounge, which magically hide behind double doors during the day. The Junior Suite Patio has a double and single bed. All rooms can fit a rollaway bed or baby cot.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
There's a children's menu for kids under 5; those aged 5-12 get a reduced half-board rate.