“Dazzling small hotel with pretty rooms and sparkling pool, set in lush gardens between the hills and coast of northern Corsica”
All rooms have a similar style with beautiful beds, pretty fabrics and lovely bathrooms. As they get more expensive, they become more refined and some open onto small semi-private terraces. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and WiFi; all bathrooms have robes and fancy oils. There are 5 categories:
Charming: the least expensive, but the one we saw was rather beautiful, so don't feel you need something pricier. It was large, with an enormous walk-in shower, rustic wood, a gorgeous bed and pretty armchairs. But it was on the ground floor, so a little dark, and it overlooked the path, so you might hear guests pottering by.
Privilege: we stayed in one of these and thought it utterly lovely - clipped and elegant, with an English country-house feel courtesy of beautiful upholstery and mahogany furniture. It was up on the first floor with double-aspect windows that gave views over the pool. All Privileges have big showers in lovely bathrooms. A couple on the ground floor have small terraces.
Prestige: noticeably bigger. We saw one on the first floor, so it had no terrace (others on the ground floor do). Expect stone walls, vast beds, leather armchairs and voile curtains. Of 6 Prestige Rooms, only one has a shower.
Luxe: an enormous room in a barn conversion close to the pool. Think golden stone walls and space for a sofa and armchairs. Doors open onto a terrace, shielded by plants; it has parasols and chairs, too. There's a separate bath with balneotherapy and a shower.
Suites: at the back of the main house, so private and quiet, with sofas and loungers on big terraces. Inside, you get sitting rooms with a DVD player and HiFi. Bedrooms are big and airy with double-aspect windows and pretty views. Bathrooms have baths with balneotherapy and separate showers. Good for honeymooners.
Breakfast is an extensive help-yourself buffet. You can eat on a sail-shaded terrace in good weather or in an attractive vaulted dining room, where a fire burns if it gets cold. You’ll find delicious hams and cheeses, plates of seaonal fruit salad and yoghurts, baskets of patisserie, then extremely tasty local breads. There’s strong coffee and freshly squeezed juices, too, and various hot dishes can be ordered (the scrambled eggs with panzetta are recommended).
Light meals are available at the pool house from 11.00am-9.30pm. It’s a fabulous spot with sofas leaning against mellow stone walls and tables and chairs scattered about. You can order an ice-cold beer or a bottle of rosé, then dig into tasty simple dishes: salads, club sandwiches, plates of cheese and charcuterie. This menu can also be ordered as room service.
There are lots of good restaurants a short drive away. One of the best is a stone’s throw from the hotel: Auberge A Magina, up the hill in Oletta, a pretty village with big views down to the coast. Don’t be put off by its slightly uninspiring exterior.
If you head up to St Florent, you’ll find loads of eateries to choose from. For good meat try 137, a popular brasserie on the harbour; for the freshest fish, head to L’Auberge du Pecheur.
Some of the best restaurants are up in the hills. The most popular is La Ferme de Campo di Monte in Murato (a 15-minute drive); the food is exceptional. If you want good Italian food, try Il Pulcinella - the restaurant where the locals eat. You’ll get pizzas, excellent meat and lots of pasta.
For other restaurant recommendations in Corsica, see our Destination Guide.
Children of all ages are welcome. There are cots for babies and extra beds for older kids (extra cost). However, on the whole this hotel is popular with couples and there is little for kids to do, so it might not suit families.
Babies (0-1 years)
The best options are either the Luxe room and the Suites, both of which have a double sofabed and space for a baby cot. The slightly smaller Prestige and Privilege rooms can fit either an extra bed or baby cot.