La Plage Casadelmar

Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France Book from Book from £468 per night

Peaceful, contemporary-cool beach retreat with breathtaking views across Porto Vecchio Bay
It's all about relaxation and barefoot sophistication at this 15-room gem on Corsica's stunning southeast coast. Edged by pine trees, the hotel is set on a pristine, private sandy cove with crystal-clear water. Inside, a fresh, simple backdrop of whites, creams and greys is complemented by vibrant splashes of blue, orange and red, which makes for a tranquil yet beach-bright ambiance. Meanwhile, clean-lined architecture and natural design elements (including volcanic rock, wood and glass) create an earthy feel with a subtle touch of mid-century charm that's reminiscent of Palm Springs.

We spent our mornings reading on comfy sun loungers under the tiki umbrellas and snorkelling from the shore. Delicious lunches of spider crab with guacamole or a fresh shellfish salad were washed down with a local rosé, and inevitably followed by a snooze on the shaded wooden deck around the turquoise pool. Later we'd potter around the island's villages and towns, or be whisked across the bay by speedboat for a heavenly massage at glam sister property Hotel Casadelmar. We'd return in time for apéros on the beach: sandy feet, warm breezes and sweeping views, with the promise of a Mediterranean-inspired dinner to come.

Highs

  • The stunning location: you'd never tire of the sea views
  • Super friendly, attentive staff
  • Just 15 rooms, all with private terraces and garden or sea views
  • The intimate, spoiling vibe makes it perfect for a honeymoon or special holiday
  • Very spread out, with lots of relaxing spaces scattered around

Lows

  • All this heavenly beach simplicity comes at a price; it's eye-wateringly expensive
  • No spa or gym, but sister property Hotel Casadelmar has both, plus a Michelin-starred restaurant, and is just a speedboat-hop away
  • Only open May-Sept and getting a room in July or August can be tricky; it's often full with repeat guests
  • Families are welcome but there's not much for kids, beyond the beach and pool

Best time to go

The hotel is open from May to September. These shoulder months are our favourite times to visit Corsica, with warm weather and without the high-season crowds and steep price hikes.

Our top tips

Day trip to the historic, picturesque harbour-city of Bonifacio, with its maze of cobbled streets, quaint boutiques and countless little restaurants and cafés. It's a 45-minute drive from the hotel (without traffic).

Great for...

Beach
Family
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

A breezy, contemporary feel runs through the 15 rooms and suites, which are set well apart from one another in stylish stone cottages amidst pine trees. Private wooden decks have beautiful garden or sea views, and lounge chairs for peaceful reading or snoozing.

Inside, you'll find calming shades of white, cream, grey and blue, with occasional bursts of colour, and natural accents through driftwood walls. Spacious open-flow bathrooms feature wood panel elements, rain showers and fabulous organic soaps.

Deluxe Sea Views are the most popular, and definitely worth splashing out on. The Suites have 2 bedrooms (a double and a single) plus a sofabed, so are good for small families.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The hip restaurant, decorated in subtle shades of white and cream, flows out onto a canopied deck for alfresco dining. Expect delicious market-inspired Mediterranean dishes (fresh mussels with roasted tomatoes, grilled lobster, swordfish pasta with aubergine and mint) and authentic spit roasts. There's not masses of variety so you might want to drive out to eat occasionally if you're here for a few days - especially if you're vegetarian; a Caprese salad was the only and lonely veggie option on the menu.

If you're here for a special occasion, take the speedboat over to sister property Hotel Casadelmar for a feast in their Michelin-starred restaurant.

Back at La Plage, a wooden pathway leads through the pines to a beach bar with sweeping views across the bay; perfect for sundowners. There's also an all-day snack menu.

Breakfast (included) is a fairly basic continental buffet of pastries, fruit, charcuterie, breads and cheeses.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Laze on the gorgeous sandy beach with its incredible views across the bay. Or read by the shaded pool or on your private terrace
  • Snorkel in the clear shallows (the hotel has equipment to borrow) or book a scuba-diving trip
  • The hotel offers speedboat transfers to Saint-Cyprien and Cala Rossa beaches. Or speed across to sister property Hotel Casadelmar for some serious pampering in their opulent spa
  • Try waterskiing, wakeboarding or sailing; all can be arranged
  • For a change of scene, stunning Palombaggia and Santa Giulia beaches are an easy drive away. Both have hip beach bars and excellent eateries, so are good for an all-day trip
  • Pop into Porto Vecchio for a wander; there's a local produce market on Sunday mornings
  • Spend a day hiking in the Alta Rocca, where you'll find natural pools and the stunning Bavella mountain range
  • The glorious Iles Lavezzi make for a great day trip, as does Sardinia; ask reception to arrange transport and a guide

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water skiing
  • Well being

Kids

While children are welcome, note that this is very much a grown-up hotel and families are expected to be mindful of other guests. There's a heated pool, you're beside a private sandy beach, and there are both interconnecting rooms and suites with a small second bedroom

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Superior Suites and Executive Suites each have a small second bedroom with a single bed as well as a sofabed in the living room, or space for a baby cot. A few of the Deluxe Rooms can interconnect, and have space for a baby cot

Babysitting:

On request

Baby equipment:

Highchairs in the restaurant

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

A small menu including fresh Italian pasta with tomato sauce, French fries with minced beef, fish fillet of the day with grilled vegetables

Kids Activities on site:

  • Heated swimming pool
  • Garden

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Private sandy beach
  • Watersports including snorkelling and scuba diving
  • Boat trips

Distances:

  • Airport: 45 minutes (Figari)
  • Shops: 10 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

La Plage Casadelmar is set in the Bay of Porto Vecchio, on a private sandy beach edged by red rocks and pine trees. Figari Airport is a 45-minute drive away, and the town of Porto-Vecchio is a 10-minute drive.

By Air:
Fly into Figari (35km), Bastia (125km) or Calvi (199km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
Book a transfer or see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Corsica

Airports:

  • Figari Sud-Corse 35.0 km FSC
  • Bastia (Poretta) 125.0 km BIA

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 6.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.3 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

8/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
7/10
Value
8/10
Overall

We had a great time! The cost of the rooms and food makes you expect a lot and I’m always a little hesitant going into very expensive hotels just because they can be overly formal. But we found the staff really friendly and relaxed. The food and drinks were excellent. Breakfast was included and really plentiful. We had a boat trip - ridiculously expensive but again really fun and our skipper was great. The rooms are very private and the little deck out front is lovely.

The one disappointment was that we booked a twin room and they only had king-size duvets and covers, so every night we had to wrestle with tonnes of sheets for our tiny single beds.

8/10,

The staff were utterly charming, helpful and could do no wrong.
There was an air of fin de saison about the food which was the same every night and though good not really of the standard you'd expect at those prices.

7/10,

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