“Super-smart art hotel on the lower slopes of a hillside village, with pool, charming terrace and fabulous sea views”
The 8 rooms have a similar style, the principal ingredient being white. There are 4 different types, which are determined by size not view (the suites, for example, don’t look out to sea). All come with great art on the walls, DVD players and large flat-screen TVs. You get a couple of cool armchairs, then enormous beds dressed in crisp white linen. Bathrooms - with big mirrors and delicious lotions - are divine. Less expensive rooms have showers; more expensive rooms have baths with a handheld shower.
The 2 Giardinu Rooms are the least expensive, but they are large and have terraces that catch the afternoon sun. We liked them a lot. They are set at the side of the house on the ground floor, so they are closer to the lane that snakes through the village, but it passes quietly at night (and probably most of the day). They have white resin floors, white wardrobes and beautiful walk-in showers.
The 3 Golfe Rooms are the smallest - to compensate all have sea views. We saw one. The bathroom was huge, the bedroom smaller, so it’s a question of which you want most: space or view. If you'll spend your time out and about or down at the pool, then these will be fine for a couple of days.
There's 1 Orizonte Room - a big room with high ceilings and a great sense of space thanks to banks of shuttered windows that flood the room with light. We stayed in this and loved it, even though we didn’t have a sea view. Big double doors open onto a seriously beautiful bathroom.
There are 2 Suites, which have separate sitting rooms, where sofas can turn into extra beds. The one we saw had cute village views and a big bed resting against a wall of wood with mood lighting at its base. The bedrooms are slightly smaller than Orizonte Room (or Giardinu Rooms for that matter). So unless you have an urgent desire for extra space, you really don’t need to upgrade.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. In good weather you eat in the summer house; in autumn you return to the main house and eat in the dining room. You get muesli and yoghurts, freshly squeezed orange juice, baskets of baguettes and croissants, then homemade cake or an egg. There’s strong coffee and English tea to wash it all down.
A short lunch menu is available: local cheeses and charcuterie, a Caesar salad or a club sandwich. If you’re heading up into the hills, a packed lunch can be arranged.
Dinner is an intimate affair, the number of diners limited to 25. Residents take precedence, but still need to book. Chef Gilles Escaffe, who trained with Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse, mixes Corsican flavours with traditional French flair. We loved the foie gras ravioli with Périgord truffles, succulent veal with onions and tomatoes, then tarte tatin with caramel ice cream; you can eat à la carte or choose from a range of seasonal menus. If you want something simpler, try the bar: risotto, grilled chicken, beef tartare. There’s an excellent wine list, too.
Elsewhere, one of the best restaurants in the area is in the village, so walk up to Auberge A Magina and try its delicious food. The menus are well-priced. For good Italian food, try Il Pulcinella - the locals all eat here.
For other restaurant recommendations, see our Destination Guide.
Children under the age of 3 and over the age of 11 are welcome, but this is a smart, refined hotel, which will only suit well-behaved children who are happy in adult company. There are cots for babies and extra beds for older kids (supplement cost); this price includes breakfast.
Babies (0-1 years)
All rooms can fit an extra bed or baby cot.