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Situated on the wild and beautiful Cap Corse – the appendix sticking up from the north-east corner of Corsica - Hotel Misincu is a charming base from which to explore a region known to the locals as the ‘real Corsica’.
A combination of rooms and suites in the elegant main building, and six further 'casas' - villas that are ideal for families and groups of friends - the aesthetic throughout is white walls, muted colours and wooden furniture that come together to form a very tasteful and understated whole.
Misincu has two restaurants, one in the hotel proper called Tra di Noi ('between us', in Corsican dialect) and with a lovely terrace overlooking a tranquil bay, and the other (only open in summer), A Spatera, on the shaded sand of the beach just across the road and specialising in tapas-style dishes and fresh seafood. The high-quality food in both restaurants is complimented by lovely Corsican wines recommended by the sommelier.
After lunch at either restaurant, you can lounge by the large pool, go for a swim in the shallow and incredibly clear waters of the bay or head to the spa to sample the excellent massages and treatments using products by Biologique Recherche.
Tempting as it is to while away the days at Misincu, Cap Corse is ripe for exploration. Lose yourself on exploratory road trips on exhilarating switchback roads, stopping to appreciate the regular and spectacular views. This being Corsica, there are also excellent hiking trails through the lush shrublands of the Corsican maquis and beautiful oak forests, or along the coast. Or you can visit pretty fishing villages such as Centuri to sample sensational seafood lunches before returning to the charming comfort of Misincu.
In its 70s and 80s guise Misincu was called Hotel Caribou and became a legendary retreat for French celebs from Serge Gainsbourg to Brigitte Bardot. After a substantial and stylish makeover Misincu stills attracts a discerning - if less stellar - clientele in search of low key, classy comfort.
Tom, Original Traveller