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This chic boutique hotel is located just above Palombaggia Beach, arguably one of the best beaches on Corsica.
There are nine suites and eight rooms at Les Bergeries de Palombaggia, scattered between the main house and the garden. Decor is simple yet elegant, with white walls, terracotta floors and bright pink throws adding a splash of colour. All have a terrace, and many have views of the sea below. If children are in tow, all rooms will fit a roll away bed, otherwise we recommend the Sea View Suites which have bunk beds hidden in the cupboards, and go back in as quickly as they came out. Aside from the secret beds (which, by the way, children love), the Sea View Suites are tucked away and have uninterupted views of the sea.
The food is undeniably delicious. Breakfast and lunch are served on the terrace - with the latter mainly consisting of light salads, croques monsieurs and the like - but it is at supper where the food comes into its own. Baked camembert followed by grilled lobster, washed down with homemade profiteroles, all against a stunning Corsican backdrop? Who could resist.
If, not when, guests tire of the hotel food and feel like exploring the local eateries, there is plenty of choice. There are Michelin Starred restaurants and simpler brasseries nearby, and Porto Vecchio has lots to offer. In the summer months, bars and restaurants open up along Palombaggia Bay making for great lunch spots, and even better people watching.
The hotel is just a ten minute stroll through the pine trees to Palombaggia, so guests can divulge in plenty of beach activity. Watersports include kayaking along the coast, kite surfing, sailing, jet skiing and diving (the hotel owner's brother owns a dive company), and the hotel also has its own motor boat. Back at the hotel there is a swimming pool with excellent views and a bar just paces away.
Why we love it
The hotel owner's brother owns a dive company which comes highly recommended, naturally. Suffice to say the charm and charisma runs in the family, and we would definitely try and squeeze in a dive or two.