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A 19th century boutique hotel located on the seafront in Ajaccio Bay, Les Mouettes is simply charming.
The 27 rooms are all housed in the main building, which is surrounded by ancient eucalyptus and pine trees, and most have sea views. Décor is fairly simple and typically Corsican, with mod cons such as complimentary Wi-Fi and flat screen telly's keeping the rooms up to date.
Located on the seafront, there is plenty of beach action to be had. Guests can snorkel, scuba dive, sail, hire a boat and explore the hidden grottoes, or simply relax on the beach, which is directly below the hotel. For those to prefer to keep their feet on terra firma, there is cycling, tennis and fishing. For the culture vultures, Maison Bonaparte (the birthplace of Napoleon) houses an impressive array of the Emperor's personal items, and the nearby Palais Fesch boasts a beautiful collection of Italian Renaissance paintings.
During your stay, feast on bountiful buffet breakfasts on the terrace, lazy lunches in La Table du Marche and fine-dining from Tuesday to Saturday in the A Terraza restaurant. Come evening, retire to the bar for Corsican wines and hand-crafted cocktails.
Caroline the beautician is a miracle worker. A one (wo)man spa who gives a perfect pedicure and a mean massage, either on the terrace or in room. Book early as those hands are often in high demand.
Nick, Original Traveller