Part luxury lodgings, part art gallery, U Palazzu Serenu is a sophisticated boutique hotel in northern Corsica near the city of Bastia.

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This converted 17th century palace, revamped by the interior designer Nathalie Battesti, has six rooms and three suites in total, with the emphasis firmly on white - think the bed linen, the walls, the furniture - offset by occasional colourful contemporary artworks. Those who appreciate beautiful composition can also just stare out of the windows at the gorgeous mountain scenery, with some of the rooms also enjoying views down to the sea. Two of the rooms also have small garden terraces.

In warmer months breakfasts are served under the lovely loggia of the summer housein the gardens, where guests can eat while enjoying views of the valley. Meanwhile the lovely main restaurant also has a terrace. The menus major on Corsican cuisine which, given the island's dual French and Italian identity, tends to be delicious.

When not eating well, guests can lounge by the 60ft pool on elegant deckchairs, wander around the picture perfect neighbouring village of Oletta or explore nearby beaches and the stunning Gulf of St Florent.


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