Sometimes all you need is a little private beach, some white sand under your feet and maybe a couple of mood-enhancing cocktails so you don’t cry at the beautiful sunset. When that spot is in Corsica, it means a vibrant sea-side chic and a spirited nightlife to boot. The new La Plage Casadelmar in Porto-Vecchio, celebrating its grand opening in April, boasts its own exclusive piece of this paradise and with just 15 rooms, off-the-menu service is a given.
Nurture in Nature
The crisp sunlight, the colours of the surrounding landscape and the warm hospitality of the people were all used as the ingredients to create a property that complements its unspoilt location. Award-winning French architect Jean-François Bodin used natural materials to create an unobtrusive structure that does not interfere with the views of the landscape. Inside and out, old stone has been blended with volcanic rock, resin, glass and 300 year-old oak, while the color scheme draws from the Corsican shoreline, with moss and olive couches, bright turquoise cushions, sandy browns, white and cream. The rooms follow the same colour palette and are decorated with lush plants and plush furnishings. Everything here is inspired by life on the beach, from the outdoor day beds to the natural woven fibers and pastel colors. Decorative pieces, collected from world travels, and the casual, savoir-vivre lifestyle of Porto-Vecchio enhance this feeling. The intimate number of rooms allows the hotel to offer guests personal attention.
Whether dining with ocean views at the beach grill, which serves uncomplicated Mediterranean cuisine, or toasting to the day’s end at the lounge bar – guests will be surrounded by the riches of this extraordinary island. Within easy reach is the charming old town, teeming with glitzy boutiques, international dining, lively bars and quaint architecture. Despite all these temptations, the sight, smell and sound of the ocean from the terrace, and the heated pool and a lounge bar, guarantee that guests will be content right where they are.