Dine, wine and unwind at Casadelmar in Corsica
The Mediterranean Sea is beautiful and warm for most of the year, and on the island of Corsica, a province of France, the winter temperature rarely goes below 13ºC, or 50ºF. Summertime on the island is dry and fairly hot, and the cities of the coast benefit mightily from the ocean breeze, making it a perfect locale for seaside vacations. On the southeast end of the island, ferries from the mainland travel across the Ligurian Sea to the “Old Port,” Porto Vecchio. Just a short drive to the east of the town, the luxurious boutique Hotel Casadelmar stands beside the sea facing the sunsets above the gulf, with the harbour in the distance. With its focus on light-hearted relaxation, and brightly coloured contemporary décor suggesting playfulness, the Casadelmar is designed to evoke vitality and joy in its clientele. Larger than many boutique estates, the hotel features a small private beach to the side of the property and a dock for its companion business service, Azur Privileges boating rentals. Azur will not only offer you bespoken water tours of southern Corsica; in about ten minutes, Azur can also take you across the Bay of Port Vecchio to the hotel’s sister extension, La Plage Casadelmar, where water sports like ski jets and paddleboards can be enjoyed. Meanwhile, at the central hotel, you can relax by the 75-meter outdoor infinity pool or enjoy the dining at a Michelin Two Star restaurant.
A Place for Playful Comfort
The Casadelmar is divided into the main building and the Private Villa, and features a total 32 guestrooms. Seventeen of the guestrooms are larger suites, the Private Villa, with its own swimming pool, contains three of the suites. The Casadelmar’s grounds include the aforementioned private beach, a gaming strip for Pétanque (or Bocce), and the estate’s Spa and Wellness Centre, decorated in dark wood and Medici marbles. The Spa provides amazing views of the Bay, and its remarkable menu offers maternity treatments designed especially for expectant mothers. The unique openness of the spa extends to young people as well, with service designed especially for teens, girls, and boys (who usually find the Get Muddy treatments most interesting). An adult must accompany clients under sixteen years of age. The spa also operates a steam room, a sauna, and a technologically advanced sensation shower, which adds rainfall effects with the scents of forest to the experience. A fitness centre is available to guests at the spa, with personal training available on a bespoke basis.
Exploring the Old Port and the Island Cuisine
You will find that a visit to Porto Vecchio, known as the city of salt in Roman times, will provide you with hours of relaxation and charm, while energetic guests may spend the day enjoying bespoke scuba diving excursions. The coastline of Corsica is rugged and gorgeous, and the hotel can easily arrange helicopter tours, along with inland journeys to the mountains. A day at the beach will create a booming appetite, and when you need refreshment, the Casadelmar can help. Chef Fabio Bragagnolo has been the Head Chef at the estate since 2014, after eight years in Porto Vecchio. Accompanied by pastry chef Claudio Pezzetti, Bragagnolo has created a Sunday Brunch menu, and now supervises the hotel’s Grill and Lounge Bar, as well as the hotel’s Michelin Two Star recipient, Le Casadelmar. The menu is evenly balanced between seafood and meats, and features a thoroughly Italian approach, though avoiding the tomatoes of the Neapolitan style, while odd accents such as yuzu and combava pop up here and there. When you relax by the infinity pool after a day of swimming and a gourmet meal, you will know the real pleasure of the island way of life, captured by the Hotel Casadelmar on Corsica’s coastline.