Corsica, France

Hôtel La Villa Calvi

Rates from (ex tax)$460.96

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR420.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Alfresco island life

Setting

Close to the coast

Hôtel La Villa Calvi is a big, traditional Corsican house with a prime position overlooking Calvi. Indoors, it’s pale and simple, but it’s what's outside that counts. While away hours swimming, playing tennis and sunbathing, and then round off your day at one of the island’s finest restaurants – and do it all with knock-out views.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

53, including 24 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm (also flexible).

Rates

Double rooms from $460.96 (€411), excluding tax at 2.1 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR420.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast; the Continental buffet option costs €32 a head.

Also

Picnics can be whipped up: order by 6pm the day before you need them. They usually consist of tomato salad, boiled eggs, club sandwiches, Corsican charcuterie, fresh fruit, wine and mineral water, but you can discuss the specifics with the kitchen when you order.

Hotel closed

The hotel closes from 8 October to 27 April.

At the hotel

Spa, private beach, two boutiques, gym, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In your room: flatscreen TV, minibar, DVD player, iPod dock, Anne Sémonin toiletries, slippers, bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

Every room in the hotel has its own balcony or terrace. The style is sunny but simple – bedrooms are graced with luxe linens and buxom beds, but little imagination. Handily, that means they’re all big and minimalist enough to take an extra bed or two. But the apartments are best for larger families with full-size, t(w)eenage broods – they come in two- and three-bedroom configurations, all with ensuites, so everyone gets the privacy they came for.

Poolside

The main pool is a stunning great infinity pool with views out over woodland and terracotta rooftops towards Calvi. There are loungers either side of it, and the pool bar is open throughout summer, so you can order drinks and snacks while remaining horizontal. It sits next to a proper 25-metre swimming pool, so serious swimmers and paddlers needn’t mix. Elsewhere, a smaller pool is gated and a little more private, but also has a few loungers. The heated pool within the spa is a splash- and kid-free zone.

Spa

In a shady corner, the spa is a blissful, all-white space with views through glass windows over the garden. The Turkish bath is free for all guests to use and the pool is adults-only. The range of customised Anne Sémonin treatments includes massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body treatments. A little gym has treadmills, bikes and weights, and a salon offers cuts and blow-dries.

Packing tips

Bring all your summer necessities: bikinis, sunglasses, the works.

Also

Several rooms are wheelchair-friendly, as are all of the common areas.

Children

Baby cots (€70 a night) and extra beds (€150 for under-12s) can be added to rooms.

Overview

La Villa welcomes little ones of all ages; they'll certainly find plenty to do here on the bright, Corsican beaches.

Best for

Children of all ages.

Recommended rooms

All the rooms are big and minimalist enough to take an extra bed or two. But apartments are best for larger families with full-size, t(w)eenage broods.

Activities

There aren't any particular activities for kids, but younger Smiths will find plenty to occupy them: ping-pong, tennis courts and poolside games.

Swimming pool

Children are welcome in all pools except in the spa. Please note that, in accordance with French law, children in pools must be supervised at all times.

Meals

Children are welcome everywhere but there’s no menu enfant at La Table, so it’s only suitable for older kids who relish the prospect of dressing for dinner. At La Terrasse, there are highchairs, and the children’s menu features the usual suspects: fish, hamburgers, chicken, ice-cream and fruit salad. The pool bar is open from mid-June to mid-September for poolside salads, sandwiches and cocktails.

Babysitting

Babysitters are available for €18 an hour; book at least 24 hours in advance.

No need to pack

The hotel has highchairs, baby baths, black-out blinds, crayons, booster seats, picture books, U-rated DVDs and games consoles.

Also

Monitors are available to borrow – they’ll reach the restaurant from all rooms, or reception staff will listen in for you. There are pools aplenty, but no bits and bobs for water babies. Bring swim nappies, arm bands, inflatables, goggles – whatever you might need. At the hotel's boutique, La Villa B, you can buy bikinis and kaftans.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

At La Terrasse, the tables in the front row have uninterrupted views of Calvi bay.

Dress Code

White cotton, linen and sandals: your coolest digs will work on breezy Corsican nights.

Hotel restaurant

Hôtel La Villa’s fine dining restaurant, La Table de Bastien, is Corsica’s loveliest. The people at Michelin furnished it with a star for its brilliant use of the island’s assets – local seafood, fish, fruit and vegetables really come into their own in the expert hands of chef Sébastien Sevellec. His carefully crafted menu changes daily. The more casual option, La Terrasse, is a swathe of alfresco tables next to the main pool, serving wild sea shrimp, artichoke ravioli, beef tartare, lime panacotta and big, open, gorgeous views.

Hotel bar

Named after the beloved hotel handyman, Jo’s Bar (affectionately called 'Le Jo') is a small but smart space made up of a few brown leather stools and some little brown tables. Most people take their tipple outdoors. Kids are always welcome, and there’s a nice menu of mocktails.

Last orders

The bar is open all day until late. Breakfast is served at La Table de Bastien 7am–10.30am. Then, it's open 12.30pm–2.30pm for lunch and 7.30pm–10.30pm for dinner. La Terrasse serves lunch 12.30pm–3pm; dinner, 7.30pm–11.30pm.

Room service

This menu is comprehensive, thoughtful and unfussy, with plenty of salads, club sandwiches, risottos and pasta dishes – it’s scaled back a bit at night.

Location

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Address
Hôtel La Villa Calvi
Chem. Notre Dame de la Serra
Calvi
20260
Calvi
France

Planes

The nearest airport is Calvi Sainte-Catherine (www.calvi.aeroport.fr), 10 minutes away by car, but it’s mainly served by planes from the French mainland. Your best bet is to fly into Nice Côte d'Azur airport and catch an onward ferry; that way, you’ll have more airlines to choose from – EasyJet, Ryanair, British Airways, Alitalia, Air France, Iberia and many more fly to Nice.

Trains

It’s simple enough to get to Nice by TGV via Paris or Lille's Eurostar terminals, but you may want to take a brief pause in Nice before catching the four-hour ferry. You can book the full train journey with Rail Europe (www.raileurope.co.uk).

Automobiles

The Nice to Calvi ferry carries cars, as does the ferry from Savona in Spain. Driving all the way to Corsica could save a lot of cash, but you’d need plenty of time to make it pleasant. Calvi ferry port is only five minutes from the hotel so you don’t necessarily need a car, but if you’d like one there’s an Avis at the Calvi ferry port and parking at the hotel is free.

Other

Corsica Ferries operates the Nice-Calvi route, as well as several others. Check www.corsica-ferries.co.uk for details. The sailing takes around four hours.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you’re in it for the sun, there are five pools to sit beside, so you won’t tire of your surroundings. But if you do, there’s always your private balcony, or the Anne Sémonin spa, which comes with a handy hair salon. For more energetic Smiths, there is tennis and ping-pong (with sea views). Tennis coaching is available on request, but the courts are free to use otherwise. Indoors, the games room has a pool table and a few packs of cards, while games consoles and books are available to borrow. At Calvi beach (five minutes’ drive away), the hotel has an agreement with the Marco Plage beach club, which means loungers and parasols can be reserved for you (summer only). If you still think you might need to get out and about, the hotel rents out 4x4s to help you explore. They can also organise gourmet tours of the local villages of BalagneA little further away, Pointe de la Revellata is a collection of coves you can only reach by bike or on foot. If you want to explore the citadel's cobbled passageways, visit the tourist office to pick up an audio tour (€7). For a mini adventure, take the U Trinighellu coastal train ride from Calvi to L’lle Rousse – locals call it the 'bone shaker'. Though juddery, it's a very pretty 30-minute ride along the coast, with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Every now and then, you might stop to give way to goats and cows. South of the hotel, out in the Med, the Scandola Reserve is a nature-lovers' dream jumble of jagged red cliffs, grottoes and almost inaccessible coves and islets. Corse Escapades organises day trips by boat – they’ll pack snorkelling equipment and sort out a seafood lunch in the little village of Girolata.

 

Local restaurants

Behind the marina, traditional Corsican restaurant U Fornu on Boulevard Wilson (+33 (0)495 652760) lives in a vaulted cave, with a rocky terrace above. Stars of the à la carte menu include fish soup and shrimp ravioli. The strictly local set menu includes salad or soup, steak or ragu, and dessert. A mini version of the set menu is a three-course treat for your little beloveds. Auberge du Coucou (+33 (0)495 627700) is a nice, casual spot in the mountain village of Calenzana, a 20-minute drive from Calvi. It uses all-local, largely organic produce and serves delicious local wines to tables on its big terrace. Staff will happily downsize any dish for discerning, organic-only little Smiths. Chez Egard (+33 (0)495 617075) is a friendly, glitz-free joint in Lavatoggio that serves Corsican specialities such as bean-based soups, cheese fritters and chestnut cake alongside farm-raised lamb and suckling pig – so fresh, you can see them grazing from the window.

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