Need to know
53, including 24 suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm (also flexible).
Double rooms from $609.45 (€529), excluding tax at 2.1 per cent.
Rates do not include breakfast; the Continental buffet option costs €32 a head.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bring all your summer necessities: bikinis, sunglasses, the works.
Several rooms are wheelchair-friendly, as are all of the common areas.
Baby cots (€70 a night) and extra beds (€150 for under-12s) can be added to rooms.
La Villa welcomes little ones of all ages; they'll certainly find plenty to do here on the bright, Corsican beaches.
Children of all ages.
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.
There aren't any particular activities for kids, but younger Smiths will find plenty to occupy them: ping-pong, tennis courts and poolside games.
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.
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.
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.
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.