Corsica, France

La Signoria

Rates per night from$423.06

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR377.08), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Lush little manor


Corsican beauty spot

Ensconce yourself at La Signoria, a romantic hotel blessed with an idyllic setting in a quiet corner of Corsica. You can wake up to views out over the mountains, hop on the shuttle to the beach and come back for sundowners on the terrace. This authentic sanctuary is strewn with original features and curated like a gallery.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of wine, and a selection of Corsican pastries from the kitchen and fruits on arrival


Photos La Signoria facilities

Need to know


29, including 14 suites.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. The hotel aims to have your room made up for your arrival but standard check-in is 3pm. There’s a ‘courtesy room’ with a shower for those with late departures or early arrivals.


Double rooms from $423.06 (€377), excluding tax at 2.1 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.66 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Buffet breakfast costs an extra €32 a day. Crank your room plan up to half-board for €90 a day.

Hotel closed

1 January to 1 April.

At the hotel

Spa, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, hammam, tennis court, seven acres of grounds, helipad, DVD library, WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Casanera toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.

Our favourite rooms

We love room 18, a junior suite with cool birdcage lights and a deluxe bathroom (Corsican floor tiles, double sinks, serious bath). For privacy, the villas rock, with their own pools, petite gardens and terraces. All rooms are decked out in sophisticated peachy tones, original artworks, antique French chairs and elaborate headboards. Ample attention has been given to lighting – an assortment of floor lighting, bedside lamps and pendant lights will help you set the mood.


The charming outdoor swimming pool is presided over by a stone water feature, flanked by shaded sunloungers and surrounded by pretty views of palm, pine and orange trees. There's also a private beach club at the nearby Calvi beach. Please note that, in accordance with French law, children in pools must be supervised at all times.


Decadent-looking Spa Casanera is an all-Corsican, all-monochrome affair; all products are organic and home-grown. Save your pennies to take home souvenir products: you’ll find yourself easily persuaded by the rich and alluringly titled Crema Preziosa.

Packing tips

Bring your walking shoes if you’re the type to be tempted into the mountains. The views from your little oasis are rather inviting.


Two rooms have disabled access (one suite and one villa).


Children welcome. Extra beds (€150 a night) and cots (€50) can be added to most rooms. In the restaurant, high chairs are available and the children’s menu features salads, pastas and burgers. Babysitting is available for €15 an hour.

Food and Drink

Photos La Signoria food and drink

Top Table

In the winter, families and couples alike covet the deliciously cosy spot by the fireplace.

Dress Code

You’ll want to dress up a little, but the atmosphere isn’t serious. To illustrate this point, a portrait of a stocky, stuffy-looking gentleman with a moustache has been adorned with a large red nose and sits in pride of place.

Hotel restaurant

Fine-dining La Palmaraie looks like the kind of family-run restaurant you’d love to stumble upon, with its 18th-century stone flooring, closely arranged tables and black and white photos; but Signoria-style design quirks include lampshades made of newspaper and dining chairs upholstered in clashing red, blue and yellow velvet. Menus are grown-up and elegant, featuring locally sourced oysters, vegetables, lamb and fish. Breakfast is served in an adjoining pink room – it’s a handsome spread of meats, cheeses, fruit and pastries. The terracotta terrace is beyond.

Hotel bar

The bar is a richly decorated space strewn with chesterfield sofas in jarring fabrics, designer lampshades and stained-glass windows. The bar itself is made from an old absinthe distributor. In its prime, the bar’s patron would choose a number; if you spun the wheel and it landed on the same number, your absinthe would be on the house. The roof is lined with three tiers of roof tiles – a Corsican tradition that indicates an important family lives within.

Last orders

Drinks are served until 2am. The restaurant is open for lunch from 12.30–2pm and for dinner 7.30–10pm.

Room service

24-hour service brings drinks and food to your room.


Photos La Signoria location
La Signoria
Route de la Forêt de Bonifato

Only 10 minutes from the Corsican town of Calvi and its generous swoosh of white sand, this Genoese estate is just out of the way, framed by palm, pine and potted orange trees at the foot of the mountains.


The nearest airport is Calvi Sainte-Catherine but no airlines fly direct from the UK. You could fly with easyJet to Bastia-Poretta airport on the north east of the island - it’s an hour and a half away. Or, if you fly into Nice Côte d'Azur airport and catch an onward ferry, you’ll have more airlines to choose from – EasyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Monarch all fly to Nice.


The simplest route to Nice is by Eurostar to Paris or Lille, catching an onward TGV. You can book via Rail Europe ( It isn’t a short ride, but it’s do-able if you take an overnight breather before catching the ferry from Nice to Calvi.


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 at least three days either side of your stay to make it pleasant – it’s about a 16-hour drive from London. Or, if you’d rather fly but do want to explore Corsica by car, you'll find Avis ( at the Calvi ferry port and at Bastia airport. Either way, make sure there are two breathalyser kits in the car at all times (French law) and that you have change for the tolls. Parking at the hotel is free.


Corsica Ferries operates the Nice-Calvi route, as well as several others (check the website for details: The sailing takes around four hours. During peak summer months, ferries also make the hop between Italy and the east of Corsica.

Worth getting out of bed for

Calvi, the little beach town and lofty 13th-century Genoese citadel is five minutes away (there's a free shuttle), and there are further beaches are a short drive away. Calvi takes its name from the Latin word ‘calvus’, meaning ‘bald’ – a reference to the bare rock the citadel is built on. Step within its protective walls for a potter around its cobbled passageways.

If you’re outdoorsy, Corsica’s got coast, mountains and forest aplenty. There’s a lot to be said for keeping it low-key, though, and little trips to the beach followed by cocktails on the terrace will do very nicely. Some of La Signoria's rooms overlook the Cirque de Bonifato, where mountains surge high above a carpet of pine trees. It’s the ideal springboard for forest forays; park up in the big (but expensive) car park and climb for two and a half hours to eat your picnic in a refuge (+33 495 510 000).

Calvi Town beach is an attractive strips of white sand surrounded by woods, pines and cafés. But if you like to work for your downtime, Pointe de la Revellata is a collection of coves you can only reach by bike or on foot. If you’ve got your own wheels, check out Algaiola beach, 15 minutes away.

If you fancy seeing more of the island but don’t have a car, take the U Trinighellu train from Calvi to L’lle Rousse, a wistful – if juddery – 30-minute ride along the coast, with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other.

Local restaurants

José and Marie-Françoise Fondacci’s place Chez Charles (+33 495 606 171) looks out over the ocean at lovely Lumio, 10 minutes from Calvi. The seasonal tasting menu is Corsica’s biggest treat – it might include creamy ravioli, langoustines, foie gras and pork with honey.

La Table de Bastien (+33 495 651 010) on the Chemin de Notre-Dame-de-la-Serra in Calvi is a Michelin-starred spot that celebrates Corsica beautifully, using local produce and fish to dazzling effect against a backdrop featuring the citadel, the sea and the mountains.


Photos La Signoria reviews

Anonymous review

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this romantic boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their swimwear and sarongs, a full account of their Corsican luxury beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of La Signoria…

It’s worth the short schlep by ferry to get out to the island in the first place, because La Signoria occupies a smashing corner of Corsica. Hemmed in by a dark green blanket of palms and potted orange trees, this pretty 18th-century estate has views over the mountains and a shuttle that takes five minutes to deliver you into the arms of the hotel beach club. It’s an authentically Corsican environment indoors – festooned with original features and works of art – but the owners have a thoroughly modern attitude to design and lighting. It’s dashing but not too fancy, private but not isolated – an all-round splendid place to chill out.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in La Signoria’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The suite; the views of the mountains; the grounds; the breakfast and the terrace where you ate it; the beach club; the spa – in particular Annabel, one of the staff. Cecile was also especially lovely and had great suggestions. Finally, the yoga in the garden. Was surprised how lovely the beach and beach club is and wish I'd gone there every day.

Don’t expect

To be able to walk into Calvi or to the beach (but we were aware of this and had a car).


Stayed on 20 Jun 2017

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