Corsica, France

U Capu Biancu

Rates from (ex tax)$236.65

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 (EUR205.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Beams and beaches

Setting

The bay, of Corse…

With a wine cellar, spa-shack and not one, but two private beaches, boutique hotel U Capu Biancu is a beachside bolthole on the Corsican coast. After checking into your rustic-designed room, make a beeline for one of the two private beaches and try paddleboarding in the bay, before heading to the spa. Once you’ve soaked up enough sun by the infinity pool, go underground to the wine and cheese cellar for a flight around Corsica’s finest vineyards. With your appetite whet, enjoy dinner down on the beach at laidback La Paillote, where you can dine on traditional Corsican treats and the resident fisherman’s freshest catch. 

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A bottle of Corsican wine; guests staying five nights or more also get an apéritif at the hotel bar

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

41, including 15 suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability; you can also store your luggage at reception and make use of the hotel’s facilities.

Rates

Double rooms from $236.65 (€201), 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 (EUR205.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast; the hotel offers a buffet breakfast of home-made breads, cakes and yoghurts, plus local cheeses, cold meats and eggs cooked to order (€30 an adult; €19 a child).

Also

Explore the Corsican coastline on the hotel's on-loan paddleboards and kayaks (free and available between June and September).

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed annually from mid-October until the end of April.

At the hotel

Two private beaches, a motor boat and jetty to cast off from on aquatic adventures, a cheese and wine cellar and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV with a DVD player, air-conditioning, black-out curtains and a minibar with free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

The sea-view rooms and suites have breath-taking ocean vistas from their private balconies; Laetitia, a Sea-View Deluxe Suite, has a large copper bath tub overlooking the bay. If you prefer turf to surf, the Maquis-View Junior Suites have large private terraces with beautiful outlooks over the flower-filled gardens and the mountain ranges in the distance.

Poolside

Surrounded by heavy stone boulders, flowering vegetation and a lounger-lined terrace, the heated outdoor infinity pool has beautiful views of the bay.

Spa

Distractions are kept to a minimum in the simple wooden spa-shack. Let the sweet smell of Corsican flowers and herbs soothe you as you unwind with a clementine-and-myrtle massage, or a honeyed butter-and-sugar facial that’ll nourish and rehydrate sun-frazzled skin. Pilates, yoga and fitness classes are also on offer.

Packing tips

Bonifacio is like a rustic Riviera, so pack lots of simple blue and white linens. Leave your heels and suit jackets at home.

Also

The lobby, main restaurant and bar are wheelchair-accessible, and there are two bedrooms with disabled access (one Superior Sea-View Room and a Sea-View Junior Suite). Ask at reception for a ride down to the beach in the hotel’s electric buggy.

Pet‐friendly

Pets can stay for €45 a night; the hotel has on-loan cushions and bowls. See more pet-friendly hotels in Corsica.

Children

Kids 12-and-under can stay for an additional €100 a night. Bed linens, changing mats, baby baths, high-chairs and potties are available for babies and toddlers. Babysitting is €15 an hour (an extra cost applies after midnight).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Get a front-row seat with sea views or request one of the central tables by the window.

Dress Code

Comfort before couture – anything goes at these easygoing eateries.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel has two restaurants, one in the main building and La Paillote by the beach. Retaining the rustic atmosphere of the rest of the hotel, the main restaurant has exposed stone walls, flagstone floors, ornate metal lanterns hanging from the ceilings and hand-painted plates on each table. Choose a seat under the arches in the inner section, or a take a table with a sea view on the sheltered terrace, and tuck into chef Gadio El Hadji’s regional delicacies, such as traditional Corsican pies, fish carpaccio, or seven-hour braised pork ribs. Follow up with a selection of Corsican cheeses, or a delicious sweet treat made by accomplished pastry chef Marianne Davin. La Paillote is a beachside shack serving up seasonal dishes in a relaxed setting. Fresh fish is a must: the hotel has its very own fisherman, Maxime, who always gets the best catch of the day.

Hotel bar

Let sommelière Vanessa Maloyer take you on a wine flight around Corsica, France and the rest of the Med in the hotel’s underground wine cellar. Pair your tipple of choice with a selection of cheeses and the cold meats that hang from the old wooden beams. After a long day of watersports, sunbathing and spa treatments, the cocktail of the day will be a tempting treat in the main bar. 
Kick off your flip-flops and relax on the sea-view terrace, or take a break from the Corsican sun and sit inside on a wicker or leather armchair. The drinks list includes Hendrick’s mojitos and local favourites such as Muscat Royals, starring Corsican muscat, mint and lime.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11.30am; lunch from noon to 2.30pm; and dinner from 7.30pm to 10pm. The wine cellar is open from 9am to 1am, and the bar from noon til 6pm. La Paillote is open from mid-June to mid-September.

Room service

Order pastas, fresh fish, local tarts and desserts to your room anytime between 11.30am and 10pm, daily: between 10pm and 7am, the hotel offers a reduced menu.

Location

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Address
U Capu Biancu
Lieu dit ricetti Domaine de Pozzoniello
Bonifacio
20169
Bonifacio
France

Planes

Fly to Figari-Sud Corse Airport, a 40-minute drive from the hotel. There are weekly direct flights from the UK; alternatively, catch a connection at Nice or Marseilles. Smith24 are on hand day and night to book your flights, car rentals and anything else.

Automobiles

You’ll need your own set of wheels to properly explore the Corsican coast and maquis-covered mountains. Our Smith24 team can arrange a rental car for you to pick up at the airport. There’s free valet parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Come summer, the Corsican coastline is dotted with the elegantly opulent yachts of the rich and, sometimes, famous. Hire a private catamaran or the hotel’s motor boat and head offshore to explore Corsica’s coastal caves and the nearby Lavezzi Islands. There are other ways to reap the benefits of your beachside bolthole; the hotel has stand-up paddleboards and canoes for use in the summer, and can help arrange jet ski hire, kite-surfing lessons and scuba diving excursions. Back on dry land, explore the island’s hinterland hiking with local expert, Stephane Rogliano, or go on a 4X4 tour through its varied valleys. The hotel organises a range of daily activities that change each week, such as yoga sessions and local beer tastings. The sunny shores of Sardinia are just an hour’s ferry-ride away: catch one of the eight boats departing daily from Bonifacio port and spend a day living la dolce vita

Local restaurants

Bonifacio is filled with world-class restaurants to choose from. At the end of Quai Jerome Comparetti, Dorsia (+3 (0)3 4 95 74 00 49) offers a mix of classic fish and meat plates, plus more inventive dishes inspired by flavours and ingredients from near and far. The waiters really know the menu and will happily make recommendations to suit your tastes; if you like it hot, try the spicy tuna, or order a selection of ceviches to get a real idea of the chef’s talents. If you can handle the hike up Montée Rastello (you can also drive), head to Ciccio, on one of the small winding streets of the fortified old town. The traditional Corsican dishes change regularly, depending on the daily catch and what’s in season. Pair grilled sea urchin, or a Breton lobster with white summer truffles, with a bottle of Antoine Arena, Clos Canarelli or Domaine de Lecci wine. Also up in the old town, Stella D’Oro has been serving home-made lobster spaghetti and bouillabaisse for three generations. The mouth-watering recipes are passed down from mother to daughter, making this small, rustic restaurant well worth a visit. 

Local cafés

Café de la Poste is right at the top of Bonifacio, and our list of local cafés. The menu features Italian classics made with local ingredients and lots of fresh fish. Take a streetside table outside, or sit inside and tuck into thin and crispy pizzas, lobster-laden pastas, steak or seafood risotto. What’s a summer holiday without (lots of) ice-cream? In Porto-Vecchio, head to Le Glacier De La Place on the Place de la République: pair fruit-filled ice-cream with a glass of wine. Making ice-cream for almost 40 years, Glacier de la Rocca is an unmissable stop in Bonifacio for anyone with a sweet tooth; if you have space after their sky-high scoops, treat yourself to one of the signature coral cakes. 

Local bars

Watch boats bobbing in the bay while enjoying a refreshing cold beer, a glass of rosé or a classic cocktail on the port-side terrace of La Marina (+3 (0)3 4 95 73 00 94) in Bonifacio. The beach bar and café, Le Palm Beach Palombaggia (+3 (0)3 4 95 50 19 36), is 40 minutes away by car, but the drive is worth it for a full day on the beach in a private cabana. Have a whole lobster or a burger and chips for lunch, a chocolate-covered crêpe for tea, then round off the evening with cocktails in the ocean-facing bar. From the chairs to the fare, everything at L’Oasis Santa Giulia is organic and sourced from local producers. Take one of the reclining sunloungers or the hanging chair under the trees and spend the evening sampling Corsican wines, paired with the island’s traditional goat’s cheese. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this seaside stay in Bonifacio and unpacked their beach bags and wine, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside U Capu Biancu in Corsica…

Beachside boutique hotel U Capu Biancu has breathtaking views of the Corsican coast; with two private beaches and a hilltop infinity pool, it’s in a prime position for soaking in the sun. Embrace the beach outside and in; after a day spent paddleboarding in the bay, retreat to your rustic-chic bedroom, decorated with stone features and quirky driftwood accents, so you’ll never forget there’s a beach in reach. Here, you’ll experience all the best bits of Corsica; beyond the bay, sample traditional fare in either the hilltop or beachfront restaurant, take a flight around Corsica’s vineyards in the cave-like wine cellar and discover the local flora in the maquis-surrounded spa, while enjoying a myrtle-and-clementine massage – local delicacies we’re more than happy to try out…

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