Stay the night: Villa Supranu, Corsica
It feels like an old-style villa, but extras such as chef, nanny service, and pool-side massage mean you're in the lap of luxury
Sunday 27 September 2009
Set on a slope of olive groves, high above the Mediterranean, Villa Supranu takes full advantage of its location, with views of the San Ciprianu Bay, the beach resort of Cala Rossa and the green headlands beyond. The villa is now on the portfolio of the upmarket rental company Coastline, so this soothing escape is now on offer to British visitors to Corsica.
Villa Supranu's interior offers simple style and neutral tones – a modern twist on a traditional Corsican property – to create a comfortable retreat. With an exterior characterised by traditional wood and stone, the outside features include an expansive terrace for al fresco dining, a deck with sun loungers and a beautiful free-form swimming pool, surrounded by Mediterranean gardens. And Coastline specialise in offering extras such as breakfast deliveries, and private chefs and nannies. Guests have nothing more to worry about than lying back to enjoy those views.
On the lower ground floor, the two double bedrooms and one twin have wooden shutters opening directly on to the gardens, as well as their own sinks and walk-in showers. The master double has its own terrace and a full en-suite, including a bath made for wallowing in, with a corner window overlooking the pool.
The food and drink
There's a substantial welcome hamper – which is lucky, because you'll be pushed to find a shop open on Sunday (the arrival day for most airlines) – and a daily delivery of fresh bread and croissants (plus a newspaper). For self-caterers, there's a well-equipped kitchen and supplies can be gathered at roadside ferme-auberge markets, which sell local specialities albeit at slightly inflated prices. Alternatively, try out Coastline's Shop Online service, or enjoy a superb meal prepared by a private chef. You'll find restaurants in every direction. Stroll the strip of eateries at Pinarellu. For a special meal, the Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa offers Michelin-starred fare and is just a 10-minute drive away. Porto Vecchio is best for good-value set menus of typical Corsican cuisine.
As well as delivering breakfast, laying on a nanny and chef at your convenience, Coastline also offers a 24-hour concierge service – which means there's someone on call if an emergency arises. There are also in-villa massage and beauty treatments from Pamper by the Pool (from £25 for 30 minutes). Away from the villa, there are plenty of good beaches – Pinarellu and Palombaggia are excellent choices – most with clean, shallow water and pine-backed sands. The pretty town of Bonifacio, with its medieval citadel and dramatic clifftop location, is worth a visit.
Children are welcome, pets aren't. Stairs down to the bedrooms, garden and pool area might be difficult for those with limited mobility.
Seven nights at Villa Supranu cost from £695 per person, based on eight sharing, including return flights, car hire, twice-weekly maid service, daily deliveries of bread, pastries and newspaper, and 24-hour concierge service. Thomson Airways (08712314787 www.thomson.co.uk/flights ) offers return flights to Figari and Calvi in Corsica from Gatwick and Manchester from £179.
Villa Supranu, San Ciprianu, near Porto Vecchio, Corsica (0844 557 1020; coastline.co.uk).
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