Off the stunning Cap Corse in the centre of pocket-sized Erbalunga – with its cute seafront square strewn with well-worn fishing boats – is this graceful 19th century hotel. Lounge in generous, light-filled rooms; read or have a drink in the exotic garden and pretty courtyard; work off all the rich Corsican food in the spa and swimming pools.
The bedrooms are spacious enough to sit in and each overlooks the gardens or town – the best have mountain and sea views. Enjoy the hearty fare: buffet for breakfast, lunches in high season and classic Corsican dishes served in the evening. Try Fiadone – a dessert made from ewes cheese. The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays which gives you a good excuse to head off down narrow alleys to find somewhere to eat – there’s an abundance of tempting eateries and bars.
Walk from the door: a four hour roundtrip hike up Monte Stello rewards with panoramic island views. Hire e-bikes to get around.