France

Ultimate Corsica: Island bliss and rural relaxation

When

May - September
Summer

Price

From $7,261pp excl. flights
(based on 2 ppl sharing)

How long

6 nights ideal length

Named ‘the scented isle’, in Corsica you’ll breathe in the perfect blend of pure mountain air, wildflowers, aromatic herbs, and the salty scent of the sea. Inspired by the captivating natural beauty of this iconic French island, we’ve curated an unforgettable trip on which you’ll embrace the art of rural relaxation every day – and night. We’ll take you horseback riding along Domaine de Murtoli’s private beach, exploring sprawling vineyards perched atop Bonifacio’s white limestone cliffs, and stargazing whilst you dine on sweet chestnut cake, citrusy canistrelli biscuits, silky local honey and creamy brocciu cheese on your very own moonlit picnic. Let’s begin.

EXPLORE ANCIENT TOWNS AND DINE BETWEEN OLIVE TREES

Touching down in Ajaccio, you’ll make your way south along winding roads. Your first stop? A picturesque seaside resort, Propriano. On the way, you’ll take a detour to the Valley of Taravo. Home to archaeological sites dating from Corsica’s Neolithic era, here you’ll discover an extraordinary array of statues and dolmens tucked between lush greenery and glistening rivers. Now, for lunch. At the ancient town of Propriano, choose from the vast selection of tempting restaurants and buzzing café terraces that line the marina. One of our favorites? Chez de Parenti – a family-run restaurant boasting the freshest local ingredients and a beautiful terrace overlooking the marina.

After being wined and dined, you’ll head through acres upon acres of stunning green countryside bordered by luscious mountains to check in at Domaine de Murtoli, your home for the next few days. A collection of beautifully converted 17th-century shepherd huts overlooking everything from the forests and mountains to the sea below, it radiates blissful seclusion. And breath-taking views of lush meadows that extend towards glittering ocean.

On your first evening, we’d highly recommend a visit to The Table de la Plage – just one of the hotel’s many enchanting restaurants. Situated between olive trees on a terrace illuminated by thousands of candles, this Mediterranean-style restaurant creates a mesmerising ambience. And tantalising gourmet cuisine. Here, you’ll tuck into fresh grilled lobster, citrusy ravioli stuffed with wild thyme and sage, and sweet strawberry and pecan crumble as you sip on traditional French wines bursting with velvety, floral notes. Don’t mind if you do.

GALLOP ALONG THE BEACH AND GAZE UPON SHOOTING STARS

Over the next two days, you’ll spend your time exploring the beautiful natural surroundings more thoroughly. Whether that be on foot, by boat, or on horseback. Or all three.

Setting off on a private boat excursion, you’ll navigate your way along Corsica’s magnificent coastline. Seeking out little creeks and untouched secret beaches – and snorkelling through vibrant blue waters along the way. Having dipped and dived to your heart’s content, you’ll return to Domaine de Murtoli for a spot of relaxation. But it won’t be long until you hear the call of the sea once more. Heading to the beach the following day, this time on horseback, your expert guide will lead the way. After trotting through green meadows dusted with wildflowers and country lanes lined with olive trees, you’ll swap countryside for seaside as you arrive at the ocean’s edge. At sunset. For that bucket list-worthy horse ride along the beach – between green-carpeted mountains and sweeping white sands – there’s no place better. Or as beautiful.

In the evening, make your way to the Ospédale for a mesmerising night of stargazing. Observing the wonders of the Milky Way amid the fresh mountain air, with your local expert guide, you’ll gain a fascinating insight into the world of Astrophysics. To top it off? A gourmet picnic dinner beneath the stars.

WEAVE YOUR WAY THROUGH SPRAWLING VINEYARDS

Waving goodbye to Domaine de Murtoli, we’ll take you to the sun-soaked shores of Porto Vecchio. On the way, stop off at the alley-woven city of Bonifacio where you’ll discover the lively port and the charming historic center with its earthy-hued cobbled streets and medieval townhouses teetering on the tip of white limestone cliffs. Next up, your hotel. Nestled within its verdant gardens overlooking the bay, Casadelmar’s elegant suites feature spacious private terraces overlooking swaying palms and vibrant clusters of rockroses, and offer dazzling views of the Mediterranean Sea. You won’t want to leave. Except to explore your picturesque surroundings, of course.

When you’re not enjoying a stroll through the gardens, along the beach, or to the bustling nearby town center, you’ll uncover the secrets of wine production in this beautiful region of southern Corsica. A place where sun-dappled vineyards pair perfectly with spectacular ocean views. Hiking your way up from the coast, you’ll arrive at Zuria Wine Estate. Immersed between sea and sky, at this family-owned winery you’ll sample the finest Corsican wines grown in rare (and sought-after) limestone soils, surrounded by grape-laden vines waiting to be plucked.

HEAVENLY BAYS AND PLUNGING CANYONS

Spend the next few days choosing between an array of experiences: hiking, swimming, beach-hopping, canyoning. Wherever the fresh sea breeze takes you. Whether that be to the rivers, the mountains, the beach – or to the hotel’s 2-Michellin starred restaurant. Here, you can do as much (or as little) as you like. But we’d recommend the following.

Enjoying a morning full of relaxation, we’ll take you to explore the surrounding beaches strung along Corsica’s gorgeous coastline. From La Plage Casadelmar to Plage Palombagia, you’ll discover peaceful bays speckled with red granite rock, lined with pine forests, and bathed in sparkling clear waters. Marvelling at magnificent views of the beautifully rugged Cerbicale isles as you go.

Leaving the Gulf of Porto Vecchio behind, you’ll then head inland for a final dash of adventure. Canyoning, to be precise. Perfect for families, in Canyon du Pulischellu your private guide will introduce you to the joys (and thrills) of this exhilarating outdoor activity. Tumbling waterfalls and shallow emerald waters, the dense forests of Corsica’s Regional Natural Park and the towering Needles of Bavella. Bob along the surface or jump headfirst into natural pools as you embark on an epic aquatic journey through striking natural surroundings. Drenched in sunlight, bathed in beauty. Corsica awaits your discovery. Take the leap.

Where to rest your head

Casadelmar, Porto Vecchio

Tucked away in almost three hectares of luscious gardens, Casadelmar is a peaceful haven overlooking the glistening bay of Porto Vecchio; offering guests blissful relaxation…
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