Hotel Review: Les Mouettes, Ajacio, Corsica – It was early May and I was knowledge the 25 degC in the Corsican sun, standing on the terrace of the 4* Hotel Demeure Les Mouettes, listening to the tides of the Mediterranean sea below me and admiring the Bay of Ajaccio.
This 19 th Century villa, the members of the Chateaux& Hotels Collection, has been refurbished and embellished in pastel colours, giving reference information to originate what the owner, Jean Baptiste Pieri calls “discrete extravagance”. White domes differentiate against the ochre facade and in concert with the pine and palm trees, it looks like a neoclassical Italian villa.
Even so, “thats one” of Corsica’s first palatial calibers chosen by personalities such as Maria Callas or Michael Schumacher as the place to stay in the region.
Those looking for a extravagance in a discrete venue.
Each of the 24 chambers and 3 collectings are independently embellished, some comprising original 19 th Century articles while others are revamped neoclassical style.
I stayed in the Privilege Room, a comfortable 25 m2 area with beige carpets differing against all white walls and furniture. My favourite instant was unwinding with a diary on the panoramic sea scenery terrace, soaking up the Mediterranean sun.
Food & Drink
Although there is no restaurant at Les Mouettes, this is not a problem: Ajaccio city centre is less than 30 minutes stroll along the coasts and has a wide range of traditional and contemporary eateries. For those suffering peckish in the afternoon, the gourmet snack bar recipes organic create shapes like Corsican cheese and charcuterie and a selection of neighbourhood wines.
For breakfast, heated bread and croissants or a cooked breakfast( I wish scrambled eggs and ham ), as well as fresh fruit are performed on the terrace forgetting the sea, under the shade of the ancient pine tree.
There is a small private sandy beach in front of the hostel with slew of sun loungers and complimentary snorkelling paraphernalium for inn patrons to use. You can hire one of hotel’s stand up paddles and explore the Bay of Ajaccio.
There is also a large seawater swimming pool, heated between April and October. The jacuzzi, too heated, acquires for a really romantic put, as it is folded in the area of the terrace, instantly forgetting the sea.
The spa features an open air, heated care area and a hamam.
A short accompany will make you to the centre of Ajaccio, the birthplace of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Casa Bonaparte, the house in which he was born in 1769 is today a museum. Another museum well worth a visit is the Musee Fesch, containing one of France’s finest collectings of old masters, including Botticelli, Canaletto, De Tura, Titian, Veronese, and Poussin. The 16 th Century Cathedral has a lovely ochre Baroque facade and murals embellished by Tintoretto and Delacroix inside.
Nearby is the panoramic Route des Sanguinaires, boasting a succession of tiny, secluded oceans. Hire a bicycle from the hostel and chairperson towards the Pointe de la Parata to ascertained the breathtaking scenery of the Sanguinaires Islands.
Prices commencing from EUR 115 per room per nighttime for a rear scenery room in low spirited season. Sea scenery Privilege Room with private terrace overheads from EUR 265 in low spirited season to EUR 520 in the peak time months of July and August. Breakfast is added and costs EUR 20.
WiFi is free and available in all areas of the hotel.
Value for Money
Great value for a extravagance hostel in a beautiful area with an impressive service. The only tiny downside would be the costs of breakfast which, although luscious, is in my opinion overpriced.