Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Mediterranean Oasis: Southern Corsica

We can't believe it's already November! Time for a flashback to some warm weather in one of my favorite spots - Corsica! An island off the South of France, Corsica was a real highlight of my time in Europe this past Summer. 

One of the best parts of the trip were the incredible hotels we visited. On the left, we visited Hotel Version Maquis in Bonifacio, which featured some breathtaking views of the country side with the sea in the distance. In Porto Vecchio, on the right, we stayed at Private Hotel, which was located up in the hills overlooking the port. The gardens at Private Hotel were truly beautiful and the hills themselves were teeming with colorful wild flowers. While each hotel had its own unique aesthetic, both were remarkable, featuring stunning views and serene nature!

The beach in Corsica is something to behold!

The colors of the water, the sand and the sky are dreamlike - it is no wonder that their beach is consistently voted one of the best in the world! 

Unlike the South of France, which although beautiful is always overrun in the summer, Corisca has a low key yet exclusive vibe with stylish vacationers looking to avoid the crowds.

The cuisine in Corsica is inspired by both French and Italian tradition and has a unique Mediterranean flavor. From small road-side cafes to bistros in town, everywhere we went featured fresh, local ingredients. For the most part, Corsica is relatively free of the tourist-trap type restaurants that plague a lot of France. A real highlight was La Table de Nathalie in Porto Vecchio, certainly not a place to miss! With a rotating menu, hand written daily on a chalk board, Nathalie's restaurant is worth repeat visits if you have time.

We loved browsing the upscale boutiques and couldn't help admiring the cork shoes in a local shop which carried handmade cork shoes in all sizes, including for infants!

The view from the infinity pool at Hotel Version Maquis

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