A chic boutique hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant, set at the rear of the lovely Plage La Roya in the Gulf of St Florent in northern Corsica. Rooms are set around an interior courtyard pond and garden, and the contemporary design of the building maximises light and capitalises on St Florent’s warm and sunny climate.
The La Roya lies directly behind the beach of the same name in the bay of the Gulf of St Florent from where its gardens, pool and dining terrace look out over translucent, turquoise bays where languid yachts sway at the edge of the Agriates Desert. It’s a 15 minute stroll into the centre of picturesque St Florent with its buzzing marina, quayside restaurants and characterful, cobbled streets. Regular boats from St Florent ferry people to two of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches, the remote Plage de Lotu and Plage de Saleccia from where a gorgeous coastal path leads back directly to the hotel. In short, it’s a stunner of a location.
What rooms lack in floor space they make up for in comfort. Simply but stylishly decorated with funky touches like a gold, zebra pattern mirror and lilac interior doors. Standard rooms have free wifi, effective and quiet aircon, and tea and coffee making facilities. Small balconies have a view over the mountains. Ensuites are very spacious with fluffy towels, lashings of hot water and generous toiletries. Upgrade to a superior room for more floor space and a view over to St Florent.
From its chic and elegant terrace overlooking Plage La Roya and the Gulf of St Florent, the Hotel La Roya’s Michelin star restaurant serves creative cuisine featuring local ingredients and traditional dishes served with contemporary panache. When we were there we enjoyed their half board set menu which was excellent.
The breakfast at the hotel was also top notch, with fresh, exotic fruits, fromage blanc, Corsican cheeses, buttery croissants, and eggs made to order, all served on the sunny outside terrace.
Hotel La Roya; Route La Plage, 20217 Saint-Florent, Corsica; +33 495 370 040; double room on bed & breakfast basis from £177 per night.
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