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Located in the Mediterranean, the French island of Corsica is not as over developed and busy as one would maybe expect, meaning there are fantastic opportunities to explore its stunning and undiscovered beauty.
Due to its close proximity to Sardinia it makes a fantastic location for a multi-centre experience allowing you to enjoy flavours of both Italy and France, or of course Corsica makes a fantastic standalone destination due to its amazing scenery, beautiful beaches with rocky coves and incredible harbour towns.
With 1000km of coastline, white sand and crystal-clear blue water to the heartland of the island, harnessing the most magnificent scenery of forests, gorges and beautiful villages perched high in the rugged mountains, we know you will just love your time in Corsica.
Day 1: Arrive at Olbi airport and meet your private transfer who will take you to your first hotel Villa Del Golfo
The drive transfer will be around 35 minutes
Relais Villa Del Golfo is a boutique beach hotel in Cannigione, Sardinia. Think secret hideaway, think love nest, think luxury and you have the beautiful luxurious Relais Villa Del Golfo.
In an elevated position, close to a rather upmarket residential area and a 15-minute stroll to the resort of Cannigione, Boutique Hotel Relais Villa Del Golfo overlooks the sweeping bay. The deep blue of the sea, bordered by grassy areas and pinewoods, is a breath-taking panorama, inescapable from almost every corner of the Hotel Relais Villa Del Golfo. Like a traditional village, built into the hillside, colonnaded pathways meander between the low-rise “cottages” and terracotta roofs and it bursts with colour and romance.
Modern and with real style, the unique Relais Villa Del Golfo is quintessentially Sardinian, shouting about its heritage with typical colours, décor, furnishings and finishes, but with a modern twist. The light, usually painted, wooden furniture is so obviously Sardinian, full of character, of exceptionally good quality and extremely tasteful. Fascinating artefacts sit perfectly against background hues of white, pastel colours, cool and marine blues, and warm corals. Such a pleasing harmony and attention to detail give Relais Villa Del Golfo a swish elegance and a luxurious feel.
The fabulous pool of the boutique Relais Villa Del Golfo sits on a stunning terrace, with a beautiful panorama of the sea. Past Long Travel clients think it is the perfect place to relax on the comfy sofas, by the bar. Relais Villa Del Golfo’s pretty Miraluna restaurant is well known for its barbecue grill and excellent Mediterranean cuisine. It spills out onto the terraces and is very tempting at lunchtime, or for a romantic candlelit dinner. We at Long Travel thoroughly enjoy the food and are impressed by the creative cuisine. With Long Travel you can also arrange a Sardinian food experience with the Relais Villa Del Golfo for a real indulgent holiday to Italy.
More relaxation is to be had at the Relais Villa Del Golfo, pop across the road (about 200m), through the pines, to the hotel Relais Villa Del Golfo’s bathing platform, or take the complimentary shuttle to one of the larger beaches nearby the Relais Villa Del Golfo, with light golden sand, crystal transparent sea and more colours of blue, turquoise and translucent emerald green than you could ever imagine.
An absolute must is a trip out on the luxurious Relais Villa Del Golfo’s own private yacht. What a treat! It all feels rather exclusive. Captain Francesco will take you to stunning coves and bays, which you would otherwise probably never discover. He will stop off in some enchanted, secluded bay for you to have a swim and a spot of lunch on board. The unique Relais Villa Del Golfo in Cannigione is not to be missed and has been a Long Travel favourite for many years.
Day 5: After checking out and having lunch around the pool at Villa Del Golfo you will meet your transfer who will take you to Santa Teresa Gallura port where you will board a speedboat for a transfer across the Tyrrhenien Sea to Cavallo Island and to your beautiful island Hotel Des Pecheurs which will become your home for the next two nights.
The transfer time to Santa Teresa Gallura is around 45 minutes
The speedboat transfer time to Cavallo is around 30 minutes
Ever dreamt of owning your own island? A stay at the exclusive and intimate Hotel Des Pecheurs could be the next best thing.
This stunning hotel is in a dreamlike setting next to the small port of the Island of Cavallo which lies in the Lavezzi archipelago between Corsica and Sardinia. It’s a private island, belonging to a syndicate of property owners and only accessible by boat from the main land.
Interestingly there is a rule on the island banning sun umbrellas, however the hotel’s private beach, is reserved exclusively for hotel guests, where shaded areas, sun loungers and bar service are available.
The restaurant mixes French cuisine and Italian traditions and is in a perfect setting whether it be for breakfast or for dinner, the views are just spectacular, with Sardinia gently reminding you of its presence in the distance. After just one night at the hotel you feel that the hustle and bustle of everyday life is but just a distant memory.
Cavallo itself is just over a mile from end to end and features several rocky coves with beautifully clear Turquoise waters lapping the shore. What could be more perfect than stopping off here as a transition between experiencing Corsica and Sardinia.
Day 7: After check out you will be taken by the hotels private speedboat to Piantarella in Corsica and then be met by your private transfer to your next hotel Casadelmar in Porto Vecchio
The speedboat ride is around 10 minutes
The transfer is around 42 minutes
Nestled on the shoreline of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio, disguised against the backdrop of the rocky hills and with gardens designed by landscape architect Jean Mus, Casadelmar is a beautiful modern and contemporary hotel with a hip vibe.
Wooden cladding on the facade and terraces was imported all the way from Canada to give this 5-star hotel its unique and appropriate look.
34 luxury rooms and suites feature a simple décor of stone wood and glass, with the beds featured centrally in the space to make the most of the incredible unspoilt views to the sea.
The excellent ESPA spa and gym features rooms which share the same views of that of the bedrooms adding to the relaxing and tranquil feel.
Walking down the steps you are introduced to the heated swimming pool, bar and the beachfront grill restaurant with a panoramic terrace ideal for serving lunch or bar food throughout the day.
The quality of the rooms and hotel are matched by the 2-Michelin starred, gourmet restaurant Le Casadelmar, where Italian chef Fabio Bragagnolo prepares sublime dishes full of Mediterranean flavour.
Day 11: After breakfast you will be transferred to Figari Airport to board your plane back to the UK.
Transfer time is around 30 minutes
From Villa Del Golfo
• Trip on the Bonaria Yacht - The beauty and charm of Gallura coastline experienced on board of the BonAria, a Jeanneau 53 Yacht available to the Resort Villa del Golfo guests.
• Cooking Lessons at Fattoria La Colti
• Archaeological Tour and the Capichera Winery
• Visit Luogosanto and the Siddura winery
• San Pantaleo and the Cantina Surrau
• Visit the island of Molara
• Unique Barbagia day experience
From Hotel Des Pecheurs
• Day Trip Excursion including Bonifacio
• Boat excursion to discover the archipelago of the Lavezzi islands. Boat rentals with/without skipper.
• Visits to stunning beaches – Pinarello, Rondinara, Saint Cyprien, Bay of Santa Giulia, Palombaggia