The Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa, a warm-weather paradise near Porto-Vecchio, offers a more secluded – but just as enchanting – experience before and after the summer season.
Is there a particular time that’s best for visiting Porto-Vecchio and its surroundings? Surely not, as a treasure trove of experiences awaits year ‘round to gratify every whim. But for those seeking peace and quiet, with long, solitary walks along the shore or in the mountains, a landscape resplendent with the colors of autumn or spring, coming here in the off-season is a luxury that simply must be savored.
Between April and late June, then in September and October, the Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa is the perfect point of departure for enjoying the paradisiacal beaches of Palombaggia, Santa Giulia, and the more intimate Tamaricciu when the weather is good and crowds a distant memory. A mile or two away – so close, yet so exotic –, they sweep your soul to the ends of the earth in a glance. The hotel also offers a daily chance to explore the surrounding waters – shading from turquoise to midnight blue as the seasons pass – aboard a wonderfully nostalgic wooden boat. For those preferring higher climes, the Ospedale Massif – a mountain range a half-hour from Porto-Vecchio – promises hikes amidst pines, beeches, and lakes. The air here is saturated with incomparable fragrances already announcing winter’s approach, while not quite able to let summer go, or celebrating the beginnings of spring.
Coming here off-season means taking a languid horseback ride, perhaps around the beaches of Saint-Cyprien and Pinarello where, with a little luck, you could encounter a flamboyance of flamingos. For the ultimate in serenity, join the yoga class on the hotel’s pontoon, surrounded by the water, each pose lulled by the gentle surf. Then follow it with an invigorating exercise session led by an inspiring coach.
Coming here off-season also, and especially, means taking your time: time to experience the spa’s massages and the refined skincare products used there – and available for purchase. It means lingering in the pool, treating yourself to a new haircut, having your beard or mustache trimmed as though in a barbershop of yesteryear.
It also means indulging in Chef Pascal Cayeux’s gourmet variations, crafted with the season’s freshest ingredients. In autumn, cep mushrooms and scallops grace your plate, along with brocciu, local citrus, or fish caught nearby, like John Dory, seabass, meagre. For those who care equally about gastronomy and ecology, visiting the large and lovely organic kitchen garden, growing lustily behind the hotel, is a must.
Coming here off-season means a moment of enchantment, far from everything…except the beauty of the real Corsica.