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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Green grounds

    Authentic style

    Private patch of beach

  • Kids will love

    Their own pool

    Playing among the palms

    Swimming in the sea

  • Don’t expect

    Crèches or clubs

    Organised fun

    In-room kiddie kit


La Signoria hotel is within gawping distance of the mountains and strolling distance of the sea. It’s framed by conifers and palms, and dotted with 18th-century features and works of art; it’s grown-up but not stuffy, with flexible mealtimes for kids and room types to suit every family.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking La Signoria with us:

Fruit and a selection of Corsican pastries from the kitchen


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including La Signoria – has been selected and approved by parents.


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La Signoria hotel – Corsica – France

Need To Know


29, including 14 suites.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. The hotel aims to have your room made up for your arrival but standard check-in is 3pm. There’s a ‘courtesy room’ with a shower for late departures or early arrivals.


Double rooms from £267.07 (€300), including tax at 2.1 per cent.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (€32 for buffet-style spread; €20 for children). Crank your room plan up to half-board for €90 per day (€45 for under-12s). Childrencan stay in cots (€50) or extra beds (€150) – in all residences.


Two rooms have disabled access (one suite and one villa).

Hotel closed

1 January to 1 April.

At the hotel

 Spa, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, hammam, restaurant, bar, seven acres of grounds, helipad, DVD library, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, minibar, CD/DVD player, Corsican bath products by Casanera, slippers, bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

One of La Signoria’s biggest bonuses is its variety of room types: it can meet the requirements of any brood, whether you are three or eight. Most rooms will take at least a cot, but the main draw for families is the assortment of villas, which each have at least two bedrooms, a kitchen, a private pool, a petite garden and a terrace. They also have gorgeous en suites for mum and dad, and are really roomy, dotted with antique French chairs and armoires. Most have roll-top baths too, but do check when you book if that sort of thing is important to you. Avoid the alluringly titled Prestige Villa, which is aimed squarely at couples.


The main outdoor pool is gated and heated to a hospitable 28 degrees. There are no restrictions for children, big wide steps to toddle on and well-shaded loungers for afterwards. The restaurant terrace is directly above so you can look over while you lunch.


Spa Casanera is an all-Corsican affair – all products are home-grown or homemade. Elsewhere, the hammam is handily located next to the pool, so you can take it in turns to watch the kids and pamper yourself. On the other side of the pool, a pavilion houses a massive old stone Jacuzzi with hand painted walls and a domed roof.

Book ahead

The supply of babysitters isn’t endless, so book two weeks ahead if you can. Think of your spa treatments, too; you might appreciate a sitter while you’re smothered in 100 per cent organic Corsican Crema Preziosa.

Food and drink

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La Signoria hotel – Corsica – France


La Palmaraie looks like the kind of family-run restaurant you’d love to stumble upon, with its 18th-century stone flooring, closely arranged tables and black and white photos. But Signoria-style design quirks include lampshades made of newspaper and dining chairs upholstered in clashing red, blue and yellow velvet. You’ll want to dress up a little, but the atmosphere isn’t serious; in pride of place, a portrait of a stocky, stuffing-looking gentleman with a moustache has been adorned with a large red nose. Breakfast is served in an adjoining pink room – every morning, it’s furnished with a handsome spread of meats, cheeses, fruit and pastries. The terracotta terrace sits just beyond, drenched with sun.

Family fare

Highchairs are available. The children’s menu features pasta dishes, salads, burgers and roast chicken. In July and August, there’s also a kids’ dinner service at 7pm; the regular service starts at 7.30pm, so you could book a babysitter and eat a little later if you wanted.  

Hotel Bar

The bar is a richly decorated space containing Chesterfield sofas in pleasingly jarring fabrics, designer lampshades and stained glass windows. The bar itself is made from an old absynth distributor. In its prime, the bar’s patron would choose a number and you, the customer, would spin the wheel; if the numbers matched, your absynth was on the house. The roof is lined with three tiers of roof tiles – a Corsican tradition that indicates an important family lives within. Children are welcome to sip a soft drink any time.

Last orders

Drinks are served until 2am. The restaurant is open for lunch from 12.30 to 2pm and for dinner from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The terrace is the prime spot for sunchine, but in winter, families and couples alike covet the spot by the fireplace.

  • Room service

    The 24-hour menu is seasonal but generally features pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches.


    Staff are happy to heat milk and sterilise bottles.


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La Signoria hotel – Corsica – France

Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including La Signoria – has been selected and approved by parents.


La Signoria can provide babysitters for €15 an hour (minimum three hours); book two weeks in advance.


Audio baby monitors are available to borrow from the front desk.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Pool • DVD library


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La Signoria hotel – Corsica – France

Things to do

Hanging out among the potted orange trees, palms, pines and burbling fountains is a treat. If you’re in a villa, your private pool is best for splashing about, or you can head out to the main pool with books and toys, visit the hammam and grab a salad on the sunny terrace. For letting off steam, the lush green grounds and gardens are your playground.

Hotel activities

The hotel runs a free shuttle to Calvi beach four or five times a day (ask at the front desk for a timetable); it’ll deposit you at La Signoria Mare, the hotel’s private beach club. Sunbeds are free for most of the year, apart from July and August.

Local Guide

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La Signoria hotel – Corsica – France
Smith tip

Book a babysitter and take a trip to Table de Bastien, a Michelin starred spot that celebrates Corsica beautifully, using local produce to dazzling effect, against a backdrop featuring the citadel, the sea and the mountains.

Calvi, the little beach town with the lofty citadel is five minutes away by shuttle bus - the sand is white, the gentle gradient is ideal for tentative toddlers and the area is always patrolled by lifeguards. If you want to step within the citadel's walls for a potter around its cobbled passageways, it's worth visiting the tourist office to pick up an audio tour for yourself (€7) and an audio scavenger hunt for inquisitive kids aged 7–14 (€4). For a mini adventure, take the U Trinighellu coastal train ride from Calvi to L’lle Rousse. The name means 'trembler' but locals call it the 'bone shaker'. Though juddery, it's a very pretty 30-minute ride along the coast, with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Every now and then, you might stop to give way to goats and cows. For getting stuck in outdoors, Corsica is tops; it’s got beaches, mountains and forest. Lots of families like to keep it low-key, though – and little dips in and out of Calvi (by free shuttle) do very nicely.

Auberge du Coucou (+33 (0)4 95 62 77 00) is a nice, casual spot in the mountain village of Calenzana, a 20-minute drive frim Calvi. It uses all-local, largely organic produce and serves delicious local wines to tables on its big terrace. Staff will happily downsize any dish for discerning, organic-only little Smiths.

Chez Egard (+33 (0)4 95 61 70 75) is a friendly, glitz-free joint in Lavatoggio that serves Corsican specialities such as bean-based soups, cheese fritters and chestnut cake alongside farm-raised lamb and suckling pig. Roast beasties make lovely family feasts providing kids can still bear to look out the window at the cows (reared on-site).

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La Signoria
Route de la Forêt de Bonifato, 20260, Calvi, Corsica, France
Hotel setting

Corsican beauty spot

Getting There

Only 10 minutes from the Corsican town of Calvi and its generous swoosh of white sand, this Genoese estate is just out of the way, framed by palm, pine and potted orange trees at the foot of the mountains.


The nearest airport is Calvi Sainte-Catherine but no airlines fly direct from the UK. You could fly with easyJet to Bastia-Poretta airport on the north east of the island - it’s an hour and a half away. Or, if you fly into Nice Côte d'Azur airport and catch an onward ferry, you’ll have more airlines to choose from – easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Monarch all fly to Nice.


The simplest route to Nice is by Eurostar to Paris or Lille, catching an onward TGV. You can book via Rail Europe ( It isn’t a short ride, but it’s do-able if you take an overnight breather before catching the ferry from Nice to Calvi.


The Nice to Calvi ferry carries cars, as does the ferry from Savona in Spain. Driving all the way to Corsica could save a lot of cash, but you’d need at least three days either side of your stay to make it pleasant – it’s about a 16-hour drive from London. Or, if you’d rather fly but do want to explore Corsica by car, you'll find Avis ( at the Calvi ferry port and at Bastia airport. Either way, make sure there are two breathalyser kits in the car at all times (French law) and that you have change for the tolls. Parking at the hotel is free.


Corsica Ferries operates the Nice-Calvi route, as well as several others (check the website for details: The sailing takes around four hours. During peak summer months, ferries also make the hop between Italy and the east of Corsica.

Parent travel tip

Indirect flights and ferries are far too faffy with children. Snap up some cheap flights to Bastia, bearing in mind that a taxi to the hotel will cost you around €250, so it is worth considering a hire car.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including La Signoria – has been selected and approved by parents.

It’s worth the slight schlep out to this island because La Signoria occupies a smashing corner of Corsica. It has verdant gardens and views over the mountains, yet the shuttle takes just five minutes to deliver you into the arms of the hotel beach club (and back again when toddlers tire). The hotel offers the luxury holiday you thought was now impossible; while facilities aren’t exhaustive, you’re surrounded by dark green playground of palms and potted orange trees, with access to a proper spa, and lots of help from smashing staff. It’s dashing but not ominously fancy, private but not isolated, and there are room types to suit all family configurations.


Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about La Signoria in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

We loved the hotel restaurant - delicious food, wonderful setting and excellent service. The pool and spa, very relaxing and peaceful setting. The hotel beach club was great as was the shuttle service here - make sure you reserve early for a spot at the front of the beach! Breakfast on our balcony.

Don’t expect

A party - very quiet and chilled place. To diet - the food is far too delicious.

Rating: 10/10 stars