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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Michelin-star dining

    Sea views

    Anne Sémonin spa

  • Kids will love

    Their own space

    Choice of pools

    Tennis courts

  • Don’t expect

    Kids clubs

    An easy journey

    Fancy bedrooms


La Villa hotel in Calvi is a grand old house with choice positioning overlooking the coast and a minimalist interior. Despite its all-white, sun-bathed simplicity, it offers lavish living to families in need of a treat: swimming and tennis by day, Michelin-starred meals by night – all with devastatingly lovely sea views.

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

Free airport transfers to and from Calvi airport


‘There’s only one word to describe La Villa, and that is, ‘chic’.’

Andrew Diprose


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Need To Know


53, including 24 suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm (also flexible).


Double rooms from £231.46 (€260), including tax at 2.1 per cent.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast; the Continental buffet option costs €32 a head. Children Cots (€70 a night) and extra beds (€150 for under-12s) can be added to parents' rooms.


Several rooms are wheelchair-friendly, as are all of the common areas (meaning they are also pushchair-friendly, too).

Hotel closed

January–March inclusive.

At the hotel

Spa, swimming pools, private beach, two restaurants, two bars, two boutiques, gym, DVD library, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, minibar, DVD player, iPod dock, Anne Sémonin toiletries, slippers, bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

Every room in the hotel has its own balcony or terrace. The style is sunny but simple – bedrooms are graced with luxe linens and buxom beds, but little imagination. Handily, that means they’re all big and minimalist enough to take an extra bed or two. But the apartments are best for larger families with full-size, t(w)eenage broods – they come in two- and three-bedroom configurations, all with ensuites, so everyone gets the privacy they came for.


The main pool is a stunning great infinity pool with views out over woodland and terracotta rooftops towards Calvi. There are loungers either side of it, and the pool bar is open throughout summer, so you can order drinks and snacks while remaining horizontal. It sits next to a proper 25-metre swimming pool, so serious swimmers and paddlers needn’t mix. Elsewhere, a smaller pool is gated and a little more private, but also has a few loungers. Children are welcome in both, though there are no lifeguards. The heated pool within the spa is a splash- and kid-free zone.


In a shady corner, the spa is a blissful, all-white space with views through glass windows over the garden. The Turkish bath is free for all guests to use and the pool is adults-only. The range of customised Anne Sémonin treatments includes massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body treatments. A little gym has treadmills, bikes and weights, and a salon offers cuts and blow-dries.


There are pools aplenty, but no bits and bobs for water babies. Bring swim nappies, arm bands, inflatables, goggles – whatever you might need. At the hotel's boutique, La Villa B, you can buy bikinis and kaftans.

Book ahead

Babysitters must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Spa treatments are best booked on arrival – if you need to change or cancel your appointment, you need to notify the spa at least 24 hours in advance. Hairdresser’s appointments should be booked the day before.

Food and drink

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La Villa’s fine dining restaurant, La Table de Bastien, is Corsica’s loveliest. The people at Michelin furnished it with a star for its brilliant use of the island’s assets – local seafood, fish, fruit and vegetables really come into their own in the expert hands of chef Sébastien Sevellec. His carefully crafted menu changes daily. The more casual option, La Terrasse, is a swathe of alfresco tables next to the main pool, serving wild sea shrimp, artichoke ravioli, beef tartare, lime panacotta and big, open, gorgeous views.

Family fare

Children are welcome everywhere but there’s no menu enfant at La Table, so it’s only suitable for older kids who relish the prospect of dressing for dinner. At La Terrasse, there are highchairs, and the children’s menu features the usual suspects: fish, hamburgers, chicken, ice-cream and fruit salad. The pool bar is open from mid-June to mid-September for poolside salads, sandwiches and cocktails.

Hotel Bar

Named after the beloved hotel handyman, Jo’s Bar (affectionately called 'Le Jo) is a small but smart space made up of a few brown leather stools and some little brown tables. Most people take their tipple outdoors. Kids are always welcome, and there’s a nice menu of mocktails.

Last orders

The bar is open all day until late. Breakfast is served at La Table de Bastien 7am–10.30am. Then, it's open 12.30pm–2.30pm for lunch and 7.30pm–10.30pm for dinner. La Terrasse serves lunch 12.30pm–3pm; dinner, 7.30pm–11.30pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    At La Terrasse, the tables in the front row have uninterrupted views of Calvi bay.

  • Room service

    This menu is comprehensive, thoughtful and unfussy, with plenty of salads, club sandwiches, risottos and pasta dishes – it’s scaled back a bit at night. A little children’s menu costs €30; it includes a choice of fish, hamburger or chicken nuggets, and a dessert.


    Picnics can be whipped up: order by 6pm the day before you need them. They usually consist of tomato salad, boiled eggs, club sandwiches, Corsican charcuterie, fresh fruit, wine and mineral water, but you can discuss the specifics with the kitchen when you order.


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Parent approved

‘There’s only one word to describe La Villa, and that is, ‘chic’.’

Andrew Diprose


Babysitters are available for €18 an hour; book at least 24 hours in advance.


Monitors are available to borrow – they’ll reach the restaurant from all rooms, or reception staff will listen in for you.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Baby baths • Black-out blinds • Crayons

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Car booster seats • DVD library • Board games • Craft materials • Pool table • Ping-pong table • Tennis • Games consoles


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Things to do

If you’re in it for the sun, there are five pools to sit beside, so you won’t tire of your surroundings. But if you do, there’s always your private balcony, or the Anne Sémonin spa, which comes with a handy hair salon. For more energetic Smiths, there is tennis and table tennis (with sea views). The beach is five minutes away.

Hotel activities

The tennis court sits right next to the ping-pong table, both with views of the bay that are impressive enough to tempt out lethargic teens. Tennis coaching is available on request, but the courts are free to use otherwise. Indoors, the games room has a pool table and a few packs of cards, while games consoles and books are available to borrow.

And there's more…

At Calvi beach (five minutes’ drive away), the hotel has an agreement with the Marco Plage beach club, which means loungers and parasols can be reserved for you (summer only).

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Take a 30-minute drive to the Cirque de Bonifato: a beauty spot where mountains surge high above a carpet of pine trees. Park in the big (but expensive) car park; explore from here, or climb for 2.5 hours to picnic in a refuge (

Don't miss…

…U Calellu, a delicious beacon run by La Villa’s owners on Calvi’s waterfront, marked by a large palm tree. The view of the port is lovely. Book ahead: rumour has it that Sly Stallone was turned away for failing to do so (+33 (0)495 652218).

For spending time outdoors, Corsica is hard to beat; 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 will do very nicely. Your base, the lofty citadel of Calvi, is also a beach town: the sand is white, with a toddler-friendly slope into the sea, the area is always patrolled by lifeguards, and you're surrounded by pines and cafés. Courageous teens can get their kicks (and kayaks) at the Calvi Voile sailing club.

A little further away, Pointe de la Revellata is a collection of coves you can only reach by bike or on foot. If you want to explore the citadel's cobbled passageways, visit 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 – 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. 

South of the hotel, out in the Med, the Scandola Reserve is a nature-lovers' dream jumble of jagged red cliffs, grottoes and almost inaccessible coves and islets. Corse Escapades organises day trips by boat – they’ll pack snorkelling equipment and sort out a seafood lunch in the little village of Girolata.

Behind the marina, traditional Corsican restaurant U Fornu on Boulevard Wilson (+33 (0)495 652760) lives in a vaulted cave, with a rocky terrace above. Stars of the à la carte menu include fish soup and shrimp ravioli. The strictly local set menu includes salad or soup, steak or ragu, and dessert. A mini version of the set menu is a three-course treat for your little beloveds.

Auberge du Coucou (+33 (0)495 627700) is a nice, casual spot in the mountain village of Calenzana, a 20-minute drive from 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)495 617075) 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 Villa
Chem. Notre Dame de la Serra, 20260, Calvi, Corsica, France
Hotel setting

Close to the coast

Getting There

La Villa is situated in north-west Corsica in the pretty bay looking out across Calvi, the island’s finest town.


The nearest airport is Calvi Sainte-Catherine (, 10 minutes away by car, but it’s mainly served by planes from the French mainland. Your best bet is to fly into Nice Côte d'Azur airport and catch an onward ferry; that way, you’ll have more airlines to choose from – easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways, Alitalia, Air France, Iberia and many more fly to Nice.


It’s simple enough to get to Nice by TGV via Paris or Lille's Eurostar terminals, but you may want to take a brief pause in Nice before catching the four-hour ferry. You can book the full train journey with Rail Europe (


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 plenty of time to make it pleasant. Calvi ferry port is only five minutes from the hotel so you don’t necessarily need a car, but if you’d like one there’s an Avis at the Calvi ferry port and parking at the hotel is free.


Corsica Ferries operates the Nice-Calvi route, as well as several others. Check for details. The sailing takes around four hours.

Parent travel tip

If a flight-ferry combo feels like too much stress, consider flying to the better-served Bastia-Poretta airport and hiring a car for the 90-minute drive – there’s a Europcar if you need it.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

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

Once all members of your family have safely ensconced themselves in their own room in your sickeningly spacious apartment, luxury living beckons. Take your pick from five pools – do you want to swim lengths, watch over your beloveds, or gaze out to sea in infinity-pool bliss? Perhaps you'd like to book a babysitter and wander into the spa for a Turkish bath and a blow-dry. It’s worth sprucing yourself up, of course, because dinnertime is a Michelin-starred scenario – a great big gourmet celebration of all that’s good in Corsica, with a sparkling seascape looming over your langoustines. Babies and little ones are welcome, of course, but Francophile families with older kids will get the most from this sort of no-holds-barred luxury setting (after all, it doesn't come cheap)…

Smith & Family

There’s only one word to describe La Villa, and that is, ‘chic’. Every angle is steeped in a refined tasteful quality – the interiors, the infinity pool, the life-size ‘Pink Panther with breasts’ artwork… Hang on!

As well as its understated elegance, the joy of La Villa is the space that it provides. Ideal, in particular, if you have a young baby and you are looking for a relaxed space to sneak off to for sleeping… Or crying.

But mostly Bella was smiling – she had a toddler crush on Dominic the maître-d’ of la Terrasse, the more casual brasserie-style restaurant. So fantastic was the service here that frankly he also coaxed a man-crush out of me too for rustling up the perfect steak tartare on our final night.

Anonymously reviewed by Andrew Diprose

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