One of the island's finest hôtels de charme, this graceful ivy-covered Genoese-style retreat rambles down through terraced gardens to a private beach overlooking the Golfe d'Ajaccio. Renovated in 2014, the best rooms have direct views of the sea from private balconies. At the candlelit restaurant L'Arbousier, a blend of traditional and nouvelle cuisine is served in the cozy interior room with ancient beams recycled from what was once the Ajaccio prison. On warm days you can dine on the terrace with panoramic views. Try fish tartare, scrambled eggs with truffles, or lobster specialties. Supreme comfort, taste, service, and discretion are guaranteed at this exquisite hideaway 19 km (11 miles) south of Ajaccio.