LA PLAGE CASADELMAR
Presqu’île du Benedettu
20137 Lecci di Porto-Vecchio
15 rooms and suites
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“Good design is about bringing out the best in your materials,” says Gian Luca Bertilaccio, General Manager of La Plage Casadelmar, “We are blessed in Corsica, because what is at hand is marvellous. The light here is pure and crisp. The elements, the colors, the food, the warmth you get from the people, these are all our raw ingredients. Our passion is to make these raw ingredients inspire us to create a hotel that has a genuine goodness about it. That is what this project is really about.”
With this luxuriously simple property, Bertilaccio used the natural treasures of the island of Corsica as inspiration. Corsica is well-known as a chic, seaside holiday destination. Set directly on a private, white sand beach in the bay of Porto-Vecchio, the hotel has uninterrupted views of the surrounding bay. Within easy reach is the charming old town, teeming with glitzy boutiques, international dining, lively bars and quaint architecture, all topped off by a laid-back seaside vibe. Just south of Porto-Vecchio are two of Corsica’s most famous beaches, Palombaggia and Santa Guilia, and in the summer, the modern harbour is flooded with luxury yachts and ferries.
Jean-François Bodin, who was also responsible for Casadelmar – the sister property which can be reached by complementary boat shuttle in 5 minutes – is well-known for his large-scale museum commissions, such as the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar and the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris. Bodin renovated the existing structure to blend seamlessly with the coastal surroundings, by using natural materials and simple lines that do no interfere with the views or landscape. Old stone forms the main structure, mixed with volcanic rock, cement, resin, glass, and 300-year-old oak. The color scheme also draws from the surroundings with moss and dark green couches, bright turquoise cushions, sandy light browns, white, beige and cream.
The 15 rooms and suites follow the same color palette and are decorated with lush plants and plush furnishings. The exclusive number of rooms allows management to offer guests a warm and genuine hospitality experience, which they can expect throughout the property. At the beach grill restaurant, with an open plan that is exposed to the elements, guests will be served sea views and sea breezes with their meal. And although you can see, smell and hear the ocean from the terrace, the 16-meter heated pool surrounded by day beds, cushions and a lounge bar, guarantees that guests will be content right where they are.