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Friday, September 30, 2011

A Jewel of a Boutique Hotel

Having traveled within France extensively for nearly 30 years and having dropped beaucoup Euro’s on upscale accommodations, there aren’t too many places that take my breath away these days.  Hotel Loredana on the island of Corsica, however, did.  With only 18 rooms, this little French hideaway has it all.  Located a 10 minute walk from the unspoiled village of St Florent on a hill with 180 degree panoramas of the brilliantly blue sea, it’s no wonder international celebrities love this gem.  It’s small.  It’s private. It’s understated elegance at its best. 

The moment I entered I knew I was someplace special.  The marbled foyer contained a grand piano.  The adjoining salon’s décor could have easily been in Architectural Digest.  Staff was welcoming, helpful and gentile.  The bed chambers, large and decorated by someone with a great eye, have panoramic views of the sea.  Bathrooms are beautifully outfitted and luxuriously appointed.

The entire property exudes a private club feel.  Amenities include a large swimming pool overlooking the sea, a Turkish bath, and a massage center. There is no restaurant, purposely….to protect the privacy of the guests no outsiders are allowed on the premises.  To compensate, 24 hour room service is available, or room service can deliver guest meals to a lovely shaded poolside terrace. 

While the hotel is rated only 4 stars (to receive 5 stars it must offer a restaurant), prices reflect its 5 star pedigree.   Rooms begin at $700 US (440 Euro) and move up to $3,400 US (1,950 Euro) for a suite.  A light French breakfast is an additional $30 (23 Euro) per person.  

Actress Kathy Bates had just spent a week at the Loredana and has already booked a return.  She joins a long list of entertainers and superstars who have slept in this mesmerizing little jewel.   Want seclusion along with peace and quiet?  Look no further...

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