We imagine that paradise must look something like Isola
di Cavallo. On this small private island between Corsica and Sardinia, Hôtel & Spa des Pêcheurs, a
member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, makes the
most of its natural environment with picturesque views and flawless
If an earthly paradise existed, it would probably look something
like Isola di Cavallo. This tiny private island along the popular
sailing route between Corsica and Sardinia can be
accessed only by residents and guests of the Hôtel & Spa des
Pêcheurs, which makes it perfect for anyone looking to escape the
heaving streets of popular summer hotspots to recharge in peace.
Frequented by the likes of Roberto Cavailli and Prince Eugene of
Savoy, it’s the kind of place where you can expect both picturesque
views and flawless, discrete service.
The hotel was built with respect for its natural environment,
which becomes evident as you approach the island: no building is
higher than two storeys and the island’s native rock is used
throughout, making the hotel disappear into its wild habitat. There
are 50 rooms at Hotel des Pêcheurs, one of which is a Grande Suite.
All of them are spacious and have some of the most comfortable beds
in which we’ve ever slept. Opt for a sea view terrace – you will
not regret it.
What’s for breakfast?
A full continental breakfast is served every morning in the main
restaurant of the hotel. Expect Corsican cheeses and cold cuts as
well as fresh fruit and fluffy pastries. If privacy is what you’re
after, order room service to your private terrace.
How about lunch and dinner?
If you’re tired from exploring and snorkelling and don’t want to
venture far, book into one of the two restaurants at the hotel. The
Shore Club offers a relaxed setting and a typically European menu,
whereas Restaurant des Pêcheurs serves Corsican classics, combining
the best of Italian and French cuisines – expect seafood pasta and
freshly caught local fish.
Those heading out of the hotel should opt for the pizzeria at
the nearby marina or head up the hill to La Ferme, where you can
enjoy cocktails with breathtaking views that stretch across the
Is there a bar?
The lounge bar overlooks the quiet bay – admire pink sunsets
while sipping on a glass (or two) of Cap Corse Mattei, a local
vermouth-like aperitif. If you’re feeling romantic, retreat to your
private terrace with a bottle of ice-cold Corsican rosé from the
This hotel has a spa and massage service, a well-equipped gym
and a pool. You can also rent bikes and electric cars to move
around the island or a skipper boat if open water is what you’re
Things you should know
Isola di Cavallo is a marine and nature reserve, which means you
have to leave your car behind. A regular boat shuttle runs from the
marina to Piantarella on the Corsican mainland, but make sure to
enquire about the schedule prior to travelling as it may change
depending upon both weather and demand. Alternatively, book onto a
private transfer, which can also be arranged through the hotel.
Within a short walk you can find…
Some of the most beautiful beaches you can imagine. Expect
crystal-clear water, fine sand and (most importantly) hardly anyone
else who will be putting their towel down next to you.