Away from it all
Where I am, spring is just starting to creep into my life. So the smidgen of gray that is still left is making me dream of more color, glorious sunshine, blue water, flowing valleys and overflowing, luscious gardens. Clearly I need a Mediterranean infusion. Normally when we talk about the Mediterranean our minds go to places like the Cinque Terre or one of the many Greek islands, but this time I'm talking about Corsica.
Although Paris is the popular hotspot for tourists visiting France, if you're in the mood for something a little more relaxed and warmer, that still has a taste of la vie française, look no farther than Corsica. Local Frenchmen know the glorious outdoor and natural opportunities that the Mediterranean island to the south has to offer, but for foreign tourists, it often gets overlooked.
At La Domaine de Murtoli you have your pick of many houses nestled into the Ortolo Valley. Located at the southern tip of Corsica, the 2000 hectare property refers to itself as l'île dans l'île (the island in the island). There are 11 traditional villas on the property, all available for rent, and accommodating anywhere from 2 to 12 people.
Here you're far from the stresses of the big city; instead of metro stops and honking cars you'll find lounge chairs, gardenside pools and old stone buildings with views sweeping down to the Mediterranean Sea below. There's even a local farm for fresh and organic vegetables. Getting starry-eyed just thinking about it? La Domaine de Murtoli also has two restaurants, one right on the beach and the other in an underground cave, which allow you to savor the flavors of the Corsica region.
While staying in the magnificent environment of southern Corsica, you can also take advantage of the ten magical, tiny inlets and four kilometers of sandy beach. Ici, c'est le bonheur! AB