Located on Corsica’s famous Route des Îles Sanguinaires, in the heart of the splendid Ajaccio Bay, the 4 star Hotel Les Mouettes is an enchanting 19th century seafront residence surrounded by palm trees, umbrella pines and eucalyptus – some centuries old – has been welcoming clients, guests and friends for almost a century.
The liveliness of the nearby city centre is left behind, making way for peace and serenity. Accessible and calm, close to the city centre, with its beach and panoramic vistas: everything is taken care of to ensure you have a smooth, hassle-free visit. The small white sand beach, the heated saltwater pool and the Jacuzzi are real havens of tranquillity. At the hotel Spa, you will enjoy expert beauty and relaxing treatments.
The establishment oozes soul and charm: with just 28 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, each with its own unique style, cosily and comfortable, this stylishly beautiful house is the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday. Its pine and palm-lined terrace offers an unrivaled panorama of the Mediterranean Sea and the shores of the Ajaccio Bay.
The hotel staff provides personalized and attentive service, always accompanied by a sincere smile and a professional yet friendly disposition. It can meet your every need and secure your place on not-to-be-missed activities and trips, such as the chance to explore the area's hidden gems.
Interior surface between 35 to 45 square meters. These two suites are located in the Villa's second and third floor and offer unique, panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. Their vast private terraces, between 30 to 35 square meters, feature two sun beds, a lounge area and a dining table. Plush and spacious, they consist of a bedroom and a separate living-room with sofa bed.
Amenities: Luxury King bed and pillows, iPhone dock. They also feature oversized wardrobes, marble bathrooms with bath and hairdryer.
Standard room with rear view. Surface area from 20 to 23 square meters. Two of these types of room are equipped for hosting guests with moving disabilities.
Sea view with terrace of 8 to 12 square meters with one or two sun loungers and a dining table. Interior surface: 20 to 25 square meters. Located on the ground floor or the second floor, they are comfortable and beautifully decorated inside.
Panoramic sea view with a 12 to 20 square meter large terrace equipped with two sun loungers or a comfortable bed, as well as a dining table. Interior surface between 23 to 30 square meters. Located on the second and third floors, these types of rooms on the inside are plush, spacious and comfortable. Amenities: Luxury King bed and pillows, iPhone dock.
All the rooms are unique: Each room is individually themed and tastefully decorated, inspired by the style of the Riviera where shimmering colors and pastel shades coexist amongst fine fabrics and light-toned wood. Some of them really capture the hotel's truly authentic nineteenth century soul.
To this legacy, the hotel has added modern comforts and luxury bedding as well as free Wi-Fi Internet access and Flat screen satellite TVs, Plush Queen bed, A/C, Minibar and Safe box. Bathroom with bath or walk-in shower and hairdryer.
The rooms accommodate a maximum of two adults; a cot (0 - 3 years old) can be added upon request at reception (with surcharge). For families, interconnecting rooms are available in all categories: do not hesitate to request one.
The suites can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children (up to and including 10 years old). Extra beds are subject to a surcharge.
The hotel's Spa expert, certified beautician can also deliver the beauty and well-being treatments directly in your room.
Free and secure parking lot, with bicycle stands.
Smooth check-in & check-out: baggage handler and storage space, courtesy bathroom available.
Concierge service for advice and booking your restaurants, excursions and activities.
Laundry and dry cleaning, irons and ironing boards.
Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the entire property, in both communal areas and bedrooms.
Internet access point and office services (print, scan, fax, etc.).
Relax & Discover
Private sandy beach, sun loungers and snorkeling gear complimentarily provided.
Stand-up paddles available for rental on the Hotel's beach.
Heated sea-water swimming-pool and Jacuzzi.
Spa and steam bath on the rooftop terrace.
Convertible car rental at the Hotel, availble by the day or for the duration of your stay.
Bicycle rental at the Hotel.
Water and outdoor sports and activities from the Hotel, exceptional natural sites to discover nearby.
Mooring buoy and boat tender.
Excursions with english-speaking guide and private cruises with a skipper from the Hotel.
Casino, museums, architectural and cultural sights close by.
Wine estates and cellars to visit nearby.
Enjoy the best of Corsican terroir
A gourmet breakfast, offering products and produces from organic and local farms.
No full-service restaurant, but a fine snacking menu elaborated from the best Corsican products, available from Noon to 8pm.
At the Bar or on the terrace, you will be able to taste the best Corsican wines, or enjoy one of the carefully crafted cocktails.
Since 2014, the inside store allows to bring home the finest Corsican terroir products back home.
Baby-sitting (by appointment).
Baby cots, changing tables, high chairs and bottle warmers.
Baby monitor and DVD player.
Water wings and beach games.
Beach, Pool, Terrace & Lounge
Here, the blue color is everywere: the azure sky and the nearby Mediterranean Sea form a brilliant blue backdrop. Private sandy beach, heated seawater pool and jacuzzi, panoramic terrace and cosy lounge with crackling fireplace: life is good at Les Mouettes.
The hotel has its own small, private golden sand beach. Just kick back or take a nap, soothed by the sounds of the waves. Sun loungers and snorkeling gear are provided free of charge. From the beach, you will also be able to discover the Ajaccio Bay aboard one of the stand-up paddles.
From the pool's sun-filled terrace, enjoy an unparalleled view across the Bay. The seawater pool and the Jacuzzi are heated from April to October. Sun loungers are provided free of charge.
The hotel’s main terrace opens beautifully onto the open sea, shaded by umbrella pines and palm trees. The terrace is the hotel’s main hub where you can enjoy anything from breakfast to afternoon tea, aperitifs and digestifs.
Off-season, when the temperature drops ever so slightly, the large lounge becomes a cosy retreat. Sip on a glass of fine wine and indulge on Corsican charcuterie to the sound of the fire crackling in the fireplace.
Convertible car rental
The hotel offers two Fiat 500 Convertible cars for rental, allowing you to enjoy open-air cruising along the fabulous Corsican roads. Rental for the period of your stay or by the day, depending on the cars' availabilities: advance booking is highly advised.
Hotel Les Mouettes will be pleased to indicate you the perfect discovery itineraries from Ajaccio, as well as to prepare for you a gourmet picnic basket to enjoy on the way.
The convertibles are equipped with A/C, automatic transmission and GPS navigation. Capacity: 4 persons (driver included).
Water sports & activities
You're surrounded by sea here. The hotel can offer you a wealth of water activities at the hotel or in the immediate vicinity:
Snorkelling equipment and stand-up paddles are available at the hotel's beach.
In front of the hotel, there is a mooring buoy and a small annex for embarking and disembarking.
From the hotel, you can hire a boat with or without a skipper, to discover the nature reserves in the extreme south, Scandola and the Piana Calanches.
Take beginners or advanced scuba diving lessons in the accredited PADI/FFESM centre, just 200m from the hotel.
Rent a jet-ski (with license) or go with an instructor (license not required) just 5 minutes from the hotel.
For grown-ups and young alike, sailing and windsurfing rentals and courses in an FFV-accredited centre, 1km away from the hotel.
Rental, lessons and trips in Surfing, Paddle and Sea kayaking on Capo di Feno beach.
Fishing trips out at sea with a professional sea-fisher leaving from the hotel.
Boat trips from Ajaccio port.
Outdoor pursuits & sports
The exceptional environment surrounding the hotel is perfect for practicing a whole host of sporting activities, such as:
Hiking - Leisure from the hotel to nearby areas: The Sentier des Crêtes, which leads to the Sanguinaires Islands, The Sentier des Douaniers from the Sanguinaires to the St-Antoine beach, And many others about which we happily provide information.
The 8km Route des Îles Sanguinaires, which passes in front of the hotel is an ideal spot for running.
Ajaccio Tennis Club is 500m away (5 clay courts: court rentals and on-site rentals).
Rental of touring bicycles from the hotel.
Horse-riding 30 minutes from the hotel.
Hiking, canyoning, mountain biking, sea kayaking with certified instructors.
9-hole and practice golf course in Porticcio 10 km from the hotel.
Hunting in a private 350 ha area from the hotel.
Culture & Leisure
Places of cultural and historical interest:
Palais Fesch - Musée des Beaux Arts, is home to one of the most beautiful European collections of Italian primitive and Renaissance paintings, amongst others.
The Maison Bonaparte, birthplace of French Emperor Napoleon I, houses an important collection of personal possessions, furniture and historical documents belonging to the emperor.
The Fesch Museum offers guided group tours. The hotel can also arrange an individual tour of one or both of these museums with a certified interpreter.
The Lazaret Ollandini is another place of great cultural importance in Ajaccio; it features the Marc Petit Museum (a permanent exhibition of painting collections from the Corsican school) as well as high-level cultural events.
Just 1km from the hotel, the elegant Ajaccio Casino, Corsica's sole gambling establishment, offers poker tables, slot machines and table games, for both fanatics and those who enjoy the occasional flutter.
Discover Corsican wines
Learn about and sample Corsican wine at the hotel and its environs, or plan a visit to a vineyard.
Vineyard visit to the amazing Clos d'Alzeto which belongs to the Albertini family and home to one of the island's most celebrated vintage wines, located just 45 minutes from the hotel.
Vineyard visits and tastings led by a reputable consultant sommelier.
Tasting and shopping Corsican wines advised by France's top wine merchant from the 2011 RVF (French wine review).
For classic yachting enthusiasts, the Gulf of Ajaccio is the stage for the Imperial Regates which open the official European circuit for traditional sailing races every spring in May. You can also admire these magnificent ships as they sail past the hotel, and the hotel can even book you places on board.
Each June, the Lazaret Ollandini hosts the Ajaccio Jazz Festival - with a high quality line-up as well as meetings and conferences throughout the year.
Other notable events on the local cultural agenda are the Summer Polyphonies (concerts from June to September) the Art & Passion Cinema Festival (independent European movies - October) and the Ajaccio Italian Film Festival (October).
The Gulf of Ajaccio
A few minutes from the hotel is the Parata and the Sanguinaires Islands and the vast wild beach of Capo di Feno, two listed natural reserves right on the city's doorstep.
If the mood takes you, the hotel can make up a delicious picnic basket as well as a beach kit (parasol and towels) or even an aperitif basket for you to take in the sunset over a glass of wine or champagne.
The Gulf of Ajaccio is renowned for its many sandy beaches and turquoise waters, including:
A few minutes from the hotel: Barbicaja, Marinella, Terre Sacrée and Capo di Feno beaches.
30 minutes' drive: Ruppione, Mare e Sole beaches; 1 hour away: Cala d'Orzu beach.
The hotel can point you towards the best seaside restaurants ("paillottes") for indulging in grilled fish and seafood, with your feet in the sand.
Ajaccio’s old quarter
The old port of Ajaccio and its fishing boats, colorful alleyways, vibrant terraces, and the eye-catching market stalls of the old town and its Genoese architecture are definitely worth a visit and are easily reached by foot or bicycle.
The hotel will introduce you to the right places; from the well-established to those reserved for insiders, where you can purchase delicious regional products or dine or enjoy a drink with your family or friends.
The hinterland and surrounding area
Take a half-day trip from the hotel to the heart of Corsica's regional nature park: the verdant valleys of Gravona and Prunelli, riverside walks along Lake Tolla and mountain hikes to the Ese Plateau.
The hotel can prepare delicious picnic baskets or recommend the best traditional inns in the hinterland.
Day-long escapades: The Gulf of Porto, the Piana Creeks and the Scandola Reserve. The Corté region and the Corsican interior. Bonifacio and the extreme south of Corsica.
41° 54' 37.20"N, 8° 43' 17.87"E
From the city centre, follow the signs to Route des Îles Sanguinaires (D111). Take the D111 to the West, towards the Sanguinaires islands. The hotel is around 1.3km, on the seaside.
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