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Located by the sea in the Gulf of Porto Vecchio, in the heart of almost three hectares of gardens shaded by olive trees and umbrella pines, Hotel Casadelmar was built in harmony with its natural surroundings, magically melting into the landscape. The pool overlooking the bay blends into the deep blue Mediterranean. Guests enjoy innovative Mediterranean cuisine served by Italian chef Fabio Bragagnolo, and relax in the luxurious spa, whose therapeutic treatments by British skincare and spa specialists ESPA provide longlasting physical and emotional benefits.


In 2001 owner Jean-Noël Marcellesi acquired a run-down hotel, which was transformed into Casadelmar three years later. Out of a love for his island and a respect for its authentic values, he set out to showcase the best Corsica has to offer. To meet the challenge, he has brought in some of the most gifted professionals in the business, each internationally recognised for their talent and expertise.

Architect and interior designer JEAN-FRANÇOIS BODIN and landscape designer JEAN MUS worked closely together to highlight the sensual beauty of the exterior.

General manager GIAN-LUCA BERTILACCIO was fully involved in the hotel design and concept, and manages an outstanding team.

Italian chef FABIO BRAGAGNOLO creates cuisine that reflects the spirit of the location and lives up to Casadelmar’s incomparable natural surroundings.


Nestled in almost three hectares of gardens overlooking the bay of Porto Vecchio, Casadelmar boasts a dream location by the sea, minutes from the town centre and the most beautiful beaches of southern Corsica. The resort is the result of a successful collaboration between its owner and the architect Jean-François Bodin.

The minimalist wood and glass architecture, understated decor and spectacular views throughout create a serene atmosphere for a truly relaxing stay. The 34 elegant rooms and suites and luxurious private villa all have magnificent terraces with panoramic sea views.

The water of the twenty-five-metre outdoor pool blends in with the blue of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio. Designed by renowned landscape architect Jean Mus, the Mediterranean gardens are like a precious jewellery box that provides the setting for a constant dialogue between flora and fauna. Ancient olive trees, Florence cypresses, umbrella pines, rockroses, myrtle bushes and everlasting flowers line the paths as guests stroll through the gardens, moving between light and shade.


At Casadelmar, the sea belongs to everyone. A paradise regained, guests come here to recharge their batteries, just like the salamander that appears here and there, a mythical, mischievous creature that can withstand the sun’s rays without burning.

All rooms and suites open out onto magnificent terraces with commanding panoramic views of the bay. Architect and interior decorator Jean-François Bodin designed the furniture and positioned the beds to face the sea. Light wood, white walls and grey Bateig stone floors create a bright, airy feel that sets the tone for each space, filtered and diffused by softly coloured hangings.


Hidden in the gardens, the private villa overlooks the bay and offers complete privacy. Like the hotel, its contemporary design is in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings. The villa boasts three elegant suites: one ground floor suite (120m2) with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a 150-m2 terrace and an 18-m private heated pool; and two first floor suites (75m2 and 61m2), each with 20-m2s terraces. The villa offers all the services of the hotel and can be fully privatised on request.


In the 2-Michelin starred gourmet restaurant, Italian chef Fabio Bragagnolo prepares sophisticated dishes infused with the aromas of the Mediterranean, elevating the ingredients by creating subtle, harmonious flavour combinations. The menu reflects his light, contemporary style of cooking, enhanced by the different textures and sauces he continually invents. Exotic accents produce unusual contrasts, but the results are always balanced. Fabio’s secret: “above all else, I try to respect the ingredients to bring out all their flavours”.

Sample menu: Cannelloni de denti with crab, caviar, fresh fruits and bergamot-infused vegetables / Slow-cooked John Dory, quinoa with salted cod and horseradish / Veal fillet with kaffir lime, Sauris jus and Jerusalem artichoke “bagna cauda”


The Grill and Lounge Bar offer spectacular views of the bay of Porto Vecchio from the dining areas, set underneath wisteria-covered pergolas and on a large panoramic terrace. The delicious menu is accented with exotic flavours and includes pasta dishes, salads, plates of fine Italian cured meats, regional fish tartares, grilled meat, magnificent assortments of sushi and delicate tempura dishes. On Sundays (except July and August) a lavish buffet brunch featuring outstanding products is served on the terrace.


Decorated with dark wood, Japanese fabric and Medici marble, Casadelmar’s well-being space was designed as a calming retreat from the exuberant natural surroundings and sunlit world outside, a luxurious cocoon where guests can relax and unwind. The spa offers a wide range of natural treatments and traditional therapies based on the rituals developed by British skincare and spa specialists ESPA, which provide long-lasting physical and emotional benefits. ESPA products are carefully created with meticulous attention to textures and fragrances, and combine active ingredients (essential oils, marine extracts and botanicals) derived from natural sources. Treatments are tailored to the specific needs of guests.

The spa also offers a special treatment made with essential oils from Corsican shrubs grown in Casadelmar’s own herb garden, such as everlasting flowers, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme depending on the season.


Located less than two hours from Europe’s major cities, in the heart of the Mare Nostrum region with its unspoilt beaches, mountains and rivers, Casadelmar is the perfect choice for professional or private events. The hotel can be completely privatised and offers two fully equipped function rooms (25m2 and 75m2) with panoramic views of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio. Our Concierge service is also available to organise complementary activities for your guests

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