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Hotel Castell'Verde
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Giulia
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Fantastic resort and island, not soo expensive”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

Hi just got back from 2 week stay at the Castell Verde apartments absolutely loved everything about this island and resort.
Apartments clean and very well catered for, yes there are two small supermarkets on Santa Giulia however they are much more expensive than large supermarket in Porto Vecchio.
On arrival if arranged transfer you get the chance to stock up at the Spar in Figari, very reasonable prices. Thomson did a supermarket run into Porto Vecchio on both Saturdays which is well worth doing for the small cost. Bus organised to take you there then give you 2hours to shop and take you back.
There is a bus shuttle service which runs from the beach various times during the day into Porto Vecchio and returns for only 9 euro return. However this only runs from July until the end of August.
There are several very good restaurants in Santa Giulia itself however are a bit pricey, but the food is fantastic. We had a bottle of wine, steak for two and fish course and two desserts for 95 euros so all in not too bad I suppose. The presentation of the food however was amazing.
Many more restaurants in Porto Vecchio and 3 course meals available from 15-20 euros a head. We took shuttle bus in and out one day and had a lovely late lunch and wander. Many taxis available if you want to return later than the last bus at 645pm, again not expensive.
Various organised trips can show you more of the island but it is easy enough to do them yourself. Shuttle bus into Porto Vecchio, taxi down to Bonifacio not expensive and from there you can arrange snorkelling trips out to uninhabited islands, spend the day the travel back quite easily.
If you go high season then a car is not necessary as I said due to the great value shuttle bus service and from Porto Vecchio more excursion options easier to organise.
Loads of watersports available at Santa Giulia beach again very reasonably priced not expensive at all, in fact think more expensive in Spain.
This is a very French island so good idea to brush up on your French prior to going as no English translation on menus etc which definately adds to the appeal of this island. The local Corsican wine is absolutely gorgeous too and very cheap.
NO problems with any mosquitos much to my delight too.
Thomson are not doing any package holidays to this island from next year. Local Corsican companies taking over so if wanting to return as we most certainly will then you will need to source and book direct with island accommodations.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Cheshire, UK
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29 reviews
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

Beautiful resort. We stayed self catering and had all the facilities.

Short walk to the beach which is stunning, lots of places to lay a towel or use a sun lounger. We opted for a sun lounger which is expensive at €20 each per day but the staff are so bad at monitoring them that we got it free 6 days out of 7.

The food is outstanding over there but it's certainly not cheap, €45 minimum per head for lunchtime cafe but food well worth it.

Restaurant at hotel has lovely food and views but very very slow service and not good English but staff polite.

Pool is lovely too but hardly any sun loungers so get there early. We just went to the beach instead as so so lovely down there.

One thing to watch out for is the midges, there are a few and you will get bitten. If you tend to get bitten at home take some insect repellent as you'll need it.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Reviewed May 21, 2011

The apartment it self was very nice. A few faults were that the bathroom was very small and the bunk beds were right opposite the toilet. The kitchen was well equipped and the beds were very comfy.

The location of the place was magnificent if you were over 40, loved scenery or could drive. The beach is a 5 minute walk away with a market on the way which sells basic essentials. The nearest town is a 15 minute taxi drive away which costs 20 euros. Porto vecchio is a lovely place with a super market selling everything you could possibly want.

overall it is a beautiful place with beautiful surroundings. The staff were very nice and the rep was extremely helpful. i would recommend it if you wanted a peaceful week away.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2011

We visited Corsica for the first time in July 2010. The accommodation at Castell Verde was fantastic and only a short walk down to the breathtakingly beautiful beach. We booked online and i have to say the more expensive options in Porto Vecchio were a lucky escape - we were so happy to have booked castell verde once we arrived. A car is a must - Porto vecchio and Bonifacio are definitely worth a visit and the boat trips to the islands from Bonifaccio harbour are a great day out (the car parking is free when you book a boat trip).
We only had a week here and will definitely be returning to explore a little more - apparently a drive into the hills is recommended, if we had more time we would have loved to do this.
Corsica is pricey and definitely not for those looking for a 'brits abroad' experience - just perfect!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mountsorrel, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

Got an absolute bargain with Portland Direct for 2 weeks S/C at the Castell Verde in May 2010. This was our 2nd year at the resort and we will definitely return in the future. Great apartments, well equipped, helpful staff, clean pool areas and beautiful beach. Restaurant is good but expensive as are the drinks from the bar but then Corsica is NOT Benidorm. The beach at Santa Giulia is beautiful and the beach bars are great, apart from the MOZZIES at night. If you can afford it, treat yourself to a meal at the the U Santa Marina. I've eaten at many Michelin star restaurants and this one is up there with the best, stunning food but expensive (and worth it) ! You really need a car if you're staying here but visiting Bonifacio, Porto Vecchio and surrounding villages is worth it and a great way to spend your holiday. E.LeClerc Supermarket is a great place to stock up. This is NOT a place for the English brekkie and beer lovers. Personally, I love Corsica and can't wait to return to Castell Verde.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2011

We stayed here August 2010 and had a enjoyable stay. In particular I thought that the studio room was very good value, especially for Corsica because in general it is an expensive island. Great location for the beach, just a ten minute walk, to a lovely beach with gorgeous warm water. Lots of watersports available on the beach. A few nice restaurants and cafes on the beach also.

We didn't use the pool so can't comment on it. Rooms were comfortable, with a good kitchen area and a nice terrace. Beds were OK, could've been slightly more comfortable, but then that's a matter of opinion. Hotel restaurant was v.nice but expensive for what you have. Very good service.

Lots of lovely places to visit in Corsica, in particular would recommend Bonifacio and a drive into the spectacular mountains. Car hire is essential for this.

Corsica is interesting as it has a great mix between it's own culture, French culture and Italian culture, so if you can't decide upon whether to visit France or Italy then choose Corsica! There are French bistros next door to pizzerias and trattorias.

If bars/clubbing are your thing then I would recommend Via Notte which is just a 10 mins drive away. It is huge open-air superclub, which has a very nice Japanese restaurant that serves food until 3am, and a pizzeria open until 5am-ish. We saw Eric Morillo there and had a great night. Doesn't get going until about 1am though. Lots of nice bars in there, doing great cocktails, costing €10 or so.

Overall we had a great trip to Corsica and will certainly be returning and most likely to the Castell Verde.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2011

We spent 14 nights at the Castell Verde in August. The apartment was small, but well equipped with a good, but small shower and air conditioning. The grounds of the apartment buildings were lovely and the pool was small, but there was a friendly atmosphere, with various nationalities. It was a short walk to the beach which was a beautiful crescent with water activities and several restaurants and bars. On the path to the beach there is a small supermarket. A car is recommended as it is a 10 minute drive to Porto Vecchio, the nearest main town which is well worth a visit.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Castell'Verde
Address: Santa, 20537 Santa Giulia, Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France
Location: France > Corsica > Corse-du-Sud > Porto-Vecchio > Santa Giulia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Giulia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Castell'Verde 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Castell'Verde hotel is located in a wooded park overlooking the Santa Giulia Bay. The elegant rooms with balcony are facing the sea or the bucolic garden. You will enjoy a heated private pool. ... more   less 
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Castell`Verde Hotel Santa Giulia
Castell`Verde Hotel And Resort
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