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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Porto-Vecchio, Corse-du-Sud, Corsica

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FunOnly
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
684 reviews
163 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 686 helpful votes
“A Perfect family vacation”
Reviewed 9 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013
5
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We got the idea to visit Corsica after seeing the Tripadvisor ranking of Porto Vecchio having the nicest beach in France. This led us to search Tripadvisor vacation rentals in Porto Vecchio. We found Marina Rossa that seemed to fit our requirements for a 3 bedroom villa that was cost effective and child friendly.

We started a dialogue with the owner Marc Reynaud whom was very helpful and informative. English is his second language but his command was quite good and much better than my French. The booking process was uneventful after a few hiccups, Marc was very attentive to the details and he made the process painless. He also provided detailed driving instructions to get to the villa that were most appreciated was we arrived at 12.30 am and our GPS with the route had failed.
The condo unit was spotless and we really appreciated the welcome basket that included milk, cereal, bread and coffee! There was also an extensive information package that included operation instructions for the appliances, restaurants, beaches and grocery stores.

The next morning we awoke to manicured landscaping with our own private lawn. The pool was spectacular, and HEATED to 27C that that made it enjoyable for the children - and the adults that had to supervise them!

The condo unit is simply furnished but functional, this was actually a plus for us as we did not have to worry about our two and four year old grandkids wrecking expensive artwork and furnishings. The bedroom layout had two bedrooms adjacent to each other that worked perfected for our married daughter and her 2 children with the third bedroom and bathroom across from the living room with ow bathroom. The unit is fully air-conditioned but we did not need to use it in June.

The kitchen appliances were impressive was we had a washing machine for clothes and a dishwasher. The kitchen utensils supplied were complete including such unexpected items as an ice cream scoop, colander, coffee drip percolator and a full range of pots and pans.

The only items that we found lacking was that no towels were provided for use at the pool or on the beach. I would suggest to the management that hey consider having a limited supply of beach towels for rent at an en extra charge as packing these from North America takes up too much luggage space.

There is a house alarm system and the property is located in an upscale gated community. There is adequate covered parking within 30 metes of the unit. A car is essential to get around easily, we got a very reasonable rate through EasyCar Rentals that we picked up at the airport in Ajeccio.

The best grocery shopping is at the Geant Casino Shopping Center located 10 minutes drive off the N 198 towards Porto Vecchio. The Cala Rossa beach is 10 minutes walk away and is very nice. Rancho restaurant on the beach also offers tasty fish meals and take out pizza. The Mediterranean is still cool in June so only a few hearty souls were actually swimming in the ocean.

Bonafacio is a very worthwhile day trip 45 minutes away by car, be sure to do the one hour grotto boat excursion - see my full review on Tripadvisor. The town of Porto Vecchio can easily be bypassed as there is not much to the port or citadel. The beach at St. Cyprian has wonderful white sand and is worth the ten minute car ride.

The main advantage of a June holiday is that it is the shoulder season so the summer crowds have not yet arrived, prices are cheaper, and the air temperature is very pleasant in the mid 20’s C.

Corsica beaches do not compare with with the beaches in the Caribbean or Hawaii because of the cool water temperatures but is much superior to anything that we have experienced on the French or Italian Rivera or Greek Islands.

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Liked best: Secure heated pool
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Mons
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321 reviews
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“Excellent stay”
Reviewed 14 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Picked Marina Rossa after an exhaustive search for 3BR/2BA/pool/walk to beach/not pay a fortune/parents & wife agree on it. We were not disappointed!

Easy and fast email contact with M. Reynaud throughout the process; downpayment by bank transfer 600eur, remaining 1500eur in cash on arrival. I set up the rental in late February for July, pinged him with an email a week out to confirm we were good to go.

Flew into Ajaccio and rented a car; don't remember the details of why we did not go to Figari, think either the price or the time of flights did not work. Airfare about $300pp RT from Orly. About a 3 hour drive, southern route, very twisty road. Returned via the northern loop thru Corte; recommended, about the same time, and the curvy part is about half as much.

Anyway, arrived at Marina Rossa around 1830. Walked in, was open, easy to find. M. Reynaud arrived for check in shortly after, did the business, good book for the tenants with all the info, excellent basic food supply package as indicated by other reviewer.

A/C worked great throughout the place, all the appliances and equipment worked fine, plenty of dishes, silverware, etc. Nice outside patio and very large garden. Pool is nice and only about 150 feet from front door.

Cala Rossa beach is about a 10-15 minute walk away, have to cross one street otherwise all sidewalk/kid friendly route. Beach is plenty long, 1km+, room for everyone, water is clear. St Cyprien is a 7 minute drive away, a little finer sand.

500m walk to boulangerie for croissants in am; 2 minute drive to fruit/wine/produce/meats stand and 5 mintue drive to small supermarket. 10 minutes to Geant mall/supermarket.

I do NOT recommend the Geant on Monday am; the whole world was there doing the same thing we did, arrived Sunday, shop-up Monday. Hit the small Util 5min drive away for basic load and try the Geant close to closing or something.

Overall, great vacation, enjoyed Marina Rossa immensely, I'd stay there again.

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Liked best: Calm, quiet, easy access, quality facilities
Liked least: the toilet seat kept falling down
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Danoush
Montreal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect Villa, Great location!!! EXCELLENT Service!”
Reviewed 7 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
3
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We were delighted by the villa, its location is ideal. We were 6 people, with children and grandparents and the division of the villa afforded the privacy required for everyone to feel at ease. The villa is modern with a charming decor. We spent a lot of time to enjoy the terrace and private garden surrounded by laurel and rosemary plants. The infinity pool was just behind the garden and it is absolutely sublime. The owner Mark was always on site to make sure everything is spotless. Upon arrival, the villa had the necessary food products (butter, jam, bread, wine, pasta, tuna, etc.) in order to get started the early days. The location is ideal with just 10 minutes from big supermarkets and walking distance to local grocery stores. The beach is within walking distance and most beautiful beaches are a short drive away. This villa has definitely contributed to the comfort and pleasure of our holiday. We recommend it to everyone who wants to have a comfortable little home during their stay in Corsica.

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Liked best: The location , the pool, garden, confort of the villa
Liked least: Not the cheapest option but you get what you pay for and it's a fair value
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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Windham
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Everything we hoped for and more!”
Reviewed 6 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
3
people found this review helpful

Marina Rossa is beautiful. It is as lovely as the photos. I am a meeting planner from the US and was cautious. Marina Rossa did not disappoint. The villa we stayed in was in perfect condition. It was clean, spacious and well stocked, with everything you would expect from a 4 star property, in the US and more. My husband and I traveled with three small children and rented a three bedroom, two bath villa. It was perfect, plenty of space for all of us. The patio and yard was large, fully equipped with a BBQ and we had direct access to the pool. It was fabulous. All the rooms had AC. The TV had English news channels. All the comforts of home, including a dishwasher, a washer, a microwave, a coffee machine etc. We were pleasantly surprised with a welcome basket full of everything you would need for a meal, late night snack and breakfast, even the frig. was stocked with milk, cheese and juice. (You do need to bring your own soap, shampoo and pool towels). Bath towels are provided at an additional fee. The location is great. The closest beach, which was very nice was a 5 min walk away and additional beaches to explore within a 5-10 min. drive. Santa Guilia was about a 20min. drive and Bonifacio was about 30min. All great places place’s to explore. All the beaches have numerous fabulous restaurants. Communication with the property was superb, Marc stayed in contact with us every step of the way. He even sent us detailed directions, to the villa a few days prior to our arrival. I would highly recommend Marina Rossa without hesitation. We had the time of our lives and hope to return one day. Thank you Marc!

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Liked best: The clean, spacious accomodations, location and the pool!
Liked least: Liked everything!
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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Cessa_7
Bodø
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A beautiful spot and a good base to explore the rest of the island”
Reviewed 4 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
2
people found this review helpful

We really enjoyed our stay at Marina Rossa. The villa was nicely decorated and was well-equipped with all the amenities we needed. The area, the pool and the villa was clean and comfortable. Marina Rossa is situated in a beautiful location close to the beach and it makes the perfect base to explore the amazing island of Corsica.

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Liked best: The atmosphere
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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