What’s special about this place, near the glitzy coastal town of Porto-Vecchio, is that it offers both. Regulars and newcomers are embraced like long-lost pals by staff, many of whom have been here for decades. Such an air of comfort only adds to the thrill of the experience, which starts, of course, with the unbeatable location. Heady with the scent of mimosa and native aromatics, it was laid out masterfully by landscape architect Phillipe Niez. Old school and under the radar, just like the best hotels in the Mediterranean often are.