A Sulana Corsica, Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio

When we began working with beautiful A Sulana 22 years ago, villas with a private pool were almost unheard of on Corsica, and we had to operate a wait-list system up to a year or more in advance!  Nowadays pools are more commonplace, but the appeal of our flagship property remains as strong as ever, and many guests return year after year.

With generous curves and fluid lines inspired by the almost-circular bay of Rondinara which it overlooks, A Sulana has magnificent views from virtually every room.  The interiors are cool, inviting and absolutely immaculate, just like the superb gardens and terraces which surround the house. The private pool is gated for safety and heated for comfort in early and late season, which is a particular benefit for those with younger children.  An added bonus is a small open-plan guest cottage suitable for grandparents, older children or a nanny.

Rondinara Beach, just 10 minutes’ drive away, is equally child-friendly, with calm waters and gently shelving sand ideal for that inaugural paddle. The glorious terrace is tailor-made for long lunches and lazy summer evenings, but for the times when even a barbecue seems like too much work, there are several restaurants within a 5-15 minute drive, depending on the season.

The vibrant harbour towns of Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio, plus many of the superlative beaches for which Corsica is so famous, are all within a 15-30 minute drive.

See what the papers say:

"Where Life's a Beach" - The Bristol Post, January 2015

Accommodation:
  • 4 bedrooms (sleeps 4-8)
  • Living room with satellite TV, CD-player, safe, wifi, iPod docking station
  • Open-plan kitchen/dining area with hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Twin/double bedroom, twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with separate shower, WC
  • Small open-plan guest cottage with twin/double bed, en-suite shower room, sitting area, fridge

General:

  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms
  • Terraced garden
  • Barbecue
  • Jacuzzi swimming pool 3m diameter (depth 0.80m)
  • Private heated swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.0m – 1.7m), gated and access via Roman steps.
  • Pool is heated in May, June and September (pool can be heated outside of these months at a charge of £150/week)

Cleaning/linen:

  • 1 week holidays – does not include a mid-stay clean or bed linen/towel change
  • 2 week holidays – includes a light mid-stay clean and bed linen/towel change
Complimentary w​ifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected

Villa access times:

  • Check-in time – 4.00pm
  • Check-out time – 09.00am

Location:

  • Beach 10min drive
  • Restaurants 5-10min drive
  • Minimarket at Rondinara campsite 10min drive (open from 8am)
  • Rondinara beach restaurant 10min drive (May, early June, late September open from 9am to 7pm, mid-June to mid-September open from 9am to 10pm)
  • Porto Vecchio 20min drive
  • Bonifacio 20min drive
  • Figari airport 45min drive
  • Simpsons are a civilised way to travel. Villa A Sulana was a special place, so peaceful and serene, the owners delightful people. Their story of how they ended up in this spot is also a delight. The small details really make a difference - from the immaculate accommodation, advice from Samantha, civilised flights and car hire - we could not fault any of it. Our first time in Corsica, a rugged and beautiful country, we hope to return. The McDougall & Buick clans Mrs Buick - July 2016
  • Thank you very much for a fantastic week in your stunning villa. We've had a great time here and we managed to fit in a lot of relaxing, swimming and many a game of cards! We also really loved Bonifacio and the local beaches. Thank you both again, and hopefully we shall meet again soon! Mr White - July 2015
  • Thank you for a wonderful two weeks at A Sulana. The villa is fantastic and the view is beautiful. The weather has been extremely hot and we've been to all the local beaches. Ms Harris - July 2015
  • I can thoroughly recommend Simpson Travel and will most certainly be using them again. Mr Hewett - June 2015
  • We have had a great week here with hot and sunny weather! The views at this lovely villa are fantastic and will take your breathe away everyday. The beaches here are fantastic. Jacques and co. have been brilliant and very useful also. The villa is brilliant and quirky and we would love to come and stay here again soon! Thanks a lot! Mr Hewett - June 2015
  • This is our third Simpson holiday and we have loved every one. Your service and quality is second to none. Mrs Hughes - June 2015
  • An amazing week in a stunning location. Jacques and Suzy - you have created a truly beautiful house! Thanks again! Mr Milan - May 2015
  • A lovely, relaxing week for five friends (and one happy baby) in this beautiful villa. Perfect weather for relaxing and a bit of exploring. Loved the characterful curves of this home and of course the view, always different, always mesmerising. Steven and Bronwen - September 2014
  • We stayed here for one week in August which wasn’t nearly enough. We went to many beaches, some busy, some quiet but all of them beautiful. Susan and Thomas - August 2014
  • We had a fantastic week at A Sulana. The villa and views are stunning and Jacques and Suzie were warm and welcoming. Louise and Christopher - August 2014
  • A Sulana is one of Corsica's hidden treasures; only a very fortunate few find themselves here absorbing its gentle beauty. Lottie and Mike - June 2014
  • A Sulana exceeded our expectations. A home from home. The views are breathtaking, the beaches superb and the Corsican people very hospitable and friendly. We will return! Mrs Pearce - June 2014
  • We all really feel that we have had a wonderful break. Thank you Ian and Cherie - May 2014
  • A wonderful week at A Sulana. We have all enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this little touch of heaven. Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the beautiful view was a great start to the day. Swimming in the warm pool was divine, lunches out at local beaches, a wander around Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio plus lots of wine and champagne made for a very happy week. Carrie and Patrick - May 2014
  • Lovely villa meeting all expectations we had... The view was stunning. Mr Feaver - August 2013
  • We had a wonderful holiday with Simpson Travel it was effortless. The villa we stayed in A Sulana is beautiful, the owner is lovely, as are the Simpson Reps. The island of Corsica is a must see. Mrs Berryman - May 2013
  • Dear Jacques & Suzy, Thank you for a lovely stay in A Sulana. The view is amazing, we saw the most breathtaking sunset. We visited Aiguilles de Bavella, we walked for a couple of hours, the scenery was fantastic, and we swam in the rock pools. A visit to Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio is certainly worth the visit. Many Thanks Mrs Williams - September 2012
  • Dear Suzy & Jacques, What a beautiful home – we fell instantly in love with the warmth of the house – so much life here! And the views....goes without saying. We felt so comfy here. The kids safely swam for hours in the pool, even giving Mama some R&R poolside. We especially enjoyed a trip to the rock pools near Tagliu Rossu where we wallowed away a good morning splashing, climbing, hiking and exploring. Showed us again how magically diverse Corsica is. Thank you for sharing this with us. Mr MacDonald - August 2012
  • Dear Suzy & Jacques, Thank you for a magical holiday, your home is the most wonderful place to relax. Normally when you get sun and sea, you don’t get wonderful scenery. Corsica is truly astonishing and found the prehistoric sites really wowing. You have a little piece of paradise here. Mrs Costello - August 2012
  • Dear Suzy & Jacques, We had a fantastic holiday at your wonderful home. Many thanks for making us feel so welcome... Corsica is everything we hoped it would be and more. We will all miss the wonderful view and of course the sun!! Thank you again you gave us all the holiday we needed in the most beautiful setting. Mrs Tyrrell - July 2012
  • Dear Jacques (Jacqu-o-coco-loco!) and Suzy. Loved the house, the view was amazing.....we will remember drinking rosé on the terrace and looking at the moon. We loved Corsica....a different beach every day – San Ciprianu and Santa Giulia were our favourites. Wishing you all the best and thank you for a lovely relaxing family holiday. Mrs O'Connor - July 2012
  • Claire - excellent Mr Guest - June 2012
  • Dear Jacques & Suzy, Thank you for a lovely stay in your villa ‘A Sulana’. The view is breathtaking and the villa is full of beautiful slopes – a lovely design – all credit to Jacques! We’ve had a lovely week here – highlights include some wild swimming at Tagliu Rossu, well worth a visit. We’d love to come again sometime. Mr Guest - June 2012
  • A lovely week had by all, enjoyed everything about the house and setting. Loved Bonifacio. Still awed by the view at the end of the week and we sit and enjoy breakfast on the terrace. Mrs Field - May 2012

For holidays in the next few weeks, there may be other flights and additional flexibility on the packages available. Call us on 020 8392 5858 to find out more.

  No of people 24 April
A Sulana 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD
3 SOLD SOLD
4 SOLD SOLD
5 SOLD SOLD
6 SOLD SOLD
7 SOLD SOLD
8 SOLD SOLD
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD
  No of people 1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29 May
A Sulana 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
7 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
8 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  No of people 5 June 12 June 19 June 26 June
A Sulana 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
7 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
8 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  No of people 3 July 10 July 17 July 24 July 31 July
A Sulana 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
7 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
8 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  No of people 7 August 14 August 21 August 28 August
A Sulana 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
7 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
8 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  No of people 4 September 11 September 18 September 25 September
A Sulana 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
7 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
8 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  No of people 2 October 9 October 16 October 23 October 30 October
A Sulana 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
2 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
3 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
4 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
5 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
7 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
8 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

If applicable, car hire category included in price is as follows:

2-3 guests 1 group B car
4 guests 1 group C car
5 guests 1 group D/H car
6 guests 2 group B cars
7 guests 1 group B car and 1 group C car
8 guests  2 group C cars
9 guests 1 group C car and 1 group D/H car
10 guests 2 group D/H cars
11 guests 2 group D/H cars and 1 group B car
12-13 guests 2 group D/H cars and 1 group C car

 

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES

  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are per person
  • Accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice (including breakfast where stated if you are staying in a hotel)
  • Return economy flights from the UK to your destination (flight supplements may be applicable depending on availability)
  • Government and local taxes, excluding visa charges
  • An air-conditioned car or return transfers, as specified in the property details
  • The assistance of our local representative overseas
  • Simpson information book in your accommodation

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay
  • Visas
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Twin-centre holidays: a £25 per person administration fee is applicable

YOUR SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND
Full protection is guaranteed when you book a package with us. Our holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under the Air Tour Organisers Licence (ATOL Licence 5858) and by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA Membership W5698).

ACCOMMODATION ONLY
For most of our self-catering accommodation we are able to offer accommodation only prices (excluding flights, car hire and transfers). Restrictions may apply at certain times of the year.

CHILD CONCESSIONS
Children aged 2-11 years are eligible for concessions of between 5%-25% of the holiday price. This is offered at most of our self-catering properties depending on departure dates. High season dates are excluded. Two full paying adults must be travelling in order for child discounts to apply. For further information please call our sales consultants.

INFANTS
There is a charge of £75 per infant (under 2 years) on all our holidays. Travel cots and highchairs are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties, however, some hotels may charge for these items and we will advise you of any extra costs at the time of booking. Many hotels offer reduced rates for children if they share the same room as their parents.

PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.

PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of £225 per person is required unless you are booking accommodation only in which case 20% of the total holiday cost is required (30% for Exclusive villas). However, if we need to buy in flight seats especially for your booking, we will ask you to pay a higher deposit to include the cost of the flights. This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) Multi-centre holidays incur a £25 per person administration fee.

Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.

SECURITY DEPOSIT

Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert your local representative to any breakages or damages during your stay.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.

FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure provided you have paid in full, completed and submitted Advanced Passenger Information and car hire details (if applicable). Please note if you are travelling with Ryan Air you will only be able to download your boarding passes approximately 7 days before departure due to the airline's check-in requirements. Should you prefer to receive your documents by post, please ask us at the time of booking.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Our prices are based on our lowest contracted fare. Occasionally it may be necessary to purchase flights outside of our normal allocation and in these circumstances we may need to charge an additional supplement to reflect the extra costs incurred. This will also be the case if we are booking flights from regional airports or on flights where we do not have a seat allocation. If a supplement applies, this will be advised to you at the time of booking.

Heathrow-Figari (British Airways - Flight number BA9248/9C) 
Depart 0805 Arrive 1230
Depart 1310 Arrive 1335
Snack provided on board
Heathrow Terminal 5

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
If you are flying on our British Airways charter service from London to Figari you are permitted to carry one piece of checked luggage per person up to 23kg. One piece of hand baggage is permitted up to 10kg (maximum dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm).

Infants are permitted a 10kg checked bag allowance plus a fully collapsible pushchair, a car seat and one piece of hand luggage for items required in the flight (subject to security restrictions).

Any excess baggage will be charged at the airport. As this is a BA charter service, BA miles cannot be accrued or earned on this flight, nor can BA Executive Club members access the airport lounge.

If you are flying with Easyjet you are permitted to carry one piece of checked luggage per person (excluding infants) up to 20kg. One piece of hand baggage is permitted measuring a maximum 56 x 45 x 25cm (including wheels, pockets and handles) which you must be able to place and retrieve safely in the overhead lockers without assistance.

If you are flying with any other airline, please check the airline’s website for details.

It is common for airlines to change their restrictions on luggage weight and the number of items so, before travelling, we recommend you check the airline’s website for the latest information.

IN-FLIGHT MEALS AND SPECIAL DIETS
British Airways offer an in-flight snack on our service from London to Figari. Special meal requests may be made up to 14 days prior to departure. Whilst we will always pass your request onto the airline, we are unable to guarantee supply. Charges may apply and we will confirm these to you at the time of booking. Easyjet offers a pay on board snack service.

GROUP SEATING AND EXTRA LEGROOM
Some airlines offer passengers the opportunity of pre-booking guaranteed seats together at a pre-paid supplement (seats may be situated either side of an aisle) and some offer seating with extra legroom for a reasonable supplement. Availability and supplements can be advised at the time of booking.

PREGNANCY
You will usually need a certificate of fitness to fly if you are more than 28 weeks pregnant. Most airlines will not allow you to fly if you are more than 32 weeks pregnant. Please refer to the airline’s website for details of their policy.

API (ADDITIONAL PASSENGER INFORMATION)
Most countries require that the airline take additional information from each passenger such as full name, date and place of birth, passport number, country of issue and expiry date. You will need to provide this information at the time of booking or, at the very latest, prior to release of your travel documents. You are able to complete the details online via Manage My Booking or call a member of our Pre-Departure team.

NAME CHANGES
The name shown on the itinerary must exactly match the name of the passenger travelling as it appears in his/her passport (first full name and surname). If not, you may be refused boarding. Once your flights have been booked, it is not usually possible to make name changes without incurring substantial charges. If there are any errors on your invoice or your itinerary, please inform us immediately.

FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.

FLIGHT DELAYS
In the event of a flight delay, whenever possible we will ensure that the airline/operator communicates the reasons for and extent of any delay and implements appropriate standards of welfare provision. EU carriers should also comply with EU Regulation 261/2004 in the event of delays, cancellations or denied boarding and guidance is provided on the CAA’s website www.caa.co.uk

CAR HIRE INFORMATION
Most of our holidays include an air-conditioned hire car, to be collected from and returned to the airport (or port where applicable). The category of car included in the basic holiday price will vary according to the number of people in your party. We do not consider infants as part of the total party size. The cars we have included offer comfortable seating for the size of party travelling, however, we do ask you to take into account the size of the boot space for your luggage if any infants are in your party, and the number of child and baby seats required. You may wish to upgrade your car to give you extra comfort and space. Availability and supplements for upgrading will be advised at the time of booking. For transporting extra luggage it is also possible to pre-book a taxi at additional cost.

The types of cars listed are only examples of car models in each category. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific make or model.

Corsica Car Makes and Models
Group B: Renault Clio or similar – a/c 4 seats              
Group C: VW Golf or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group D/H: Peugeot 508/Citroen C4 Picasso or similar – a/c 5 seats
Group F: Renault Megane Estate or similar – a/c – automatic – on request             
Group G: VW Golf or similar – a/c    
Group I: Citroen DS3 diesel or similar – a/c – on request     
Group J: Renault Scenic Long or similar – a/c 5+2 seats – automatic – on request       
Group K: Peugeot 5008  or similar – a/c – on request  
Group L: Renault Capture or similar – a/c – automatic – on request   
Group E: Renault Duster 4x4 or similar – a/c – on request       
Group N: Ford Transit Kombi minibus or similar – a/c 9 seats – on request
Group O - Ford Tourneo or similar – a/c 7 seats – on request

INCLUDED IN YOUR CAR HIRE

  • Unlimited mileage
  • Super CDW insurance cover against theft and accidental damage
  • Medical and technical assistance
  • Two main drivers. Please note that there is a minimum age of 21 years although there is no maximum age limit. Drivers must hold a British/EU Driver’s Licence or International Driver’s Licence, held for at least 2 years. You will not be able to hire a car without your original, valid Driver’s Licence which you must carry at all times when you are driving. Please also take the counterpart of your licence if you hold a photo licence. If you wish to add more drivers this should be done locally and a charge of €35 for 1 week or €60 for 2 weeks per driver applies (paid locally).

CAR INSURANCE
The insurance will not cover:

  • Tyres
  • Filling up with the wrong fuel
  • Windscreen, roof or undercarriage (you should not drive off-road)
  • Personal accident insurance (this should be covered by your personal travel insurance)
  • Any damage, loss, accident etc caused by your own negligence, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, unlawful driving, driving off-road, using wrong type of fuel etc
  • Your car key: this usually contains an electronic device which will be damaged by water, sand etc; please do not swim with your key; you will be charged for any damage or loss, including the cost of a replacement key, towing away of car etc (replacement keys cost €24-€205 depending on the car category plus a delivery charge) 
  • Damage to the interior (back shelf, seats etc)
  • Theft of valuables (cameras, mobile telephones, jewellery, money etc) • Any damage/loss caused by theft or attempted theft due to unlocked doors, personal effects left in view etc 
  • Parking fines, speeding fines or other traffic infringements (a €40 administrative fee will apply to each fine)

CAR HIRE DEPOSIT
The car hire agents will require you to lodge a credit card deposit when you collect your car. Cards accepted are: Visa (except Electron), AMEX, Diners and Eurocard Mastercard (except Maestro).

Funds would only be taken from your card if you:

  • Return your car without a full tank of petrol (€100 charge)
  • Return your car without its security kit (€50 charge)
  • Receive a traffic infringement notice (€40 administration fee plus the fine)
  • Return your car requiring extra cleaning (€50 charge)
  • Return your car after the intended day as booked by us (charged at the local rate)

CHILD SEATS
Child and baby seats (forward facing seats only are available) can be provided if booked at least 2 weeks prior to your departure and are charged at £35 per child seat and £30 per booster seat. AVIS rates for seats that are not pre-booked and requested at the airport on arrival are considerably higher.  Please remember to specify the age of the child. Local car hire and Simpson Travel staff are not authorised to install the child seats and as style and installation may differ to those in the UK, you may prefer to bring your own child seat for your own peace of mind.

GPS
GPS is available for £14 per day with certain models of vehicle but must be pre-booked. We recommend that you use the Simpson Travel driving instructions rather than the GPS when driving from the airport to your property.

TRANSFER INFORMATION
Please refer to the information at the top of the page for details of the transfers included in the cost of your holiday. Taxis are licensed and insured to carry up to 4 passengers. Therefore, if there are 4 passengers and an infant then 2 taxis are needed and we will provide you with a separate quotation. If you are travelling with young children or babies, child seats are not provided for any vehicles used for transfers. For your own peace of mind, we recommend that you bring your own although there is no guarantee that local taxi companies will allow the use of child seats. Please note that the transfer times included in our accommodation details are approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 

Air-conditioning and heating 
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.

Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.

Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.

Beach/pool towels
We provide Simpson Travel beach/pool towels in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.

Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. If you are booking a hotel room, please let us know your room preference (double or twin). Although we will make every effort to convey your request to the hotel, we cannot guarantee your preference will be available.

Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your villa or apartment after 5pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure between 9am and 11am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. Most of our hotels follow common practice with regard to check-in and check-out times (around midday); however some have later check-in times between 3pm and 5pm. Please refer to the individual property information for timings.

Cleaning
Self-catering accommodation is clean on your arrival and for two week stays it will be cleaned mid-holiday. The mid-holiday clean includes bathroom, kitchen surfaces, floor sweeping and change of bed and bath linen. If additional or more frequent cleaning is required, this can be arranged locally with our representative at an additional cost.

Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.

Half-board
Hotel bookings with half-board include dinner, which is usually a fixed menu with or without a choice of dishes. In some hotels, you may take your half-board meal at lunchtime.

Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with your local representative.

In some properties a baby monitor has been provided and to the best of our knowledge it is operating correctly but it is vital that you check regularly that the device is operating to your satisfaction. We strongly advise against relying on the baby monitor in case of malfunction. Simpson Travel cannot be held liable for any malfunction of the baby monitor and the use of the device is entirely at your own risk.

Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.

Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience some of our properties have a washing machine.

Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.

Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.

Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.

Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.

Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.

Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Please check the property details page for the specific security measure that applies to your selected property. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.

Pool heating is a service that can be provided on a weekly basis in select properties. The cost varies according to size of pool from £100 to £200 per week. As a general rule pool heating will only bring the pool temperature up by approximately 10 degrees higher than the night time temperature. As such in early or late season you may still consider the pool temperature to be too cold despite heating. We regret that should this be the case Simpson Travel, our local agents and owners cannot refund monies paid for this facility.

Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.

Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items and local produce. This usually includes the following complimentary items: coffee, tea bags, milk, bottled water, fruit juice, bread, wine, local beer, pasta, pasta sauce, regional biscuits, savoury snacks, paté, washing powder, washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing-up sponge, salt and pepper, sugar, vegetable or olive oil, vinegar, mixed herbs and toilet paper.

Our choice of Corsican properties is as diverse as the island itself, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide.

We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:

Location

Position, view, serenity, privacy

Comfort

Space, style, furnishings and interiors

Facilities*

Property enhancements

Amenities

Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

*

For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property:

Location

Comfort

Facilities

Amenities