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This villa in Corsica is the perfect destination for a holiday with friends

There are no bad bedrooms, three face the sea and the other two are in complete isolated privacy at the back of the villa. With the open-plan living area, ability to slide open every “wall” and more wireless speakers and atmospheric lights than a boutique festival, this was the ultimate space for a pool party.

Food is a big part of life in Corisca, with its fusion of traditional French and Italian flavours, and there are two basic, but tasty, pizzerias just a short walk from the villa. In nearby Bonifacio – a maze of lanes, churches and restaurants built on a crumbling chunk of limestone – there are lots of fantastic places to eat and people-watch. The land train takes you from the harbour with its super yachts and waterside fish restaurants to the old town, where we perched in bars with spectacular views but sheer drops underneath, and tucked into mouth-watering crepes and cider in a very French town square by an old church. In Porto-Vecchio, a charming boutique-lined town with amazing sea views, we devoured huge salads packed with prawns and salmon in a restaurant called Chez Felix tucked discreetly away behind a main square.

But the best meal of the week was created by chef Juliette and served in our own villa. We tucked into caramelised tomatoes, baked in honey and se, that looked like tiny toffee apples, tuna tataki starter with edible flowers, home-made ratatouille, fish baked in salt served with rosemary and garlic baked new potatoes. After all that, we struggled to finish the creamy crème brûlé.

When travelling with friends there are three things you must consider carefully: 1) the location 2) the villa 3) the actual friends. At I Bruzzi in Corsica, the first two are already sorted out for you… which means that all you have to do is choose the perfect people.

Lisa travelled to Corsica with The Thinking Traveller. Prices at I Bruzzi start from £6,099 per week sleeping up to 10 people. In-villa cook service from £163 per day (lunch or dinner).

Images: I Bruzzi

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