March, 11 2019
Sartène, France

Sometimes you find yourself on a yacht in the south of France.

And when you do, take advantage of your surroundings.  And the mode of transportation that takes you through the Mediterranean Sea, giving you access to conveniently stumble upon some of the most beautiful and special places.

Okay, fine.  Maybe it’s not often I find myself on a yacht in the south of France.

While I so wish this was a normal occurrence, I can say that it made the experience that much more special, and very much appreciated.

Domaine De Murtoli was a glorious pit stop on the voyage from St. Tropez to Bonifacio.

After parking the yacht in the most gorgeous shade of blue, bath-temperature water, we were brought to this rustic, yet luxurious gem of a property.  Domaine De Murtoli is comprised of a beach, a cave, a farm, and French country villas surrounded by spectacular landscapes.  The property is expansive, so each house is truly a private oasis complete with fireplaces, kitchens, and wine cellars.  We got a brief tour of the area, but our main experience was at the beach and its enchanting restaurant, The Table de la Plage.

We approached the private beach straight from water in bathing suits, flowy cover up, sans shoes.  We basically swam there… or waded in crystal clear shallow water. So, we were basically mermaids emerging from the Mediterranean… in search of Rosé.

Driftwood couches popping with bright purple cushions lined the beach, complementing the servers in matching purple tops.  Rustic firepits sat along the sea, which I could only imagine got more magical at night.  We had the perfect shaded table with our toes immersed in the sand.

We proceeded to order carafes of rosé because… you know, mermaids in search of rosé.  It paired nicely with the kitchen’s Mediterranean flavors that were the most perfect mix of French and Italian.

The amount of food was impressive, and the setting itself was made for long, leisurely, European-style lunches.  We started with the crab and avocado salad followed by fresh burrata with tomatoes.  My favorite “still thinking about this restaurant” dish was the crab pasta displayed in a crab shell.  And we forced ourselves to find room for the massive platter of steak and rock fish that arrived for an appetizing finale.

Our post lunch food/rosé coma led us to explore the property with the ever-so-accommodating hotel manager.  We piled in his van as he told stories about the family property (which is 10 times the size of Monaco!) on the rocky drive up to the grotto restaurant.  Even during the day, this restaurant is a sight to see.  Long white tables adorned with vintage candlesticks, a wine cellar carved into the rocks, and panoramic terraces I could only imagine were even more spectacular in the starry night sky.

I immediately made a mental note to add this to my bucket list.  Because next time I may not be cruising freely on a fancy yacht in the Mediterranean. But if I can stay here… Yacht, who?

And in that case, I’ll gladly make the trek from the closest towns of Sartène or Figari.

Until then, I’ll dream of finding myself on a yacht in the south of France with extraordinary places like Domaine De Murtoli at my fingertips.

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