In the treacherous waters between Corsica and Sardinia, little Cavalló has beaches of otherworldly beauty – opalescent bays with pale fine sand between gigantic granite boulders, sculpted as though by Henry Moore – and an intriguing past. First it drew Romans, who cut columns from its granite to build their Eternal City; then, two millennia later, Parisians, when 1960s disco king Jean Castel bought Cavalló and built a nightclub and surreal cave-houses. Now it’s owned by a syndicate of landowners, who safeguard its wildflower coast and rake its shores free of seaweed, litter and noisy interlopers. Lobster and champagne remain the order of the day at its only hotel, which hosts a new generation of celebrity – Beyoncé, Bono, Ronaldo.
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