We (partner and 21 month toddler) stayed here for a week in June 2008. The grounds were lovely with neatly landscaped, clean, well kept gardens. It is situated right beside a water inlet so there's boats and people fishing on the river.
As regards the apartment itself, this was very disappointing. We reserved a one bedroom apartment. It was basic to say the least with not so much as a kettle or a toaster (or even cups other than the tiny espresso coffee cups). Don't get me wrong, I wasn't searching for a home from home but for the money, I did expect a little more in terms of basics of the home. After all, that's why we chose self-catering. We thought we'd benefit in doing this as we have a toddler. The kitchenette area was tiny with a microwave oven shelved up on line with the wall cupboards so unless you're extremely tall, it was a struggle to put food in and worse, retrieve your hot food (especially when it stopped with your food at the far side of the turning plate - so you had to reach well in to get it out of the back of the microwave oven). There was no 'draining' area at the side of the sink so when we'd washed up, we had to let our things drain on the chipwood worktop so it was often swimming with water. The bathroom was tiny though adequate, and the toilet adequate (separate from the bathroom). We hunted for the bedroon - just as we were about to go to reception to say we'd been put in the wrong size apartment, we found the bedroom. We originally thought it was a cupboard door! The bedroom was tiny with a small basic double bed pushed up against the wall.
In the living area were some sealed newly laundered towels and bedsheets. It didn't feel like a holiday having to make up my own bed at mid-night after a long journey to get there. I was not impressed. Similarly, I laid out the new towels - of which there weren't sufficient for the three of us for the week. Towards the end of the week we were using wet towels that we hadn't managed to dry. We also had to go out and buy more toilet roll as, unless you pay extra, you don't get your apartment cleaned or any provisions replenished. On the first night, we had to go back to reception for a cot (at extra charge) for the toddler. A travel cot which I had to make up using the limited amount of bedding provided. On the upside, we'd been given a ground floor apartment which was good with having a toddler and the well kept garden area from our patio door was superb. All in all, the one thing I cannot criticise about the room - it was very clean.
There's one restaurant which is quite nice - eat inside or out. It served until around 10.00 pm. Limited food choice but it was handy for a couple of evenings. The bar was open at lunchtime and then closed until 6 o'clock. This was a bit of a bind when around the pool for the day unable to get any drinks/snacks.
The pool area was very clean (no shoes allowed) but the usual problem of not enough sun loungers and umbrellas especially (in the 115 degree heat). It was particularly overcrowded at the weekend when, I suppose, non-residents used the facilities.
You do really need a car to get the most of this area. The accommodation itself isn't situated close to bars/restaurants and the place itself is very quiet of an evening. It is however, literally a few minutes drive from Cannes and 10 minutes the opposite direction to a quaint little place called Theoule with three or four restaurants.
All in all the location is a good base for exploring the Cote d'Azur. The accommodation is very basic, but clean, and adequate if you don't go with any expectation of luxury or nightlife.
The Cote d'Azure is beautiful and well recommended for childless travellers who want to be as far away as possible from the Brits Abroad theme (associated with the majority of the other Med locations these days).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a quick 10 min drive to nearby Cannes on the French Riviera. Residence sits at the foot of the Esterel hills and is 800m from the closest beach. The children's clubs for 3-18 year olds with daytime and evening activities. ... more less
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