An unusually stylish hotel in otherwise simple and modest old French beach town, les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
The Vila de la Mar is a renovated old motel, relatively in th center of town (a few minutes walk from commercial center, but already still part of town center), styled in white, and beachy, and with a young professional and attentive staff in uniforms, giving it much more the feel of a swanky trendy Mediterranean hotel (ie Ibiza, Mallorca, Mykonos, etc). The lobby is large, light, and airy, with a wall opened to the interior courtyard pool which is surrounded by astroturf and small dining tables under umbrellas where you can order from waiters.
The Room: The room was 100% clean, with nice stone-tile rainshower, and a private balcony terrace in green astroturf with a sun-lounger.
The Bed: The main dissapointment. The bed was a foam(!) bed, no springs, not modern "latex". It was SO squishy and soft that our spines/backs hurt each day after sleeping on it. Strange that the hotel found it acceptable to furnish new rooms like this.
The Location: Only a few hundred meters to the town beachfront and to the commercial center of town, full of modest old shops, restaurants and a simple festive atmosphere.
(note: the beach is not impressive; many rock jetties to prevent erosion; people fishing; families swimming close to shore of a rather grainy beach.)
Town: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer if full of old rustic charm and great for families, as many simple and inexpensive experiences and atmosphere with animals, outdoor nature (bicycles, kayaks, horse-back rides, 4x4 safarais to see flamingos and tauraux). For us as a 30-year-old international couple, it was charming and simple, but as the beach/water was not particularly impressive, it is a little bit lacking compared with some of France's other beachs on the Med' or Atlantic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New concept of design boutique hotel created by young designer who honoring the nature with Asian & Zen decoration and Camargue traditions. You can Enjoy in our Sushi Bar lounge, relax in our beautiful spa or use our fitness room and game room for your children. Our rooms and suites are original furniture, private terrace, free wifi, air-conditioning. Ubud is well located in the center of the village at 50 meters of the beach. ... more less
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