The Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove is at the far end of the lovely stretch of beach in Beau Vallon, and is without doubt a very good hotel in a very good location. Rather than being direct on the beach, it is just off the end of it - and this actually works in its favour: there is no passing foot traffic, the beach is still accessible directly from the hotel front, and the "pontoon" seating area curves around the little cove to provide a lovely place to sit and enjoy the view back across the bay. Furthermore, there are another two large hotels being built further along on the beach that, whilst inevitably making Beau Vallon a much busier environment, will probably make Le Meridien all the more special for being quietly off to the side.
As for the hotel itself, it's pretty much what you'd expect at this price point: it's clean, spacious, and well-appointed. There are approximately 60 rooms, but spread out in such a way that it felt entirely private. Even at the pool, there were plenty of loungers and space to accommodate everybody without treading on each others' toes. The food was of a consistently high standard, and so were drinks for the most part - although they did vary considerably in both quality and strength. What was consistent however was the price... the hotel is particularly expensive with respect to food and drink, with a standard buffet dinner coming in at around 40GBP pp, and drinks from around 9GBP. We didn't bother with the a la carte restaurant as we sincerely doubted it was the triple-Michelin-starred quality we'd expect at those prices...
The room was spacious and comfortable, with excellent air conditioning (odd to note, but then good enough to notice in a tropical climate!). It was oddly let down though by the little details and by inconsistent room service... a few examples:
- The towel rail was broken (though the maid must notice this every day and never report it? I fixed it in less than a minute)
- The toilet roll holder was almost broken (again, the maid must notice this daily?)
- One of the two sinks was blocked and leaking (again, the maid ought to notice and report this? And once I did it was fixed very quickly by the handyman)
- The blinds that segregate the open-plan room into more private sections were all damaged and in need of repair.
- One of the two wooden sun loungers was rotten, with broken wheels and back.
- The TV (though we never watch TV in hotels) was mis-tuned and unwatchable on most channels.
... and this is the biggest let-down. What could be a perfect experience was damaged by lack of attention to the easiest and smallest of details! It would take the maids almost no effort at all to report small things like a broken towel rail or a blocked sink; it would take very little effort for a handyman to ensure TVs are tuned in, to be usable by the guests; sun loungers that are soaked almost daily by passing tropical showers are inevitably going to get wet and need some loving care from time to time! It's this stuff that means this isn't really a five-star and just a four-star hotel...
However, those little things really were the biggest of the little things. The hotel and our stay were simply lovely, and made so by the sheer excellence of the staff in general. The general manager and assistant manager are extremely attentive, and so are the rest of the bar and restaurant staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here - though as ever, too short - and would certainly recommend it to anyone.
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