I stayed there late July for 4 nights. There was no choice but to book half board.
Considering this you would have thought they would be skilled and experienced with their restaurant.
There was very little choice for dinner. It was either what they had for the night - mostly seafood - or a steak of mediocre quality. If you didn't like what was being served you also had to put your request for the steak ( which is the default other choice always) you had to do it at breakfast by 1030! Dont know how many people who really know what they feel like eating on the day - you are on holiday after all. 2 nights out of 4 - I neither wanted what they offered or the steak. They do have a buffet before the main course so if you are hungry you will have to go back to the appetiser table. Desserts were also a copout - very basic and considering this was France was so banal.
Breakfasts at the hotel were a nightmare. They have the food on a linear table at one side of the room. Therefore there was always a queue for something. The fresh orange juice was the worst - little kids wanting to have a go at squeezing oranges with the electric juicer and the weary parents who were too tired to care. People on holiday mode with no awareness and blocking 2 food stations creating more of a backlog and only one server who was putting food out and serving and also cleaning up which meant basically no service. Coffee was also insipid - made american cafe coffee seem delicious. IN fact, the breakfast was so dreary and not worth waiting for that the last day i avoided it all together and went into town and paid for another separate breakfast.
The pool which is much smaller than in pictures is also right in the middle of the dining area. Therefore if you want to go for a morning swim or a late afternoon/ early evening swim - you will be the enteretainment of all the diners. Which is a mistake I made the first night... Children are also an issue- too many of them with parents unwilling to discipling so the noise levels are on the high decibel side.
There is also the gym instructor who does the rounds to all the breakfast tables flaunting an electric ab belt or dvd's and telling everyone to come to her class - um no thanks. Cold calling at breakfast???
There are also rooms right near the restaurant and the chairs are made of heavy metal so they scrape when moved and the staff when rearranging the tables and chairs don't bother and create a racket than even if the kids weren't around the pool there was pleasant metal scraping against concrete.
Value for money was also very poor.
Concierge was terrible as well - I wanted to book a taxi as I was moving to another hotel on the other side of the island and they said to call in the morning.
Then on the morning when I rang as told - they said all the taxis were booked out and I should call the bus - but the bus was 15 minutes away and I had a suitcase. But they were so unhelpful and they satisfied every negative French hotelier cliche possible.
I would not recommend this to anyone except for parents who want to go to a hotel where other parents also are too tired to have their kids behave so they won't need to be ashamed.
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