le royal lodge is a lovely hotel, with superb accomodation, especially the beach facing rooms,where the views of the beach, sea and sunsets are awesome.
I had read many reviews prior to going, so had a good idea of what to expect,but now have my own opinions!
The hotel is very isolated, literelly nothing near by, no bars,shops, restuarants, not even the odd vendor! This means that the hotel has you firmly in its grip! With no competition, they can (and do ) command ridiculously high prices for food and drinks, especially if you are silly enough to use the mini bar! £3.50 ish for a coke!
There is only one restaurant, with a menu that is boring, repetetive and of a fair standard at best. There is a set daily special, but that was often repeated in various order!
And, as everything is listed in french, with a brief english brekdown, it was hit and miss on what you actually had, (one meal i had twice, different both times).
Im not very good at french i admit, but the language barrier really is a problem!
The bar had a small snack menu, which was ok, but expensive again.
I think that for a hotel in the 4/5 star price range, should have far more choice available of both bars and restaraunts, and at least a beach bar,(as the beach is huge!) and an occaisonal barbeque evening would be nice to break the monotony.
The pool area is very nice, but had inadequate number of sun beds and umberellas, as some people thought it was ok to reserve both a bed at the pool and one on the beach.
I also think the pool could have been cleaner, as it was quite "green around the edges"
with many missing tiles. However, the beach/pool attendent worked hard to ensure clean towels etc. Also, service of driks at the pool was sporadic, and on the beach, rare!
As the prices were high, we didnt drink much at the bar, but, on the one occaison we fancied a few drinks after dinner, they closed the bar at ten thirty, not the midnight quoted in the brochure!
On the whole, i thought the hotel was not woth the £5000plus we paid to stay ther, on a half board basis, for two weeks. We still ended up a final bill of £1000 at the end, just on snacks and dinks.
The managment team(french) do nothing really, to enhance the experience and dont really seem bothered at all.
The serenity holiday rep was lovely, and very helpful when i was ill. But, again, the trips on offer were very expensive and definately not woth it.
Generally, a lovely place, but it could be so much better with a few simple changes/additions.
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