I do not know how the hotel star system works but why this is a four star hotel is beyond me - this is a country mile better than many five stars I have. It may not have a gym but with a pool and sea less than one minute from your room why would you want one.
The service is perfect, welcoming and helpful. Every one speaks great English and they are happy to joke around or play it straight, you really get the sense that people enjoy working here and are proud of what they have.
The rooms are fantastic with amazing views over the sea and pool. The restaurants very good, although pricey and we did have one OK meal that was on the lower price menu de jour.
The beach is literally another flight of stairs down from the pool at the bottom of which is the second of the two restaurants and an attendant preparing the sun loungers and towels. The smallish beach is very secluded and is split in two, with the half by the hotel being private and the rest public, but there never seemed to be too many people on the public part of the beach; there is another beach 50 yards away with another, cheaper restaurant, that is fully public but once again it seems to be visited only by locals.
It is important to note that the hotel is not in Canadel but in Rayol which is a one horse town a couple of miles further away. This means that there are no places that can really be visited, apart from the gardens, other than by car. The hotel is also down a very sharp hill which makes walking to the town hard work.
I should also point out that a lot of the negative reviews on this hotel are, frequently about the related, but different, 3 star Terrace and Residence hotels of the same name. I cannot comment on these hotels and these comments shouldn't really be on the same page as this hotel.
if you want a quiet place to relax and read then there is no where better; if you like a bit of party life then this is probably not the best place.
- Also Known As:
- Le Bailli De Suffren Hotel Le Rayol-Canadel
- Le Bailli De Suffren France/Le Rayol-Canadel
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