We stayed at Villa d'Orient for a few days and were not disappointed. Our two-room apartment in the neighboring house was clean, very stylish and had a nice terrace where we were served a delicious breakfast in the morning (too bad that the tea was served in coffee pots!). Unfortunately no view at the sea, but a magnificant one at the near-by mountains. Vincent and Christoph are very warm-hearted hosts and always helpful. They have two cats (important to know for people who are allergic!), but these are only in the main villa. - The small beach mentioned in the ad proved to be indeed very small and was mostly occupied by young people and not often very clean. The restaurant Les Tamaris recommended on the hotel's homepage offers a nice view at the sea, in particular at night, but as a couple you are not offered the best tables and an early reservation is not accepted. Make sure you are at least a group of 4 to 5 people.
Having a car is recommendable if you stay at Villa d'Orient. We enjoyed however walking in the Calanques which are just around the corner. No car needed to be right out in nature.
Yes, we would come back and are looking forward to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Between the Medterranean sea and vertiginous cliffs, the Villa d'Orient is nestled in a Marseille Calanque. Our Villa was built at the beginning of the 20th century in Moroccan style; our guests will be delighted with its exotic garden and its panoramic terraces, a few steps from the seaside, facing the wonderful calanques massif. We can go to the city center by bus in 20 minutes. ... more less