This is probably the nicest place to stay when visiting Il-de-Pins, the location is wonderful. The bay is white sand and turquoise water and there is nothing to disturbe the peace (but our children, 3 & 8, did their best to make the hotel more lively...). Except for our family, there was only one other child under 10 there during our 4 days, the hotel seemed to be favored by honeymoon travellers.
We stayed in a very nice de luxe cottage, which was meant for 2 + 1 persons, but got an ok to squeeze in the 3-year old without a separate bed. The cottage was big and there was lots of space to play for the children. The bath/dressing room was nice and big and bathrobes were provided both in adult and child sizes. Everything was very clean and fresh and cleaning service was very good, with an extra round of offering new towels being made in the evenings. The only thing that bothered us a little were the earwigs in the toilet/shower and one bigger spider the first evenining. Two of us (1 child, 1 adult) got ill at the end of the stay, one was vomiting and one had nausea with fever. We didn't drink tap water (bottled water was provided), so there may have been something with the food, but it's hard to say.
The restaurant served very good and tasty food and the menu was extensive, also the children's menu was good. We all enjoyed the food very much, but you had to wait very long (40-45 minutes) for the food to get to the table, which was a challenge with the kids. The youngest one regularly fell asleep on the chair in the evenings, sometimes before his food had even arrived.
The hotel offers a good meal plan for children, where you pay a fixed price per day and they can order whatever during the stay. The food is reasonably priced also for adults.
The surroundings are fabulous and the beach is very child-friendly, you actually have to walk very far out to be able to swim. The natural pool in the vicinity (20 minutes walk, ask for a map at the reception) is a must for snorkelling, but go there early in the morning to avoid the crowds. And go at low tide.
The service is very friendly and smiling, we felt very welcome and it's a place we could gladly return to again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradise is shaped like this. Le Meridien Ile des PIns overlooks the pristine white beaches of Oro bay, just 15 minutes from the island's airport, and is nestled in a centuries old coconut grove, redolent with the scent of lush, tropical vegetation. Le paradis ressemble a cela. Le meridien Ile des Pins donne sur les plages blanches immaculees de la baie d'Oro, a seulement 15 minutes de l'aeroport et implante au coeur d'une cocoteraie seculaire, regorgeant du parfum exhale par une vegetation tropicale et luxuriante. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Ile Des Pins Hotel Ile Des Pins
- Meridien Ile Des Pins
- Ile Des Pins Meridien
- Ile Des Pins Le Meridien