Not really my or our cup of tea, to be honest. First impressions were really "what's wrong with running a regular hotel??" As, even during the booking process, you're made to choose between two conceptual ideas behind your stay. When you get there you realize, that's just how they've named the two halves of the same hotel, then. So ALREADY you feel like telling them to cut the crap.
We checked in and went up to our Golf view room. I've never seen anyone play golf in a car park, but that must be the done thing in that area. Maybe "water treatment system view" was already trademarked.
Our fireplace didn't work.
The bathroom is open concept. Listen, I get it. You want to make a romantic hotel, right? Promote, let's face it, a romp on a getaway. I'll say this: I don't need your help to get in the mood, hotel. What I WOULD like your help with is concealing the sounds we both make when we visit the bathroom individually. That thin, slideable partition is great for laying rose petals on top of scented bath water and bathing together, casting a hazy eye over the assortment of mid range vehicles on that "golf course"... Does nothing for modesty.
The a la carte restaurant was good. The first nights grub was very very good. Back to the room, fighting through the hoards of open-bathrobed guests on their way to the late night spa session. It was 11pm! I don't think they were all going to play monopoly.
Spend a bit of cash on the water sports (I'm not talking about that spa again) - the lake is incredible. Very relaxing, once you've gone far enough away from shore that you can't here the trance-mood-elevator music thumping out of the speakers.
There are some positives, you see. The bed was unbelievably comfortable. Good job I'm not bothered by what might have gone on in it before me! There were a lot of moustaches on that spa mob.
Whatever you do, do NOT go to their restaurant ROK. What a pretentious load of nonsense that was. They serve you a hot stone and you cook your food yourself. Not much more I can say about that. Oh, one thing was that they tried the old "we're out of the $50 wine you chose so I brought you this one without telling you it's $150". No such luck for them, because, and this is the MOST important point, I'VE BEEN TO HUNDREDS OF HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS BEFORE and been satisfied and grown accustomed to how things are done.
So, knowing that the management will read this and try to dismiss my opinion(s) as "maybe you just don't get the concept" trust me, I get it. You're trying something new. Good for you.
I won't be back.
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- Also Known As:
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- Esterel Suites Spa And Lac
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