We booked our stay at Maeva Holiday Residence Port Guillaume through French Life. We have booked this way at other French resorts and have found them an excellent way of seeing France.
The information pack French Life supply tells you not to arrive outside the receptions hours of opening and to telephone ahead if you are to be late. Items such as bed linen and towels were inclusive, but television and 'cleaning kits' are optional extras.
Firstly the two girls on reception at Maeva Holiday Residence were most efficient, friendly, polite and helpful with our needs from arrival to departure.
I did a bit of research on Port Guillaume before we went and discovered it was on the site of a former Steel works! Any reservations I had were unfounded as the whole development as been so wonderfully transformed into an ideal holiday location.
Port Guillaume's appartment residences and mock fishermen's cottages surround the magnificent harbour and the site is well catered for with two excellent restaurants, a cafe bar, poissonerie, pizerria and one of the most friendly Boulangeries around.
Our accommodation was a six person appartment with two upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom. Downstarirs comprised of a second wc and a main room that doubled as a kitchen/dining area with a sofa that converted into a double bed. Patio doors opened to a balcony that over looked the rear swimming pool and had views out to sea.
If you are used to fivestar hotel rooms, then these appartments will more than likely not be your thing. Sure they could do with a lick of paint and more attention to the general cleanliness would be a good thing, but overall they are a good deal for families on a budget French vacation. We did need to do some 'hoovering' to tidy our place up, but it was no big deal and certainly did not get in the way of us having a good stay in Normandy.
Port Guillaume is also an excellent base for seeing this part of Normandy from the D-Day beaches to the wonderfull seaside towns of Houlgate, Cabourg and Villers-sur-mer who's blaze of floral displays I have yet to find a match for anywhere else. Inland you have Pont l'Eveque, Liseux, Caen and Bayeux that are gems awaiting your own personal discovery.
We really love this place and enjoyed the beaches around Cap Cabourg that are perfect for children to explore. Most of all the people are so warm and friendly. This is our second visit to this part of Normandy. Will we be back? You can bet on it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Divers sur Mer is a historical beach resort on the Cote Fleurie. Great location in the Port Guillaume marina near the beaches of Cabourg and Houlgate. Self-catering accommodation with 2 swimming pools including a heated indoor pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maeva Residence Port Guillaume Hotel Dives-Sur-Mer