This was our first time at Villas Valriche. We were overwhelmed by the extraordinary expanse of the estate and the breathtaking views and eye-catching landscaping while we were driving to our villa. The villa had a garage and golf car which is provided. Prior to our booking, we reviewed the website which shows several types of villas but we were told that booking was made according to number of rooms not type of villa. We specified a three-bedroom villa and insisted that all rooms be on the ground floor as we were travelling with two young children, 5 and 2; so no stairs. When we arrived the villa was one-storey with only one bedroom on the ground-floor. Also, the floor-plan we had viewed on the site showed quite a spacious living area which was not the case especially as we were 6 adults and two children. We were, however, very satisfied with actual design of the interior which is quite modern all the while providing comfort and luxury. The kitchen is quite small but spotlessly clean with all the necessary equipment; oven, microwave, toaster, kettle. The scullery has a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer with another sink which came in rather handy for the washing up so as to declutter the main kitchen. The bedrooms were quite spacious especially for my sister-in-law and her two young children.
The villa has a nice veranda with a kiosk with comfortable sofas. The pool was not as big as we had hoped and it was quite deep (we have also stayed at the Beaulieu Villa at So Sofitel where the pool was big enough for at least 4 adults and 2 children). We were also disheartened that we did not have any sun loungers as we view these as essential to relax by the pool. We requested these throughout our stay and were finally told that it did not depend on the administrative staff but on the owner of the actual villa.
The booking is on bed and breakfast with breakfast being at the grand Chateau de Bel Ombre. Several reviews had stated that the food was lacking in variety but we were delighted with the freshness and high quality of the produce. We had also demanded that all food on the estate be certified ‘Halal’ and were given the guarantee by the very helpful Fardeen. We however, asked for any cooked food to be made separately from any non-halal products, at each restaurant we went to. At the Chateau, all pastries and jams are ‘homemade’ and utterly delicious. The breakfast consisted of several ‘courses’; fresh fruit juice and pastries, choice of fried egg or omelette with hash browns, chicken sausages, baked beans, yoghurt, a plate of fresh fruit and tea or coffee. On the second day my 5 year old niece casually mentioned chocolate pancakes, which were not on the menu. We were all pleasantly surprised when the waitress, who we regret not having got her name, came with a plate of ‘crepes’ with chocolate sauce. My niece was overjoyed and we would all like to send a special thank you to that waitress who we hope will recognise herself.
We went to the C Beach Club which is situated on a nice part of the beach and which has a very big pool. We enjoyed a light lunch and we also had dinner there. The décor there was also very charming but was overshadowed by very dirty plastic sun loungers.
My brother and sister-in-law met a welcoming restaurant manager, Julio, at the Awali Heritage Hotel who managed to get us a table for dinner although they were quite booked. The food was lovely set in a convivial atmosphere. We especially liked the desserts by the delightful head pastry chef. She encouraged us to taste her special tart which was delectable.
Overall, the villa is ideal when travelling with children and the estate is extremely well maintained. We spent a memorable time and are enthusiastically looking forward to going back very soon.
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- Also Known As:
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