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Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

3rd visit got better this time great pool, activities, kids and teen club sailing and other water sports on offer. Great rooms mixture of english and french speaking people, some english staff very nice food can't believe it is only rated a 3 contingent resort by club med JUST BRILL!!!!!! can't wait for next year and guess what it's all inclusive!!! You will love it and your kids will too! best holiday ever.

Room Tip: ask to be in 400 block
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

It's been 10 years since we last went to club med. our memories of it were that it was fantastic but like many other things expected the product to have been reduced. However, it was every bit as good as we remembered. The food may now not be out on show in fabulous presentations (I think health and safety got their hands on it) but it was completely delicious with copious amounts. There was so much to do and kept our 2 teenage boys occupied all the time. The whole area is designed for biking so we cycled 20 km to royal the nearest town without touching a road. We played tennis at midnight and revelled in the busy vibrant vibe around the pool. It was great and if you've got kids to keep happy you won't find better. Those guys worked hard to give clients a great holiday.

Room Tip: The beds are very hard so if you like a soft bed then ask. Family rooms are like little mini suites...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Ae1189
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Great holiday! Easy to get to from London either flying or apparently by car.

We expected Club Med in France to be very French and to try out our French. In fact, staff (called GO's) were keen to make everyone feel welcome and practise their English out on us. We met 2 British GO's who worked at the bar (Hello Sam & Jodie!) - both brilliant. Many other English speakers around.
Food - great, especially the local seafood and regional specialities. Some queuing for certain dishes, but plenty to choose from.
Accommodation - fine, comfortable, quiet, clean where we were.
Loads of activities (sports, beach etc as per website) plus fab pool party, 10 year resort anniversary party, Dynamo type magic tricks at the bar, dancing and entertaining GO's, (Tito on mic) and great ex pro footballer who had us in stitches with his famous footballer impressions. Hope we haven't missed too many people out...
Compared to other Club Med resorts, we met loads of people at this one (other Brits & French). Sun loungers around the pool being packed in was actually a good thing! But there's a feeling of openness to the resort in general.
Take plenty of insect repellent and a pump for lilos etc as the one in the shop is rubbish. Only gripe is with the pricing of the holiday, ridiculously expensive over school summer holidays until last week in August, then it was full to capacity apparently for the first time....

Room Tip: Try Cordouan for a quiet room, but still close enough to pop back during the day.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank csgglondon
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I just returned from a lovely week at la palmyre with my wife and 3 kids and parents. it is a wonderful family oriented club with lots of activities, above average food and very pleasant rooms, all set in a very nice beach on the southern atlantic coast of france.

arrival: we arrived at Bordeaux airport about a 2hour drive away. club med does not provide any transportation, you can either take the train to royan and then go by a 30Eu taxi or take a taxi from Bordeaux, we did the latter although it cost a whopping 200Eu. upon arrival we were greeted very nicely but the staff and shown to our rooms.

rooms: the rooms are actually semi detached bungalos. like little houses. we stayed in the family rooms (200s) which have 2 single beds up front, a door(!) and then bathroom, shower and parents room in the back. behind the bungalow is a small terrace although we never used it for anything except drying clothes. the rooms were clean, had adequate towels and amenities, tvs with usb ports. no airconditioning in the rooms, but none was called for when we were there at the hottest time of the year. the main issue with the rooms is mosquitoes. we were all bitten and the kids has tens of bites, bug spray didn't help. I think bug screens may have helped, but they get in through the doors too.

food: wow, lots of food pretty much all the time. the main restaurant has a massive buffet 3 times a day with nice themes and plenty of space. thereis also a sit down restaurant (included in the price), it is a little hard to get a reservation, but it is doable if you are persistent. in addition there are always drinks about and croissants and appetizers going on too, so like I said, we were never hungry.

activities: plenty of stuff. the beach is nice although the water is a touch cold. although it is a public beach which seems quite popular, it was never crowded. the pool is the center of activities and has a nice shallow side area for kids to play in.the sports are typical for club med, tennis, archery, bocci ball, sailing, soccer and basketball. also lots of great running path on and off the beach.

kids club: here is where things started to fall apart for me slightly. the kids club is run in french and only French. don't buy the story that there are go's that speak English, there may be one but the activities are run only in French. all the songs are in French, the messages are in French and the shows are in french. for my daughter (5) this wasn't a big deal, she still had non verbal fun with the other girls, for my 8 y/o son this was effectively a deal breaker and he wound up spending a lot of time with us (which was fine). anyway if your kids don't speak French make sure to specifically mention this to the go's and make sure they keep them in the loop about what is going on. I should specifically mention the multitalented Nicolas who worked with the 4-5y/o who was better than amazing, he took special care of my girl but in general was also energetic, friendly and pleasant. some of the other kids club go's didn't seem so into it.

shows: the show were all performed by amateurs, some better than others. that being said they were fun and entertaining.

so to sum it all up:
pros: very family oriented. they have thought of everything from floaties at the pools to buckets and shovels for the beach. lots of good food. finally, you don't have to think of anything which makes the time very relaxing.

cons: well pretty much only the French issue. only about 40% of the go team speaks English and all the activities are pretty much run in English. it didn't really effect me as I speak French, but it did effect my kids

bottom line: well we had a really nice time. would it have been better if we went to a club med in Italy or Greece, who knows, when I go i'll let you all know.

Room Tip: try and get a room next to the village center. we were in 261 which was way at the end, if we need t...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Elliott S
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We (mother, father and three teenage boys) just back from 9 days at la palmyre atlantique club med. We all had a really great time- from superb mountain bike/VTT trips everyday first with GO Nico, then with Mathieu, boules tournaments, archery and beach volleyball agan with Nico. GO Jonathan really good fun with multiple sports activities and very helpful in integrating the boys. Tennis better than ever with the new tennis academy- coaches Anthony and Anouk very supportive. Older boys loved wind surfing and golf. Top marks to the kids club, especially Flavien and Suzanne. Food very good and bar staff good fun, reception staff very helpful and Chef de Village Erick created a great ethos in la palmyre's 10th anniversary year (he has a good taste in music too!!). Love this place- we'll be back.

Room Tip: Prefer rooms away from sea- they are quieter and a little bigger, first floor rooms enjoy a nice sun...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank TheIrishFamily
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Great destination for a family holiday or a group or friends needing a short break. There is so much to try, tailored to all levels - cycling, tennis, fitness, boules, sailing, windsurfing ...the list goes on. Excellent GOs (staff) who are fun and professional, they are a great team who work hard and are a credit to the chef de village, Erick. Thank you for a wonderful break with great food from all 14 of us in our group, ranging from age 9 to 17 and beyond!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Cork67
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We were very impressed by the high expectations and attention to details in this club. The GOs are first class always working as a team and available at all time for the well-being of the GMs. Eric ( Chef du village), Tito ( Chef animation) and all GOs and their staff are always on the go and very professional . The activities and shows were of a high standard and we could tell that a lot of work and research went into it. Food amazing and again of high quality. The location is beautiful with immense beaches and a pine forest. The club is eco friendly and extremely clean. Great activities, the Zumba was fun and well taught.
Overall, I would like to say that what we could see in this club was the passion of each member of the village to ensure that your stay was a success. All the GOs are highly dedicated, talented and genuinely interested in making your holiday the best ever. Thank you for that. A special thank you to Laura at the reception for advising me so well and for Tito for being so talented and for having such a drive. An effective and great team. Well done!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: allee du grand Large, 17570 La Palmyre-Les Mathes, France
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Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > La Palmyre-Les Mathes
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in La Palmyre-Les Mathes
Price Range: $249 - $514 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique 3.5*
Number of rooms: 392
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine a unique 26 hectare site in Charente-Maritime, a paradise for nature and water sports enthusiasts. This Club Med Village of bungalows was inspired by oystermens' cabins with decor selected to blend seamlessly with its natural setting, achieved with an interplay of lively colours and natural materials. Located in a revitalizing conservation environment featuring 30 km of beaches, 65 km of cycle tracks and 8000 hectares of forest, this is the ideal place to come. ... more   less 
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