I have just spent 4 nights at Opio and had a great time.
After a very early flight, booked through Club Med, the transfer to the village was undertaken by taxi, with the driver waiting to greet me immediately outside the customs area at Nice airport. The transfer took approx 35 mins.
On arrival I was taken to reception by a very nice Irish GO. One negative aspect was that, having arrived at the village at approx 10.50am, I was unable to access my room until after 2pm. I had specifically asked when I booked whether I would be able to go straight to my room on arrival and was told yes, so I was disappointed when this didn't happen. Whilst this delay did enable me to explore the village I would have preferred not to do this in clothes which, whilst suitable for a 4am start on a chilly English morning, were inappropriate for the midday temperatures in Provence.
When I did get to my room it was clean and perfectly adequate for me as a solo traveller but think it would be quite 'snug' for two people. It would have been great had there been insect screens on the windows as I prefer to sleep with the windows open than rely on the a/c but really not a good idea to do so with the resident mosquito population. A recommendation for those traveling to Opio - remember to take something with you to deal with the mosquitoes which seem to bite quite happily during the day as well as at night!
As a total beginner I took advantage of both the beginners golf lessons included in the package - 11.30am - 12.30am each day - and paid in advance for the 3-day beginner's golf course 2 - 4.30pm each day, with a 15 min drinks break. The morning lessons were entirely in French with me being the only English speaker amongst a group of approx 15. In the afternoon the teacher, Jean-Gabriel, was excellent but had only a few words of English. Whilst I speak some French and hence probably understood approx 60-70% of the lessons I think I probably missed out on some of the more subtle aspects of what I should be doing. Even taking this into account I really enjoyed the golf and was very pleased by the progress I made. The golf team provided a demonstration at 9.45pm on the Tuesday evening which included some tips and suggestions. The demonstration was a mix of great shots and some more humorous aspects with 'tricks' performed by the GO's but not recommended to be attempted by the GM's!
I did my sunbathing near the Zen pool rather than the main pool. Whilst there was a paved area immediately around the Zen pool and also a lawned area with sun beds I took advantage of the sun beds interspersed amongst the Olive grove, which was retained when Club Med developed the site with some of the trees being more 80 years old.
The main restaurant has a mix of tables indoors and outdoors with beautiful views over the surrounding Provencal countryside. The food was great with a wonderful choice at every meal.
Overall a great break and will definitely consider another holiday at this location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the hills above Cannes, the Valbonne plateau reveals a preserved Provence, whose landscape is covered with olive groves and pine forests. The recently renovated Village offers soft coloured rooms in Provencal-style accommodation dotted around small streets and shaded squares. Opio en Provence is both family and sports-minded, with its 9-hole golf course, 3 swimming pools and tennis courts. It also places emphasis on the quest for tranquillity which can be found in the relaxing Club Med Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Opio Hotel Opio
- Club France Med
- Opio Club Med
- Club Med Opio Provence France