I stayed for a week with my husband and six month old son. It was my first time staying at an all inclusive resort type hotel and we chose it because of the baby club. The property is lovely and the rooms nicely fitted if small. I really liked the food and there was enough variety for a week long stay. Also despite the hotel being very busy we never had to queue for food.
The GOs were very friendly especially towards our son. However they were everywhere. At some activities they clearly outnumbered guests. They also projected an atmosphere of enforced cheerfulness that isn't my cup of tea.
I speak fluent French but my husband doesn't and he felt a bit awkward at times. English speakers may find certain things such as going through the kid's club registration process difficult if they don't speak French.
Despite never having attended a creche before my baby settled into the baby club well. Though as he is so small we never left him for a whole day. My only criticism was that they failed to stick to my timetable for feeding him. Each day I sent him with a bottle of milk and instructions to give it to him as well as solids and each day he came home with it.
My baby came down with a virus on the sixth day and I was very pleased to find out that they have a doctor onsite who you can consult without an appointment. This was very reassuring and the doctor even came up to me at breakfast the next day to ask how baby was doing.
The main downside to this holiday for me was the fact that once we had put the baby to bed at 8:30 we had to spend the rest of the evening reading quietly in the dark so as not to wake him. As a resort that is aiming itself at families it could really do to provide some sort of baby listening facility and rooms with a seperate annex for a cot. Also we felt guilty taking the rest of our bottle of wine from the restaurant back to our rooms in the evening.
We spent our days exploring the surrounding countryside in our hire car but most of the guests seemed to stay on site and take part in activities. We didn't really get involved in any activities but if you like that sort of thing there seemed to be plenty going on. I would really have liked to go for a swim but they don't heat the pools out of season which is a shame.
All in all we won't be going on this sort of holiday again but I enjoyed it.
- 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