Our family rented a house "type 2" in July 2011. In general, we had a great time there. The surroundings are magnificent, the houses are very comfortable and clean, and the staff is very friendly. In the village, there is a small Spar supermarket, and in nearby Lezignan, there's a big Carrefour supermarket. Furthermore, there's a bar/pizza place in the village (at least, if the pizza guy feels like working, because his opening hours are erratic).
A number of French cities are nearby, as well as the beaches of various coastal towns such as Port-la-Nouvelle. All this forces you everyday to take the difficult decision whether to make a citiytrip, visit the beach or kick back at the pool and catch some rays. :)
Even though we were there during peak season, not all of the houses were occupied, much to our surprise.
The Kids club is great. They have staff who are fluent in different languages, and they take very good care of the kids. For instance, before they go out on a hot day, they make sure that every kid has a hat and sunscreen applied. The club does activities such as fishing in the Nielle (see picture), preparing tapas, exploring the veggie garden and various arts and crafts.
The staff deserves nothing but praise. I've seen a number of situations in which they showed that they genuinely care about the well-being of the guests. This kind of professionalism always makes me very happy.
Two remarks however:
-The restaurant needs some work. The different options of having dinner there are not clearly communicated. Sure, you can have dinner there for 50 euro, but it's not something you will do every day. It took us a while to figure out that there's also an option "brasero", which means that you can get something from the barbecue at about 15 euro per head, drinks not included. The childrens's menu is about 10 euro. Also, there is the option of takeaway, even though some of the restaurant staff did not know it. The lack of communication at the restaurant was also proven by the repeated orders that did not reach the kitchen or bar properly.
-The place is not suited for children under 4 or 5 years of age who are no longer toddlers. As of 4 years, the children can join the Kids Club. The kids pool is not a viable option, since even that pool is too deep for your average 2-year old (see picture), which basically means that you have to keep tabs on your kid all the time. And mum and dad like some time off as well. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Life in the village as it was long ago among the Corbiere vineyards the sea and the garrigue. For nature lovers, for children, for epicures and explorers. A totally unique concept. Les Jardins de Saint Benoit has reinvented family holidays. Guests come from afar in order to live one of Europe's many unique experiences. The village is completely integrated into its environment with its small houses typical of surrounding villages, its pedestrian cobbled streets, its fountains and olive groves, and its elegant pool areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Jardins De Saint-Benoit Hotel Saint-Laurent-De-La-Cabrerisse
- Jardins De Saint-Benoit France/Saint-Laurent-De-La-Cabrerisse