We stayed at the resort over the Easter holiday. We booked a 35m2 room with a view at the flower garden, but upon arrival were put in a 25m2 room with no view. When we complained to the receptionist, we were told that the garden is undergoing renovation and that it's very loud there. We did indeed see a small bulldogged parked in the garden, but I seriously doubt that any work was done there over the Easter weekend. If this was really the case we should not have been offered this room at the time of the booking. In any case, our 25m2 room was tidy and the bed was huge, so we didn't pursue the complain further. We were just disappointed that this kind of thing can happen in a 5 start resort.
The bathroom and the whole resort in general are very well maintained and are clean. The indoors swimming pool is nice, and there is a small fitness center too. The staff is kind and will address the issues in question, but will not go out of their way to satisfy the customers unless pressed to do so. This was the case with us (see above), and also with our friends who got room No. 2 which contains a very small double bed (180 x 180 cm). So if you're tall make sure you don't get this room. Our friends had to be really persistent and adamant about being put in a room with a normal size bed, and only at the end they succeeded. But it took quite a bit of negotiation.
At the time of our stay WiFi internet connection, which should be available at all the time, was down and we were told it would not be fixed until the holidays were over (by which time we were gone). If this happened in a two, three start hotel I wouldn't mind, but for a top of the line resort, I find this unacceptable.
We ate breakfast at the hotel each morning, and the food was excellent. There was assortment of fresh bread, pastries, cakes, ham, fruits and drinks. But for 25 euros per person I did expect an omelet station or something warm offered at the breakfast, which wasn't the case. The second day we saw another guest eating eggs, so we figured you can request them, but nobody told us this. I recommend you ask your waiter what you can have and don't limit yourself to what's on the buffet.
We ate twice at the Auberge ancienne, the restaurant that is run by G. Blanc, but is outside of the hotel. The food was done perfectly, the atmosphere was pleasant and I ate the best chicken ever at this place. The dinner service was a bit rushed, but we didn't mind because the place is casual and relaxed.
We also had a dinner at the main three-star G. Blanc restaurant. The place was full and even though it looked like there were plenty of waiters around, we were served 2 dishes by a waiter who took off and didn't give us any explanation on what was served. I was quite stunned when the amuse bouche was dropped off and we had to call the waiter some 5 min later to explain what it was. The same thing happened with another dish. I can imagine that some people don't care about what exactly is in their plate as long as it's prepared by a famous chef, but I am not one of those. The main part of the experience of dining in the best restaurants of the world is to know how the food was make and what was in it. So this was a minus.
I picked one entree and one main dish, and my husband had a degustation menu. My entree of lobster with the seasonal veggies, as well as a sea bass that came later were done technically perfectly - from how they were sliced, cooked, seasoned, presented - I cannot say that anything was missing, and this is what makes the chef the three start chef. I didn't like that the veggies that came with my lobster were again served with the fish - the same exact assortment plus some mushrooms which I didn't have before. I wish they had modified things a bit not to repeat the same.
My main criticism of the food however if that it didn't have any oomph. This may not be a concern for many people, but when I go to three star restaurants I expect something a bit new, innovative or surprising. This was not the case, but I still enjoyed my meal fully. So I fully recommend it if you're not a food snob like I may be, but if you are try something more original.
We saw Mr. G. Blanc several times during our stay. It's nice to know that the chef is around, running his business and checking in with guests. He is a very nice and pleasant man and we felt very welcomed. He came to sign our menus during the dinner, but the feel of the whole place was very much such that you had to see G. Blanc even when he wasn't there physically. By this I mean that he created an institution out of his name and while he did a great job for himself, it's just a bit too obvious for my taste. Everything from the slippers to the saucers for the coffee cups carries his signature, there are photos and sculptures of him throughout the resort, and while I do understand that this is all a part of the advertisement I find it a bit too aggressive. I hope that whoever is doing his marketing/PR will chill out a bit and will to begin remove at least some of the dozens of the roosters that are the George's logo and that you will be bumping into anywhere you go.
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