My boyfriend works just down the road in the Camargue, and is always commenting on the bleakness of the place (well it is winter) so I wanted to show him that just half an hour from his port is a beautiful national park area with a great hotel.
I booked the Valentines package at the Mas De Peinte and we stayed in the hotel with and had a set Valentine's meal, plus a half bottle of champagne in the room. I cant tell you what I paid in case my other half reads this review, but when I saw a 9 euro surcharge on the menu for people who wanted the cheese board for desert, I thought it was the height of cheekiness - this place is not cheap and for the price I paid I wasn't prepared to pay extra for cheese!
For example, they charge 60 euros per person for horse riding, whereas 2 miles down the road at the Lac Etang it is half that price.
However, when I booked, I knew they were expensive so all of this has to be taken on the chin.
The service was certainly 5 star level but on the friendly side (rather than the aloofness you get in some Medeterranean 5 stars). Nothing is too much, things that we asked for were delivered quickly by the staff, we had a nice guided tour of the hotel and our room on arrival so that we knew where everything was and how to access it, and when we couldnt decide on a wine at dinner, they opened a couple of different bottles to let us taste and decide.
Heidi who I had been dealing with at booking stage had picked out the most romantic room for us as it was a Valentines break which was a sweet touch, and the room was lovely, a large size with a mezzanine bathroom upstairs, a queen size bed and exposed beams, all contemporarily finished and clean enough to eat your dinner off of.
The grounds and lounges are all beautiful too, the property has a real rural feel, you are in the middle of nowhere and the quietness of the Camargue country side and the sound of your feet on the gravel pathways brought me a sense of peace I dont think you would get in many other places.
The photos that I had looked at on the internet before going don't really give away the size of rooms, but the whole building has a large, open feel to it, including the lobby, kitchen and our room itself.
We ate our meal not in the kitchen (although we could've eaten in there) but just outside through the double open doors in the lounge, in front of the inglenook fireplace which had a large open fire roaring away in it. Trés romantique!
The meal was a good standard, not michelin level by any means, but still a treat. A nice amuse bouche to get us going and then a scallops starter and fish main, all covered in black truffles as if they had come across a lorry load of them going cheap.
We ate breakfast in the kitchen, a lovely med-spread of cheeses, yoghurts, jams, breads and pastries.
The only downsides on the practical front were very poor WiFi strength (free of charge) and an iron with it's bare wires revealed - oh, and a meanly stocked mini bar, although this was more a blessing than a curse as it removed temptation!
Overall, I would love to go back for a few days of complete relaxation, everyone there is so chilled out, none of the staff seemed at all stressed and they all appeared happy to work there. I dont think I would pay what I paid for Valentines again though, they need to bring their prices down a little bit.
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- Also Known As:
- Mas De Peint Hotel
- Mas De Peint Arles