We stayed here in 2008 and returned this year as a family of five with children aged 8, 6 and 3. We had a brilliant stay in 2008 and were looking forward to a similar experience but recent reviews on Trip Advisor made me nervous. This is my first trip advisor review and I have been compelled to post to defend this lovely resort.
We booked a 1/2 bedroom 'select' apartment and I have to admit I was a bit nervous about what we might get, and would it be one bedroom or two bedroom? Would 'select' be ok (last time we stayed in a VIP bastide apartment). We arrived very late at night (my second ever review will be negative for Citer car hire) to a friendly efficient check in and found our way in the dark to our apartment in Les Lilas. The apartment was very rustic but it was not old, it was clean in terms of hygiene e.g. kitchen, fridge, sinks, toilets spotless and floors clean but the corners of rooms and under the sofa bed where we used the pull out bed was a let down in terms of dust. It DID have two bedrooms thankfully and the kitchen area was well planned and equipped (very modern dishwasher, combi oven microwave. The lounge area and indoor dining area was very spacious too. The balcony was the width of the apartment and easily fitted a large outside table, six chairs and reclining chairs pus two clothes airers. There was an overpowering smell of lavender air freshener which was almost choking but we were too tired (or knocked out by it!) to really care and it did quickly dissipate the next morning with balcony doors open.
The pool complex is perhaps in need of some resurfacing with cracked/rough surfaces in places but this did not cause any problems at all and the pools are brilliant. The main wave pool is the best wave pool we have encountered (better than centre parcs) and is walk in Californian style. There is also a nice lagoon pool, two water slides (which are only opened intermittently), a separate large deep pool and some shallow maze and ripple pool areas for children. The lifeguards were attentive, strict enough but fun, for example a couple of times they bring out a 'magic carpet' (a very very long mat) where children can walk on water as the lifeguards hold/wobble it. There was at least one water exercise class a day. Sunbeds were quickly taken (I don't think the badly translated recording every morning "Deckchairs and transatlantic races are forbidden to be reserved' helped!!!!) but we generally got there quite early and got good positioned sunbeds for watching the children, and stayed for the morning before leaving early afternoon.
There are evening shows but we did not really see those as they started late at 9.30pm. There is a very good children's play area (play park) and some sports pitches. There is a nice wander around the lake areas where some villas are located with a 'villa and bastide only' additional medium sized pool. Exercise classes are also run on a terrace free for all and there was a free gym we did not use. There was a basic site shop.
The complex is kept very clean and tidy. It is built on a steep hill so lots of steps and ramps but all manageable for us. Parking is a mixture of underground and road bay parking, we had no trouble finding parking spaces but they were not always in our designated area.
In summary this village is rustic and lovely, it is brilliantly located for Port Grimaud in the evenings, a visit to St Tropez and to Grimaud. Saint Maxime is worth a night out or a day at the lovely beach there. The closest beaches are a five minute drive away and are fine but minimal facilities. It reminds me a bit of the style of Dirty Dancing holiday village and is a cross between centre parcs and a rustic village. In August we were very hot, day and night. We did not have air conditioning but the solid stone buildings did not overheat like holiday mobile homes do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A prestigious destination, overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Children’s Clubs (3 to 18 years), activities and sailing lessons.The choice of apartments, houses, villas or bastides Provence country houses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pierre And Vacances Resort Les Restanques Du Golfe De Saint Tropez
- Pierre & Vacances Resort Les Restanques Du Golfe De Saint Tropez Hotel Grimaud
- Les Restanques