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Domaine du Calidianus
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Sainte-Maxime
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Last visited back in 2004 and enjoyed our stay then so was pleased that the place was as we remembered. Lovely quiet location within an easy walk to the town. We had a superior room which was plenty big enough and had plenty of wardrobe space, balcony and a bed to get lost in. The breakfast was a simple continental buffet which was O.K. for 12 euros. We found all the staff very friendly and even the girls doing the rooms always had a big smile. Will be going back!

Room Tip: Most of the rooms face the pool area I think but the hotel is generally very quiet so there aren'...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Lovely relaxing holiday, great staff especially delphine who was a breath of fresh air and exceptional in the restaurant, and the reception staff who were very helpful and friendly.. We had superior rooms, twin and double, the bathrooms were brand new and luxury, very clean, the rooms were lovely and cool on return from very hot August days out, and opened out to our private terrace areas, perfect. Lunch and evening meals were very good, especially any steak meal, breakfast was very basic compared to other hotels we stayed at,, but was relatively cheap at 12 euros each. Lower pool was first class, more luxurious than top pool, and rarely crowded even in August. Always room for 4 people. A bit of a stretch into town, 20 min walk, need to do early or late in the day out of the heat. Went by Eurostar/tgv to st Raphael, 75 euro taxi ride to hotel, worth it with all the bags. If going to st tropez take boat early, or for cheaper option bus but early in day, we went on 7.50 bus and was easy. Later on large queues build up. For very good meal go to hotel belle aurore, right over the sea, 40 euro menu but superb, should be Michelin starred. In town try la maison bleu, the Michelin starred restaurant, la badiane, and l'amiral, and for air conditioned relief and good Italian food, a cafe/restaurant on the front, red paint, which we can't recall name, but to right of first road up into old town. Huge meals, just have one course! Great holiday, near to beaches, free tennis and table tennis, library, bar and restaurant, all to hand all day. Drinks by pool, all you could ask for. Go for it!

Room Tip: We had rooms 3 and 4 which were next to reception on the ground floor. The terraces of these rooms w...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

Very much pros and cons for this hotel. First the pros: good location, great staff, clean rooms and modern bathrooms, effective air con, friendly service (including running us into town when no taxi available :)), very tasty food available, two lovely clean pools with plenty of sun beds & sun shades.
Cons: Hard to put a finger on what was not 100% but looked as if it needed sprucing up a bit! Food was good but menu hardly changed over 6 nights. Air Con failed on last day and staff not too bothered about getting it fixed!
All in all, very good value for this part of Cote D' azure. Lovely friendly staff and I can see why people might return year after year.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Charming and quiet. Excellent value for money. We had a double and a twin room on ground floor, so we could walk straight out to one of the two swimming pools. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Took them just a day to remember out names, which rooms we were in and our preferences for drinks, breakfast etc. Had lovely salads for lunch a couple of days. Dinner also served but we went out each evening. 5 minute walk down hill to main coast road then 10/15 minute walk into Ste. Maxime.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

Good value for your money. Beautiful situated on a hill overlooking the sea. It's only 2 storey high and has 2 great pools. Every room has it's own patio on the ground floor and a balcony on the top floors. A 15 minute walk and your in St. Maxime. Only a couple of minutes and you can enjoy the sea! There is a boat conection between St. Maxime and St. Tropez, very nice if you don't want to stand in a traffic jam.
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Visit the old villages of Ramatuelle and Bormas les mimosas.

Room Tip: Room number 4 is right next to the restaurant, some night people stayed long and became louder as th...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Eric W
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

I've been a guest of Domaine du Calidianus for 14 days in August and we've been given a spacious room with an additional baby bed; the room is provençale style and the bathroom is new.We've been given a room with withswimming pool view but unfortunately with a very small balcony we had to move the tableand the chairs to sit on it, the sun tent wasn't working but luckily the sun beams didn't reached us. Air conditioning mini bar and comfortable beds with comfortable pillows.
The place is very relaxing completely surrounded by pines and trees in a relaxing place just 200 meters from the beaches and 15 minutes walking distance from the center of Ste Maxime, free parking and a night guard patrolling the place.The people working there are kind. My experience is positive, but because the reception for the check out opens at 8:00 o'clock in the morning I was told that the bill It should be paid the night before; because hotels and restaurants are my job I think that the bill should be paid the day of the check out especially because of the mini bar. Anyway the place is perfect for a holiday in Ste MAxime, the restaurant of the Calidianus is not expensive at all and is worth eating there.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

This place was so cheap compared to other hotels of the area that I was in doubt, although reviewes were quite good

The structure is a 2 storey complex that runs in semi-circle hidden among the oleanders, slightly up the hill from the road. It boasts 2 swimming pools and a provencal restaurant and is a piece of paradise on heart, no wonder it was packed with pregnant women looking for a relaxed holiday

Rooms are furbished in provencal style and strangely enough it was the only hotel of this holiday with a bidet

It's worth noting that albeit close to ste maxime it's not in town, so you'll definitely need a car to go to ste maxime - or st tropez, if you fancy that

A note for the tech-freaks, the wi fi works well but reaches only as far as the reception area

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Domaine du Calidianus

Address: Blvd Jean Moulin, 83120 Sainte-Maxime, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Sainte-Maxime
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Sainte-Maxime
#6 Family Hotel in Sainte-Maxime
Price Range: £84 - £192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Domaine du Calidianus 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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