Having managed to find a parking space - I had foolishly thought that on a Thursday in late April, the place would be empty, which it was not - anyway, we found a parking space in the hotel's car park.
We got there at 1PM, which we knew to be early for checking in, but the person at the reception desk couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. In 5 minutes, we were in our room, facing the ocean; everything was clean and ready for us, one well was basically all glass giving out onto our own private balcony.
The one disappointment was that there were not enough toiletries (shower§shampoo) for 2 people, so I called reception and within minutes, we had a full box of toiletries and a voucher for a free drink as an apology. Problem gone.
The hotel fronts onto a little lake, which is itself right on the seafront, so nothing to impair one's view of the ocean, of the far side of Les Sables d'Olonne and the beach takes about 5 minutes to walk to.
We had dinner at the hotel's restaurant and here I have to thank the maître d'hotel for finding us a table by the windows with the place full - apparently they had read my comment on the on-line booking that it was our anniversary!
The reception, bar and restaurant were very welcoming, the food was excellent and the wine list very sufficient, with a little surprise: it wasn't a rip-off (no it wasn't cheap either!)
Breakfast in bed, everything fresh and tasty - and still able to look out to see from out balcony.
As this was all a bit last-minute for us, we didn't have time to try out the pool and spa areas, but we will definitely be going back soon for a few days to give the spa a proper try.
To conclude: a very good hotel, extremely helpful staff and the bar and restaurant complement the rest very well. Not cheap, but not rip-off prices either and we didn't go there to be cheap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located beside the sea, next to a pine forest and featuring 100 airconditioned and renovated rooms, a restaurant, a bar and 3 meeting rooms. The hotel is directly connected to the Thalassotherapy Institute, Beauty Salon and Fitness area with heated sea water pool, gym, sauna, Middle Eastern hammam and whirlpool. ... more less
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