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“Flamingos, history, music” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mas de la Fouque
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Berkeley, California
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38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Flamingos, history, music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Saintes Maries de la Mer is a typical beach town, but for all the carnival atmosphere, it is fascinating to see the huge flocks of Flamingos, the broad salt flats/ marshes, the famous church. But expect to wade through camper vans and mobs of tourists. However, Mas de la Fouque was an oasis from all the bustle. As a working farm it has beautiful grounds, helpful wait staff, and is very romantic... a destination resort.

Our room was upgraded to a Gypsy caravan room because there was a conference taking all the more general rooms. Our comfortable bed was embedded into the caravan with one side looking out over the duck pond/ marsh where the many wild birds fascinated us. Room had nice refrigerator and appliances. Temperature control worked well. We were lucky enough to be able to enjoy gypsy music provided for the conferees during our dinner. I would not journey to have the dinner; although by this time I was very spoiled by outstanding French meals. Dinner was good, if not memorable. Leave time to sit by the beautiful very large pool and to walk the grounds.. This is still a working farm and several tours are offered; however, it is definitely a luxury resort. Our schedule did not permit trying any of the tours unfortunately.

While we appreciated the upgrade, I would not recommend our particular room because it is next to the hotel generator which produced a high frequency buzz all night which disturbed us significantly. We asked to be moved to a different room (those rooms further away did not have the problem) but, as the lodge was fully booked, this was not possible. The hotel was apologetic but there was nothing to be done. While the bed was cute, romantic and comfortable and while we are fit for our ages, climbing into and out of the caravan bed was a bit difficult as it was high and closed in on three sides.. so getting up in the middle of the night required one of us to crawl over the other one to get to the bathroom. That, plus the constant buzz, made my spouse grumpy... particularly at, what was,for us, a very expensive hotel designed as a treat after a week with kids and grandchildren at a rental house. (Lovely VRBO house spoiled me though) Probably not a problem for most couples .. and would be romantic for many... but I mention it as a minor caution for other mature travelers.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms near the pool if noise is a concern, as generator runs all night.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Janice H
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MasdelaFouque, Directeur général at Mas de la Fouque, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
Dear Mrs Janice H,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor concerning your stay at Mas de la Fouque.

We really enjoy that you've spent some great moment with us in the middle of the beautiful Camargue.

It is regretable that such technical issues occurred and I wish to sincerely apologize for that.
It is true that the charm of these « Roulotte » is undeniable but they are nevertheless narrow than a standard room.
Concerning the noise in the bedroom actually we had some technical problem at this moment but we have already taken the necessary measures to avoid this happen again.. I hope you will give us another chance to show you the improvements made.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Pierre Royaux
Director
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Biot, France
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

We held a long weekend in the Camargue, to relax a bit and enjoy the good weather . We drove the 300 km we have to Saintes Maries de la Mer where we spent the night in the city from Friday to Saturday. Then we went to Mas de la Fouque for the night from Saturday to Sunday. We drove around . 3km from Saintes Maries de la Mer hotel and drove up the long driveway with many speed bumps, here we were kindly received by someone from the hotel which assigned us to the reception.
Then we got a tour and saw the different rooms, we chose an XL suite ( flamingo € 545 per night) which was a nice big room , lavishly decorated with bathroom and small terrace . We chose to eat lunch at the hotel and the restaurant was well filled as it was Sunday . The food is relatively expensive and wine supply is small and is quite expensive. We paid 35 € for an ordinary white Saint Joseph, that will cost 7-9 € in a supermarket.
The food world alright but nothing special , the restaurant would like to make it a little exclusivt with beautiful decorative dishes , but the taste is missing.

We got dorade tartare it was served in a rice paper dough. potion was quite small when you consider that it was al a carte and not a menu (18 € )
Then we got cheese (13 € ) 4 small customized cheese with 1 apricot + 1 prune . No compote or other? After the lunch we chose to eat elsewhere for the evening.

Positive.

Very nice furnished room with a great view.
Great king size bed
Very friendly and good service from the staff at the hotel
Beautiful surroundings and a tennis court, pool and relaxation terraces
The room was clean

Negative.

The restaurant does not deliver quality compared to price.
The internet did not work in the room (I fixed it himself, by rebooting the modem)
Towel dryer was defective
The toilet was quite cold
The terrace was not swept clean

The breakfast did not live up to the hotel.
There was a small selection of cold cuts (2 different)
Boring not homemade bread
Lack of service (I even went up and made me a cup of coffee on the maschine. BRAVO)
However, you could press juce, which was delicious

We we stay there again. maybe

Room Tip: Although the room "flamingo" is lovely and with good sun most of the day it is right next...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Bysse99
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MasdelaFouque, Directeur général at Mas de la Fouque, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Dear M Bysse99

Thank you so much for your posting on TripAdvisor regarding your visit in March.

Firstly, we are delighted that you've had the chance to discover the beauty of the region and the town of Saintes Maries before coming enjoy at Mas de la Fouque .
Thank you for pointing out the warmth of the welcome , the time given by our staff to visit the hotel and the beauty of our suite Flamingo.

On different negatives you mention we would like you to know that the well being of our customers and attention to detail is our priority.
This is why all your comments will have a careful study of our side.

It's important that I answer some of your comments.
The price of wine : this is not an ordinary Saint Joseph but a wine from a small winery producing deemed AOP and almost impossible to find in supermarket.
Regarding the food, we are sorry to see it was not up to your expectations but thanks to the work of our "Chef" we nevertheless earned many glowing reviews in many culinary magazines as well as many positive reviews on this same site.

I hope we will welcome you again to have the opportunity to turn these negatives into positives reviews .

Sincerely,
Pierre Royaux,
Director
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Bangkok, Thailand
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144 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

There is only one downside here... the mosquitoes. You will have to put up with it, as it is a camargue feature !
What with evrything else, it is perfect or near it.
The place is beautiful. Everywhere: lobby, bar, restaurant, pool, rooms, bathrooms... It is decorated with taste. In a white/beige/light grey tone which makes it very stylish.
The pool is large. There is plenty of space to move around.
Food is very good. Breakfast buffet is fantastic.
Service is friendly.
There is a cinq mondes spa and you can enjoy their amenities in your bathroom.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CPC1PCP1
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Welsh Borders, UK
Level Contributor
216 reviews
99 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

This ambitious venture has lots of wonderful features and few niggles. The location, well away from the road to Saintes Maries, is half surrounded by water in which black swans and wild ducks parade. The flat land is littered with white ponies, and in the adjacent marshes, flamingoes spend their time fishing. As you enter, a large parrot of many glorious colours, greets you with hello. We stayed, first, in an upstairs room from the terrace of which the view, partially obscured by a big tree, was stunning. But that was a breeding place for the dreaded mosquitoes that easily defeated the imperfect netting on the windows. After one night and multiple bites, we swapped for a room at the poolside with no view but fewer skeets. Both rooms were comfortable, particularly the beds. Bathrooms are also large and nicely equipped, though the huge bath in the poolside room was difficult to shower in without drenching the floor.
You can walk across the water on pretty walkways, but the alts are rotting in places and I fear that they will collapse quite soon if maintenance doesn't fix them this winter.
The large, heated pool is perfectly maintained and a great pleasure.
Breakfasts are superb, helped by a marvellous contraption of the kind you used to see at airports and in Israel, that automatically feed oranges to a cutter/squeezer to provide the freshest possible juice. There is a fine selection of meats, eggs, cheeses, breads yoghurts etc , generously laid out.
Dinner in the same restaurant is well served but not particularly interesting and quite expensive. We ate, after the first night, in the town, where we discovered an incredible oyster shack (see review) and some fairly ordinary restaurants.
Outstanding at Mas de la Fouque is the staff. There are lots of them and they re, without exception, charming, attentive and efficient.
So long as you take sensible anti-mosquito precautions, you cannot help but enjoy this place. Three nights is about right.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Witshub
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

This is a very pretty place to stay and we felt relaxed as soon as we got there. The staff are lovely and the room very comfortable. My only criticism is that for a hotel of this class (and price) perhaps they could have proper hangers in the wardrobe. A small gripe I know, but ......
The pool area is a great place to lounge about and the vibe is laid-back. We would definitely come back.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EC1Gal
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Burlington, Canada
Level Contributor
56 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

This is a very tranquil nicely outside the very touristy center of Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer. The service was superb and the food befitting a hotel of this ranking. The rooms were perhaps a bit less luxurious than you would expect in hotel of this class, but overall we had a very nice stay and would go back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank JamesRidge
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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

An amazing place to get away from it all and still feel at home. Luxury + charm + wilderness + 4-star service. Design is just the right mix of haphazard and chic, with a personnel that is attentive and friendly without being cloying. And the surroundings are magical - swans and ducks swim in the étang right out in front of your own personal patio in front of your "roulotte," white horses in the background, flocks of flamingos flying overhead....magical and otherworldy. Super-accommodating - mountain bikes available free of charge, massage on short notice, great library and areas to chill out in. Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: We stayed in the roulotte facing the etang, it was fabulous and a really unique experience as well a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank yogastremy
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Property: Mas de la Fouque
Address: route du petit Rhone | (Départementale 38), 13460 Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France
Region: France > Provence > Bouches-du-Rhone > Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
#1 Luxury Hotel in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
#1 Romantic Hotel in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mas de la Fouque 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxurious lodge in Provence situated on the edge of the Camargue Natural Park and approximately 900m from empty beaches.From the room, you can see fantastic wild life flamingos, wild ducks, Camargue horses, wild bulls.Le Mas de la Fouque changes ownership. ... more   less 
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