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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mas De La Fouque Hotel Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer