We had a lovely stay at Club Med Opio thanks to some very amazing GOs. We had planned a special vacation for two weeks celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary; one week hiking in the Luberon and the second week at Club Med Opio. We are from Canada and have enjoyed many Club Med vacations in Columbus Isle, Bahamas and Punta Cana, DR with up to 5 kids. Transfer from Nice was convenient and quick. The welcome was somewhat to be desired. If there is anything this location has to work on, the welcoming might be a start! Not impressed that Club Med actually charged us for lunch the day of our arrival! We have never had that happen before, and it wasn't cheap 58euros for the leftovers about 1:30. At the other Club Meds this was never an issue. Our room wasn't ready but we had access to our bags after lunch. The main pool was very busy so we opted to check out the Zen pool which we later renamed the zero pool. When we arrived the attendant approached us and asked if we were looking for a chair in the shade or sun; how nice! We replied; shade. Oh!, no, we have no shade chairs!; Then why ask, I wonder! Fine, Sun then. We jumped in the pool which was wonderful after a long trip on the train. Its pretty quiet situated in the lovely serenity of an olive grove but it has zero energy. Its definitely a chill area. If that's what your looking for then Zen/Zero pool is where you want to be.
We like energy, which is why we enjoy Club Med. Tennis GOs were awesome! Christoph, Jacque and Yvan were enthusiastic and energetic. This Club Med is very french which is great but sometimes we didn't quite understand all the french language. I was told by a Belgian guest that our (Canadian) french is not really french! The GOs in the tennis area always accomodated us by explaining in English as well. The golf area was not as accomodating. Not impressed! is my evaluation; Douglas tried to translate and his efforts were appreciated. I actually had one lady come up to me and comment that they were not very good about translating. She thought I must be put off by it, but I was appreciative of Douglas' effort. At least he tried. The golf course was challenging and focuses on the short game. The golf course dining room was excellent and we really enjoyed our lunches there away from the hustle and bustle of the main dining room.
One of the outstanding evenings was with our visit with the one Canadian GO on site; Celine in public relations/ reception. She had heard from the tennis GO that there were Canadians and she found out who we were. She arranged to have dinner with us at the Golf course dining room with the other Candian couple staying at the resort. She surprised us with an anniversary cake. A lovely young lady and Club Med is lucky to have her on staff; a great reflection of the company. Young, vibrant, attention to detail!
The location and views were lovely. There was an olive grove and a scentual garden of herbs and flowers. The gardens were lovely and the lavender along the golf course was lovely. We definitely missed the ocean though.
The GOs always make the trip. Francesco and Samir at the main bar were lots of fun. The GOs who put in the countless hours working on the evening festivities/spectaculars are awesome. As I mentioned already, the tennis GOs were fantastic. We didn't have any kids with us on this trip but the teens that we met at the tennis and with parents were all enjoying their time there. My 13 year old daughter would have loved it I'm sure! Not sure she has quite forgiven us for leaving her at home and in school!!!! I'm sure she will get over it before our next visit to Punta Cana!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the hills above Cannes, the Valbonne plateau reveals a preserved Provence, whose landscape is covered with olive groves and pine forests. The recently renovated Village offers soft coloured rooms in Provencal-style accommodation dotted around small streets and shaded squares. Opio en Provence is both family and sports-minded, with its 9-hole golf course, 3 swimming pools and tennis courts. It also places emphasis on the quest for tranquillity which can be found in the relaxing Club Med Spa. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Club Med Opio Hotel Opio
- Club France Med
- Opio Club Med
- Club Med Opio Provence Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France