We love Club Med. We love France. We liked Opio, but didn't love it - not sure why. I'll do bad points first:
The layout is not good. Its built on a hillside, its spread over a wide area with steps everywhere. The main restaurant is on the 3rd floor, the childrens one is on the ground. Most parents with young children just use the main restaurant. Dinner time is a chorus of screaming from toddlers too tired to eat and too hungry to sleep, so we tended not to linger. Breakfast was only available at the main restaurant, which was a long walk and 90 steps up from our room, it was then back down 90 steps and a walk to the older children's mini-club. Any one with younger children then faced a long walk and climb to the other side of the club. Forget cycling about, too many steps and it costs over 30 euros day to rent a bike! Tennis and archery are down a slope that would make Andy Schleck wince. No problem if you've booked a court, but you don't pop down on the off chance. Transit facilities are the worst of any club med I have ever stayed at. One tiny room with a shower, with spa users continuously in and out. The conference centre has 31 meeting rooms, 100 people suddenly arriving in the bar mid afternoon dressed in business suits creates a strange atmosphere as well as a long queue for drinks. As does people sitting round the pool with a diary yelling into their phones, obviously trying to make appointments.
The good points:
Very modern, bedroom are spacious, very well equiped and very comfortable. Its like a very good quality business hotel. It is worth paying extra for a balcony, as otherwise it doesn't feel like a holiday hotel.
Very clean, I have mild OCD and I felt very relaxed.
Excellent pools, and golf facilities.
Fantastic range of mini club activities including tennis,circus,golf and archery.
Food in the restaurant was outstanding even by Club Med's high standards.
The circus school facilities and staff are amazing. My shy,timid 7 year old learnt to swing onto a trapeze and dangle by her knees shouting "I love the circus". I didn't even think she would climb the ladder - I certainly wouldn't.
Les spectacles are much slicker and more professional then most camps, courtsey of the circus team- who showcase their skills.
Usual outstanding service from GO's (club med staff), you always feel looked after,which I think gets taken for granted.
Quite a few staff speak English, camp chief doesn't. Language no problems, it tended to be the Italians shouting "English please" as they seem to speak no french.
Its well-positioned for visits to coast and surrounding area.
We has a very good 10 days, but if I was returning in the summer to France Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique ticks all my boxes, except circus. I would return to Opio for a half term break though.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Opio Hotel Opio
- Club France Med
- Opio Club Med
- Club Med Opio Provence Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France