Location: North end of Orient Bay. Hotel is built on a hill, a lot of uphill and downhill walkings to access the beach, pool and restaurants. Not recommended for seniors or persons with walking difficulties.
Beach: Beautiful and clean. White soft sand and some waves. About 1/2 hr. stroll from this end to the other end of Orient Bay where all the nude sunbathers are. The south end of Orient Bay is much more calmer than the north end. Across from Orient Bay, there is an island called Pinel Island that is worth a visit if you like white sand and very calm water. Not much for snorkelling though. You can take a taxi boat (jet ski) across for $10 pp round trip.
Hotel: Clean. 3 stars rating. Staff in general are friendly and accommodating. No elevator. 3-storey row houses.
Restaurants: La Creole at the lobby area serves buffet breakfasts and buffet dinners. Not a lot of choices but food was good if you like French cuisine (very rich taste). Buffet lunch is served only at the pool restaurant near the beach. Lunch is extremely simple and I’ll only rate it 2 stars. However, our travel package includes 4 nights dinning at 4 different restaurant outside the resort. We didn’t use it as we enjoyed all the dinners at the resort. Service was excellent during dinner times. Some of these restaurants outside the resort are not within walking distance and you must have a car to get there.
Hotel Activities: Very little. Only aqua aerobics. Some night shows. Free shuttle to a casino every night.
Drinks: 2 bars. Lobby bar only opens from 5:00 pm to midnight. Pool bar opens from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. The all-inclusive package only includes soft drinks, beers, local liqueur but no cocktail or mocktail. The only snacks available are peanuts.
Car rental: our package includes a 4-day car rental which is a bonus. If you prefer, you can rent the car for less than 4 days.
Currency: Euro but US dollars are widely accepted. Some places will take US dollars at par. Things in general are expensive. Others: No separate dinning section for non-smokers. Roads are narrow and parking at major beaches or shopping areas can be challenging.