The scale of the lobby at the Palais des Roses is suggestive of that of the hotel at large, that is to say, immense. The space is full of character with typical décor everywhere you look in the form of rugs, lamps, wooden furniture, contemporary artwork and a water feature covered in beautiful mosaic tiling. It is very much the type of lobby you would want to relax in and observe the comings and goings of guests and staff. The reception desk, straight away on the right-hand side as you enter the hotel, is manned by chirpy members of staff with a sense of humour (not always comprehensible, mind) and they were nothing but helpful to us. There are several services to be found in the lobby including a couple of boutique (one for supplies and another for clothes), an ATM and a photography service for you to take home a physical reminder of your break.
Outside from the lobby are some very pleasant public spaces. First is what is known as the lagoon, a small area with a pond, reeds and over lush greenery which attracts several kinds of birds. Further on is the swimming pool which is perhaps the biggest of any hotel and which is surrounded by palms as well as heaps of space in which to bask in the uninterrupted sun. From the pool on has superb views of the beach just in front and of the sunset which takes place directly before the hotel. Just before the beach stands the Prince's soon-to-be-finished private villa as well as, over on the other side of the pool, a large tent where guests can smoke shisha. Between them is the pool's restaurant (see 'Food and Drink'). Lastly, off to one side from the pool area is a small kids club where those between the ages of three and nine can spend the day under the supervision of qualified animators playing games, painting and generally keeping out of mischief!
The rest of the hotel is in excellent condition and everywhere you go you will find it to be clean and tidy. Because of its size, it can take a while to get from one part to another and at the start of your stay you may get a little lost, but practice makes perfect! The hotel has five rooms for those guests in a wheelchair whose bathrooms each have a roll in shower. For those with a laptop there is complimentary wifi in the lobby area.