Although the Crioula opened back in 2000, it is a very well-maintained hotel and enjoys regular renovations. For example, the reception was restored in 2008 and is now a pleasant, well-aired space, generously proportioned and open on all sides. There is an African influence in the decor in the large, bright lobby, and the furniture is stylish with an ethnic twist. The reception looks out to a sort of patio where the bar's tables and chairs are laid out. Most of the hotel's services are also located here: a clothes shop, hair dresser, fitness centre with a gym and an adjoining spa more akin to a beauty salon, offering massages, thalassotherapy treatments, facial and body care, manicures and pedicures. It is a bright and pleasant area, but it is a shame there are only three booths for the whole hotel (which can take up to 650 guests). Moreover, the prices are not very attractive... A rudimentary snack bar by the main bar serves food from 11:00am to 1:00pm. There is a second bar in the middle of the nearby pool, on a small pier leading to the road to the beach. A reasonable number of deckchairs are set on sand (rather than the usual concrete floor) around the large seawater pool. Maybe this is intended as a foretaste of the actual beach a few hundred feet away, but probably not, as the real beach, lapped by the ocean, is much more beautiful!