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Les Jardins de l'Atlantique Hotel 3 star
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300 rue du Large Port Bourgenay Talmont St Hilaire, France -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Facing the sea and the marina of Port-Bourgenay, this club hotel has everything families could hope for. Let's start with the guest rooms. The standard rooms, junior suites and apartments can accommodate 2-3, 4 and 6 people, respectively. Spacious but not stuffy, guests can ask for little extras they might need for infants, like a blender or a crib. During the low season, the largest rooms (former apartments measuring 51m²) can be turned into conference rooms. In terms of the activities proposed, there are different clubs for different age groups (ranging from 3 months to 17 years) during the school holidays. Adults have their choice of activities too, from aqua-gym to card games to sport tournaments, not to mention a range of excursions (for an extra fee). The aquatic area with an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, hammam and 8 treatment rooms can be used by both guests and locals. The only little downside is that there is a lack of charm in the architecture of this structure built in 1993, and the decor isn't exactly subtle either.

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      Les Jardins de l'Atlantique   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      Les Jardins de l'Atlantique   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.5 /10

    7.5 miles from Sables d'Olonne, the Jardins de l'Atlantique is right next to Port-Bourgenay. It takes about 30 minutes by car to reach the train station and 1h 30m to reach the airport of Nantes.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The 107 guest rooms and 16 apartments are divided among the 3 storeys of this building in the shape of a semicircle. They all face the swimming pool and, depending what floor they are on and in what part of the building, sometimes also have a partial view of the sea. The standard rooms can sleep 3 people thanks to a single bed in the entrance, which is separated from the main room. There is more than enough room for everybody's things in the wardrobe located in this area too. The bathrooms (with either a shower or a bathtub) combine sobriety (with their simple toiletries kit) with comfort (thanks to the hair-dryer and make-up mirror). An important detail: the mattresses are dated (the date they acquired on is written underneath) and changed every 7 years. In terms of the decor, the style as a whole is sober and simple but comfortable. In general, the carpeting matches the curtains and the bedspread. All of the rooms have a balcony with some chairs. If you are a couple with two children, you have two options. The junior suites have two single beds in a separate room which has a view of the sea. Then there are the 51m² apartments, which, by the way, are extremely comfortable. They consist of three rooms: a first one, a sort of entrance room, with two single beds that you have to pass through to reach the living room area with a sofa-bed and a bathroom (with just a shower), and a master bedroom with a full bathroom. If you need anything for your infant, such as a blender or a pushchair, you just have to ask at reception.

    Overview 6.60 /10

    Built in 1993, this establishment was bought by the Vacances Bleues group in 1999. Thanks to the large bay windows in this boat-shaped building, the common areas benefit from a lot of natural lighting. Whether you are at reception, at the Passerelle Bar or even by the pool, natural lighting fills all of the spaces, which are rather roomy. The decoration is classic and simple, but what families really love are the services available here. To start with, there are all the different clubs for children during the school holidays. First there is the baby club, which welcomes infants and toddlers from 3 months to 3 years old. The spaces dedicated to it are completely adapted for these ages and include an area for games, an area for sleeping and an area for meals. 6 half-days cost about £65 and should be booked when checking in. As for the other clubs, they are all free and divided into: P'tits Nosors for ages 3-6, Castors for ages 7-10, Juniors for ages 11-13, and a Teen's World for ages 14-17, where the teens get to decide with the activity leaders what they want to do (go for a walk, go on a scavenger hunt, discover the region, etc.). Not to mention that every year the various activity teams compete with each other to propose new options. During the 2012 Easter holidays there was the "grand récré", which was 5 days of recreational activities (fun and creative workshops, games outdoors and picnics) and 1 day of homework and revision. The hotel's other major plus is found on level -1. Here you have the 1,200m² aquatic space that includes an indoor-outdoor swimming pool (you can swim from one part to the other), a sauna, a jacuzzi, a gym, and 8 treatment rooms where Thalgo products are used. The possible treatments include a traditional Californian massage, ayurvedic body wraps and massages, hot stone massages and a multi-jet whirlpool with sea salts.
    Art lovers will appreciate the hotel group's support of artists. All of the hotels have pieces that have been collected all over the globe. Here we have a painting by Lui Xiaocheng, a Chinese artist, decorating the reception. What they probably won't like, though, is the multicoloured carpeting in all the hallways. Apparently it hides the dirt better. However, they should be gone by the end of January 2013. Let's hope so!

    Food and drink 6.60 /10

    The hotel's restaurant is located on the ground floor. From here you can see the swimming pool, the garden, and the sea in the distance (especially from the terrace). As for the decor, there's nothing very original about it. However, the large bay windows mean that there is plenty of natural lighting. All of the meals are served buffet-style with starters (raw veggies, salads, pâtés, soups), a choice of fish or meat, and various deserts. The weekly programme includes a seafood-based theme night (with oysters, winkles, whelks, shrimp, etc.) and a dinner show put on by the teams of the various clubs who sing songs and perform sketches and skits, among other things. Breakfast is served in the same room. Served as a buffet, it consists of various cereals, different types of juice, yoghurt, ham, sweet buns and, our favourite, the homemade croissants.

    Beach 7.00 /10

    To reach the closest beach, Veillon, in the town of Saint Hilaire, count on about a 15 minute walk following the trail along the coast. You're better off leaving your car at the hotel since the car parks fill up very quickly. This very beautiful beach, which was even awarded a 2012 European Blue Pavillion, an extremely esteemed eco-label, has plenty of assets: fine sand, a decent size and clean water. In summer, there are a few spots where you can grab a drink and it is also possible to practice various water sports here (for example, kite-surfing and regular surfing). The only inconvenience: the crowds. The town sometimes gets up to 40,000 visitors in summer, which is quite a difference from the 8,000 inhabitants who live here year-round.

    To know

    This 3-star establishment is part of the Vacances Bleues group and is considered to be both a holiday and a business hotel (two thirds of the guests come here for their holidays and one third come on business). The group has 4 establishments on the Atlantic coast. When large seminars are held and more than 380 beds are needed, the hotel teams up with the neighbouring Pierre et Vacances hotel and can thus accommodate 800 people.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      wellness, massage, keep fit, hammam, sauna, stretching

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      aqua gym, fitness, gym, beach volley, squash, dance, bums and tums, horse riding, tennis, jet ski, surfing

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    Traveller Reviews

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    • François G. François G.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2015 Posted on 2015-09-04 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Un environnement calme et remarquable (la pointe du Payré, magnifique !), proche du port de plaisance, dans un environnement boisé. Chambres confortables, personnel bienveillant. L'espace aquatique est un peu sombre mais spacieux. Un séjour globalement agréable.

      • Advantages

        proximité du port, joli cadre, calme, nombreux services

      • Disavantages

        espace aqualudique trop sombre et un peu vieillot.

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      • Overall Score 7.43/10
      • Package deals in mars 2015 Posted on 2015-03-12 En famille - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        L'hôtel se trouve proche de la mer, il dispose de bonnes infrastructures (piscine, spa, sauna, hammam, billard, bowling, tennis...). L'accueil est vraiment très attentionné et serviable. Les chambres sont spacieuses mais pas très modernes dans la déco. L'espace aquatique est très sympa mais pourrait être plus lumineux. On a apprécié le pot d'accueil à l'arrivée et la gentillesse du Barman qui fêtait son anniversaire.

      • Advantages

        espace aquatique, bowling, tennis... bref plein d'activités sur place ainsi que la gentillesse des employés.

      • Disavantages

        tarif un peu élevé (d'habitude les enfants séjournent gratuitement, là on a dû payer plus de 40 ? pour une fillette de 8 ans !)

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      • Overall Score 6.71/10
    • Benjamin C. Benjamin C.  
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      • Package deals in mai 2014 Posted on 2014-11-03 En famille - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Magnifique cadre avec un accueil chaleureux Très propre je recommande

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        Magnifique vue Très propre Bon accueil

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        aucun inconvénient tres bien

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
    • Sarah M. Sarah M.  
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      • Package deals in avril 2014 Posted on 2014-10-31 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Super, y a pas mieux

      • Advantages

        lumineux aagreable la vue

      • Disavantages

        on a plus envie de partir

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    • Sylvie B. Sylvie B.  
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      • Package deals in septembre 2014 Posted on 2014-10-30 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        super hotel, service de qualité

      • Advantages

        piscine intérieure et extérieure, bolnéo proche de la mer

      • Disavantages

        je n'ai pas trouvé d'inconvenient

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      • Overall Score 8.29/10
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2014-06-29 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Appartement/Chalet)

        Bon et agréable séjour. Bonnes prestations.

      • Advantages

        Coté pratique, sports, vélos, endroit agréable, belle piscine

      • Disavantages

        Pas beaucoup d'inconvénient

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      • Overall Score 8.57/10
    • Magali G. Magali G.  
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      • Package deals in octobre 2011 Posted on 2013-09-06 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Excellent hotel pour passer de tres agréables vacances en famille. Tou sur place: mer, club enfant, piscine, bowling, tennis squash,aquagym, seance musculation, spa, balnéo. Un très très bon hotel. Nous avons testé aussi la location de appartements vue pinède (les chambres d'hotel sont vue mer) Excellent!

      • Advantages

        Site et vue très agréable Complexe avec de multiples activites pour les petits et les grands. L'ensemble des activités se trouvent dans l'enceinte de l'hotel ce qui permet aus enfants de se promener en toute sécurité.

      • Disavantages

        Pas de point faible sur cet hotel ou nous sommes retournés plusieurs fois pour nous reposer en famille avec les enfants

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in juin 2013 Posted on 2013-07-30 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        hôtel en bordure d'océan idéalement situé près du port et de nombreux sites touristiques, très confortable, chambre bien équipée et spacieuse, pension complète diversifiée et raffinée, les soins proposés sont d'excellente qualité, les piscines sont agréables, le personnel très serviable et à disposition, de quoi passer un excellent séjour, n'hésitez pas !!!

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        piscine, chambre spacieuse, situation idéale, personnel compétent, restauration raffinée

      • Disavantages

        je n'en vois pas, rien à reprocher à cet hôtel !!!

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      • Overall Score 8.75/10