Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Thanks very much for your comprehensive website. We are due to go out to Le Grand Courlan in October and like many others posting onto sites for info I was more than a little concerned when I read the varying reports as this holiday is going to be our most expensive ever, but your review has helped allay our fears.
Whilst I appreciate that you won't exactly 'slate' a resort or hotel enough to put guests off booking, I get the feeling that reading between the lines of your reviews and replies to other enquirers that would be able to tell if you're trying to say that a particular accommodation or resort was of a lower standard and my overall impression of the resort so far has been raised no end.
I'll certainly post a note or two on my return.
One has to be prepared to bend to local custom and if life is slower, then life is slower, that is the point of going abroad after all, different experiences and traditions etc. etc. etc.
On balance there are far more good experiences posted than bad and sometimes people go looking for something to pick holes in or complain about, and invariably find it. Their glass will always be half empty !
I don't expect 4* standards of London or New York, I do expect to have a good time and come home with great stories.
Thanks very much for all your hard work, this correspondent is very grateful (& relieved !)
For the record, a customer of mine stayed at LGC and the Hilton for 10 days each in October last year and had a great time at both.
Le Grand Courlan Review? 03 Jul 2004
Graham Jones from Bournemouth
I am thinking of a visit to LGC in September 2004, but have been waiting for your review Steve. Am I right in thinking you were doing a full review?
In particular I am trying to find out about the beach access from the hotel. I understand it is on a hillside and access is via steps (and then across a road?). My health precludes too many steps, so I am trying to get as much info on this as possible. Thanks.
Wedding At Le Grand Courlan-october 2004
My boyfriend and I have booked our wedding to take place at Le Grand Courlan in October of this year. We have spent a lot of money and time trying to find the right setting for our wedding abroad and thought Le Grand Courlan sounded ideal. However we are now more than a bit concerned that any reviews we have read on the internet on this hotel have been mixed. The majority of the reviews we have read have been bad, with rude staff, dirty rooms, bad food, and spa treatments not being available, being the main complaints. We booked the wedding package through one of the larger tour operators who describe the hotel as a First class resort.
Can anyone who has stayed at the hotel recently give us their view? (inparticular anyone who themselves have been married there)
I'll try and keep this short and sweet. We stayed for the first week of our holiday at LGC, primarily to be pampered at the spa. We're not usually all-inclusive types, preferring to travel independently, so I was pleasantly surprised at this hotel.
The food was always good (especially their jerk fish - really hot, much, much hotter than their jerk chicken for some unfathomable reason, anyway I digress). Some nights it was buffet style and other nights they laid on full waitress service.
The pool was one of the best I've ever been in. Decent size, and you couldn't taste any chlorine. For a while I thought it might have even been a freshwater pool, but then I saw them chucking the chlorine salts in one evening.
We had a room with a jacuzzi, which was heavenly!!! We spent a few evenings watching amazing sunsets (albeit through the latticework) with a glass or two of bubbly, a luxury definitely worth paying for.
Rooms are huge, as are the beds. If I have to find a fault here it would be the bathroom was a bit old and tired looking, and the toilet kept blocking.
Staff were lovely, especially the restaurant and bar staff, who appeared as if they couldn't do enough for you, and didn't even get fazed by obscure cocktail requests!
Now, my main gripe. We chose LGC because it had the biggest spa on the island, but was pretty unimpressed by the whole experience. It's not particularly relaxing to be rushed through treatments, and because their schedule was so jam-packed with appointments it was impossible to book alternative treatments or swap times. If anyone is thinking of booking a hotel primarily for the spa I'd recommend the Coco Reef instead. If the spa thing is just a bonus then don't let me put you off staying at LGC. However, to end on a better note, we did have the most wonderful peppermint bath there!
Visit To Lgc Nov 2003
Well my hubby and I are off to LGC on Sat 1st Nov for two weeks. Having read varied reviews on this resort, and having travelled fairly extensively (being in the business so to speak) we are going there very much with an open mind. We certainly are looking for a lovely relaxing holiday and will keep you all posted as to our views.