L’Auberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes
What We Love
- Natural beauty in the heart of France’s Camargue region, with breakfast and extras includedStaying in an authentic thatched herdsman’s hut
- Exploring the beautiful countryside on horseback
- Flamingo-spotting from your private terrace
What To Know
- The onsite Provençal-style restaurant – Le Pont des Bannes – has a rather casual (but enforced) dress code, so be sure to keep that in mind
- On the property you'll find 2 pools, a tennis court, and barn
- Free WiFi and onsite parking are provided
Getting back to nature is what it’s all about at this charming retreat in the heart of France’s picturesque Camargue delta. Its windswept marshland, reedy waterways and sand-dune backed beaches are home to pink flamingos, herds of cattle and the region’s famously elegant white horses.
Set on the banks of a tranquil lagoon, L’Auberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes consists of a variety of original, thatched-roof cabins and farmhouses scattered among the marshes. With two cozy restaurants (one with a giant fireplace), a sauna, a Jacuzzi and massage treatments on offer, this is no ordinary country retreat. When you’re not relaxing, head out into the dramatic landscape on horseback or foot.
How to Get There
If you love nature you’ll be blown away by a stay in one of these little thatched houses amongst the reed beds and pools. Birds and dragonflies everywhere. Ride one of their white Camargue horses on the beach and trek past lakes with literally hundreds of wild flamingoes. The breakfasts are superb, so fresh and with so much choice. The restaurant is class, but not cheap. The coastal town of Saintes Maries has an amazing market and lots of lovely little shops and restaurants and is only a ten minute drive. Car would be desirable. Definitely would stay again.
There is something strange here : This hotel is situated in the middle of the Camargue, right in the middle of an equestrian center. But the hotel doesn't know anything of the equestrian center! If you wish to make a jaunt with a horse, they don't know anything. You must manage and go to the equestrian center!
At the reception, the people are nice but useless. Funny that they can't recommend a really good restaurant.
We choose a room called "cabane de gardian". Not the best choice! High level of humidity and 2 very little windows (50x50). Bathroom really tiny.
Finally, we had a drink before the diner: 2 mint with water. We paid something as 7 euros per drink (10$). Really overpriced.
Ok- the place is very pictoresque and we liked it a lot but it is certainly not a 4 star hotel. The services are insufficient and you have to pay for everything.the pools were falling to pieces, the pool table has to be paid for, the bed is super uncomfortable and for the 2 nights we stayed there nobody cleaned the ashtray used by the previous guests( we don't smoke). It has to be renewed and the price list lowered because it is not worth the money.
I'd like to counter any negative reivews. I spent a considerable time xhoosing an hotel to suit our requirements. I liased with reception for two weeks prior to travelling. I must single out, Didier Panizzon, a member of reception, he was my online contact and supplied information and responded to my requests prior to our arrival. The room and outlook (the horses and marsh) was perfect and every member of staff was competent and courteous. Food was excellent especially the wide choice at breakfast. Once again I must thank Didier Panizzon for helping to make our stay reach expectations.
Last minute decision to visit Saintes Maries and we got a last minute price on the hotel website for a great triple room, on the canal, facing the horses track.
Beautiful surroundings, watched the horses from the room terrasse, got to bed with the song of the frogs and up with the ducks. Different and super nice, tasteful room and practical with parking on the back.
Super friendly and helpful staff, helped booked a restaurant, Le Rouget, which was as described.
Incredible breakfast with huge choice.
Less than 10 min drive to the center and beach.
Be aware that the fancy restaurant in the hotel, le Pont des Bannes, has a dress code so we had to drop the alternative.
Absolutely to recommend for couples or family. Consider to upgrade to the guardian houses, one was on a little island and looked cosy and cool!
Horse riding available too at the hotel.