Hotel L’Île De La Lagune
What We Love
- Chic French luxury on a private island in the Mediterranean, with breakfast, a spa discount and moreStaying on a small but perfectly formed exclusive private island
- The designer foyer, which perfectly marries modern with vintage
- The stunning views from the spa's rooftop pool
What To Know
- Set on a private island, it's perfect for seclusion-seekers
- There are two pools to choose from, though the rooftop one is the most popular
- This is France—so don't expect the staff to be all smiles
On a small private island on a peaceful lagoon overlooking the Mediterranean, you’d be hard pressed to find more exclusivity in the Roussillon region of southern France. Hop on the hotel boat or cross a small wooden bridge, and you’re greeted by sleek whitewashed walls, red roofs and flower-filled gardens. These give way to airy, pillared interiors punctuated with hand-picked contemporary furnishings, rugs and artworks.
Completely renovated in 2012 by architect and designer Kristian Gavoille, the hotel subtly blends modern technology with natural materials. Whether enjoying divine fusion cuisine, taking a dip in the rooftop pool or relaxing in the Thalassotherapy spa, here you’ll find an overwhelming sense of privacy and calm.
How to Get There
I have emailed the restaurant who have not responded, similar experience to other customers who have commented here. We are local people and visited several times over the years.
For our Christmas Day meal we did not get the aperitif despite asking. Seated at a noisy table between two groups – it was confrontational to move to a vacant quiet table. Water bottle taken away and had to ask twice to be replaced.
Needed to ask for the wine list twice. None of the table candles or restaurant candles were lit for a special day meal - Sloppy. Cutlery not polished and dirty. Food had problems – the roll for the Saint Jacques was dry and not edible – all other guests also left it. The main course, Capon was tough, dry, hard to cut into and poorly presented. We also had to stand in a long confrontational queue to pay competing with other waiters who wanted to use the same till. It was like we were in a cafeteria not a Michelin star restaurant....
Before the Michelin star the waiting on staff were younger, students and friendly – a very enjoyable experience. However, the current waiters are older men, poor skills, not as friendly. We are feeling disappointed for our Christmas Day meal. We visited Christmas 2016 and had much better food and service. I hope management listen and return my email.
The restaurant is not worthy of Michelin star at present – it used to be a much better experience. Needs to improve both food quality and especially the waiting staff, as service is very poor, badly organised and to be honest, not a pleasant dining experience. A real shame as this restaurant used to be wonderful.
What a lovely surprise. When I found this hotel on-line, after looking for ages for somewhere to spend just one night for our wedding anniversary, it looked just the sort of place I was looking for. Luxury combined with a small friendly atmosphere. Half board was on offer at a very reasonable price for the night we wanted, so I went for this. We arrived a little early, but the person on reception couldn't have been more pleasant and despite our best efforts to speak French, soon started talking to us in perfect English! she took all our details and then offered us a complimentary drink whilst we waited for our room to be finished. She also took us on a mini tour of the hotel, which included the perfect tiny private beach! The room itself was lovely, with a great view over the lagoon from the private balcony. My only criticism was the lack of power points to charge phones etc and the music centre/alarm clock would only dock with iPhone (I am an android person). The mini bar was well stocked, there was a Nesspresso coffee machine and the bathroom was great with a nice selection of products. It wasn't until I was reading the literature that I realised the restaurant at the hotel was a one Michelin star establishment and it lived up to that rating - the Gin & Tonic was to die for! Breakfast was everything we needed, hot and cold selections. It was a shame that the weather wasn't that good while we were there as we couldn't use the lovely rooftop pool, which apparently is heated to 30 degrees all year round). All in all, not cheap, but great value for money.
Positives: We loved our balcony, the restaurant, all the conceirges, bartenders, and waiters, and M'aitre D. There were all charming and accommodating. We even enjoyed the outside pool,. The parking was very convenient. (We didn't mind bringing our own luggage in.) Overall the place was atrractively laid out - particularly the driveway over over the canal.
It was too cold and windy to try out the beach and shuttle boat. We didn't notice the fireplace.
Negatives: The spa was already booked during our 3 night stay. No big deal, it was overpriced anyway - especially compared to a massage would could get on a beach in Barcelona or Stiges. The exercise room was paltry. The heater for the upstairs pool wasn't working.
I could have given it four stars because of those negatives and the serious cost of the room. However, the restaurant was superb (well, some things were fantasic, some things not as much) and our sunsets with the mountains and a glimpse of the sea was perfectly romantic. The staff couldn't have been better (except I think the sommelier snubbed us after our first night).