Najeti Golf Hotel de Valescure
Najeti Golf Hotel de Valescure occupies a tempting spot in the French countryside, less than an hour’s drive from Cannes, near France’s south-eastern coast. Surrounded by fragrant pine trees and set on the area’s oldest golf course, this hideaway is a no-brainer for those in search of a rural golf holiday or a relaxing country stay.
Spend your days navigating the narrow fairways and difficult roughs on the 18-hole golf course, which was designed in 1895 by Lord Ashcomb, lending it a distinctly British edge. After perfecting your par, why not head to the Club House for a delicious lunch of delicious local cuisine.
For those seeking to slow things down, you’ll find an outdoor swimming pool and a spa to help you fill your days. Saunter between the Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and enjoy a rejuvenating treatment or two. There’s even a dedicated treatment designed specifically for golfers, perfect after a day in full swing.
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This is a very good hotel which we have been coming to for many years and we were there with our friends. The rooms are good, well appointed and the beds comfortable. They are clean and well maintained. Hotel staff are friendly and helpful and reception staff are excellent and welcoming. The hotel is quiet, and one can relax in the front garden (with just the occasional 'ping' of someone tee-ing off from across the road, or the sound of tennis - but these too provide a natural background). Reception provides towels for sunbathing and swimming, but the recliners are not that comfortable, and the pool is not heated and cold.
Breakfast in the restaurant is good, with a reasonable selection of food, juices, fruit, hot and cold food and breads available.
Lunch can be had on the veranda of the golf pavilion - and there is a good choice with a range of dishes and up to three plats du jour.
However, the evening meal is variable in standard, and the choice is limited. The menu is probably sufficient if you are staying one or two nights (which appears most guests are), but it is the same menu for probably the whole season. If you are staying for longer (as we did for 12 nights) and have half-board then the menu is hopeless. There is little by way of other restaurants within walking distance, and you can't enjoy a meal out and drink and drive - so half-board is our option. Lunch-time offers three plats du jour. The main restaurant offers no variation, chef's specials or fresh dishes any day. Indeed, most chefs come out of their kitchen at some point to chat to their diners - this never happened over the 12 nights. The one night the chef was off, Matthew the manager who covered for the chef, came out and talked to the diners.
Because we realised this problem, after a couple of days we arranged to provide a list of menu options - this was followed for a few nights, with the duck and sea-bass being good dishes - but it was then forgotten - perhaps as the restaurant got busier. It does not appear that communications between waitering staff and the chef is good, 2 or 3 times the waiter delivered the wrong dish (well cooked or rare) to the wrong diner - surely they can tell, and the chef should indicate, which is which! Sort out the menu and chef problem and you will have a good Les Pins Parasols restaurant.
For us, the evening meal is important not merely to have good food, but as a social event. The ambiance needs to be good. I personally miss the 'cheese trolley' which was a good way to conclude a meal. The dining experience is also about staff engaging with their guests. The staff were too busy to do this, and sometimes there was just one person on for the evening. If you want a good dining experience, then staff smiling and talking to diners is important. I realise that was hard in our case, our party speaking English and very poor French, but I noted it did not happen for the other guests either.
We will think about coming back - unsurprisingly it seems to hang on the evening meal experience.
This is the very first time in my yearly visit to France that the weather is disappointing. It really made no difference at the Najeti because our stay was delightful. I cannot fault it and the staff are very helpful and friendly. As my partner’s suitcase was damaged inflight Sandra directed us to a travel store where we purchased a well known brand “Made in Europe” at a much lower price than Home.
We had a deluxe room, which was very spacious, with a nice balcony, large enough to sit together overlooking a lawn. The bathroom was also spacious and had a separate WC.
Remarkable was the number of electrical outlets in the room: enough for 2 mobile phones and 2 tablets at your bedside or the writing desk or the side table. And that’s something you often do miss in a lot of hotels.
The hotel is surrounded by nature, especially pine trees and is an oasis of peace.
The distance to Saint Raphael is substantial. Better take a cab- reception is very willing to call one- since parking in Saint Raphael can be a problem.
The hotel lies at the oldest golf course of France, there is another golf course nearby. It’s an ideal place to be for golfers, but also for not golf playing people.
We had lunch in the clubhouse (very old, but very nice): good quality. Another day we sat on the terrace of the clubhouse watching the golf players coming in, having a drink or lunch and continue playing again. A nice buzz.
The hotel has a nice swimming pool with a large terrace; must be nice in summer.
Breakfast is reasonable, not very special. Every day the same meat products and cheese.
The first morning the chafingdish was empty so we ordered fried eggs. The waitress told us that would be charged extra: no problem. The next day the chafingdish was filled with dehydrated scrambled eggs, so we ordered fried eggs again. However the third and fourth day the chafing dish contained nice scrambled eggs, without any extra charges. So some attention is needed.
The Najeti Hotel Valescure has 2 restaurants, but we only could find the Clubhouse. It turned out that the official restaurant Les pins parasol was used as breakfast room and the Clubhouse was used as lunch and dinner restaurant. Perhaps this is for low season reasons.
Reception staff is very attentive. Waiters/ waitresses differ.
In front of the hotel there is a large parking area.
We spent a week-end in this hotel located on the golf course of Valescure. The room was spacious and offered all expected amenities. However, we were disappointed with the Spa since we had to book in advance and we were given only one towel and no slippers nor bathrobes were available. The restaurant offers good food and the menu at 39 € is good value for money. Breakfast was fine too.
in this quiet hotel on a golf course. Rooms are big, clean with a good size balcony overlooking the garden or the pool. Wifi is excellent. Our deal included the spa access which is a relaxing advantage. Unfortunately the breakfast is really a bit basic for the price and the pool is a bit too cold... Still a big favorite for us and we will certainly go back!!