15% off bookings of at least a fortnight between 26/8/17 and 4/11/17
15% off wb 12 August and wb 19 August!
What makes Atlantic Green villas a great holiday rental
Atlantic Green villas are the smartest of the three sites in Lacanau, distinguished by higher quality furnishings and very spacious living areas. They are still just 3 kms from the town, beach & lakes.
Families looking for good quality villas (Eden Parc and Eden Club are simpler in style), in a lovely setting and the convenience of the activities and beaches nearby. Outside July & August prices and offers are very attractive when the villas are popular with golfers, surfers and couples wanting a relaxing villa holiday.
Anything to watch out for?
Gardens are partially overlooked, though villas are laid out to minimise this. Wifi only available at reception. Unusually, prices exclude sheet towels in order that our rates compare favourably with those of our peers - we have negotiated a special discounted rate for linen (see extras).
Lacanau-Ocean is an outdoor playground, offering a superb beach, lovely cycle trails, tennis, golf, surfing, water-skiing and sailing. In July & August there's lots going on in the day time and evenings, and quieter outside these months. Beaches stretch for miles, so finding your own patch at whatever time of year is not difficult. Three golf courses are located within 3kms. The famous chateaux of the 'medoc rouge' (the wine producing area), the bassin d'Arcachon and Cap Ferret are all within easy reach.
Attractive, well-equipped villas in a lovely setting and well-located for a relaxing, enjoyable holiday.
Atlantic Green villas are notable for their additional touches of convenience, compared with other Lacanau Villa Resort villas:
- Spa bath in every villa
- Better ratio of bathrooms to bedrooms
- More spacious living room
- Good quality fittings and furnishings throughout
There are 40 villas on the site altogether.
All villas have:
MGLA-AGT3 - 2 bedrooms | bathroom, shower room | sleeps 4-6 | 90m2
Lounge with double sofa-bed; master bedroom with double bed and en-suite bath; bedroom with twin beds; shower room & WC; separate WC.
MGLA-AGT4 - 3 bedrooms | bathroom, shower room | sleeps 6-8 | 110 - 115m2
Lounge with double sofa-bed; master bedroom with double bed and en-suite bath; 2x twin bedrooms; shower room & WC; separate WC
MGLA-AGT5 - 4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms, shower room | sleeps 8-10 | 130-135m2
Lounge with double sofa-bed; master bedroom with double bed and en-suite bath; 3x twin bedrooms; bathroom with spa bath & WC; shower room & WC; separate WC
MGLA-AGT5 'Grande' - 4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms, 1 or 2 bath/shower rooms | Sleeps 8-10 | 140m2
As AGT5 but greater living space. Good option for 9 people, using additional folding bed (supplement applies).
Most pools are 8m x 4m, protected by approved cover, unheated, usually open mid-May until the end of October.
Please see information pack on arrival
Nearest village / town: Lacanau-Ocean
Nearest beach: Lacanau-Ocean 3 kms
Boulangerie: Lacanau-Ocean 3 kms; on-site delivery service in summer (subject to demand)
Restaurant: Hotel restaurants 500m, many in Lacanau 3 kms away
Market: Lacanau-Océan (3 kms) - weekly market in summer
Lacanau offers surfing, golf, sailing, cycling, horse-riding, tennis, as well as lovely ocean & lake beaches - perfect for an active holiday
Atlantic Green villas have a dedicated reception to deal with check-in/check-out formalities, visitor information, dvd & baby kit hire.
Reception also serves as a free wifi access point.
Lacanau-Ocean is the pre-eminent sea-side town of the Medoc Bleu, an area noted for a wide variety of activities and attractions.
Ocean beaches: wide, sandy Atlantic beaches are long enough that you can always find a quiet spot to yourself even in high summer just a short way away form the centre of town.
Cycling and hiking trails: over 120 kms of safe cycle tracks lead through the forests up and down this stretch of coast, from Carcans-Maubuisson north of Lacanau, all the way, ultimately, to the Pointe de Cap Ferret to the south. Several local bike hire shops, it's a lovely way to get around.
The local lakes are a great opportunity for whiling away the hours in tranquility, listening to the water lapping the sandy shores. The surrounding forest are perfect for picnics and rambling. The lake beach at Moutchic is popular, but Longarisse is the one the locals go to!
* Restaurants - several in Lacanau Ocean
* Shops - local amenities in Lacanau Ocean (fishmonger, bakery, grocery store, etc), plus a few boutiques
* Supermarket - mini-market at Lacanau Ocean, plus larger supermarket in Lacanau-bourg 8 kms inland
* Markets - weekly market in Lacanau-Ocean (Saturday mornings)
Lacanau is also well-located for exploring further afield - many places of interest in this south-west corner of France are within an hour's drive:
Day trip ideas
* Tour and tasting around world-famous Medoc vineyards
* Boat trips along the Gironde and to the Phare de Courdouan
* Drive down to Cap Ferret, for oyster-tasting and to climb the lighthouse
* Spend a day strolling beautiful St Emilion (but get there early)
* Explore the narrow streets and squares of central Bordeaux and soak up the history
Our personal highlights
* Picnicking by the lac de Lacanau - find a shady spot and enjoy the tranquility
* Hit the beach late afternoon and stay for an evening gourmet picnic, like the French do, watching the sun go down
* Cycle rides along the forest trails - mainly flat, easy & very enjoyable
* Driving by some of the outlandish Medoc chateaux - impressive, and humbling
* For some real exhilaration try a surfing lesson, or just hire a body-board!
Service: The booking in at the site was efficient even though it was done in a laid back way, the staff were very good and helpful.
We only had one issue during our stay, in that after a swim in the pool one day it was found that there was no hot water available in our villa.
On contacting the office the next day, the office staff were most apologetic and got some one onto the issue immediately. It apparently took him most of the day to fix but it worked when we got back after a days sight seeing.
Product: Property was clean and well equipped.
Product Comment: We're delighted you enjoyed the villa and area. Sorry to read about the hot water issue, but pleased that local staff were helpful and responsive in sorting it out quickly.
Service: Very helpful, reminders for payment etc. faultless communication
Product: We've been before so knew what to expect.
Service Comment: Thank you for choosing us for your return visit to Atlantic Green, Lacanau.
Service: Most helpful
Product: The location at edge of town and behind the end of the cycle path is a downside. Half a mile nearer would be preferable . House itself well appointed and pool area great.
Service Comment: Thanks very much! If we could pick up one of these Lacanau villa estates and move it next to the beach we'd be very happy! Still, a 3km ride along the cycle paths is a nice way to reach the ocean and sea-front shops, etc.
Service: Alternative Aquitaine have always reacted quickly to my enquiries
Product: We have stayed in number 27 Atantic Green, Sady the owner has clear fallen out of love with it and it is currently up for sale, I assume that Alternative Aquitaine British Customer always get this Villa, it really need some serious money spending on it particuarly considering the near £7K we spent renting for two weeks. Just a few examples, front door has almost no paint on it, wooden railing at the front designed to prent people falling down quite a steep drop were broken when we were last there 2 years ago, still broken, internal pool lights broken. When we raise these issue each year with Estivil we get the usual reponse, owner does not want to spend any money, to be honest that really is not good enough. There are much better properties on the Estate so Alterative Aquitaine you need to raise these issues with Estivil and make sure your clients get a better property as its a fabulous location
Service Comment: Very disappointed to read this. It’s not good enough. We have access to the entire Atlantic Green estate and if the villa is as you describe it, it should not be in Estivel’s rental programme full-stop. We will indeed be taking this up with Estivel immediately. Note we haven’t booked you into this villa previously – we have though made two villa reservations for you on the neighbouring Eden Parc estate. We will follow-up these issues with Estivel and come back to you – thank you very much for raising this with us. (Thanks for your comments about Lacanau Ocean – it is indeed a fabulous Aquitaine destination).
Service: very helpful with booking etc
Product: property very clean. good level of equipment.
Service Comment: Delighted you enjoyed your break in Lacanau Ocean. Thanks very much for writing.
Service: Expensive rental.
Product: Some of the equipment needs updating e.g. the base of the fridge was rusty. The coffee table was damaged. The bathrooms / shower room were in need of a refresh / re-grouting The towels were very poor quality. The bed linen was the same as 3 years previous in the same villa and looking a bit worn.
Service: good communication and directions
Product: villa not clean on arrival despite the very officious letter to all occupants about the requirements upon departure. Pool cover broken and dirty; would not have offered any pool safety to a family with young children-reception unable to provide a solution-fortunately we don't have young children so not a major issue for us.
Service Comment: Thanks for writing back. Disappointed to see this feedback on your villa at Atlantic Green. I hope the cleaning issue was dealt with immediately by reception. It's not uncommon in France to receive an ' offcious' instructions sheet on arrival but I agree the tone of these could be improved. Agree with your tip about heading up to Carcans Plage for a quieter beach and one that many say is better for younger kids.
Service: the service was excellent. They were very knowledgeable about the properties and nothing was too much trouble to accommodate what we wanted
Product: the villa was amazing. Plenty of space with a good lay out. It was very clean and had everything we needed. The location was excellent
Service Comment: Brilliant! Thanks for responding.
Service: Very helpful guidance from Justin and Alex; thanks very much
Product: Lovely property, clean, tidy, spacious, gorgeous lavender around pool. Only gripe would be that there were only 3 sunbeds for 4 people - when we asked for another we were told it was done off the number of rooms! Ideally situated for bike riding into town, our teenagers loved it. Maybe not so great for younger riders as there is a small stretch of main road (quiet) before joining the off-road trails.
Service Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely review, delighted you had a good time, certainly sounds like you made the most of your time! I'm sorry about the sun beds, I agree more would be better, we'll set expectations better in future (and will double-check the directions too). So pleased it went well, thank you again.
Service: The team at Alternative Aquitaine couldn't have been more helpful, we hadn't been to this part of France before and they advised me on great places to go / stay with my family within my budget. They answered all my questions quickly and efficiently - I will be recommending them to all my friends and family and will definitely book through them again.
Product: Great property, very spacious and comfortable and just as we expected. There are a number of steps in the garden leading down from the patio to the pool which with toddlers which was a slight concern but they soon learnt to take them carefully!
Service Comment: Thank you very much for your comments. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your villa at Lacanau Ocean. I know the beach at Carcans Plage; it's a bit more off-the-beaten-track and popular with locals. It sounds as though you found time to explore some local gems too - St. Emilion and the Bay of Arcachon are firm favourites. There's lots more to see next time... :)
Service: Last minute booking was smooth and easy.
Product: We could pick minor issues but overall the villa was a great package. How to make it better: wi-fi and mobile phone signal in the villa.
Service: The staff were helpful and efficient. They dealt with any questions I had quickly.
Product: The setting was good but the Villa was tired and not clean, The pool surround was damaged and it was virtually impossible to get the car up the drive to the parking space. There were no facilities worth talking about on the site. The pity was with a little bit of effort the whole think could have been improved as basically it was good just lacking proper care. I paid for the clean which was a rip off and felt that there were a series of rules designed to annoy you by the way in which they were pursued
Service Comment: It's really frustrating to read about your villa looking tired. We're sorry to hear this and will speak with the supplier. Any cleaning issues should be raised with reception on arrival. Your point about the facilities is correct - these are simply villa estates with a central reception area, rather than being a holiday village/complex. Lots of activities to enjoy locally though. Thanks again for your comments and bringing this to our attention. It's important to hear feedback like this so that we can discuss it with the supplier.
Service: Very good service, thank you.
Product: A wonderful week! A stunning villa in a lovely part of the world, perfect!
Smart villas with private pools, built & furnished to a higher spec than Eden Parc & Eden Club - for an extra bit of comfort & style
Attractive villas with private pools, on a peaceful site just 3 kms from the beach, lots to do & explore - perfect for an active, relaxing seaside holiday