This probably won't come as a big surprise to anyone, but the flower carpet tradition was started by the owner of a begonia company. Amazingly, once the basic outline is put in place, it takes workers only four hours to put the flowers in place!
Great resort with a great spa! JR is right-- it's crucial to get a mountain view bungalow. There are lots of water activities (wind surfing, snorkeling, jet skiiing, SUP, etc) Very cool access to the pacific ocean too.
we stayed here. It was nice... really nice. It's more family-oriented than the St Regis (which is down the beach a few miles, which is where they filmed the movie Couples Retreat btw). It's fairly new and nice. Here's the deal though... once you're on the resort, you're kind of trapped there. Wewe stayed here. It was nice... really nice. It's more family-oriented than the St Regis (which is down the beach a few miles, which is where they filmed the movie Couples Retreat btw). It's fairly new and nice. Here's the deal though... once you're on the resort, you're kind of trapped there. We wanted to go see the St Regis, but we couldn't walk down the beach because they said it was private property with guard dogs on it. Also, they wouldn't give us ride over there. Water taxis would only go to the airport and the main town (water taxi was like $40/per person each way to town). I know this because we both got food poisoning the first night we where there (valentines day) and then the hotel doesn't keep even aspirin because of French laws, so bring your own over the counter meds. We had to muster the energy to water taxi into town to go to the pharmacy. When we got there, it was closed because it was a Sunday. So back to our beautiful over the water bungalow to sweat out the food poisoning.... good thing the bungalow was amazing. It's CRUCIAL to get a view of the mountain as far out on the pier as possible. I greased the front desk clerk $100 to make sure we could have a choice or room. She showed us the room we were assigned (which happened to be a great room anyway) so she came back and gave me the $100 back. We split the difference. pros: they had fun activities, but i'm sure all the resorts do. I SUP'd and windsurfed and we snorkeled with sharks and stingrays…see moresee less
The crowds can be awful but you've got to see it. Personally I think the gardens are more interesting than the palace. Just make sure you check the fountain schedule on their site as the famous fountains are not always in use and you want to be sure to be there when they are.