French Hotel Barge ENCHANTÉ
Cruising the South of France
Canal du Midi and Provence & Camargue
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~
Enchanté provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 equal en-suite twin or double suites, each with superbly appointed bathrooms with showers and luxurious bath products. The barge is tastefully furnished in exotic hardwoods creating a bright and airy atmosphere. She has a large, spacious saloon where the attention to detail is noticeable. She also has a demonstration galley for guests to view the skilled chef at work, internet connection on board and a guest computer available, DVD/TV and air conditioning throughout. Enchanté also has a spacious sun deck, with al fresco dining, gorgeous hot tub and luxurious sun loungers. Eight bikes are available to be used at any point during your cruise. Each guest cabin on Enchanté has a mobile phone for their personal use while on board. When the guests arrive there's about 5 euros credit and they can top up anytime.
Upper deck level. Salon has two large doors in front which open onto the sun deck.
Lower deck level. Four equivalent guest suites.
Each of the 4 guest staterooms covers a similar size of approximately 180 sq feet, all with an ensuite bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. To ensure a comfortable night’s sleep, all the spacious cabins can be configured as either 2 twin beds or a queen size double. All cabins are equipped with reversible air conditioning, writing desks, bedside tables and wardrobes. Electriicity is 220V using French 2-prong plugs.
Either 2 twin beds or 1 queen
When the suites are in twin bed configuration the beds are side by side with a gap between them.
ELECTRICITY: 220 volt electricity (French two-pin plugs). The barge is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts. It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French. If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge’s electrical system. We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.PUBLIC ROOMS
SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION:
CHEF’S DEMONSTRATION KITCHEN
The Chef demonstrates during the week with guests looking on. He shares the recipes with the guests and shows them techniques that he uses.
CYCLING & WALKING
Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like. Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and then visit local villages and then return to the canal and meet the barge a little further along. The barge travels slowly and therefore “catch up” will not be a problem.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
The region Enchanté cruises in is not suitable for hot air ballooning.
EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS
9-seater (including driver) minibus. Air-conditioned.
EXCURSIONS FOR CHARTER GROUPS
If you are chartering, the itinerary can be adapted to suit your group’s particular needs. If the excursion is within a reasonable distance of the barge we will do everything we can to arrange it. Please advise our office in advance and the Captain can be informed.
FOR THOSE NOT WISHING TO ATTEND EXCURSIONS
You are welcome to stay behind on the barge if you would like. You can use the bikes, go for a walk, enjoy the Jacuzzi or just sit on the shaded sundeck.
Golf - Wine Appreciation - Family Cruise with children.
Although most themed cruises are aimed at charter bookings, Enchante also allocates certain weeks for individuals to book and join other like-minded passengers on activity weeks, subject to availability. Pre-arranged theme cruises may have a supplement and prices can also be found on the RATES page in Enchante's brochure on our web site.
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. We ask smokers not to smoke inside the barge as this may give offence to your shipmates. We categorically do not permit smoking in the cabins for safety reasons. If you would like to smoke we request that you smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
There is a computer with an internet connection available aboard Enchanté. This can be found at the bottom of the stairs in the office area and is available for all guests to use. Wi-Fi is available for guests’ bringing their own appliances; however, there are some moorings where connection to the internet is very slow and sometimes when the barge is cruising the connection is not possible because the barge is out of range. Guests are informed of these areas. Passenger telephones on Enchante are on request only.
There are individual mobile phones onboard for the guests to use. These cell phones are in each cabin with credit included. Guests may take these with them cycling and walking and the barge numbers are programmed into the phones. If guests would like to purchase more credit then ‘Pay As You Go’ cards are available to purchase from the crew during the week whenever they want.
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