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ENCHANTÉ 

Luxury barge cruise vacations on the French hotel barge ENCHANTÉ cruising the South of France along the Canal du Midi and  also the regions of Provence & Camargue French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE canal du midi, Camargue & Provence France- ParadiseConnections.com
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.

enchante layout upper deck
Upper deck level. Salon has two large doors in front which open onto the sun deck.

enchante layout lower deck
Lower deck level. Four equivalent guest suites.

  • 100 FEET LONG
  • 8 PASSENGERS
  • 5 CREW 
  • 4 STATEROOMS CONFIGURED AS EITHER DOUBLE OR TWINS
  • DEMONSTRATION GALLEY
  • AIR CONDITIONING / CENTRAL HEATING
  • SUN DECK WITH HOT TUB/ SPA POOL
  • ALFRESCO DINING AREA
  • INTERNET COMPUTER ACCESS
  • MOBILE PHONE (Pay As You Go) FOR EACH GUEST CABIN
  • DVD
  • CD/iPOD SOUND SYSTEM
  • 8 TOURING BIKES
  • AIR CONDITIONED MINIBUS


GUEST CABINS

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.
  • Bow: Suites 1 & 2
  • Stern: Suites 3 & 4
Headroom:  Minimum of 6ft6" (2.0m) in all guest cabins
BEDS:
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.

BATHROOMS:
    • All cabins have a shower cubicle, WC and washbasin. All have tiled walls.
    • Supplied with: towels, washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, slippers and dressing gowns
    • The bathroom flooring is solid teak and the showers are very spacious.
    • All en suite bathrooms measure approximately 33sq ft (10.05m2)
    • Cabin 2 has 3 steps up to the bathroom.
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:
  • Total Room Size: 13' x 30' (3.96 m x 9.1m)
  • Dining table with seating for 8, The dining table was designed and made especially to complete a contemporary modern look.
  • Fully stocked bar with Art Deco drinks cabinet,
  • Sofa and armchairs.
  • Fabrics in the saloon and dining areas are all Alcantara (lounge, dining chairs, curtains),
  • Oak flooring and large windows which are framed with hardwood and line both walls.
  • Demonstration Galley with granite benches
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.

SUNDECK:
  • 12' x 21' (3.6m x 6.4m)
  •  “Dimension One” hot tub
  • al fresco dining table with 8 chairs.
LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
  • 8-person Jacuzzi spa pool, heated to required temperature with electronic thermostat
  • Sound System iPod/MP3/CD compatible
  • Computer with internet 3G connection and Wi-Fi is available for clients bringing their own appliances (subject to availability in remote locations)
  • Small library of DVDs
  • Boules
  • Touring Bikes x 8 adult size. Specialist bicycles, children’s bikes and child bike seats can be arranged if required. Please let us know at least 8 weeks prior to departure.
  • Board games etc
  • Small library of books and maps
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.

THEMED CRUISES

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.

SMOKING

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
  • The crew will assist in every way they can.
  • There are 3 steps down from the sundeck to the saloon.
  • From the saloon there is a staircase (with handrail) of 11 steps from the upper deck down to the cabins.
  • Suite 2 has a 3 steps within the cabin to the bathroom.
  • There are also 3 steps in the corridor to access the bow cabin (Suite #1).
  • If you would like us to provide a wheelchair so that it is available on your arrival, please notify us at the time of booking. There is no charge for the wheelchair but passengers must be accompanied by someone who is able to push the wheelchair for them as the crew is unable to assist.
  • Because of the many steps onboard, Enchante is not really suitable for wheelchair bound people. The toilets are downstairs and the dining area is above so a visit to the restroom requires a minimum of 11 steps up and down each time.
FACILITIES

COMPUTER
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.

MOBILE PHONES
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.




Here are some of the design parameters and philosophy behind Enchante that owners Roger & Louisa shared with us:

Enchante was drawn up by French architect Techni-carene and built in Belgium. As we wished to break away from the traditional inside fit out of wood and brass we asked the architect and interior designer for a contemporary look with a hint of Art Deco, clean lines with curves. We’ve kept the inside decor simple and uncluttered to give an over-all effect of lightness which is unusual on a midi boat.
 
The toned down walls set off the hardwood framed windows which line the upper level and complement the oak floor. The fabrics of the corner sofa and armchairs in the salon are all Alcantara as are the curtains and dining chair covers. The glass dining table was designed and made especially for us to complete the modern look of the granite benches in our open galley. We would like to put particular emphasis on the involvement of cuisine as part of the holiday as we think the boat would appeal to food lovers with its demonstration galley. This has been a big success with many of our guests specifically mentioning how much they have enjoyed watching the chef at work before and during meals.
 
Our aim with the boat was to get the biggest cabins on the Canal du Midi which we have achieved thanks to the design on two levels: we have 4 large en-suite cabins decorated in a white and linen theme with percale bed sheets, the furniture is made of mahogany and the carpet is very deep and comfortable. The bathroom flooring is solid teak, the tiles are Italian stone and the showers are very spacious.
 
When the double front doors are open the salon becomes part of the outside deck which is complete with all-fresco dining possibility and an 8 person Jacuzzi. The walls of the salon are lined with picture windows enabling beautiful views at all times which means that if the weather is too hot or wet our guests don’t miss out on any of the cruising as it is very comfortable and spacious inside as well as temperature controlled  thanks to reversible air-conditioning.
 
We chose the South of France routes for various reasons: one of the main attractions has to be the Mediterranean climate, we feel good weather is a big part of any holiday. The beauty of the canal and its changing faces over different sections means the cruising is just as entertaining as the excursions.
French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE Barging in France Canal du Midi www.BargeCharters.com

French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE Barging in France Canal du Midi www.BargeCharters.com

French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE Barging in France Canal du Midi www.BargeCharters.com

French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE Barging in France Canal du Midi www.BargeCharters.com


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