The Delights of the l’Ile de la Lagune
A private island, magnificent light, a chic, contemporary décor and an intimate spa are more than enough to make the Ile de la Lagune, which was recently awarded its fifth star, the ideal hotel for a dream vacation. And yet, there is still another reason that makes it a real must: the gastronomy of its restaurant, the Almandin.
Chef Philippe Galindo, after working with Ferran Adrià and Gérald Passédat and directing the restaurants of hotel complexes in Spain, crossed the Pyrenées to join Xavier and Alicia Lormand, the owners of the Ile de la Lagune. Thanks to his powerful Spanish culinary background, Philippe Galindo had no difficulty creating a cuisine in osmosis with the Catalonian culture of St. Cyprien. The result is elegant, simple and inventive with a dedication to deriving the very most from each element. The frequently renewed menu proposes new dishes every day depending on the products available, all of which receive the creative, tender loving care they deserve. And if, like me, you have the opportunity to stay for several days at the Ile de la Lagune, and you’re interested in gastronomy, ask Philippe to let you visit his kitchen, and talk to him about his creative influences which include cinema, painting and music. This warm and pleasant chef uses all his experience and energy to concoct aesthetic and irreproachable dishes with a variety of tastes ad aromas.