02 September 2014
08 September 2014
9 out of 10
Overall, we had a great holiday, spending time mooching round the local towns and the beach, returning each evening to use the pool.
As others have said, and indeed the Eurocamp website, the pitches at Les Genets are VERY small, far smaller than any other site we've been to with Euro(Key)Camp. You do feel a little packed in. We were also surprised to be sharing our pitch with loads of small lizards (they didn't come into the accommodation, though).
The on-site shop is woeful, I appreciate we were there at the end of the season, but even so I would really expect better stock levels than that. There is a (poor) U-Express down near the beach, and the nearest decent size hypermarkets are only 15 minutes drive away (Hyper-U in St Hillaire and Leclerc in Challans), so I guess you don't really need the on-site shop too much.
The take-away is also pretty poor - they cook everything to order, so on one occasion, it took us 25 minutes to get 3 portions of chips, although it was usually closer to 10 minutes. But the point of a take-away is "fast" food, and this just wasn't fast. Interesting to see mussels on the menu there, though.
We didn't go in the bar or restaurant, so can't comment.
There is a varied programme of daily and evening entertainments. My sons and I went into the table tennis tournament, which was won by Pierre, Les Genets' rep. I thought it was for the guests' entertainment, not his.
Whilst the rest of the parc is in need of a little attention, the pool complex is stunning. If you want to sit and relax, you have both indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, whilst if you want some thrills, the chute and slides are very good, and the lazy river flows at quite a pace, too fast for me to walk against. And finally, we've found a parc in France that knows how to heat the outdoor pools properly!!! Lovely and warm, definite thumbs up on this point. Our only complaint, though, is that the flooring is quite stoney, and hurts your feet - I think they need to consider resurfacing with something more appropriate for people with bare feet!
Some of the other reviews complain about noise - this isn't something that really bothered us although we were well away from the bar area. We were right next to the main road, but again didn't experience any noise that was different to that which you would expect at home.
The area around the parc, Les Mouettes, I have to say looks very run down. We only looked at the beach there when the weather was bad, but it looked like it would be great in good weather. The restaurants there don't look very enticing at all. But I would definitely recommend travelling up to the main part of St Jean de Monts. The town itself is a typical sleepy French town, and the beach there, whilst a little commercialised, is magnificent. Beautiful sand, stretching as far as you can see in both directions, clean, well maintained, and the Atlantic is actually quite warm too. And it's free to park all day - you don't get that at Bournemouth, that's for sure.
There are a few other towns in the area that are worth exploring, we went to Noirmoutier and St Gilles, as well as spending a day in La Rochelle, it was well worth the effort to get down there.
Overall, we had a lovely relaxing holiday, and the Vendee is a lovely area. Would we go back to this parc? Maybe, maybe not.
31 August 2014
08 September 2014
9 out of 10
Great camp in a superb location 10min walk from beach. Supermarket also on the same road before the beach. Good little restaurant on site with a handy takeaway and a small shop.Pool complex is also very good,looked after and clean.kids all loved the slide and river run whereas I loved the jacuzzi power jets. Camp reps were very helpful and provided a mobile number so you can get in touch easily.Would certainly revisit and recommend !
29 August 2014
04 September 2014
9 out of 10
We traveled as a family with 2 16 year olds and 1 11 year old , the park had excellent facilities especially the pools the kids spent hours in there, the takeaway pizzas are gorgeous. The restaurant was ok but the 2 times we ate in there non of the food came out together which meant chips were coming out 20 minutes after the pizzas. The walk into the little town was lovely with a supermarket bakery and bars restaurants a little crepe van and some days a market.