- Overall we had a fabulous holiday here.
We have a 5yr old and a 10 mth old, the park was perfect for young children. It's a small site so it's easy to find your way around. We felt very safe at the park throughout our stay.
The pool lived up to expectations with regards to the slides, baby pool and lazy river. However, the splash pool at the bottom of the slides and the lazy river did not seem very clean. Maybe this was due to it being the end of the season, but it certainly put me off going in during the latter part of our stay.
There are very few sunloungers around the pool (around 40 in total) but there are a number of plastic chairs. People queued for up to an hour before the pool opened to get a seat/lounger which seemed ridiculous. People would put towels down on large numbers of seats with people not coming down to the pool until hours later. I was also not happy to see that three of the Euro camp reps queued at the pool on their day off and had a bed each. This left a bad taste in the mouth when there were paying customers with small children and no where to sit or base themselves.
Considering it's a park aimed at young families there was only a few parasols. Not really anywhere to shade the baby from the sun. Also be aware there are no lifeguards at the pool, this meant there was a bit of a free for all on the slides with some older children coming down straight after little ones.
There is a pool bar but it doesn't serve food or snacks, just ice cream. Bar prices are on the high side around 5€ for a pint of beer 3€ for a small glass of wine. They have a plastic glass deposit scheme which works well 1€ per glass which you get back if you return it. The staff at the bar were very friendly. There is entertainment on most evening including stuff for the kids like a disco, balloon modelling, Xbox night, bouncy castle and soft play. It's quite small inside and there are only a few tables and seats outside. Pretty reflective of the pool situation really.
The site shop is small but stocks basic supplies as well as a takeaway and sweets for the kids. There is also a small wine shop which has a great selection of local wine although you pay a few euros more compared to the supermarket.
The takeaway does great pizzas so perfect if you arrive late on the first night.
There is an on site restaurant. We had lovely service but the food was pretty average. Serves pizzas (as per takeaway), moules frites, steaks and fish. It's also right in the road so not the most romantic setting for an evening meal.
The Euro Camp kids club was available 6 days a week. However the couriers running the club lacked a bit of enthusiasm compared to other experiences we've had. There wasn't much engagement with sessions like movies and munchies (kids put in front of a film for two hours with their own snacks), pizza night (taken to the site restaurant). Even the Showtime session was very flat. Kids performing at the end weren't really encouraged or supported by the courier team and they looked bored and fed up throughout the performance.
Our accommodation was pretty tired and could have been cleaner. I was pleased to have brought some bleach and floor wipes. Having a little one crawling around it certainly wasn't clean enough to put him down without me giving it a wipe over first. The toilet in our accommodation smelt like a public loo. The smell of old urine was overwhelming. You could not tolerate staying in there for long. I suspect the lino needed replacing. Also the decking and steps hadn't been properly swept on our arrival so I ended up doing it myself.
The bed was hideously uncomfortable. Even my 5yr old complained. However, it was the first time we had a three bedroom and we were very grateful of the extra space. The layout was nice and it was well equipped with clean and functioning kitchen utensils.
The pitches are very close together with just a couple of yards between each mobile home.
Our shower wasn't draining properly but as soon as I reported it a courier came to fix it. He couldn't have been more helpful. Lovely service!
The beach is beautiful and is literally just across the road. It's sandy and breezy. We had some great days down there. However, there is a massive sand dune to get over so we had to do a few trips with the baby as couldn't push the buggy over it. It was a good way to burn off the extra calories consumed in french wine and cheese : )
The immediate area around the site was a little odd. Hardly any returants and the ones that were there didn't look great. It lacked any of the usual french charm that we love. Also they are all based directly on the main road. We felt like there was a missed opportunity as the area was busy with tourists but it lacks places to eat. If there had been a few places along the beach that would have been perfect for us. There was also a fairground and arcade which wasn't really our thing. It was a shame as it meant we couldn't eat out without getting in the car. As a result we made great use of the local supermarket and the BBQ at our pitch.
Overall this is a great camp to base yourselves to explore the Vendee. There are tons of local attractions and beautiful small towns just a short drive away. The site itself ticked a lot of boxes and its proximity to the beach was a big plus. We had a very relaxed holiday but probably wouldn't return purely because we would like to be in walking distance of more resturaunts and bars.
Published on: 14 September 2017