It's that time of year where everyone is thinking of Summer Holidays! I've had a few enquiries about the various campsites in France and realise that although I've stayed in many, I've reviewed very few! So here is one on a park that features very regularly with Irish followers. This site has one of the highest return rates with many people booking a year in advance and never holidaying anywhere else! (now that doesn't appeal to me but I can see why they feel at home here). In the Vendee region in the west of France it is close (walking distance) to lovely beaches. Take the boat and bring your bikes as there are lovely cycle paths around too.
We travelled by boat on the new Irish Ferries ship and found it really hassle free as always. Our two still look forward to the bunks on the boat. Sailings are around 4pm so by the time they've had dinner, played in the (small) soft play, gone to the magic show and disco on the ship it's time for bed. Once breakfast is over the following morning, it's time to disembark. So although the sailing is long most of it is while you sleep!
When we arrived at the park we were pleased to find our mobile home was right opposite the pool area and we had a lovely green area around our decking. That was actually another pitch but was only occupied for 2 nights of our stay. We had more space around our mobile home than any other spot in the park. The pitches are tightly packed at this park (much tighter than le pin parasol if you have been there). We just got lucky.
We have been to lots of campsites and holiday resorts and the pool at clarys plage is the kids favourite so far. They really want to go back to the snake slide. To be fair, the water in the pool areas here was warmer than any of the other sites I've been to (or 5 star hotels in Lanzarote and portugal!) which made a really big difference. The pool area is laid out really well meaning you can actually sit down and relax while the little ones run around. Lots of shallow areas, water play, lazy river (warmer again than the pools) an indoor pool, loads of different slides and the much adored snake slide. I can see why they liked it. Half way down you end up in a big wide bowl and can hang out there for a bit with whichever other kids shoot down before making the final descent.. I had to go in a few times as they had been in there for so long!
Our kids absolutely loved it here. I'm not sure older kids would have enough to do though. 90% of people were Irish so making friends is easy for them. We stayed with Alfresco who share the kids camp with eurocamps and it was a hit (thankfully).
There are 2 main playgrounds in the park and apart from those two areas there is no open space at all.
Because we had the car we travelled to local beaches and playgrounds and went bowling on a rainy day :)
There are a few restaurants and cafes about 5 minutes walk from the park and a really cute wine bar further down past where the little kids carousel is.
Within the park there is only one bar to cover all angles. It's at the pool and all entertainment takes place here. There is a takeaway outside it and an ice cream bar inside. It didn't really appeal to me. Found the place all a bit too "tight" if that makes sense. We did get take away pizzas and chips and were able to send the kids to get ice creams (because we were literally opposite the bar/pool). There's a supermarket around the corner for supplies.
I wouldn't be rushing back here based on site facilities/layout etc but I will probably visit again for the kids! The pool area and water temperatures made all the difference!