We’ve done a few trips abroad with the children, ranging from taking Milin to Thailand when he was 12 months old, to a much easier trip to the Canaries last year. But now we’ve done a holiday with Eurocamp, I think we might have found the perfect getaway for us as a family with young children.
We spent May half-term at a Eurocamp in the Vendee region on France’s Atlantic coast. Les Ecureuils is a relatively small Eurocamp and I was very, very fortunate to be offered the chance to review the holiday for work. We could have chosen any Eurocamp but decided we wanted somewhere not too big, somewhere on the beach, and somewhere with great pools for little kids, but also with a kids’ club.
We got everything we wanted. We stayed in a three-bedroom Avant mobile home which was spotless and spacious and even meant we had a spare room because the kids wanted to sleep in bunks. The huge deck, barbecue and full kitchen were perfect for us (you know how fussy my kids are – and this meant no restaurant squabbles, hurrah!)
We were lucky enough to have amazing weather and so spent each day between the pools and simply stunning beach. Trips to local market towns meant we could feast on fresh coffees and croissants and bring back delicious fruit veg and local sea food for the evenings.
It really was heavenly. The kids made friends and we made friends with their friends’ parents. The kids slept well and even spent six hours over three days at the kids’ club. There was also bike riding lessons, a sandy playground and a mini disco and soft play. There really was everything. Milin watched his first sunset over the sea, I read two books and managed two yoga sessions, and Tony, of course, fitted in lots of naps.
I can’t think of a thing we’d change – and, in fact, we’re probably going to go again next year. Self-catering suits us, we love France, and this was a location that really suited us. Tony and I love the sea, I got some swims in, Milin chased waves for hours, Jasmin searched out the best shells for making new necklaces (we brought home a bucket in the car) and Tony even got out on the kayak a couple of times. We came home rested and relaxed – I couldn’t ask for any more.