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Pierre Vacances: Family holiday villages in France

December 15, 2008 4:00 pm
posted by Simon

When it comes to affordable family holidays in France, holiday villages situated in prime beachside or rural locations are hard to beat.

Pierre Vacances has a choice of four self-catering holiday villages in stunning locations from Normandy to the South of France, all of which feature a wide range of sports and activities for all ages.


Holiday Villages are a great way of saving money – choosing a comfortable, self-catering apartment with fully equipped kitchen means you can keep an eye on costs by whipping up tasty meals in your own little home from home.


Whether you want to enjoy watersports, go mountain biking, learn archery, fencing or sailing or simply unwind on the beach, all facilities are on your doorstep and many are included in the price of your stay.


Even better, the kids’ clubs at all the holiday villages are now included within the price for holidays in 2009. Kids clubs cater for children aged 3-months to 18 years with activities and adventures tailored to each age group. Kids make new friends and have a ball, which means you can relax at no extra cost!

1.Cap Esterel
Surrounded by lush gardens and green landscapes, Cap Esterel is situated between the Esterel forest and Mediterranean Sea near Cannes.


If the thought of cooking all week is a little too much, there are also 11 restaurants on site to choose from. Each apartment also has a guaranteed view of the sea, lake, golf course or mountains, and customers can choose from an apartment or house for their stay.

Make sure you put aside some time to take part in the onsite water sports- with many being held at the on-site lake. There are also three swimming pools, a water fun area and a short stroll will take you to the beach. If you’re holidaying with young children, hop on the mini train which will take you straight there.


Keeping the kids active isn’t a problem as there are 15 tennis courts alongside volleyball, basketball and beach volley courts. For animal lovers there is also an onsite farm and play area. Teenagers who need their own space can also visit the Spot, a place to hang out, learn how to DJ, play computer games and dance.

For an extra treat, you can also pre-book a game of golf, archery lessons, a pony ride or a few spa treatments.


Watch the virtual visit here

2.Belle Dune

This charming village is not only affordable but perfect for nature lovers. Belle Dune is an eco-village that is car free, and works in conjunction with WWF to ensure the local environment is protected. Located in Picardy, it is surrounded by pine trees and nestled around a lake.

Customers can choose to stay in either the quaint, pastel-coloured houses or apartments, which feature modern kitchen facilities.



Water-babies will love the Aquaclub, full of wave pools, waterslides, whirlpools, geysers and beaches. Two other lakes and beaches are also close by. Rent a bicycle and explore the cycle paths and walks, or take part in a game of tennis or table tennis.


Belle Dune also offers fabulous free lessons in a range of exciting activities from golf to archery and sandsailing.

In the evenings, there are dances and performances and teens can hang out with new friends at the youth club area.
See a virtual visit here

3. Port Bourgenay.
Situated near les Sables-d’Olonne in the beautiful Vendee region, Port Bourgenay holiday village stretches across 85 hectares of grounds and features a stunning golf course.

Choose from three-four star apartments or houses that are all designed in a traditional, quaint style.



Sports-mad families are well catered for here: Top facilities include six tennis courts, four mini-tennis courts, a croquet pitch and French bowls. Many people also rent bikes for their stay for leisurely rides down to the beach or explorations around the various trails.


Kids can also learn circus skills and diving courses are also available.

Watch the virtual visit here

4.Port du Crouesty
This holiday village in Brittany is perfect for those with older children who may like to go off and explore- leaving the pa
rents to indulge in some much needed “me-time”!

Built in a natural cove, Port du Crouesty is ideally situated between the marina and the beach. All houses and apartments are sea facing and many can sleep up to eight people.



One of the main attractions of this resort is the onsite Thalassotherapy spa, where customers can choose from a variety of treatments and day-packages.

Alongside two swimming pools, the beach is only a short distance away, where you’ll find watersports facilities and beach volleyball courts.


While the kids are giving fun at the clubs, you can learn archery, play golf, join the sailing school or take part in a fitness session.
Have a virtual visit here or watch the video.

Special Offers

Book 90 days in advance, and you can save 20% at each of the holiday villages!

This means, a week at the Port Bourgenay resort from 26 Apr- 3 May 2009 will cost from 264 Euros, instead of 310. See more pricing information here

Staying at Belle Dune for a week from 3 Mar-10 May 2009 will now cost just 561 Euros – a saving of 90 Euros! Find our more here

Cap Esterel will cost just 486 Euros, instead of 540 euros from 26 Apr-3 May 2009. Find out more here

Spend seven nights in Port du Crouesty for 391 euros, saving 70 Euros from 3-10 May 2009. Find out more here

See the rest of our special offers here

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