Family holiday on the Cote D’Azur
Having been to Belle Dune on the North Coast of France and Terrazas Costa Del Sol in Spain we thought it was time to sample a Pierre & Vacances Resort in the stronghold of Pierre & Vacances holiday accommodation in France, the Cote D’Azur. Going at the end of May we figured the weather would be perfect for our small children, plus we’d never been to that part of France before.
We were spoilt for choice in terms of holiday accommodation as Pierre & Vacances have 5 family holiday resorts to choose from on the Cote D’Azur; Cap Esterel, Pont Royal, Les Issambres, Cannes Mandelieu & Les Restanques. In the end we plumped for Les Restanques as the swimming pool complex looked fantastic and it wasn’t to far from Nice Airport.
I’m pleased to say it lived up to the expectations we gathered from browsing the pv-holidays website. We had a 2 bedroom self catering apartment with a large terrace and little garden plus amazing views of Saint Tropez. As we had to stay in the apartment every night as our little ones slept we were able to enjoy a glass or two of wine, read our books and take in the beautiful sunset. There was even a water plane display one night!
The swimming pool complex itself was great, lots of little shallow pools for the kids to play and explore, 2 water slides for Dad, aqua and land aerobics for Mum (see the hilarious video below) and the main pool was an artificial beach with waves on the hour which the kids loved. Our 18 month year old likes to ramble around and we were quite happy escorting her on her loops in the sun. We also made good use of the children’s playground and found the friendly on-site shop very handy. The children’s toys were particularly good value. Though our kids were little young for the free children’s club we did pop in and it looked very nice. In fact, Dad and 3 year old enjoyed their first cinema experience together at the children’s club one night. The film was ‘The Princess and the Frog’ – it was in French but that made it even more of an experience!
As the weather was great we didn’t really need to leave the site much. On the two days it was less sunny we ventured out to Grimaud, a beautiful old town with lots of nice cafés and restaurants and took an early morning ferry to Saint Tropez from Saint Maxime which was great fun! The giant yachts in Saint Tropez are a site to be seen. There are also a great choice of beaches close to Restanques and Port Grimaud had a good choice of restaurants.
All in all we had a great family holiday with the water complex and the views the highlights. We may well be back.