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Always wanted to learn how to ski?

October 8, 2012 2:02 pm
posted by Sarah

Once you’ve tried a skiing holiday, with the fresh air, amazing views, and, of course, the apres ski and amazing food…. Well once you’ve tried skiing for the first time it’s something you do again, and again and again…

But learning to ski for the first time can be a daunting experience – even though every skier has, at one time or another, had their very first ski holiday. So we’ve teamed up with our friends at the Les 3 Vallées in France, the world’s largest ski area, to give one family the chance to become experts in one season. Yes, we said one season!

The Easy Rider competition!

The fantastique ‘Easy Rider’ competition  means you could win over £30,000 worth of ski holidays, ski equipment, ski lessons and more; and the amazing experience for your family to learn and perfect your ski skills in one season. The extremely lucky family will win FIVE ski holidays to Les 3 Vallées in France between December 2012 and April 2013 including:

  • Flights from London to Grenoble
  • Transfers from Grenoble to Les 3 Vallées
  • Accommodation in five resorts in the Les 3 Vallées region
  • Season lift passes for the full Les 3 Vallées region
  • Ski equipment for all the family
  • Ski clothes for all the family
  • Ski lessons for all the family


For the chance to win this once in a lifetime competition, all you have to do is to tell Les 3 Vallées why you would be a great choice to win in a short video. It could be that you are really sporty, but never thought you would be able to afford skiing. Or that you are a real whiz on you blog and will tell thousands of friends about about it. Or just that your family needs a new challenge…

Whatever the reason all you need to do is post your entry to YouTube and share that video on Les 3 Vallées’  Facebook page.

For more details on the competition, its rules and the prize click here. Bonne chance everyone!

And if you’ve decided to take the plunge and try skiing for the first time this season – you won’t regret it! – here are a few of our useful guides on organising a ski trip for the first time, what you’ll need on your first ski holiday and general ski tips for beginners to get you started!


Summer holiday deals to France and Spain

June 13, 2012 3:33 pm
posted by Sarah

Pierre & Vacances is offering up to 40 per cent off its range of self-catering accommodation all over France and Spain booked before 2 July 2012.

From Seaside holidays and mountain escapes to city breaks and short breaks to the sun, the offer includes a wide selection of dates including the school holidays, and also features the popular family-friendly Holiday Villages in a range of sunny locations: Belle Dune, Cap EsterelPort-Bourgenay and Port du Crouesty.

Summer fun at our Holiday Villages

So whether you want a fun family break to beautiful Brittany, to explore the sparkling seas of the South of France with a self-catering base or enjoy the sun in the Spanish Costa Del Sol, there’s a holiday deal for you!


Looking for a bargain summer holiday to France or Spain? Well look no further! Book during our May sale and enjoy discounts of up to £330 (€400) on our Holiday Villages, including bookings for the Jubilee half-term and peak summer holiday period. We’ll also also give you the added advantage of paying in Euros which is really beneficial at the moment as the Euro is at an 18 month low of 1.22 versus the pound*.

Summer fun at The Village Club Le Rouret in Ardèche

Our Holiday Villages in Picardy, Brittany, south of France, the Ardèche, Atlantic Coast and the Costa del Sol in Spain have had a huge re-vamp for this summer. New activities include regional discovery excursions such as making honey with a beekeeper and visiting a dairy to make cheese, as well as more free family activities in the village.

Many of the apartments have been refurbished and there is also an extended à la carte offering to enjoy. All of our Holiday Village apartments and houses are self-catering and have an excellent standard of facilities. Check out some of the top savings on Pierre & Vacances summer accommodation for bookings made before 30 May.

Breakfast in Les Agaves


Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Pont Royal, South of France

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Pont Royal

A two-bedroom house sleeping up to six people from 7-14 July is discounted by £330 to £1,314.

The pedestrian village of Pont Royal is located in the Provence region of France just a few kilometres from Avignon. There are plenty of activities for the whole family with a large pool, artificial beach, separate kid’s pools and a two-hectare lake for sailing. New for this year is that the kid’s clubs are included in the price of the holidays, as well as circus and magic skills lessons. There are also nine and 18 hole golf courses, tennis courts and nearby horse riding, mountain biking and facilities to hire meharis and segways.

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Cap Esterel, South of France

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Cap Esterel

A one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to five people from 28 July to 4 August is discounted by £330 to £1,453.

The 210-hectare village overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is perched on a red rock hillside. It is surrounded by a purpose-built golf course and gardens, and is just 30 minutes away from the white sandy beaches of Cannes. Onsite facilities include three large swimming pools with wave machines, two children’s pools, a small farm, tennis courts and bicycle hire. And there is even a miniature train to help you around the area. Read our family review of Cap Esterel here

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Normandy Garden, Northern France

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Normandy Garden

A two-bedroom house sleeping up to six people from 21-28 July is discounted by £245 to £1,003.

Normandy Garden lies just a few kilometres from the famous ‘Normandy Landing’ beaches and the Fleurie coastline. Our weatherproof holiday village has an indoor ‘Aquagarden’ with heated swimming pools, whirlpools, Jacuzzis, upstream swimming and waterslides. There are also two covered tennis courts, an indoor games area as well as bicycle hire, archery, sports competitions and dance classes.

Bookings can be made via our website or by calling 0870 0267 145.

* Correct as of 30/04/12


Spanish cycling breaks – train with a professional team

April 20, 2012 1:18 pm
posted by Rebecca

Fancy following in the tyre treads of  Tour de France riders this summer? We’ve teamed up with the professional 1t4i-Shimano cycling team at our Premium Altea Hills Residence on the beautiful Costa Blanca to offer a Pro Cycling Experience where you can explore the Sierra de Bernia and Spanish coastline with expert cyclists.

The 1t4i Shimano team, which is named after its five guidelines; team, inspiration, improvement, integrity and innovation, includes a number of big name cyclists such as Marcel Kittel, Johannes Frohlinger and Koen de Kort.

The team is based in the Costa Blanca all year and is currently training for the gruelling challenges of the Tour de France this June and July.

There are 30 spaces a week for guests to take part in as many training and technical sessions as they like and join some/all of the daily excursions which range between 70 and 110 kilometres. The scenery along the routes varies between dramatic coastlines and stunning [but calf-stretching] mountains and all the routes include challenging uphill sections, to help you hone your cycling skills.

Each guest will be fitted with their own professional bike for the week, with preferences and heights received beforehand so you can get straight in the saddle on arrival.

The 1t4i Shimano professionals will also be on-hand to answer your burning cycling questions – from the essentials of bike mechanics to advice on the best sports diets.

And after a hard days peddling, rest those tired legs at the Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Altea Hills which enjoys stunning views over a picturesque bay.

The Premium residence also has three outdoor swimming pools, sauna, hamman and spa with a range of treatments including thalassotherapy and volcanic stone massages, so you can relax those weary muscles.

Accommodation is available in one bedroom apartments [which include a kitchen and living area] or double bedrooms.

Our Pro Cycling breaks start at 640 € per person based on two people sharing. This includes seven nights accommodation, breakfast, cycling equipment, guided cycling excursions and workshops and use of Altea Hills facilities.

We also offers packages including all meals from 790 € per person and group rates for four to eight people from 740 € per person. Bookings for the Spanish cycling break can be made on our website or by calling 0870 0267 145. The nearest airports are Alicante and Valencia, and you can check the best flight deals on Skyskanner.

And For those of you who fancy a more leisurely paced, check out our guide to five great family cycling routes in France!


New Family Activity Holidays in France

April 2, 2012 2:02 pm
posted by Rebecca

Want to keep the kids busy this summer holiday? From our new family discovery excursions to free activities to try in our Holiday Villages, we have plenty of great things for kids to do in France.

While there is lots to keep every age busy from dawn until dusk at our family friendly Holiday Villages in France, we also want families to take advantage of the real France through the beautiful and varied local areas around our self catering accommodation, which is why we’ve launched a new and exciting range of regional discovery excursions for the summer holidays.

Looking for activities to do in Provence? How about learning to make the region’s traditional lavendar soap. Or if you’re stuck for things to keep the kids busy in the Ardeche, why not try something educational and fun [and delicious!] like visiting a dairy to learn how to make goats cheese. Or if you’re after something a little different to try in the south of France, join beekeepers to make some delicious honey you can take home.

And these French discovery days are only the start of a huge revamp for our popular Holiday Villages in France and Spain – we also have refurbished apartments, more free activities for all the family and new a la carte services for this year’s summer sun.

Kids club holidays

No child is the same, so we’ve also revamped our kid’s clubs to give children of all ages the chance to fill their holidays with activities that match their own interests – whether it’s adventurous activities, scientific discovery, inspiring those with artistic flairs, something sporty, or just good fun to make new friends.

Extra à la carte services

There will be more à la carte services on offer, including a breakfast and bakery delivery service, party orders [such as fondue or BBQ] and excellent value half or full board meal cards.

Holiday activities for all the family

Families will also be able to enjoy more free activities with sports tournaments, fitness courses from Les Mills, concerts and shows, and family games in the evenings to keep the kids busy all holiday. As well as the option to try activities such as horse riding, sailing, canoeing, circus tricks and surfing.


We have 13 Holiday Villages across France and Spain, from NormandyBrittany, and the Atlantic Coast, to the South of FranceProvence, Ardèche and the Costa del Sol. The family friendly villages are located in prime locations near beautiful sandy beaches, golf courses or nature reserves and [as well as the delicious dining facilities on site] near restaurants, shops and picturesque French towns and ports just a short distance away.

For example, our newly re-vamped Belle Dune Holiday Village in north Picardy has houses and apartments built in the authentic 20th century style of the Picardy region, all arranged around a large lake.  Belle Dune has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, pedalos, sailing, a petting farm, children’s clubs and a nearby beach is accessible by foot or on a miniature train – we know which one this kids will prefer!

New for this year at Belle Dune is a VIP accommodation range, regional activities and themed kid’s clubs, with prices starting at £65 per child per week. You can search and book your family holiday to France online, or call 0870 0267 145.