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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!


Elodie and Camilla

Earlier this month the lovely Elodie and Camilla from the Pierre & Vacances UK team were lucky enough to spend a week in the South of France discovering the Pierre et Vacances residences along the Cote d’Azur.  For one week they went from residence to residence meeting the resort managers, their teams and checking out the holiday apartments, pools and local areas. We know, it’s a tough job but someone had to do it!

Here Elodie shares some of their photos and tips for holidays to Nice, Cannes and St Tropez:

Premium Residence Port Prestige 

Only 30 minutes from Nice airport, our first night was spent at the Premium Residence Port Prestige in Antibes.

The residence is a five minute walk to the Port with views of Fort Carre and 10 minutes walk to the beautiful beach of “ Plage de la Gravette”.

This was the view from the balcony of our apartment….

…and what an amazing roof with a Jacuzzi!

The first day of our tour started with a visit to some of the most beautiful self-catering residences in Cannes.

Cannes Mandelieu Holiday Village

Cannes Mandelieu is located just 800 metres from the beach and close to the much celebrated Boulevard de la Croisette where the Cannes film festival is held.


Residence Cannes Beach

Cannes Beach is only five minutes from the beach, close to the centre of Cannes. The apartments are spread out over seven floors, and for those wanting to keep their bikini figures while on holiday there is a fitness room also available on-site.


Residence Cannes Villa Francia

Cannes Villa Francia residence has been recently renovated, and the infinity pool is pretty special.

After a long day of visiting the holiday apartments and residences (whilst also enjoying the 30°C sun!), we were off to the holiday village of Cap Esterel for two nights.

Cap Esterel Holiday Village


Cap Esterel feels like a little village, everything is on-site: mini supermarket, restaurants, shops, doctor, six swimming pools all over 200 hectares. Plus lots of activities for all ages available, such as tennis, a circus school, zumba lessons, horse riding, Nordic walking, paintball, diving…. to name a few!

The residence also has its own lake, with bookable activities like the Tree Top Adventure course with the interestingly named ‘devilish’ zipline.

Every week a program is released with all the different activities and events available at the holiday village, we were lucky to see a Provencal market where local farmers came to sell their products on the main street called “Place de la Bravade”.  We met local olive producers, wine suppliers, farm produce and also local artists and designers selling jewelry, glass, scarves… Of course it was the food which captivated us the most:

The “Navette”, it’s a biscuit from Marseille, it can be plain or flavoured, generally with an orange or lemon taste.

We also enjoyed, the “Fougasse” which is a type of flat bread made with olives, cheese, anchovies… typically from Provence but with regional variations.

To finish our tasting tour, the Saucisson. They were really good – actually I tasted all of them but I controlled myself and only bought three!

But it wasn’t all work for us, during our stay in the Cap Esterel holiday village we took a little train to the beach to treat ourselves to some rest and a nice tan for our return to the UK!

Les Issambres

Thursday was the day for viewing the St Tropez area and the residences in Les Issambres:  Les Rivages, Les Calanques,  Le Hameau and Les Issambres Holiday Village. Les Issambres is a really peaceful and a pretty part of the Cote d’Azur, perfect for a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the main towns in the South of France but close enough to visit them for the day.

The resort manager, Murielle Oger, showed us various accommodation types, some of which have been upgraded in 2007 and to meet our Premium residence standard.

After visiting Les Rivages des IssambresLe Hameau des Issambres and Les Calanques des Issambres, we went to see the Les Issambres Holiday Village managed by Sourya Grégoire.

The holiday village sits on the hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean with fantastic views, although we had a short drive to the coast we were pleasantly surprised to find there is a Pierre et Vacances private beach where you can rent sunbeds.

Pierre et Vacances Les Restanques Holiday Village

Les Restanques Holiday Village is situated at only 8km from beautiful St Tropez bay.

The holiday village has two swimming pools, including a heated pool and a wave pool, and two restaurants on-site with a buffet or  à la Carte menu. The accommodation varies  from studio to a Bastide for eight people. So there really is something for everyone!

Pierre & Vacances Residence Parc des Grimaud

Residence Parc des Grimaud’s nearby beach is walking distance away, only 400 metres via a private and secure path. As well as the 300 apartments being fully renovated in 2011, the residence has been awarded the “Green Key” in 2010.


The building “Marianne” is the only building in the Residence Parc des Grimaud to have self-catering apartments with air conditioning and separated toilets.

To find out more about our accommodation in the South of France, and grab a late-sun deal, see our website! 


Forget Wimbledon, football championships and the ‘O word’ we can’t mention, the highlight of our sporting calendar is the annual Pierre etVacances summer Petanque party.

This hotly anticipated event features wine, cheese and a fiercely fought Petanque contest, which is always guaranteed to bring out the competitive nature in all our lovely travel partners and francophile friends.

Getting into the French spirit: the Pierre & Vacances team

Here, the lovely Elodie from our team gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of organising our summer party, from choosing the wine and cheese in Calais, to hightailing it to a Parisian themed bar when the British weather threatened to spoil our fun! 

‘At 7am the day before the party I took the ferry from Dover with P&O Ferries (thank you to Daniel Acarnley for organising!) and went to Calais to buy all the French food and booze needed for our summer event.

On the ferry!

‘A short hour and a half later we were in Calais and decided to buy the drink first, white and red wine from “Calais à vin”. They had a huge range, so of course we had to try a few – to be sure we made the right decision of course!

What to choose?!

‘The day of the event came and all eyes were firmly glued to the weather forecast. Last year’s event was bathed in glorious sunshine, but sadly this year the weather was not on our side, with heavy rain and strong winds howling down on our little gazebo – not ideal conditions for playing Petanque on the beach!

Fun on Brighton beach

‘However, being the true sport and Petanque enthusiasts that we are, we still managed a small competition with the help of the Brighton Petanque Club Association – with a few people holding our gazebos down…

Le chic Paris House, Brighton

‘After the short competition and a fast “aperitif”, everyone sheltered from the storm in our local chic French bar “The Paris House” to continue the party in drier conditions.

French goodies…

‘Martyn Summers and Ian Burgess won the hotly contested Petanque competition, and to reward their dedication they each received a basket full of French local produce such as the famous Saucisson from Ardèche, a bottle of Sancerre and paté.’

A very happy man

Someone didn’t read the dress code…

Inspired by our Francophile fun? For Love France week we’re giving away two limited edition Pierre & Vacances Petanque sets over on our Facebook page!

Limited edition petanque set!

And thank you to everyone who braved the British weather and came along, the Paris House Brighton for taking us in at the last minute, and to KBC PR & Marketing Team for their contribution to the event.


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!


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.