Centre Parcs Heijderbos
We love centre parcs all around Holland. The concept, the housing, the facilities all of these appeal to us make and us return to it time and time again. This time we stayed at the one in South Holland (one hour from beautiful Maastricht and close to Nimegan), in what they call Eden cottage, which is a newer lot, situated in a village type of complex in the park and not in the usual forest area.
The cottage was very modern with all amenities except a washing machine. It even has a sauna and whirlpool a good television in the living room and one more in the children’s room. The mattresses are not the most comfortable but can be endured for a week or so. For those of you who live in the typically crowded Asian cities the way we do, this is a little haven of peace and tranquility. It offers tennis, water activities in a typical centre parcs tropical dome called Acqua Mondo, cycles, kids bingo, disco and many other happenings for children. The air is fresh and unpolluted. There are three restaurants to eat in and a upgraded supermarket to buy all you need should you prefer to cook at home. The usual fireplace in your home could be used in the evening – good easy to burn wood is available at the supermarket too.
This is positively the first time I experienced very friendly and helpful staff at the restaurant who did not scowl down at me when I asked for a Tomato vegetarian soup ( Dutch tomato soup most often has meat balls in it) and who spoke English. The food was very fresh and tasty. We were attended to regularly at our table and served with a smile.
They keep the landscape lush green and natural so no manicured gardens but beautiful Nature and even a peacock wandering around.
We had a good long stay there –almost ten days but was disappointing this time was that the bathrooms stopped getting warm water, the chimney of the fire place seemed blocked so we couldn’t light our wood, and fresh sheets were dumped in the cottage after a week in spite of the fact that we had paid extra for making up the beds. It took three trips to the office to rectify all of this. However I would not be too discouraged by this as these things do happen. We also heard that burglaries take place so we locked all precious items – passport, wallets etc in a safe provided in the kitchen.
So if you are tired of the hustle and bustle of your life or you live in a cold cold country and need a tropical break which allows for swimming and fun activities, or want to give the kids a sporty rejuvenating break in the centre of Europe, try this. There are different packages that suit varying budgets.
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