We've been to Center Parcs in Elveden many times over the years, but the price seems to be climbing rapidly each time we book. I looked into Elveden for May half term and they wanted £1,600 for a week - I booked a week at De Vossemeren in a 6-person premium cottage for half that amount. Using Tesco vouchers for the Eurotunnel crossing, this was an absolute bargain and somewhere a little more interesting.
The park itself will be very familiar to you if you've been to a UK CP; the layout is similar, the villas are similar, and the pool is almost identical to Elveden. The advantage is that the park is smaller and much easier to get around than Elveden, and activities are cheaper. The pool area is brilliant and they seem less strict about children using the slides and the rapids. The rapids are faster (and IMO more fun) then Elveden as the water is deeper. There is a fantastic small pool where you can use a mask (your own or they supply them) to peer at fish through windows into aquariums. The toddler area is very small, but you can take little ones into the big pool with you and on the lazy river.
The market dome is nicely done, with lots of rope bridges and stone paths for kids to explore, as well as flamingos, goldfish, and parrots! There are several outdoor play areas for various ages, one of which is next to a cafe. There are also little parks (some have table tennis tables) and beaches.
The villas are similar to the UK villas pre-renovation. They are a little nicer as they have laminate flooring in the living area (cleaner-looking), but they could do with a makeover. Although the beds have foam mattresses, don't let that put you off - they were surprisingly comfy. In premium cottages, all bedding and linen is supplied (just bring swim and bath towels.) The kitchen is fine, although there's no oven. We brought an electric grill (Foreman type) with us and a plug converter, which was very handy.
In terms of food, the restaurants are limited (Hammond's was shut, so I assume it's seasonal?) and expensive and the food store is a bit limited as well. We ate at The Grill which was inconsistent (some dishes were dry and overcooked, but the steak was good) and hugely overpriced. Having said that, it's not surprising for a Center Parcs. The food store was great as long as you managed to get there on a day/time when things were in stock. Fresh food supplies were very sporadic (e.g. some days they had very little fresh fruit and veg, or meat) and the quality of the produce was sometimes quite poor. If you happened to go there when they've been restocked, it was fine. It's just a bit hit and miss. The baked goods were fantastic, though - lovely breads, rolls, croissants, etc. We brought quite a lot of non-perishables with us, which will save you of money.
We did bowling, mini golf, and badminton. The downside is having to queue at the one desk that does all the bookings (you can't book online or at electronic kiosks), but there was so much availability the week we were there. We booked that morning for activities throughout the day.
All staff were friendly, spoke English, and were happy to help. We did a day trip to Antwerp (1hr drive) and there were a couple of theme parks/attractions within easy driving distance. We will definitely go back again - we all had a brilliant time.
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