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“Fantastic (and much cheaper) alternative to UK Center Parcs” 4 of 5 stars
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Center Parcs de Vossemeren
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Elzen 145, Lommel 3920, Belgium   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Lommel
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic (and much cheaper) alternative to UK Center Parcs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

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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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Let me first say that this is a beautiful place, no question. The lakes, streams, tress and animals are majestic. The water park (Aqua Munda) is also allot of fun, with things for all ages, and the man who does baby swimming is the best my wife and I have ever had. The cottages are all quite nice, and the organisation of the park is also good. Two words of wisdom however:
1- Park is big, rent the golf car, best waste of money you will have spend!
2- Don’t eat in the Pancake restaurant of the one right next to it. Food is all rather poor, and far to overpriced. Ie. Strawberry/Raspberry smoothie is horrible, as is the Mexican Pancake, Burger and goats cheese pizza.
I do certainly recommend this place, just be sure to buy the food ahead of time, or in the grocery store in the park, and cook in your cottage.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Having been to de Kemperveenen Holland for previous 2 summer holidays, decided to give Belgium a go.

The reason for choosing Europe over UK, is the cost is literally half. It's about time people in the UK started abandoning our parks so the price might actually come down to something realistic! We did go to UK CP a couple of times prior to our boy starting school (so you could get a reasonable deal) & the only real advantage is the food is better & you get an oven!

As you would expect very similar in layout to other CP's, but seems a little more dated & slightly smaller than de Kemperveenen.

Opted for the VIP which has been completely renovated & was pleasant enough. We have previously stayed in comfort on one occasion which definitely needed updating, & a new style Eden on the other occasion, which of the three was the best, but alas the most costly.

As previous, food is OK but pricey for what it is. The rest of the attractions are pretty much the same & I would suggest bikes are a must.

The reason I preferred Holland CP to Belgium, is the off site cycling was better in Holland. That said there was a nice bike ride down to the sand dunes at Lommel, with some interesting wooden sculpture type things in the woods just before you reach the sand.

Also spent a day in Leuven (about an hour by car) which is a very nice city & also offers the opportunity to get some decent restaurant food away from the CP standard garb. We ate at a place called Timory which was excellent.

The nearest town is Lommel which is not that interesting other than the church where you can climb the tower; can't remember how many steps it was but I think it was a couple of hundred!
Also ate out here but can't remember the name of the place other than it was Italian & again the food here was very good & much cheaper than CP.

All in all it was OK, but I think maybe we are tiring of the CP experience, once you've done one, they are all pretty much the same, so will probably give it a miss for a while now, but if I was to go back would definitely opt for Holland.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

A great place to be with kids. You can rent bicycles and ride in the park. The pool is indoors and has slides.
The villas are great!
If you order in advance you get free stuff in the parc. You have to use it or order in advance as soon as you get to the parc.
Overall it was a great vacation.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

De Vossemeren was the first Centre Parcs abroad that we came to 7 years ago. We have come every year since either during the May half term or at Easter. We went to De Kempervennen for a couple of years, butr came back to De Vossemeren for several reasons. Firstly we prefer the Aqua mondo pool here, and also the animal farm and Banana boat/rubes water rides. This is such a great family holiday and crosses all the age groups. You can relax knowing that your chiuldren are safe and they have the ability to have some independence too away from us parents! Would recommend this without reservation. There are some great bike rides along the designated cycle routes and along the canel outside the park. I would also recommend the Soverign Sports park which is very close to De Vossemeren - a great area with a nice cafe alongside the tennis courts there

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampshire, UK
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

This is was our second visit to Center Parcs De Vossermeren after having visited in May half-term in 2010. Pound for pound ; in terms of value for money, is holiday destination will be difficult to beat. Our premium Villa cost around the £500 mark. This was some £700s cheaper that the same Villas being offered in the UK at the same time. As we were two families we hired a 7 seater to get there and travelled by Ferry ; Dover to Dunkirk. The car cost £600 and the ferry crossing cost £130. So in total we spent under £1300. This is around the same price being charged for the villa only in the UK. So lets start with the obvious benefits : an exciting journey for the kids - DFDS ferry is excellent with a soft play for the kids and a large tv streaming kids programmes ; a scenic journey for the adults - in total we travelled through the UK, France, Belgium and touched Holland on a couple of occasions.
Arrival and check in to the parc is effortless and if you choose the right cottage, the view is fantastic ; lakes edge. We have opted for 622 and 623 most recently. The cottage was clean and comfortable and easily housed 4 adults and 3 children for 4 nights.
So many highlights to talk about but by far and away the Aqua Mundo waterpark/swimming pools is the best and kept us all occupied for large chunks of the holiday particularly when it was raining.
Exploring the parc was next on our list and hiring bikes is a must!
Bbbqs by the lake and the ladies spa treatments were also additional highlights which require mention.
The food in the restaurants was of good quality and we found the prices not too excessive, especially some take advantage of a captured audience.
So all in all an excellent family break which largely met the needs of all in both sets of families. On our return we received an email from Center Parcs thanking us for our visit and hoping we will come again. For us ; this will become our annual may half term break.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

When I lived in the UK, we went every year, on the August bank holiday, which was the best time for 4 working adults to go. We probably ended up going 8 years running.
We absolutely loved it. It's a busy, but relaxing holiday (if that makes any sense!!)

The entertainment seems to be very European, but they always give translations in many different languages, which I find amazing! The swimming pool, rapids, slides are fantastic, always lots of fun!
They have a wide range of activities, which are all reasonably priced, and the staff were always friendly, and there was always very good communication.

The chalets/villas are perfect. We always stayed in the standard ones, as we never saw the point in going on holiday to just stay in and watch the tele, meaning we never spent a lot of time in them.

One negative that has risen over the past few years, is that the variety of restaurants has declined, menus have shrunk and prices have soared. We usually ate in Hammonds Restaurant, but did eat everywhere else as well over the years.

The scenery is lovely, inside the main dome, and around the whole park.

Overall, a brilliant place, fun, relaxing, not too expensive, and for us at the time, easy to get to!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Elzen 145, Lommel 3920, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > Limburg Province > Lommel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Lommel
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Hotel Class:5 star — Center Parcs de Vossemeren 5*
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