I stayed at La Pachacaid for 10 days, from the 18th until the 28th of August. Our party of 11 included myself and my husband, my parents, my 3 children aged 6, 4 and 3, my sister and her husband and their children aged 18 and 12.
Firstly, I would have to say that this is the most beautiful campsite I have ever stayed on. Set right out in the hills, the mobile homes are surrounded by pine trees and the views from our accommodation in the 700s were stunning. Secondly, I would have to say that Kelair are the best company we have holidayed with. Apart from being far cheaper than all their competitors, their mobile homes were bigger and more modern, and the reps, David and Barbara, were really lovely!
Unfortunately, that is where my positive comments end and the moaning begins! The campsite Itself really has a lot to learn regarding entertainment. My children were actually bored there during the day so we spent most of our time out sightseeing. There were clubs for children but we would have had to pay extra for them, and they were only open for the over 5s, meaning my sons were excluded. The pool was fine but really packed, and the toddler pool was located in a different place altogether so we couldn't stay together as a group. The toddler pool also had restricted opening hours due to there not being enough staff to guard both pools. We were told that a lot of life guards had left following the tragic death of a 3 year old a few weeks previously. Another result of this tragedy was that all the slides were closed down during our stay. Whilst we completely understand, we did feel that Kelair, or the staff at La Pachacaid could have offered us some kind of compensation. After all, we had chosen this campsite precisely for it's own water park, and the children in our group were upset that they couldn't use the slides. Paying for a day out at a local Aqua Park would have been a nice gesture but NOTHING was offered.
The evening entertainment was absolutely dire, the worst I have seen on a French campsite. There was absolutely nothing to entertain the children who really would have been happy just having some music to dance to. On one particular awful evening, the entertainment consisted of a few French children up on stage spinning plates and doing the hula hoop!! Things were so bad that we decided to make our own entertainment back at the mobile homes with a couple of drinks and a game of cards on the decking. Unfortunately, we got into trouble for this as we had dared to do it ten minutes after the 11pm curfew and some of our neighbours complained! It's not as if we had a rave going on, my parents are in their 70s for heaven's sake!
To conclude, do come here if you want a peaceful time looking at the scenery and being in bed by 10pm, but don't bother if you have young children to entertain or enjoy a boogey in the evening and are aged over 18, you will be disappointed! There are much better campsites in France!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the south of France and the Pachacaîd campsite! Ideally located in the middle of the French Riviera, ourfour-star campsite lies only 17km from Saint Tropez. Experience the thrill of a camping holiday in Provence, in an extremelycomfortable mobile home, and enjoy an unforgettable stay in. A water park with seven giant slides, a Californian-styleswimming pool, a Jacuzzi and water fountains for the kids are all waiting for you at this little slice of paradise. ... more less