First time in France and with Thomsons. Very helpful reps Lynne and Nick - local knowledge good and they live onsite so able to deal with any queries etc quickly.
Caravan spotless and equipped to a very high standard. Enjoyed using outdoor furniture and BBQ. Full size cooker, fridge freezer, microwave all in perfect working order which has sometimes been a problem in the past with caravan holidays.
Site itself very clean. Didn't buy much in shop as close to 2 big supermarkets.Kids really enjoyed pool although outdoor pools cold - some days we were the only ones using it. Hardy Scottish people! No swimming shorts allowed and witnessed people being asked to leave because of this. Tight swimwear only - speedo style for boys and men I'm afraid but to be honest everyone was wearing them so not a big deal.Enjoyed table tennis - take bats and balls with you if you already have otherwise will have to buy them on site.
Horse riding 2 minutes away and daughter went on a trek (thanks to reps for information on this!) and loved it.
Brilliant location for D Day beaches, Pegasus bridge and war graves. Very moving. Could have spent much longer in the area because of this.
Bayeux tapestry a hit with adults but not my 13 year old son! Lots of lovely little villages and beaches which we visited some evenings as we are not into the campsite entertainment side of things!
Now the down side. Thomsons have a row of caravans - mostly Rossini that are directly behind bouncy castles, play park and table tennis hut. Noise goes on until midnight - sometimes later and then starts again about 830 am with toddlers at park with parents! Bouncy castles are not supervised and are meant to be switched off at 10 30 pm which did not happen most nights and even when they were, teenagers switched back on again! Irate neighbour with young child took matters into his own hands and unplugged them one night! Table tennis hut used as a meeting place and unfortunately drinking den by teenagers until well after midnight. Site security seems to be non-existent. Reps did speak to site manager and gave us a complaints form but nothing really changed. Position of these caravans really awful when you walk around the site and see other people enjoying peace and quiet on the verandas of their caravans. There was no point in going to bed before midnight due to the screaming and shouting of teenagers whose parents were probably at the bar or sleeping in their own peaceful caravans! We expect some noise on a site but this really did spoil an otherwise great holiday.
Thomsons should make people aware of this or reduce the price of these caravans to reflect the noise issue.
However still a great holiday and fantastic base to explore this area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 500 metres from the extensive beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer in the department of Calvados and only 30 minutes from the town of Caen, Sandaya's 5 star camp site "La Cote de Nacre", welcomes you to Basse-Normandie. With its heated water park, its indoor pool and water slides, your family will be won over by Norman charm. Region of culture and heritage, you'll appreciate the campsite's central location between Arromanches and Ouistreham - ideal for imagining the June 1944 Landings in all their length and width. Everyone will be happy here, whether they have come to recharge their batteries, explore, or have fun. •Open from 25 March 2016 to 11 September 2016 •Camp site covering 10 hectares with 507 pitches. •Free activities and children's clubs. •Water Park covering 750 m² heated with covered pool and slides. •WIFI throughout the campsite and free access in the restaurant area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yelloh Village Cote De Nacre Hotel Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer