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“Good site but very busy & noisy in peak season”

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Camping Sandaya la Cote de Nacre
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“Good site but very busy & noisy in peak season”
Reviewed September 1, 2009

This was our 2nd holiday at this site - also stayed here in August 2008. Stayed with 2 children aged 9 &12.

The site is lovely, situated not far from the beach within a residential area. The Thomson Chalets are great (we stayed with Thomson) everything you could wish for, extremely clean & well looked after with very comfortable beds, lovely BBQ's and we had a chalet which was southfacing so gave us all day sun - great!

The swimming pool complex is wonderful although if you go in the peak season, you may well struggle to find a sunbed as people are in the area first thing in the morning putting towels on them to reserve them and then some people don't come back until much later in the day to claim them - this is not policed at all! In hot weather, the pools do get very busy and again in peak season we found that many teenagers (and adults!) were jumping in, throwing & pushing friends in and generally making a nuisance of themselves. Although there is a lifeguard, they cover a big area of pool so probably not aware this is going on.

There is a shop on site - does good bread/croissants etc but the rest of the shop is very expensive - there are plenty of supermarkets within a 10 minute drive of the site, however.

There are laundry facilities - 5 euros for a washload but it is a big washload so I feel this is a fair price.

This part of Normandy is lovely - some really nice beaches, lots of interest to do with the Landing Beaches & WW2 & generally lots to do within an hours drive or closer.

Now for the bad bit! The majority of the Thomson (& a lot of the other UK holiday company) units are situated very close to the main entertainment area/swimming pool area which is great for convenience but not great at 9pm when the entertainment starts! In 2009, in high season, the music/entertainment/karaoke is dreadfully loud - we used to sit out enjoying our BBQ and the general ambience of the campsite when 9 oclock on the dot, the noise would start - this would go on until at least 11pm but sometimes midnight! The sad thing was, there are about 600 units on the site and walking round in the evening when this was going on, I would say that only about 10% of the population of the site were using the entertainment - the rest were trying to enjoy the outside life! One night, it got so loud, we went to bed but even with all doors & windows shut, we could not escape the noise! The 2nd week we were there (towards the end of the season), this noise toned down a lot and the ambience of the site was much, much better so just beware of noise if going in the peak season or request accommodation well away from the bar/pool area if you don't like a lot of noise.

Would we return to the site? Yes, we loved the area and loved the Thomson Chalets but unfortunately would not return with Thomson due to the location of the chalets - we would book direct with the site (Yelloh) - their vans funnily enough are all mainly situated away from the noise!

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Property: Camping Sandaya la Cote de Nacre
Address: Rue du General Moulton, 14750 Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer, France (Formerly Yelloh ! Village La Côte de Nacre)
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Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 504
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 
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Yelloh Village Cote De Nacre Hotel Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer

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