First and foremost this is a lovely campsite, well maintained with very accomodating staff. We have just returned from a 2 week stay in a 3 bed Mobile with Venue. Our rep Andy (who we had last year at La Brasilia) was as helpful as usual and we had a good site No.8023 which did not have any other mobiles facing onto it.
The Domaine campsite is a beautiful site with bar, restaurant, take away, lovely patisserie, shops, kiddies playground, games room, min golf (needs upgrading) and a small football pitch. The shop is well stocked and there are local Hyper U and Carrefour within a 10min/10km drive away. The swimming pool area itself is nice with slides for the kids, a kiddies pool and 2 larger pools. You will need to purcahse your speedos to comply with pool rules.The beautiful beach is only a 15/20 min walk away if you need an alternative. There is a holiday train/bus which leaves just outside the campsite and takes you into Valras Plage for €3.50 adults/€2.50 children where there are plenty of restaurants.
We were in situ for the last week in June/first week in July. Overall we were happy with the campsite, but we felt that the entertainment offered was not up to the standards we are used to. I do not mean this in a snobby way BUT having been to Bella Italia in Italy and La Brasilia and Club Farrett in France over the past few years we felt that the entertainment on offer here was not a patch on that offered elsewhere. In the 3 aforementioned campites there is entertainment with nightly shows provided by camp staff that is perfect for entertaining kids. Ours are 7, 5 and 2 and were disappointed by the level of entertainment offered. In the other campsites there were also poolside dancing/activities twice daily. In Domaine there was a 15 minute poolside dance session at 12 noon and that was it for the day, until the kiddies mini-disco at 8.30pm which was really geared for the under 5s. There were a few Karaoke nights and duets featuring outside performers but these were geared really for an adult audience and not children. There was a good Men V Women event organised by campsite staff which the kids found amusing as was the magician night, but overall we felt more emphasis could have been placed on nightly shows. This is a family campsite and as we all know once the kids are kept entertained then the adults are also happy and can relax with a few vinos from the local winery. The entertainment was so lacking that we did not venture up to the bar area some nights and went outside the campsite to entertain the kids. Europark in Vias Plage 25 mins drive is worth a visit as is Cap D'agde - 30 mins drive. Thus, the lack of entertainemnt was the biggest/only negative here as it (a) impacts on the campsites potential earnings, and (b) does not promote families meeting with other familes on holidays - which may suit some people. We were with another family, friends of ours, who were in agreement.
One other thing is that the campsite does not really kick-off until July 1st. Maybe it's a financial matter, but staff numbers increased immeasurably on July 1st. More activities came on stream on July 1 - not enough though. The poolside bar did not open until july 1. This was in contrast to all the other campsites we have visited where the activities were on offer from day one, whilst granted the volume of visitors increases from july 1 to coincide with the annual school holidays.
To synopsise this is a really lovely campsite and maybe we have been spoiled over the years with regards entertainment offered by other campistes, but when we go on holidays we want our kids to have access to entertainment whether it be shows or otherwise. A little more work from Domaine DLY on this element of their business and they could have a truly splendid campsite offering.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A green paradise of 23 hectares situated in the heart of a Wine Estate, ideal for a camping holiday in your caravan or motor home, in a modern and comfortable rental, or even in a tent. Enjoy the pleasures of the surrounding water either on; the sandy Mediterranean beaches, accessible by small sheltered paths, or in our heated swimming pools, equipped with water slides and a rapid river. Entertainment is provided throughout the day for all ages and tastes. After enjoying all the outdoor activities that are offered during the day, we offer you and the whole family to take part in our evening activities at Domaine La Yole, which are among the most renowned in campsites around France. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Camping Domaine De La Yole Hotel Valras-Plage