We spent 10 nights at Douce Quietude at the beginning of August with Keycamp.
The site itself is very pretty with plenty of shade being provided by trees and lots of pitch privacy from hedges and bushes.
This was our 1st trip down to the Cote du Azure and we were expecting the units to have very little space between them and around them as I believe is often the case when you come further south. In actual fact the pitch we had was pretty good, some nice private outside space and you didn’t feel crammed in as we feared we may. Ok we didn’t get a massive private garden as we have when staying in the Vendee but this was certainly adequate and comfortable.
As per other reviews have mentioned the shop has slightly odd opening hours but nothing you can’t work around, it may be a little more expensive than supermarkets but that’s surely what you would expect. Shop keeper was very friendly and chatty, gave us a nice bottle of wine on our 1st visit.
The pool complex is big with 2 very large pools, 2 hot tub/bubble spas (over 16’s only) and a kids splash area with various squirty jets, a baby pool with a little slide and other fun stuff for the very little ones.
There are plenty of sunbeds if you search hard enough, we never made it up to the pool before 11.30am and always managed to grab a couple, sometimes after a bit of hunting or waiting. The pool staff do move peoples belongings off sunbeds if they believe that someone has left their towels there to reserve them – be warned!
The pool has just 1 big slide, good fun but compared to other sites we have been to seemed fairly limited. The whole pool complex perhaps doesn’t suit smaller children so well. Both big pools are quite deep so kids aged 3 – 6 may find them a little off-putting. Likewise with the slides, ours eventually plucked up the courage to go down it alone but with many big kids and teenagers bombing down it 7 at a time they did get bumped occasionally. No big deal but a smaller slide for little ones would have been better.
It is a Speedo’s only zone I’m afraid so get those budgies ready to be smuggled and bare it all guys. The pool has a lot of rules and safety notices but most they seem to let pass such as jumping into the area where the slide exits into the pool, going down the slide on knees, standing up, on top of each other. The whistles are frequently blown in an assertive way for anyone considering to breach the speedo’s rule and once at me because one of my shoes fell out of my bag and was ON THE FLOOR next to my sunbed – God forbid, a death trap waiting to happen!
There were daily activities orgained around the pool area including a mid-day sing along and dance routine that is quite ‘interesting’. The site does seem well suited to teenagers and plenty of things for them to do.
The bar and restaurant area didn’t impress too much. I thought the lay out was poor as there wasn’t a real bar bit to have a drink in, you always felt that you were intruding into the restaurant. We never ate in the resturnant despite trying on a number of occasions. Once at lunch when it was supposed to be open for snacks ‘non-stop’, unfortunately it appeared to have stopped. We tried twice in the evenings but I felt positively dissuaded from attending some random French theme evening when you all had to dress in white and another time when they stopped allowing bookings after 8.15 due to some entertainment act being on later.
If the quality of the food matched the takeaway standard then perhaps it was a lucky escape. A couple of times we tried the takeaway pizzas and they were truly awful. How hard is it to ruin a pizza, they seem to have mastered it.
The site also has various other areas, tennis, table tennis, playground, boules place and football pitch – All good any well maintained. My only criticism would be that the playground was tucked away from the pool and what little bar area there was so smaller children would need taking there by an adult. Again, previous sites have had the play park right next to the pool and bar meaning you can relax with a drink while the kids play. It may seem like an unjustified gripe but it makes a huge difference in how adults can relax and the child’s sense of freedom and independence. We spent 4 nights at a different site that had this set up and it made a big difference.
Agay is very close and has a lovely beach and some nice cafes and restaurants for lunch or an evening meal. You can rent pedalos, jet skis etc from a little place there but it takes a bit of finding. Its hidden under the bridge so you have to walk along the main road with the beach on your left towards the bridge to find them.
Also very close to St Raphael & Frejus, well worth a visit day and night. We drove to St Tropez for a day, again a nice place to visit but pick the wrong time and the roads could be very busy in peak holiday times. I believe that you can get a ferry there which may be a better option.
Overall a nice site in a great location. Once you have been to a few different sites you spot the bits that really make them special. The gripes I highlight are really what would make the perfect scenario for us, but let’s face it you are never going to see true perfection – unless you of course you happened to see me poolside in my budgie smugglers!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SANDAYA DOUCE QUIETUDE 5 STAR CAMPING CLUB An exceptional setting for your holiday in the Var Douce Quiétude 5 star campsite is a real Village Camping Club welcoming you in an idyllic setting in the heart of a natural pine forest that blends into the wild beauty of the Estérel mountains. Located on the Côte d'Azur, between Cannes and Saint-Tropez, and less than 8 minutes from the Mediterranean with its different types of beaches - sandy beaches in Agay, Saint-Raphaël and Fréjus, pebble beaches at Dramont and Boulouris - Douce Quiétude is an ideal starting point for exploring the coast, the variety of landscapes in the Var & the Alpes Maritimes and the most beautiful places in Provence. Concentrated sensations with family or friends... for a very different and resolutely successful holiday ! The Eden of a 5 star camping in the Var Enjoy the refined design of the 261 mobile homes and the comfort of the 72 clearly separated pitches for your camping car, caravan or tent. Exclusively and for optimum comfort, 6 pitches are equipped with private facilities, garden furniture, barbecue and parasol. ... more less
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