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Camping Sandaya Douce Quietude
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England
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“Great location, nice site”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

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!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2013

This was our first visit to Douce Quietude. It lived up to our expectations on so many levels.
Good points:-
1. Beautiful surroundings, lots of trees for shade and pretty flowering shrubs.
2. Generally very clean, never any litter lying around, very clean pool, poolside area and changing area. Accomodation was very clean and in good condition.
3. Helpful reception staff and Keycamp reps. Nothing was too much trouble.
4. On site Doctor (selected times), well stocked shop, poolside bar for drinks and snacks including pizzas and toasted sandwiches.
5. Fabulous area for younger children, with safe and clean waterplay area (fountains, slides etc.)
6. Seperate areas for boules, archery and other activities.
7. Location good for exploring surrounding areas - but a car is needed to get most benefit.
8. Large supermarket 2 miles away.
9. Quiet and private plots available by advanced booking - away from the hustle and bustle. Very peaceful and pretty.
10. A good pharmacy is available at the Jardins de Diane, about 1 mile away. The onsite shop does not sell things such as paracetamol or insect bite cream.

Not so good points:-
1. The pool is fabulous but can get very busy in high season. It can be difficult to get sunbeds if there are more than two of you who want to be together. Suggest it best to get up there early or wait until 5pm when some of them get freed up.
2. You need a car if you want to explore as the site is quite isolated. The site and surrounding area is hilly, so not ideal for those who have difficulty with mobility. Most of the plots on the site are on slopes. There is an uphill climb to the main pool area, shop and reception.
3. The pool may be a good 10 minute walk away if you have chosen a quiet plot.
4. The prices in the bar and restaurant were pricey, although not out of sync with those in the local area.
5. When we went in July/August we were bitten by insects, so go prepared with repellents and bite creams just in case!

Overall, a superb holiday. With a car you can explore a variety of attractions within a two hour drive including the beautiful Gorges du Verdon (including the Lac de St. Croix - well worth a visit!), Monaco and Monte Carlo, St. Tropez and local vineyards. My rating for poor sleep quality was down to having a cold and itching insect bites, not because of the site itself.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

As I sit here having been back at home for 24 hours, getting used to the drop in temperature from 35 to 18 degrees, it is easy to wish we were back in our Caravan on Douce Quietude.
Overall, I wish we were. The site is still well run, well maintained, clean and safe. It is also perfectly placed to explore the Rivera. this year we visted St Tropez, St. Maxime and Monaco as well as the usual St. Raphael, Frejus and Agay. Ate out lots (don't cook too much on holiday) and loved the beaches (Tikki not so great this year - over crowded and 'gritty'). We also had three cool days at Lac de St. Cassienn - a must if you have children who can swim although this year we made ours wear life vests (even at 10 and 12) which made us much more relaxed as we all leapt off the boat into the middle of this enormous lake :)
Plus the weather was awesome - we will really miss the sunshine, although only a couple of years ago our two would have complained about 28 - 35 degrees every day.
St. Maxime at night is one of the coolest places I have every been making the region a must return region.
Sadly we have had enough of Canvas holidays I think. It is clear they are feeling the pinch financially ( van was more run down than I have ever seen, lights not working, Loo not flushing properly, blind missing of the bathroom - nothing catastrophic in isolation...but they all added up. Plus they seem to raise their prices each year...and at 2.5k for a fortnight they are not cheap
Oh well - I will keep looking, and if anyone knows a way of visiting the region that offers similar fun for kids that is not a small mobile home on stilts please let us know. happy to pay!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Leitrim
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We usually travel with Keycamp but this time because of dates we went with Crystal Holidays (Al Fresco). We are two families that travel together and asked for mobile homes together which we got. The mobile homes themselves looked brand new and were spotlessly clean, however my BBQ was rusty and shoddy looking and should have been replaced as using it in this condition was not an option, as BBQ's are not overly expensive this should have been looked into when last holiday family moved out. Air con is a must.

Douce Quietude itself is an amazing campsite, surrounded by beautiful trees which offer welcome shade at different times of the day and evening around the mobile homes, stunning flowers everywhere of pinks and reds that are quite simply stunning. From the moment of arrival you could tell this campsite had everything down to a t..... The staff were the friendliest we have come across, for example on our first evening we were just settling in after the drive (50 mins from Nice airport) we decided to dine on site, when we sat down one of the staff sat and ate with us.... he had broken but good enough english he was a delight and was happy entertaining us, he was also a goodlooking chap and with three 19 year old girls in our family party.... you get the picture !!
They have a really good onsite shop which has everything you could need, baguettes croissants doughnuts baked on site, staff there couldn't be more helpful.

The pool area was large with 2 separate pools and two jacusis, one of the pools having a slide which was brilliant and as a 54 year old mum I can vouch for this as I was made go down it, several times !!!
The beds were plentiful for sunbathing but there were a couple of very strict rules no shoes/sandals in or around the pool area, they provide a bag if you do not have one and the other rule, no food at all. This in my opinion made for a very clean area. Also a huge plus pool side... life guards, there was always 2-3 on duty at once always very diligent and walking around the pools. There was water aerobics every morning which was really taken advantage of and twice a day there was dancing around the pool just for fun and I truthfully mean this when I say that practically everyone got up and danced, men included!!

There was loads of entertainment in the evenings should you wish to avail of it, from magic shows to singing and dancing. Lots of children's activities from pool games to treasure hunts, you'd see the children running all over the place looking under bushes and behind trees it was a pleasure to see children having such a care free and happy time.

So that's just a hint of what you can expect if you go to Douce Quietude, a lovely safe and child friendly place with lovely people. Roll on next year !

Irene Reynolds
Leitrim

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Just back from holiday here with Keycamp. We flew from Dublin to Marseille and then hired a car for two weeks. The caravan was great - definitely need the a/c ! The two reps were very helpful. Keycamp provide gas bbq which is handy. I have been to 5 different sites in France and this site by far has been best maintained - beautiful flower lined hedges make it picturesque and private. The site was very secure, with cctv all round, card access for barrier and a full time security guard at gate. No problem letting kids have a free reign. Castels group very professional and also helpful during our stay. They also provided 1hr free wifi every day at the cafe area, which was handy to keep in touch. Pool was great for kids, very clean with lifeguards and a 1st aid station on hand. Excellent area for toddlers and little kids. Slide good and pool games/entertainment good throughout day. Takeaway good for pizza and chips. Big new L'Eclercs supermarket 5 mins away, although on site supermarket handy for baguettes etc even if it was a little expensive.
We visited St Raphael, Frejus, Agay, St Tropez and Monte Carlo, so the site is well positioned to explore the Riviera. Ran out of time to do everything we wanted.
Would definitely recommend this site and although we like to see different parts of France, would really look forward to coming back here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Bangor, County Down
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We are just back from 12 nights at this Castels 5-star campsite. Didn't really know what to expect, but have to say that this campsite exceeded our expectations. It is in a beautiful location slightly inland from the coast and has a very relaxed atmosphere. The guests are mostly French, which gives it an authentic feel, but there are Dutch, Belgian, Spanish, British and Irish holidaymakers too. The entertainments programme run by the campsite is excellent. We picked up the Weekly Entertainments Sheet from the campsite reception on check-in and went along to the Welcome Drink (Sunday at 6pm). This was a brilliant way of finding out about everything the campsite had to offer and the presentation was in both French and English. We were lucky in that we arrived just in time for the high season (started 30th June), so there was plenty going on, including shows at the pool stage in the evenings. The best thing for us though was the Teen Club, which ran every afternoon Monday-Friday. Tim was brilliant with the kids and made sure he translated everything into English for them as most kids there were French speakers. I think it was a great opportunity for our children to pick up some French and make new friends, and they had fun there. There is also a Teen Disco 3 nights a week from 11pm until 3am (16 +). The whole family enjoyed trying the archery, which is free for everyone to try, with free tuition.
The swimming pools were good and we never had trouble getting a sunlounger as the lifeguards frown upon reserving sunloungers with towels! There is a big waterchute, a couple of jacuzzis and a splash zone for the younger kids.
We tried the restaurant on site once and the pizzas were very good. They also do a takeaway service. Otherwise, we made good use of our gas BBQ, which was quick and easy to use. The campsite shop does have restricted opening hours, but this was fine and it is open all day Saturday and Sunday in high season. We went every morning to get our fresh baguettes. We flew into Nice Airport and hired a car (recommended for this campsite) so did our shopping at the nearby E.Leclerc hypermarket. The prices were great and overall no dearer than the UK. There is also a McDonald's there and a shopping centre, with pharmacy. Unfortunately, we needed to visit the pharmacy as my husband was bitten by mosquitos, so I would advise taking insect repellant if you are susceptible to bites.
In terms of day trips, we drove to nearby Aqualand in Frejus (the campsite sells discount tickets). This was a good day out for the kids, although you have to pay for the privilege of sitting on the sunloungers there. We also went to the night market at St. Raphael, Agay (beautiful beach), Draguignan, the Verdon Park and lots of markets! The roads are quite busy, with lots of roundabouts to negotiate, so you have to keep your wits about you!
All in all, a very relaxing holiday and we wouldn't hesitate to go back. We stayed with Keycamp and our mobile was in a lovely spot. We had booked a 3-bed model and requested a double and two twin-bed rooms (instead of a twin and a bunk room) and they were able to do this for us, which was much appreciated.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Just back from a lovely holiday at Douche Quietude. Booked with Canvas Holidays. Campsite is very big but thankfully we were located near the pools which was a bonus as we have 3 small children under 5 meaning we didn't have too far a trek but yet were at a safe enough distance away from the pools. The pools were lovely but a little on the cool side. The speedos rule is very strictly enforced on this site as is the no flip-flops/footwear rule at the pool which I personally thought a little over the top. We were provided with bags to put footwear in on arrival.

Activities: although Canvas advertise this as a toddler friendly resort our group (7 adults & 7 kids) didn't agree with this. We were on site for 12nights and didn't see anything for the kids to do. When we asked the reps (Ian & Belinda) about activities/childrens disco etc they were not able to provide us with any information apart from advising us to check the activity sheet at reception. Althiough they were both very nice this was a little disappointing from Canvas as personally I believe that the reps should know what is happening around the site to be able to tell their guests. As stated by another guest in their review, there were a lot of activities happening (water polo, zumba, water aerobics) which were all in French and appealed more to teenagers.

Getting around: campsite is in a very good location for sightseeing. We didn't hire a car this time but did regret this as the buses do not run as regularly as we were told by the reps so when we had to get a taxi back from Le Leclerc ( a fantastic supermarket) it cost us 25 euro for approx a 3 km journey :(. The taxi drivers told us it costs so much as they have to come from the train station in St Raphael. The shop on site is very expensive so we just bought the basics here. The shop & restaurant have unusual opening hours i.e shop opens from 8-12noon and then from 5pm -7.15pm. Restaurant opened from 12-2pm and then didn't open again until evening. We arrived on site in the middle of the afternoon after travelling from 6am that morning and were not able to get anything to eat on site at all until the shop opened at 5pm. The restaurant didn't open on Mondays but on our 2nd week it opened but served pizzas only for take -away only!!!

Overall a nice campsite, lovely pools but just not for us as we have stayed at better ones.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Camping Sandaya Douce Quietude
Address: 3435 boulevard Jacques Baudino | Jacques Baudino, Saint-Raphael, France
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Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Saint-Raphael
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Saint-Raphael
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Hotel Class:5 star — Camping Sandaya Douce Quietude 5*
Number of rooms: 333
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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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