We stayed in a Comfort Plus villa, which was very nice - it had clearly been redecorated fairly recently (it looked like all the villas were being done) and things like the floor-to-ceiling blackboard and chalk were nice touches that were great for families! The grounds were all very nice and it was quite flat so cycling around wasn't an issue.
I bought a fitness pass for the duration of the midweek break - this was £10 completely wasted! I was expecting a decent gym as Center Parcs seems to highlight how good it is for an active holiday, but it was a tiny room with some cardio equipment and about 3 weights machines - no free weights whatsoever and very little space to do any floor work. Given that there are more than enough opportunities for running and cycling around the grounds, I'm not sure that dedicating the space to treadmills and exercise bikes over strength training equipment was the right move! I did go to a kettle bells class, which was very good, though this was an extra £7.50 on top of what I'd already spent on the "fitness pass".
The other activities and food were all very expensive as well - it's definitely worth bringing along some of your own food to eat in a few times if you're on any sort of budget. The pool was free, but very cold for little ones (the toddler section was being re-done) - we had to take my 16 month old niece out after a while as she was shivering. This was a shame as the constant expense left a bit of a bitter taste, when the holiday itself was so expensive, it felt like they knew you were likely to stay on site most of the time so they were going to squeeze as much money out of you as possible!
Overall, it was a pleasant stay mostly because of the nice grounds and accommodation, but there were a few too many disappointments with the price and some facilities for me to really recommend it with any enthusiasm!
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Elveden Forest Hotel Elveden
- Center Parcs Hotel Suffolk
- Center Parcs Suffolk
- Center Parcs Elveden Forest England