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Camping Club Les Sablons
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Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

Having read the reviews on here, I was not prepared for the reality of this large and cramped site and didn't find this trip as relaxing and enjoyable as I had hoped.

Firstly the site isn't large enough for the number of units. Every free spot contained a van or a tent, and the vans were very close together, there was barely enough room between the vans to park the car and definitly not enough room for our children to play. I got to know the intimate arrangements of our neighbours from our kitchen window - what they had for breakfast, who preferred wine or beer, etc because their decking was very close to our van. Also, our row of vans was on a gravel track which was dirty and very dusty and meant our toddler couldn't play on his scoote and that there was no inclination to sit on the decking with a book and a glass of wine. The row of vans reminded me of some sort of third world prison block. This seems to be worse for the operators (keycamp, eurocamp, etc) than the site owned vans - they seemed larger and better kept.

The pool was too small for the number of people - two 15 m pools plus a toddler pool and some slides. The slides kept our children occupied but the toddler pool was too small and too deep to leave our 3 year old unattended - no relaxing with a book on a lounger (if you could even get one). Ditto for the take away, typical poor French service and long waits but the spar shop and bakery were much better.

The beach was lovely and was the saving grace of the holiday.

Perhaps I am expecting too much of these sites and this type of large site seems very common close to beaches, but compared to other sites I have stayed at this rates amongst the worst and we chose to take the kids on a suprise trip to Eurodisney rather than complete our stay here. If you are looking for a bustling site with the population of a small town then this maybe OK, but you should know this before you arrive.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

This was our first holiday at Les Sablon. 2 Adults, 2 Children (13 and 9) stayed in a Vivaldi 3 bed chalet with Thomson Al Fresco. So glad we booked air con as temp was 30 - 35 C most days. Chalet was much cleaner than Eurocamp one we had last year elsewhere in France. Site was very large but this meant it had everything on site. Only used car for day out to Carcasonne which was 1 hr drive but well worth a visit. Our chalet was far away from the pool and entertainment which we were pleased about as it went on quite late. Pool was fantastic. Plenty of slides and pools. Sometimes difficult to get sunbeds but OK if you get there at 10am or 1pm. Good play areas. Tennis and table tennis was free. On site shop was adequate and bakery was amazing. Restaurant and creperie both good. Beach was beautiful and shallow sea and great banana boat trip! Flew to Montpelier and hired a car which worked well. Site was 1 hr drive from Montpelier airport. Would definitely stay here again but would make sure chalet well away from entertainment again.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Al_Fresco_11, Al Fresco Holidays Customer Service Team at Camping Club Les Sablons, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2013

Thank you for your comments regarding your mobile home on Les Sablons - I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the campsite facilities and we hope to see you again this summer. Kind Regards Al Fresco Holidays

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Just returned from a 10 day visit to Les Sablons, we had a great time and couldn't really fault anything. We travelled with a 4 and 6 year old who spent most of their time in the pool and at the Beach.

The pool was busy, but we always got a couple of loungers or chairs. The whole pool area was exceptionally clean, and Uk pools could learn a lot from Les Sablons! Life guards were on duty every day and very attentive. The beach was nice and sandy with a shallow incline into the sea, the sea was warm.

Our children loved the mini club disco that was on daily, they soon learnt all the dance moves and the catchy tunes are still being sung around the house. We did not use the mini club in the day but the children in It always looked to be doing something fun.

The seaside town in Portiragnes was pleasant with nice restaurants and shops. In the surrounding area we visited Beziers, Carconsse, and Pezenas - all nice but particularly liked Pezenas!

We flew from Birmingham to Montpellier and had an overnight stay in Montpellier which again was a nice clean city with lots of squares to stop and have a coffe or glass of wine! It only took us about 40 mins to drive from Montpellier to Les Sablons and was very easy to find.

All in all a great family holiday resort!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Stayed here from 20th August-27th, pleasent stay with Thomson, friendly reps!!

The onsite shop is wonderful, really cheap prices. Right next to a bakery that is lovely. and a few shops, about a 1 minute walk to the beach exit the campsite turn left and walk a couple of shops where you can buy bits. A few resturants also. Carrefour, intermarche, SUPER U are a couple minutes drive away all very cheap. Beziers itself is a lovely town we had lunch there, very nice. Travelled with a teen and infant loved all the reps onsite, especially Celine! Massive thank you to you, we all loved getting up and dancing along with you at the mini club. And your zumba/work out routines where amazing. massive MERCI!! There is bands and all sorts, absolutely wicked. Onsite takeaway lovely and cheap, also a onsite resturant and bar. The pool area is lovely and there are always pool events. Lifeguards friendly. Returning next year!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Having stayed at Siblu Lac De Reeves 4 years ago, I was reluctant to try anything else. Siblu's reputation was very good so when I was told by some friends that there were other campsites in Europe run by other companies and maybe I should try them instead.

Euro Camp, Key Camp and Thomson's Alfresco. It seems my wife and I like to book last minute holidays and this year was no exception. What we booked was an 11 day stay at Les Sablons in one of their 2 bedroom Rosini's.

We opted to use Eurostar and TGV as this was what we used last time and it allowed us as a family to relax before the holiday.

We arrived and the Thomson's rep was on hand to guide the taxi to our apartment. She showed us around and left her mobile number.

The location of the caravan was it seemed a long way from anything but once you got to know the shortcuts it was 2 minutes walk to the shops and 1 minute walk to the swimming pool.

My gripes with Siblu were that the local shop did not cater for everyone's needs and this has always been a problem. Not at Les Sablons, a Spar, bakery, fruit shop and a newspaper shop plus a Pizzeria all on site.

This was fantastic as we didn't need a car at all.

The pool was fantastic, yet you had to queue up at 10 in the morning to assure yourself of a decent spot, you had to be down at the theatre for nine in the evening to get yourself a decent table but other than that there were lots of British children and my daughter was given a bit of freedom to go off exploring with her friends.

The beach really is 200 metres away and is very nice. It was sometimes warmer than the swimming pool.

Overall a fantastic holiday, way better than Siblu from 4 years ago. Downside's rent a bike on campus to get you round quicker.

Booking for next year because it was so good that 11 days really wasn't enough so next year going for 2 weeks and going to fly there instead as I found out it is only 20 minutes away from resort.

If I had to change one thing, the entertainment is all in French but I got picked on by the magician and it really wasn't a problem.

Room Tip: If you are going with two children as I was I would possibly elect to go for a bigger caravan as the...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This campsite is in an excellent location within a beautiful area of France. This was our second, consecutive stay at this site, having previously stayed at two others, further West, in the past.
Booked first time as good reputation for activities for teenagers and so this has proven, hence our return. In fact, great facilties / activities for children of all ages.
Facilties on-site are very good indeed from the bakery, grocer, showers, bar, tennis courts, play-parks, laundry facilties, etc.
Weather usually excellent, beaches close at hand, the stunning Canal du Midi within striking distance, Acrobranche (Go Ape) nearby, Beziers, Vias, Agde, Pezenas, Carcassone, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon, etc., all within easy reach, whether by car, bus and/or train.
Did NOT hire a car this year, for the first time ever on holiday, and did not really miss it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

We booked this site on the strength of the trip advisor reviews and the fact that keycamp ran kids clubs which my oldest two had really enjoyed on previous sites. We also thought it would be nice to be next to the beach. We also travelled with my 2 brothers and their young families who booked with Thompson Alfresco (their kids are too young for kids clubs)
When we first arrived we were very disappointed and just wanted to leave. The pitches are tiny - described as medium in the key camp brochure - I'd hate to see small - and you are very close to those behind and in front of you. The caravans are laid out in roads side to side, about a car length from each other. We booked a Villagrande and it was pretty horrible. Very tired and dated, ants, very dirty bench sofa, smelly toilet, which was separate from anywhere you could wash your hands, and shower which you had to tuck the pipe around the taps to get it to spray in the middle. The decking was tiny - the smallest ever - and for a three bedroom caravan pretty ridiculous - you could only sit three around the table anymore and nobody could move around as there was no space left to go into the caravan. Not great if you are a family of 5. Luckily my brother had a much nicer, much larger decking with Thompson and we ended up eating there every night. The pitch itself is just sandy dirt - and very dirty with old barbie coals mixed in - our three year old couldn't play by the van at all and we really missed relaxing on the deck whilst he played. Also you are so close to all the other vans it just doesn't feel that nice sitting outside.
The Thompson vans were nicer in every way - cleaner, newer, bigger decking etc.
The pool is very busy and too small for the number of people on the site - again its not a particularly nice place to sit around and relax. Our youngest did love the splash pool though and our oldest the slides - although they were shut on our last day due to a child sustaining an injury on a loose tile.
The takeaway does the basics - pizzas which were nice but is very slow. The bakery is delicious. The laundry is expensive (5 euros a wash) but the machines are large and very quick.
The direct access to the beach is what saved the holiday - it was lovely and the kids all enjoyed it and was somewhere nice to be for the adults.
The older 2 liked the keycamp clubs but did think that the site run club looked more exciting. They soon made friends but because the site was so big I did worry about them going off on their bikes.
We ended up leaving 4 days early - a week was enough for us!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Address: Avenue des Muriers | Portiragnes-Plage, 34420 Portiragnes, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Herault > Portiragnes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Portiragnes
Price Range: $25 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Camping Club Les Sablons 5*
Number of rooms: 800
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Camping Club Les Sablons Hotel Portiragnes

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