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Camping Club Les Sablons
Certificate of Excellence
Gloucester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Won't be going back!”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Have just returned from 10 days at Les Sablons, the area is lovely and we had a really relaxing & enjoyable holiday - but only because we avoided the facilities on the site as much as possible.

Upon arrival we discovered that the directions from the airport sent out by Eurocamp were wrong - sending us in totally the wrong direction, when we mentioned this to the rep on arrival she said 'Oh its funny lots of people say that'!!!!!!!........ not so funny when a 20 minute journey took nearly an hour & a half and you have 2 tired hungry kids in the car,

The pools are nowhere near large enough for the number of people on site, its impossible to attempt to swim without getting kicked, elbowed or splashed

The sunbeds are shoehorned in together with no space to walk between, felt a bit like sardines!

The pool 'regulations' state that men must wear 'speedo' style swimwear, something Eurocamp failed to specify in advance, the onsite shop must be making a fortune & funnily enough they stock vast quantities of speedos, its almost as if they have guessed nobody will be aware of this rule in advance.

The entertainment team are very over enthusiastic to say the least, just when you are relaxing with a book they launch into a dance routine around the pool with blaring music, I can see that this is the kind of holiday some people enjoy but we just prefer to be able to choose what we do and when we do it, rather than have it forced upon us.

The site is also very noisy at night, although we were quite far from the main bar area you can still hear everything, also, people seem to send their children off roaming around the site on bikes, shouting & screaming, and kicking footballs against caravans, often until midnight,

Its fair enough that maybe this just wasn't the type of site that we like but I think the lack of space is a real issue, they have just crammed as many pitches in as possible without a thought to the lack of space in public areas

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

This campsite was very good. It had fun slides, good pools, very nice restaurant. Although I found it was a bit focused around the "kids' club."we were in the pool and the slides closed for an hour and a half, for the kids club. It had a nice restaurant with lovely pizzas and pastas. I enjoyed the visit.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Pros:
The Caravan was a 3 bedroom Villa Grand with sizable kitchen and sitting area. The deck was good although it could be wider as its difficult to navigate around the chairs with everyone sitting.
Facilities: The campsite has two pools with a separate chute and 4 lane slide. From within the pool you can access toilets. There is a bar, restaurant, newsagent, veg shop and a spar all on site so your needs are well catered for. The site has a laundry located beside the pool also. There is a Carafore about 10 minutes down the road for any big shops and a Hypermarche closer still. The site is right beside the beach and there is an access from the campsite directly to the beach from the back of the site as well as direct access when you turn left out the main entrance. There are two tennis courts and a number of table tennis tables.

Kids Camps. There are Leos, Mini Base 7-12 and Base 13-17 available. The kids had a great time although they said the variety of activities was poor compared to other sites we've been on. The keycamp staff were helpful and courteous.

Cons:
The site can be busy. The pool can best be described as people soup during busy times, they really need a new big pool - expansion necessary. If you want to swim (as opposed to stand in the water) then best go down to the beach. The evening entertainment starts at about 9 pm with a kiddy disco followed by an animation show at 9:30. This can be hit and miss (good or completely apalling) There were a number of live bands that were very good and at other times they had some sort of french play that only a mother could love.
Other Cons: a very minor issue, If you dont have a shaded site the afternoons can be extremely hot and the Keycamp parasol is completely useless. Keycamp need to begin installing shaded decks as were provided by other companies on the same site.

Markets: markets are located literally outside the main entrance on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is a Sunday market also. The market is big so a small plage and well worth a few visits.

Overall, this is a camp site that is trying to be accommodating and helpful. The camp staff were generally pleasent. The site is a bit sandy but good for a french campsite. The security is very visible at all times which is a good thing if you have small children. If you want a keycamp type holiday then you could do worse.

Room Tip: Try for a shaded site particularly if you dont have air conditioning.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Falkirk
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Medium size park directly on the beach. For me the beach was the highlight of the park. it was clean, close and quite quiet.
The park was ok but could feel a bit crowded at times. The pool area was fine but in high season I could imagine it was be very crowded. There were exercise classes at no extra cost and these were good. There was kids clubs and other sports facilities on site that were ok.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We have just returned from a great week at Les Sablons. We were staying with Eurocamp in what they will be calling for 2014 their "Classic" mobile home, it was a 3 bed, 1 bath with aircon & deck and was great, well equipped. We stayed in pitch A101 which we liked as it was at the back of the site away from the noisiest part at the bar/pool area. It was also quite a private putch and had good shade. I see one of the other reviewers didn't like their view out towards the wetlands, I thought that looked fine - views on campsites tend to be of the caravan next door and your car! The Eurocamp and Keycamp pitches looked mostly shaded on this site and there were only a couple that I wouldn't have been happy with (facing right onto the road with no privacy). It's a good site compared to others we have stayed on.
The facilities on this campsite were great - all the pools are heated, the little toddler pool was great. There were plenty of loungers. I think it must have been full even though we were there at the every start of July as it was pretty packed - I can't imagine it any busier! We tended to avoid the pool at the hottest part of the day and went up around 3 or 4 for a couple of hours with our little ones (5,3 & 9mths) and that worked well.
The site animations team were brilliant - especially for the kids disco at night, the energy and enthusiasm they put into singing, dancing and laughing along with the kids was more than impressive and there's a great space around the bar for this.
The onsite takeaway was good, pizza, pasta, chips, all your basic stuff. The restaurant was fine - not high dining but we had a nice meal there one evening (service wasn't great).
The Eurocamp kids club (Fun Station for All) was on and our 5 year old went a couple of days. Kayleigh, the courier, was great. My complaint about Eurocamp is that they insist on stopping all their Mini Fun Station (6 mths - 4 years) the last weekend in June. It's as if they think that people with older kids don't also have toddlers! So it would have been better if these factilies were actually in operation in peak season but that's Eurocamp's issue across most sites, not down to Les Sablons. In any even their kids and adults "animations" programmes were excellent.
All in all, a lovely site, a nice size (not too big to walk across but with all the amenities of a larger site), great access to directly on to a lovely beach. There's not a lot to Portiragnes (either Plage or Town) but nearby Vias is good.
And there's plenty to do nearby - tip, on a wet morning (we had one) Euroland (France's largest indoor play park) was a great way for the kids to burn off energy - the place was enormous!!
Great park, I'd definitely recommend.

Room Tip: Pitches up around the bar/pool area could be noisy, although it all quietens down around 1130.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

We travelled to le Sablons with a 9 year old & 2 teenagers. The 9 year old loved the fun station. The Base station only started on our last day on site so did not get to avail of that. Overall, it is the type of holiday that you get back what you put in. There is so much to do every day, we especially loved the dance classes. Evening entertainment was always fun. Gets extremely busy from 1st July & the pool complex was not big enough to cater for this. Would v definitely return at some date in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Jona, Schweiz
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

First of all, you really have to love camping when you go to Les Sablons.
We are no campers but we rented a Chalet Etang as we have been advised by friends about this club. Moreover, we read the very good review about it. Still do not understand why.
The Chalet was very small and old. The view was terrible. Instead of grass and palmtrees we just had a lot of dirt in front of our chalet. (I attached a photo)

The pool has some very stupid rules. First time in my live I couldn't swim with my Shorts!

We booked and paid 3 nights but left after the first night.

For hardcore campers this might be a good place... for all the others I suggest to stay away from Les Sablons.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Camping Club Les Sablons
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Camping Club Les Sablons 5*
Number of rooms: 800
Also Known As:
Camping Club Les Sablons Hotel Portiragnes

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