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Camping Sandaya la Cote de Nacre
Warwickshire
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43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A Great Base to explore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

We have just returned from our first experience of travelling with Eurocamp and taking a dog on holiday.

Firstly we can honestly say that taking your dog to Europe using the Pet Passport scheme is very easy. We travelled via the tunnel as decided that this was a good option - quick and dog could stay with us. It is a long drive from Calais to Saint Aubin Sur Mer taking 4 hours but the roads weren't busy.

At arrival at the site we were greeted by a member of the Eurocamp team Katie, who took us round to our accommodation Esprit 2 bed, 1 bath with deck. It was really clean and our extras that we had ordered were all ready for us. After making the beds and unpacking we headed into the village. A short walk to local shops and the beach.

St Aubin Sur Mer originally was a fishing village. The beach here is where the Canadians landed during D Day and met heavy resistance.

We used the site as a base to visit all of the D Day Beaches and museums in the area. We visited Juno Beach and centre, Gold Beach, Arromanches to see the artificial harbour, Ouistreham, Sword Beach, Pegasus Bridge, Caen, Bayeux, Honfleur, Deauville, Ohama Beach and most of the museums in the area.

The area is easy to explore with some beautiful countryside.

A trip to the war cemeteries is very moving and thought provoking.

We ate out in local restaurants but also used the supermarket to purchase provisions and used the barbie provided.

Our 15 year old son used the pool once but found it was cold and not very deep. It certainly seemed very popular with the smaller children.

The site is kept really clean with lots of facilities. A couple of nights we found it was noisy. We did use the on site shop but mostly used the supermarkets s these are a cheaper option.

If you do travel with your dog just remember to book the visit to vet prior to your return journey. We went two days before we were due to travel home. We also took our own worming tablet and frontline which they were happy to use. Just make sure you get all of relevant pages stamped in the passport so to avoid any problems when returning home.

Would we travel with Eurocamp again ? YES
Would we take the dog again ? YES

Overall we had a fabulous trip to France.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

We stayed here for D-Day celebrations in our own tent. The pitches are of very good size flat and really well maintained. We met some relatives and prior to booking we were unable to be next to each other due to busy time of year. On arrival we discovered that in fact we had been put together which just added to our holiday and a very lovely surprise.

The staff are amazing nothing is to much trouble and they are full of knowledge and advice.
We found the area perfect for visiting D-Day sites you are never further away than an hours drive.

The onsite shop is well stocked and bakes fresh bread twice a day which is amazing. The pool looks well maintained and clean but with so much D-Day sites to see we didn't get a chance to use it.

The toilets and shower blocks are very clean and always available considering the time of year we never had to queue to use these facilities. We never heard any noise at night really quiet.

We absolutely loved our holiday here and we will be returning.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

Trying to comply with government regulations and not take the kids out of school we decided to try this option. Boat over Portsmouth to Caen. After to very short drive from Port to site, which after only 2wrong turns we made it. We were welcomed by the lovely team that are Paul and Jackie! They were delightful and just what you need after travelling. The first thing Paul did was take us to our caravan, he rode his bike around the site to show us where to go and settled us in. This firstly was lovely, that job of finding where your caravan was vanished! When we got in and open the fridge there sat to stubby beers and three cartons of juice for the kids, just what we wanted to see on arrival. So big thank you for that Reps.

The caravan park looked lovely, clean, spacious, with children for my children to play with having a great time without tv! I was impressed at the park, quite a nice size with no wear or tear or damage this was next to two bouncy castles. There are table tennis tables located here too which you can get the paddles for for free at the reception which meant we could have fun whilst watching the 3 children. There was a climbing wall but only open twice a week and not advertised. I tree top climbing frame that is quite small and looked a bit ropey(no pun intended). All these extras we free, to my surprise as I am used to extras being charged at a high price!

The Swimming pool was my children's favourite, one day they spent 6 hours in there. Firstly, yes it cold. It's an outside pool, if the Sun is out it is obviously warmer. They had a retractable roof on one of the pools, this comes over if the weather is looking poor for that day so still something for them to do on a rainy day. The water park with 2 slides a lazy river and other pools was impressive and again very very clean. Also to note I never had to fight for a sun bed once.

Caravans were big enough, had everything you need except bin bags and foil. The decking was lovely with a big table outside. BBQ was a tad small but still worked perfectly fine. They had a high chair under the bed if needed, they also had a baby gate that cover they patio doors and the steps over the decking which even though I do not need it Impressed me.

Me and my family had a great time, Paul was an amazing rep and a credit to the company. Perfect customer service skills.

Enjoy.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

But everything else great. There is a free central wifi and a service you can sign up to. Both are very limited and frequently drop out. The paid for service signal may not reach all areas. Very frustrating as everything else is so good . They will need to get this sorted before I would consider a revisit ...on the Maslow triangle of basic needs in my family and usually would book on the basis of a good wifi service !

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Cork
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is a 5 star accomadation. There is free wi fi in the bar. We booked with euro camp and they couldn't have been more helpful. It is in a great location, a five minute walk to a beautiful beach. The pool is fabulous. There is a mini disco on every night which my son really enjoyed. The only problem was that for a pint of beer in the bar was €6.80. Overall we had the best holiday ever and we will be returning here on next years holiday.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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dundee, scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

Really enjoyed our time here. Lots to do in the surrounding area. Our accommodation was great -went with AlFresco-fantastic Reps-nothing too much trouble. The downside of the camp is that there lacked a buzz that has been present at other camps-we do not look for ,all out entertainment or constant on the go-it just felt a bit flat and that was even with The World Cup on.! The take away is good, but the restaurant is poor. The barman with the beard is rude and has the worst customer service ever-He ignores you and continues talking to staff. He did it with us and noticed it with lots of others-YELLO, needs to sort this out. Also they serve flat coke out of bottles but charge full can price.
St Aubin sur mer-Le Crabe Vert was a good restaurant.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

We stayed at CDN 2-12 June 2014. Travelled as two couples. Were there for the 70th D-Day anniversary. Was a bit apprehensive of site as had read it could be quite noisy but were pleasantly surprised as did not find this at all. Site is perfectly situated for visiting the D-Day sites and surrounding area. Only criticisms was very bad wi-fi connection. Available at bar area but was haphazard. Also the bar seemed to have no management at all unfortunately run by young staff who were more interested in enjoying themselves and not serving customers. Shame there was not a quiet bar for a drink, just loud music where you clould not chat. That said, the site is good and we would definitely stop there again.

Must give credit to Paul and Sandy, the Al Fresco reps. They were fantastic. Was a real pleasure to meet them. They take great pride in their work and are keen that their holidaymakers are having a good stay. Well done to you both, you are a credit to Al Fresco.

Miles and Hasberry

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Al_Fresco_11, Al Fresco Holidays at Camping Sandaya la Cote de Nacre, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Hi Janice,

Thank you for your review.

We're pleased to see you had an enjoyable time on Cote de Nacre recently.

Thank you for such lovely comments on our team - I'll make sure they are passed to their manager - it's great to see they made such an impact on your holiday.

Hope to see you again soon.
the Al Fresco team
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Property: Camping Sandaya la Cote de Nacre
Address: Rue du General Moulton, 14750 Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer, France (Formerly Yelloh ! Village La Côte de Nacre)
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Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 504
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only 500 metres from the extensive beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer in the department of Calvados and only 30 minutes from the town of Caen, Sandaya's 5 star camp site "La Cote de Nacre", welcomes you to Basse-Normandie. With its heated water park, its indoor pool and water slides, your family will be won over by Norman charm. Region of culture and heritage, you'll appreciate the campsite's central location between Arromanches and Ouistreham - ideal for imagining the June 1944 Landings in all their length and width. Everyone will be happy here, whether they have come to recharge their batteries, explore, or have fun. •Open from 25 March 2016  to 11 September 2016 •Camp site covering 10 hectares with 507 pitches. •Free activities and children's clubs. •Water Park covering 750 m² heated with covered pool and slides. •WIFI throughout the campsite and free access in the restaurant area. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Yelloh Village Cote De Nacre Hotel Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer
Camping Sandaya La Cote De Nacre Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer, Normandy

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