We stayed here for 3 nights in April 2013 following a one night stay at La Vallee in Houlgate (also with keycamp) (We have also reviewed La Vallee, Houlgate). We stayed in Villanova 29, 2 bed & deck (same as at La Vallee). The strange thing is our caravan here was miles bigger than the one at La Vallee (further info below).
We had a pretty unfriendly welcome from our keycamp courier when we first arrived (completely the opposite of our welcome at La Vallee). We arrived at 4pm, they did not seem to have any record of our booking and we were told our caravan wouldn’t be ready for an hour around 5pm (check-in is from 3pm). When we queried this, the keycamp courier was quite unconcerned with a reaction like - that’s the way it is. He didn't appear bothered at all. If any keycamp management read this, he could perhaps be given some lessons in customer service from Luke at La Vallee.
We arrived back at the camp to be shown to our caravan by a much friendlier member of staff (I think his name is Dave). The caravan we had was fantastic, very spacious and warm. It actually felt more like a small house than a caravan, if was really wide in the living area, compared with the living area we had at La Vallee, which was very narrow. In the morning it wasn’t as cold as the caravan at La Vallee so it made our stay much more comfortable.
To be honest we spent no time using facilities at the camp as we only used it as a base to explore Normandy, so can’t comment much on this side of things unfortunately. If exploring the WW2 sites I would say Arromanche area would be a bit more central, but I am not sure if there any camps around this area. We had about a 1 hour drive to Utah beach and 45 mins or so to Omaha area, so would have preferred to be a bit closer to these.
On leaving the camp at 10am there were no key camp staff at their reception area. My girlfriend went to the main reception area of the camp and a member of staff there contacted a keycamp courier to say we were waiting to give the key in. We were waiting around 10 mins and decided to leave a note alongside the key when a keycamp courier walked over from the direction of the main reception area to take our key? Strange.
We really would recommend visiting Normandy for the WW2 sites it is a very humbling experience. We visited: Pegasus Bridge/museum, Ranville cemetery, Juno beaches, Merville Battery, Arromanche harbour & 360 cinema, Musee D’Omaha & beach, American cemetery, Pointe Du Hoc, Dead Mans Corner museum, Utah Beach museum and Saint Mere Eglise church area. We also visited Carentan and Honfleur.
My favourites were: Arromanche harbour/360 cinema, American cemetery, Pointe Du Hoc, Utah beach Museum, Dead Man’s corner museum and Honfleur.
- Also Known As:
- Camping De La Cote De Nacre Hotel Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer
- Camping De La Cote De Nacre Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer, Normandy