We have just returned from La Pignade, this being are third holiday with Siblu, the previous two were at Le Bois Dormant in the Vendee.
The site is well laid out and the size was as we expected. Compared with the other Siblu site, the mobile homes did seem to be a little too close - we could almost touch the next door home from our terrace on one side and on the other side we were only separated by a low hedge so our kitchen window looked straight into their terrace. The mobile home itself was an 'excellence' and was indeed excellent. For four of us there was plenty of room and it was very well equipped. We had the half covered terrace which I would recommend rather than the fully enclosed terrace. Other travellers go on about Air Conditioning which in my opinion is not necessary. We had a very hot week but the nights were warm and not silly hot - and why go to a country with hot weather to lock yourself away in your mobile home with all the doors and windows closed? As for midges and flies - we had one wasp all week and definitely no midges (and we were right next to the woods).
We requested a mobile home as far away from the entertainment as possible and this was granted. We had a home next to the woods by the pony trekking. We asked for this position so as not to be disturbed by the noise - we can always use our legs and take a ten minute walk to the bar, pool etc. This was an excellent place to be and very quiet at night.
I can't comment on the entertainment for the children as our two didn't take part. We go on a holiday as a family and go out to different places during the day.
The pool complex was good and the lifeguards did seem to do their job - not as in other comments. The only complaint is that the slides were not open all the time especially after six. We came home early a couple of times to use the pool and our children were upset that they couldn't use the slides.
We didn't use the bar so can't comment. The shop was fine for essentials - bread in the morning and the wine was similar price as in Super U. We were going to use the on-site restaurant on the final night but they had stopped the menu that night and had a fixed meal of mussles only. So check if you plan to eat on-site. The pizza's were very good.
The staff in the Reception were extremely friendly and helpful. The booking in process was very quick.
The previous traveller obviously didn't look hard enough for good beaches near by - we found one within 10 - 15 minutes drive on our first day - miles of sandy beach, no mud and perfect waves for bodyboards. You need to try different beaches as everybody has different requirements. We found the beaches on the estuary were muddy and too much seaweed. But go to the Cote Sauvage a few miles further on and you get good beaches - our favourite was the Point Espagnole. Parking after 3pm could be difficult but again we have legs that we don't mind using. We looked at the beach at La Palmyre and decided it was too busy with kite surfers and didn't look too nice - it's all to do with personal tastes.
We took bikes with us which were useful for getting around the site. Also there is an excellent bike track through the forest from Ronce-les-Bains right through to La Palmyre. This was easy riding and had access to most of the beaches including the excellent miles of sandy surfing beaches as mentioned above. We also biked in to La Tremblade on the Friday which was a busy market day and worth the morning looking around - don't go on Sunday when it is a ghost town.
We also had a good day out at the excellent Zoo at Palmyre - and although busy we got tickets straight away - no queuing. Another good day was spent at the Aqua Water park on the Ile d'Oleron.
The only thing to try and avoid is travelling on French roads on a Saturday in August. The 7 hour journey from Le Havre took 12 hours - time mostly lost queuing at Tolls and the Nantes ring road (over an hour) which we thought would be better as no Tolls - you can't win.
All in all, we have found Siblu holidays very good - especially as we can get the discount using Tesco Clubcard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family holiday park with all the attractions of large parks but on a cozier scale! There is a covered pool, free children's clubs, bar, restaurant, evening entertainment. This is the perfect spot for sun lounging and many big beaches are close by. Famous towns including La Rochelle and Royan are a short journey away. Spacious, modern holiday homes, some with terraces, provide the accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Pignade Hotel Ronce-Les-Bains
- Siblu Villages - La Pignade Ronce-Les-Bains, France - Charente-Maritime