Just back from 2 weeks at Sequoia Park and can only say what a great time we had. Our kids age 6 and 8 want to go back! They thought the pool area was amazing and we got plenty of chill out time when we were at the pool as the kids would not get off the slides. I have to comment on the sad people that queued up at 930 to wait for the pool to open to put their towels down. Really?? Would you?? I actually took a few towels off beds when there was clearly no one with them as they had gone back to bed or whatever and we did cheer the day that the lifeguard took all the towels off the saved beds. I suspect if there are no beds you could have word with the lifeguard and they may offer to do that for you. We actually took our own reclining chairs down sometimes or just lay on a towel. I only got really annoyed when one man was saving 4 beds for his 4 kids that spent the whole day in the pool!
There are mozzies, there is no disputing that but take spray, candles etc and you'll be fine. The French pharmacists all generally speak good English and are very knowledgeable on the subject. According to one we spoke to the conditions whilst we were there were optimum for the dreaded mozzies due to baking heat, then rain, then heat. Our biggest 'school boy error' was not spraying ourselves on the day we arrived. That was the day we all got bit the most. We were advised to spray thoroughly three times daily and to make sure you rub it in. Spray hair and clothes too and just inside sleeves, short bottoms, dress bottoms etc.
We tend to pretty independent on holiday so I can't comment on the office staff or reps as we didn't use them. I had a massage which was lovely and the shows were ok. Only watched a few - not quite the West End but good fun. There was a mini disco every night but it was aimed at much smaller children really so we only went once.
A great plus point about this site is the area - so many great places to visit and food to try. I discovered I love oysters and whelks! The mussels are great there too of course.
We ate from the takeaway on site and the pizzas were lovely as were the pasta dishes. An easy option if you don't want to go out and can't be bothered to cook. France is generally expensive but we felt this was slightly cheaper for food and drinks etc than Normandy. We did our 'big shops' at LeClerc in Rochefort and then topped up at the site shop. It was more expensive than the main supermarkets but that's the case the world over!
We visited Royan (nice beach, no waves but a lovely town - great market), La Rochelle (another lovely, historical town), Il' d'Oleron (some brilliant waves for body boarding and surfing), Il de Ray (so nice I would go back for a week and I don't often say that), Rochefort (dinner in the square with a traditional live band - lovely evening), Tremblade (nice little market town and if you head out of town towards the sea there are some lovely looking restaurants and shops), Fort Boyard on a catamaran (fun but not worth the £80 for an hour) and many more that I am sure will come to me when I finish this.
Our kids didn't use the kids club as they tried one last year and have decided they don't like them and I totally agree- there is much fun to be had as a family instead of sending them to a kids club. They made friends by the pool though.
There were tons of children the same age dotted around and they had fun on their bikes and playing ball games etc. There were a number of empty pitches near us where we set up a net and played tennis and badminton.
The 'farm' wasn't all that but a nice distraction for the little ones I guess. I was glad not to be placed near to it though as I imagine the cockerels could be a pain in the morning.
The site was mainly UK and Dutch - we seemed to have been placed amongst mainly Brits - not sure if that is intentional or not.
I wouldn't go back as I don't like going to the same place twice but I would recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The campsite Sequoia Parc is a 5 stars family campsite of 45 ha of nature and greenery in the heart of the Charente-Maritime region. In the village of Saint-Just-Luzac, it is also at only 7km from Marennes Plages and near to famous cities like La Rochelle, Saintes, Rochefort or Royan, which you will visit with pleasure. You will appreciate the climate of the region, particularly because the Charente-Maritime is the most sunny part of France, after Côte d'Azur. This year, the campsite will turn its 20 years ! You could try several activities in family in the campsite. You could, for example, appreciate our swimming pool area of 2 000 m², with 4 pools of which 3 heated, slides, river and jacuzzi. You could also do sports thanks to our tennis courts, our petanque field and multisports field (soccer, basketball, volleyball). Children will appreciate our mini-farm but also our children club which welcome for free, and during all the season kids from 4 to 12 years old. Do you want to take a stroll in family? Take the Velodyssee by bike. You will go along the Atlantic coast. Bikes can be hired at the Information Point of the campsite. You can also take a stroll by horse or poney thanks to our equestrian center. In July and August, our organizers keep surprises! Animations, competition, concerts, shows... You will have fun at campsite Séquoia Parc! If you are hungry, our restaurant, Le Carrousel, welcomes you every evening, to make you discover our regional flavor. You could also taste our snack, which proposes take-away, particularly pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. Finally, our mini-market is at your disposal and proposes you several products for your daily purchases. All our pitches and accommodations are delimited by trees and hedges to guarantee you maximum of privacy. Our accommodations can accommodate from 4 to 7 persons. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castel Camping Sequoia Parc Hotel Marennes