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Camping La Baume - Residence La Palmeraie
Reviewed 12 September 2013

My family has never been big on camping and when we go abroad we're pretty snobby in that we tend to stop in 4 star hotels so this was a VERY different holiday for us.
We were looking to do something quick and cheaper so this was perfect as it's just under two hours away on the plane too.
As it was so different to what we were used to I was pleasantly surprised at how nice our holiday was and how relaxing it was even though we had to get all our own food etc.
For anyone in a similar situation, my first recommendation would be to take T-shirts and shorts and pack as little as possible. We took lots of clothes to go out of an evening but it was really not the sort of place that you had to dress up - in fact I didn't wear makeup for the entire time I was there! I also recommend not taking a lot as storage space for hanging clothes up (particularly long dresses) is limited. However, there are lots of cupboards/drawers to put clothes in.
We stayed in one of the higher spec vans and it was lovely. Extremely clean when we got there and big enough for 5 adults - although I wouldn't recommend more if you like to move about! The entire camp is very clean - surprisingly clean! Having been to spanish Islands a lot we are used to grass in the pool etc. where small children run in and out. At La Baume, you cannot smoke, drink, eat or wear your flip flops around the pool which means that the entire area is spotless.
We were looked after very well by our reps at Keycamp and they were more than happy to help every time we needed them. However, I would like to point out that whilst Keycamp staff are great the animation team was not. It may have been because we went in low season (in fact this is highly likely) but the animation team spoke only in French, put on very few shows and were based at the opposite pool to the one we enjoyed sitting by. The lack of entertainment meant that we had to entertain ourselves which normally involved sitting outside on our decking, having a barbecue for dinner and playing cards which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Food and drink wise - IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE! The little shop, whilst well stocked is extortionate as are the bars and the restaurant. The location of the camp does not help this fact. 99% of people had cars and we happened to be in the 1% that didn't which was a problem. The camp is not in walking distance of any shops, bars or restaurants and although we used the bus this is definitely not ideal. However, for those of you who like BBQ's I would highly recommend going to a shop called Carnivor which is in Frejus (not the harbour). I can honestly say I have never seen so much fresh meat in my entire life. It was fantastic.
The bus in low season is very limited which again we found out when we decided to walk from Frejus Town to Frejus Harbour and down to St Raphael - it is beautiful down there but you can get some serious blisters!
Apart from St Raphael the only other trip available was to Monaco which again I would DEFINITELY recommend. We had a truly amazing day and were only disappointed by the fact we couldn't stay there longer. Carolyn who runs the English speaking trips is also great and helped us a lot. Monaco was surprisingly reasonable compared to prices in Frejus which was an added bonus!

We had a great holiday and spent a lot of time just relaxing, enjoying good food and good weather for a very reasonable all in price.

Room Tip: Get one with Air con! Especially if you're going at high season - it gets HOT!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

we went to la baume at the end of august with canvas holidays.
whilst our mobile home was in a good position and very clean, we felt compared to other companies the unit was showing signs of age and very old fashioned.
the couriers, david and julie were very helpful and pleasant and gave us lots of info on where to go and how to get there!
the camp itself was very busy, very noisy, with too much late night noise.
gangs of french teenagers coming back from the disco until 5.00am!
we would come again here but only out of season.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

We just returned from 2 weeks at la Baume- palmerie. It is a large campsite with excellent facilities. We stayed in a mobile home well aware from the main and night roads where is was quiet - we wouldn't have enjoyed our trip as much if we'd been in a busier area. The restaurant at La palmerie was excellent. The pools, and playgrounds were great. The campsite is clean and well located. We booked direct with the campsite and the mobile home (Cycas) was large, clean and well equipped. Kids 3, 2 and 6 months loved it. Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: stay aware from the main road - its very busy and the night road might be noisy at night
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

Just returned from our holiday and we loved every minute. Very clean site, lots to do for my active sporty family, loved Zumba by the pool! We hired bikes and felt totally safe letting my 8 yr old ride about on his bike. Very French but that's what you go on holiday out of the UK for. We stayed with lifestyle, great caravan best we have had. We didn't have a car, got the train from Nice airport to Frejus, beautiful cheap train ride. Public transport is great from the site so you are not stranded without a car

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

We stayed 14 days, the pools were great, nice camping but far to close to noisy highway which woke us up sometimes in mor nings. We were amazed by the unhealthy choice of poor, fat food offered at this site. Service was good though, clean sourroundings. Ok all in all.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank Astridandfamily
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

This site is hectic. We have stayed on a lot larger but quieter sites. Driving in and out is like being on the dodgems. If the children were younger we would have concern about them walking around on their own. Ignore any comments about road noise, as not an issue.
Site it very clean and on-site security is good. BBQ's are now allowed. Some pitches are small and overlooked.
The pool at La Palmeraie is quieter but we went swimming at 9.30 in the morning and all the sun loungers were covered in towels with no one to be seen at the pool.
The area is very scenic with lots to see but the traffic is hectic, parking at certain times of the day was impossible. The motorways from Lyon to the coast were jammed pack - on the way home it took us 8 1/2 hours to do 280 miles - consider other options of getting there!
Would recommend Lifestyle holidays, cheaper and good quality clean mobiles.
We will only go back outside of August as just far too busy

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Karen E
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We have just returned from a 10 day stay with Keycamp. We booked a Prestige mobile home and were very impressed. The home was cleans dn well equipped. We had a deck and air con which was a godsend as the temperature was in the early 30's. we arrived earlier than our scheduled check in of 3pm after an 11 hour drive, we were all tired and the kids were fed up. The staff who greeted us were friendly and helpful and made a fuss of the kids which cheered them up. They allowed us to check in early and showed us to our mobile home. We were able to park outside which was helpful. The air con had been left on for us which was a nice touch.

The site itself was clean and the pool area was great. The pools were cleaned daily (we cold see the little machine in the pool every night) the toddler pool was great and my little one loved it. The daily aqua aerobics and Zumba by the pool were fun and really lifted the atmosphere. They pools were very busy and getting a sun lounger meant queuing early before the pools opened. The lifeguards wer also very hot on removing towels from sun loungers were people had jus left them assuming they could come back later and keep the lounger. My husband was at the pool every morning at 8:30 and stayed there with the loungers until me and kids arrived.

We stayed in the middle of the site and found it nice and quiet. We were in a row full of English people, not sure if this is deliberate or not, but it meant our kids played out with others. I wouldn't be happy letting my kids go any further than outside our home as the site was very big and cars were constant through it all day.

All 3 of my kids aged 10, 6 and 4, all went to the Keycamp kids clubs and enjoyed them. They were well run and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

My downsides and critics of the holiday: the toilets on the site were revolting! They are unisex so the men's urinals are opposite the cubicles, something my girls didn't like, they saw far more than they should have to at their age!!! T
Some cubicles had doors hanging off and the floors were wet and dirty.

The site could definitely do more in the evening. The site itself was incredibly busy and I felt they were skiing a trick. I think they woul attract more business to their bars and restaurants if they offered decent evening entertainment, they have the space it just wasn't put to any use. The ampitheatre had a few shows, be being the magic show which my kids enjoyed, the star show, however, was embarrassing we left halfway through.

We had a few issues with our home, the whebpnever we switched the dishwasher on it tripped out the electrics which we had to be restarted each time, boiler stopped working after 1 shower and we had to wait 10 mins for it to reset before we could fire it up again so shower time after the pool too a very long time. We told Keycamp about the issues and they helped out every time. They showed us how to reset the electrics and boiler and said they had reported it to maintenance. It still wasn't fixed when we left. Our car broke down on the fourth day and the Keycamp couriers said not to call the recovery van they would see what they could do. They called the on site maintenance who arrived after half an hour and fixed our car with no charge!!

The onsite shop is expensive but well stocked and baked goods are fresh and tasty. We ended shopping there most days as the supermarket was a good 15 min drive away and quite frankly, so busy my stress level hit the roof!!

I would recommend the beach at St Aygulf which was about a 15-20min drive away and very clean and quiet. Frejus centre was pretty and a joy to shop in. We drove to Monaco which we loved and also spent the evening in St Tropez which is not to be missed. I would recommend the little Italian restaurant in Place de Lices for great food at reasonable prices.

All in all we had a great holiday and would consider visiting again.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
3  Thank Milly1707
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Address: 3775 rue Combattants Afrique du Nord, 83600 Frejus, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Frejus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Frejus
Price Range: £36 - £142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Camping La Baume - Residence La Palmeraie 3*
Number of rooms: 380
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camping La baume La Palmeraie, Var, welcomes you in the heart of the french Riviera, 5 kms away from the Beaches..Rental plots, small houses and entirely equipped Mobil homes for 6 peoples (some suitable for 8-10 persons). 2 Swimming pool complexes with 6 swimming pools including 3 heated, 2 covered, a big aquatic playground warmed with space for the smallest (0 to 4 years old) and a space for the preteenagers, water slides, Jacuzzi and hammam to relax. Free animations all day and kids club (4 a 11 ans) all the season, specials animations for teenagers (12/16 in July - august).Children playgrounds, sportsplayground, tennis, fitness and musculation with massage room. You will enjoy yourselves in our restaurant, 2 bars snacks, evening's entertainment and our free discotheque opened everyday. ... more   less 
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