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.
- 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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