Just returned from a 2 week stay with J M Continental for our third year running, stayed from 16th to 30th August, our accommodation was very clean as always through J M Continental, Judy and her staff were very helpful, and always on hand if required, ( any concerns at all would be sorted immediately after a quick text to Judy ), the weather was absolutely swealtering hitting mid 30's most days, only had a couple of slightly cloudy days but this was nice to get a little break from the intense sun.
The swimming pool complex at la baume end, is large with a number of water slides, a splash park for smaller children, plus a heated indoor complex consisting of 2 pools, 1 water slide and a heated jacuzzi, there is also a large Californian style lagoon pool with water slides at the palmeraie end of the campsite, this pool was absolutely freezing, the only thing missing from it was icebergs, the pools do look good from a distance, however when up close you could see that the tiles were quite dirty and the whole pool area needs a complete overhaul.
One thing that was very noticeable this year compared to other years is the fact that the life guards were monitoring the use of the sunbeds, they would simply remove people's towels from the beds if they were left untouched for about 45 mins, this may seem harsh, but when people are going to the pool at 9:00am opening, then dumping a towel on a bed, then going off to the beach for the morning to return to a nice "reserved" sun bed at 2:00pm, it starts to get a bit annoying, so fair play to the life guards for stepping up on that issue.
The staff at the campsite shop were "ok" you couldn't enter the shop wet, or holding onto towels so bags, this is because they think you are going to steal from them, ( even though they have already robbed YOU blind with the prices of most of their items ).
The staff at the la baume bar is a whole different kettle of fish, to say they were just plain rude is a complete understatement, not even a smile when they serve you, they just seemed to have a complete attitude problem ( much like most French people ), and the prices are absolutely ridiculous, a large coke ( pint ) was €5.60 ( you could buy 11 two litre bottles of cola from the local "leaderprice" super market 5 mins down the road for €5.55, yes 50 cents per bottle, a small beer 25cl was €2.80, again a quick visit to the local super market could get you a crate of 20 bottles for €7), hence in the evenings when the kids wanted to go up to the skate park, we would fill up the cool bag and take our own drinks.
The whole campsite is quite large and very busy, there is constantly traffic and pedestrians walking down the main route through the site at all times, another problem is the fact that 90% of drivers do not adhere to the "ADVISED EXIT" sign on the main route through the site, if all drivers took this right hand turn and followed the route through, it creates a kind of "one way system" through the site meaning cars would not have to cross paths on the busiest part of the road putting pedestrians at risk ( especially ones that just blatantly seem to not walk at the side of the road and insist on just walking in the middle ).
I personally never used the toilet blocks, but have been told that there was lack of soap, and toilet roll most of the time, there was also quite a bit of dog excrement along the road that was not picked up by the owners of the dogs or any caretakers/cleaners/handymen etc.
In the campsite rules, it states that noise needs to be kept down after 11pm, ie no loud talking shouting laughing etc outside your accommodation so not to disturb other campers etc, that's all very well and good, however the on sight entertainment/nightclub/disco starts at 11pm and can be heard loudly all over the campsite until the small hours.
There is lots of places to visit not to far from the site, the beach at St Aygulf is a favourite, St Tropez during the day for a boat trip around the gulf of St Tropez isn't expensive at all, during the night you can see all of the expensive yachts etc, Nice beach, and Cannes beach 45 mins along the Coast, Monaco 1 hour away, but the absolute must see of any trip to the south of France is the "Gorge Du Verdon" which starts at the end of the "Lac de Sainte-Croix" it's about 1 hour 30 mins away from La Baume, it is the most stunning place you will see in France, hire a 5 person Pedlo for €15 an hour, then peddle up the gorge, a day you will not forget.
For first time or even second time travellers there is plenty to do and see, but after 3 times I think all has been done and it's time for something different
- 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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