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“Dream holiday for family with small children”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Imagine Roussillon

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Imagine Roussillon
Brussels, Belgium
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“Dream holiday for family with small children”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

What an amazing place! This is the perfect holiday experience if you have small children. It is a mix of everything that's great about a self-catering holiday and everything that's great about a resort holiday, with none of the disadvantages of either. Phil and Emma are incredibly friendly and generous hosts, for whom nothing is too much trouble. Imagine Roussillon is clearly a labour of love developed by people who know exactly what keeps parents and kids happy. The apartments are lovely and equipped with everything you could need – you are even provided with handy extras such as a pre-programmed sat-nav for exploring the surrounding area. You have a delicious breakfast brought to you each morning, home-baked by Emma and Phil, and lovely meals cooked for you two nights.

For the kids, Imagine is paradise. There is a fantastic playground, a huge playroom and a lovely pool with plenty of water toys. The kids club is fantastic. Our 4 year old ran out the door every morning the minute she heard the bell to say the club was open! The warm and very professional staff keep the kids entertained with arts & crafts, hide & seek and all sorts of other activities for 2 hours in the morning and the afternoon. This leaves free-time for the parents to relax by the pool, do pilates class with Emma or go to the on-site gym (at least one parent has to be on-site when the kids club is open). The kids-club team also babysit the children two nights in the week, so that the parents can go out for the evening, and there are plenty of nice restaurants to choose from in the surrounding area. We had a very tasty meal at La Rascasse in Canet.

In terms of location, you have the feeling of being in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by endless vineyards, yet you are only 15 minutes from downtown Perpignan, 10 minutes from the beach and 45 minutes from the mountains and Spain. There is so much great stuff to do and see. We went off for a day to Figueras and Cadaques in Spain (leave early to avoid queues for Dali museum and book visit of his house online in advance), a half day in and around Collioure, a morning in Perpignan, and an afternoon up the mountains in Eus. The only dilemma of it being in such an interesting region is that it means leaving the zen of Imagine Roussillon for a while! Imagine Roussillon is everything that it says it is on the website, and more. We are definitely planning to go back again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

What an amazing holiday. Emma and Phil are great hosts and have created a beautiful oasis of calm and relaxation in great surroundings, right next to a fantastic vineyard selling excellent and very reasonably priced wines. We went with friends (4 adults and 4 kids in total) and stayed in the 4 bedroom apartment. It was very well decorated and laid out and they had thought of absolutely everything 2 families could want on holiday. The whole site is child friendly, safe and secure meaning you never worry about the little ones; the swimming pool is perfect; the kids play area is amazing (ours thought so anyway); kids club is really handy for an hour or two of headspace; babysitting service (included) means you get to explore the local surroundings and dinner cooked for two nights also means you rarely have to lift a finger in the kitchen! Pilates, massage and a gym are all added attractions. We are very seriously considering going again next year, and I've never been on holiday to the same place twice in my life before - it's that good.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

We have just returned from the most wonderful, fun and relaxing week at Imagine Roussillon. We have 4 children between us (2 families) and the kids had the best holiday which meant we could relax. Phil and Emma have created a wonderful environment for families, they have thought about everything that you could possibly need and the welcome they provided was second to none. Our lovely villa was well equipped, clean and had all of the essentials we needed. The rooms were really comfortable and the living area was just perfect for the kids. The grounds were completely surrounded by very safe fencing and gates so the children were able to run off and play on the zip wire and trampolines by themselves. We made full use of the lovely sea water swimming pool, our children (and some adults) had to be dragged out of it at mealtimes! Phil and Emma also provided babysitting services and a kids club which meant the kids were entertained and well looked after while the adults relaxed, they also cooked two lovely evening meals for all of their guests on 2 evenings and the kids ate separately. Emma is a fantastic Pilates teacher and taught the classes in a very considered, thoughtful manner. We really enjoyed the classes and massages which really added to our holiday and sense of well being. We all visibly relaxed over the whole week. Canet, the nearest town is full of life and has a fabulous beach which we all enjoyed. Phil and Emma really stand by their belief that if they take the stress out of a holiday then their guests will have a great time and this is so obvious in all they do during your stay. Everything was thoughtful, considered and most of all fun for the adults and kids - We’ll definitely be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

We spent a fantastic week at Imagine Roussillon with our 2 year old daughter. It did not come on the cheap but it was worth every penny.

The place is located ~1km off the main road which guarantees tranquillity. The town of Canet and its spectacular beach, shops and restaurants is only about 10min drive away (a car is a must, there is no public transportation available from the resort). As other reviewers pointed out, there really plenty of activities available in a 30km radius if you do not want to spend all your days at the beach or relaxing around the pool (the adventure parc / rope climbing is a great option).

We stayed in the Cormoran apartment which was very well equipped and comfortable. Importantly our daughter could play outside with limited supervision as the pool and car park are fenced-off. In addition to the kids-club (which was a massive plus) she loved the playground (trampolines, slide, etc) and all the other toys such as the scooters, mini-bikes, etc. that were available to play with throughout the day.

The fitness room is surprisingly big and well equiped for a resort of this size and my wife enjoyed the daily pilates classes (included in the package).

Last but not least, Phil and Emma, the owners, are truly great host. They are there to help throughout your stay and know how to be discrete if you do not want to be disturbed. They really do their utmost so that your holiday is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

We certainly hope to be back one day!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

From the moment we arrived at Imagine Rousillon we knew we would have a wonderful holiday. We were greeted warmly by Phil and Emma and shown our apartment. There was a hamper waiting for us, which had the basic supplies to see you through the next day plus red & rose wine! We were lucky enough to stay in both the 2 bed apartment and the 4 bed villa. Both were decorated to a very high specification, but you also felt you could let your children behave as children as you couldn't spoil the furniture. The accommodation also have a selection of toys and books. We have a 2 year old, and honestly this place had everything kids could want. Our son could wonder freely in the grounds as it is completely gated off. The staffed kids club is unique feature, as some days we didn't see our son for hours as he was being amused by the staff. Babysitting is included 2 nights a week, and the babysitter is a member of staff that your child will have got to know in the kids club. 2 dinners are also included, which are held on the roof terrace. The children eat first and then the babysitter goes and plays with them so that the adults can eat and drink in peace.
We enjoyed some of the included activities. Our 2 year did the rope climbing and loved the challenge. He also did pony riding. My husband did wakeboarding. It was all so easy in that you just turn up, and the free sat navs that are supplied have all the places all pre-programmed in. The beach is also less than 10 mins drive.
The whole concept is about letting children enjoy themselves, which in turn means the parents can also relax. Phil and Emma are wonderful hosts, and have a true balance of being helpful/friendly and you do feel part of the family. They want you to relax and will do anything to help you achieve this (i also had a massage with Emma which was fantastic)
This place is truly wonderful and exceeded expectations and we are currently already booking a return trip.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

We are currently staying here and I have to say the place is wonderful. Emma and Phil are fantastic hosts and it feels like we are staying with friends, their children are delightful too. The apartment has everything you need it is beautiful and spotlessly clean. The pool is lovely and warm and all the children facilities are first class, our three year old cant wait for the girls to turn up in the morning so he can play. The pilates classes are really enjoyable and it great to be taught by Emma who is a real expert. This is truly a magnificent place and we will be returning .

  • Stayed July 2013
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

We stayed in villa Flamant Rose in June 13 with our 21 month old son and my brother, sister-in-law and their 2 year old and baby. Phil and Emma could not have been more accommodating, providing stairgates, steriliser, baby monitor, bed guard.....the list is endless.
On arrival there was a fantastic welcome hamper with lots of essentials for the adults and the children. Perfect as you don't need to go straight to the supermarket after your journey. As they have children of their own, the complex is very safe for adventurous toddlers! Which also meant we could relax too.
As well as all the on-site facilities - daily exercise classes, massages, playground, drop in kids club, bikes, pool, hot tub.......you are also within a short drive of Canet beach, and 30 minutes from the beautiful town of Collioure.
Phil and Emma hosted us for dinner on two evenings and we enjoyed a delicious meal whilst the children ate together under the supervision of one of the babysitters. We also took advantage of the two nights inclusive babysitting so managed to have as many evenings out in the one week as we have had since our son was born! They really have thought of everything to make it a really enjoyable and relaxing holiday for the whole family.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Imagine Roussillon
Address: 1 Chemin Rural du Mas Sisqueille, 66140, Canet-en-Roussillon, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Pyrenees-Orientales > Canet-en-Roussillon
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Canet-en-Roussillon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Family Micro Resort in the South of France. Supervised kids' room, babysitting, bakery breakfast, Pilates and fitness classes, heated salt water swimming pool, jacuzzi, roof terrace with great views, quality gym. An exclusive enclave for those who want their own space in lovely apartments or villas but with services on hand in a family-run business. ... more   less 
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Imagine Roussillon France/Canet-En-Roussillon

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