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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Imagine Roussillon France/Canet-En-Roussillon