We stayed at La Yole in July 2013 for 4 nights after 6 nights in the Dordogne. We are a young professional couple on a bit of a road trip so perhaps have a different view to other people.
I worked at La Yole for Keycamp for a whole summer in 2004 so know it and the area very well. I have to say that what was once a lush campsite has become slightly run-down. The trees have been cut down or pruned to the extreme and a lot of the pitches seemed dry and dusty. Having said that the new area over the back has been very well done. If only they could do the same to the older parts!
We stayed this time in a Eurocamp Safari Tent which was AMAZING! Although because they are new, people walk past rubbernecking to look inside. I would thoroughly recommend these, especially with children. Very nice and comfortable.
The bar and restaurant were ok but there was a French DJ churning out hardcore dance at 8pm when everyone else was trying to watch the end of the Tour de France! Food was mediocre, both the takeaway and the restaurant as we tried both.
The pool is nice and refreshing although it can get very busy. Great little toddler area and the slide was in constant use. The lifeguards seemed slightly harsh but it worked. I was also disappointed to see that the path to the beach down the side of Les Genets was blocked up. We walked 20 mins to the beach but got overrun with flies so gave up after an hour. Others did the same.
Toilet facilities were always very clean and tidy. We were near one of the new blocks but all we went to were very good. Only issue is the shower water was very HOT. Not great with sunburn! Ended up going to a different block in the end.
We went to St Jean de Monts one evening to try out the ChiChi and the ice cream which were great but it's a bit neon-tastic and garish - the Blackpool of the West Coast. We also went to the Puy du Fou evening show Ciniscenie which is fantastic - you have to go! The closest you will get to the Olympic Opening Ceremony. It's 1hr 30mins away but totally worth it.
On the one hand this is a great little family park and they are investing in new areas, new blocks and play facilities. People come back time and time again and they must do for a reason. I think it is one of the nicer ones in the area so if you like the area, La Yole is the place for you.
However, I wouldn't go back. Maybe it's because I spent so long there I don't know, but the area and the site didn't compare to the Dordogne! Eurocamp/Keycamp and Canvas used to run a great kids club but both have disappeared. I don't know if that was pressure from the park or a business decision but the lack of one shows. We saw a lot of empty pitches at the end of July.
So it gets 4*, perhaps out of nostalgia slightly, but it is still a good decent park. If you want a gentle introduction to campsites, this is the one for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camping la Yole is a quiet family camping located 2 minutes from the beach, on the edge of the forest of St Jean de Monts and near the port of St Gilles Croix de Vie. You will find in this site with all amenities: pool with waterslide, indoor heated pool with hot tub, gym, bar, restaurant, food, tennis, huge playground. In a natural environment we offer sites for tents, caravans, motorhomes, the mobile home for rent in 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms. Finally, the site will also be the starting point for many bike paths. See you soon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Yole Saint-Jean-De-Monts, Vendee, France