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Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Affordable holiday pleases all - 4th-18th August”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

The disappointment of smaller, cramped sites and north facing decking soon evaporated as we, (my husband and I, and our two sons aged 15 and 12years), were immediately seduced by the facilities at Siblu's Bois Masson site.

Our accommodation was spotlessly clean; a 2-bed Excellence with fully equiped kitchen, large freezer, spacious lounge and superb power shower.

The Siblu staff were attentive and helpful on our arrival. They were quick to resolve a fridge tray issue, some crockery and also helped us get to grips with the sofa bed in the lounge that was bliss for our 15 year old to sleep in instead of the narrow beds in the twin room.

With two pools, flumes, jacuzzi and aqua classes, visiting the pool at different times of day varied the attendance and introduced us to water polo and aerobics. The life guards were omnipresent and consciencious; (quick to enforce the pool rules), which meant I felt that our children could be at the pool without us.

Our 12 year old had hours of fun making friends around the table tennis tables and games room. He thrived on the sociability of the site. The site feels very safe.

We took our own bikes as we knew the area, and enjoyed the fabulous cycle paths through the cool, fragrant pine forests, St Jean de Monts being a popular destination with it's stunningly glittery sandy beach, and the attractive promenade, thoughtfully designed for cyclists and hosting many beach front events including fireworks - don't forget to take your lights).

This year, with our children ever growing older - and staying up later, we really appreciated the various evening entertainments and the Olympics coverage at the bar. We were never bothered by noise from the disco, even though we were very close to the facilities. The site security was discrete but effective (having seen a group of youths silently ejected from the bar one evening).

We were holidaying in peak season, expecting more traffic and a generally busy site, however, the recycling and general bin areas were always tidy and clean, staff had time for us, the site shop was always open, the supermarkets were quiet before noon.

The benefits were abundant ~ plenty of other friendly youngsters, incredibly clean and well -appointed accommodation, a fabulous swim complex, a great location for getting on your bike and exploring plus multiple clean, gently shelving beaches a short drive away for skim boarding and body boarding depending on the wave action.

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Catherine S, Responsable relations clients at Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson, responded to this review, 22 November 2012
Thank you very much for your positive feedback about our teams, services and activities. The satisfaction of our guest is our main goal. We are delighted that you and your family had a wonderful time at Bois Masson and enjoyed the beauty of St Jean de Monts with its 26 kilometres of secured cycle paths. We hope to see you again very soon at Siblu.
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

I think I had a privatly owned caravan rented by siblu. The caravan and the terrace itself was lovely but the site itself is tatty and worn out. The carvan pitches are too close together with hardly room to park your car with no room for use of sunloungers unless you want to be on the road!! There are too many caravans on site in total I think they are being greedy with cramming to many on for site fees and have spoiled what once was a lovely site! the pool area was a disgrace it needs totally gutting the cafe area was at the pool was full of teenagers smoking. The supermarket was filthy and needs gutting the onsight takeaway was actually good. The bar was not our scene.The actual area is lovely if you skip through the blackpool bits! We had some lovely days out in the area. If I had got an older caravan this would of ruined my holiday with the run down caravan park but we just used it as a base and used other facilities which is abit of a con really as you have paid for the facilities within the cost of your siblu holiday. Id defo come back to the area but not to this site.

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Catherine S, Responsable relations clients at Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson, responded to this review, 8 September 2012
We have taken note of your comments, and also forwarded them to Siblu Management. Our clients’ opinions are important to us, and are always taken seriously. We do our best to give you a great holiday, and would hope to see you again at Siblu. Catherine - siblu villages
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

Just returned from our 8 night stay here. This is our 3rd Siblu trip with two previous trips to the Loire. There was 11 of us in total in three mobile homes. I had booked the largest Excellance model. To be honest I was pretty dissapointed. It was clean and with a huge lounge area but pretty dreary inside. The other two families had much nicer homes. The staff on reception were very friendly and helpful. The site compared to the Loire was very crammed in with very little space to park the car.The close proximity of the homes meant you could hear everything that was going on in the neighbours homes! I too agree with other posters that this site is in need of major investment to bring it up to the standard of the likes of Le Bois Dormant across the road and Domaine Du Dugny in the Loire. The pool area was grubby and you get to be up close and personal with other holiday makers as the sun loungers are very close together. We choose to spend most of our time across the road at Dormant.
St Jean Du Mont is a lovely seaside town with a huge well equipped beach great for walkers bikes bathers etc. We took a trip to Sallertaine to visit the local Artisan craft workshops. Well worth a visit.
Would we go back? Probally not. We would use Siblu again.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Catherine S, Guest Relations Manager at Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson, responded to this review, 13 December 2012
Thank you for sharing your opinion about Le Bois Masson and for your loyalty to Siblu. We are glad that you found our staff friendly and that you enjoyed the various activities offered by the beautiful area of St Jean de Monts.
We sincerely regret that you felt the site was crammed in. Each Siblu park has its own atmosphere and a different lay-out. In reference to the size of the pitches on site ,there is a variation between 80m² and 200m².
Staying at Le Bois Masson gives you the opportunity to enjoy all the facilities from Le Bois Dormant which is located across the road and which offers another pool complex, multisport pitch, etc... We are happy to note that you made the most of that opportunity. Some refurbishments are planned for the swimming pool at Le Bois Masson in 2013.
Once again thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and for continuing to choose Siblu for your holidays
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

This was the 4th time we have stayed at a campsite in the St Jean de Monts area. We had driven past the site on many occassions and thought we would give the site a try for our holiday this year (last two weeks in August) and now I wish we hadn't booked to stay there.

On arrival the reception area was okay and the staff were pleasant, but once we were on the site I was dissappointed with the site, we thought that the site was poorly maintained and unkept.

The caravan was nice and we had a good plot.

The pool area was old,so we walk to the Bois Dormant site and used that pool which is better layed out and we did manage to find somewhere to sit whenever we visited the pool.

The childrens park was rather small for the amount of children that were using it (especially at night), there could have been more things for the older children to play on (my children are 5 and 10).

The bar was like Butlins - 20 years ago, so dark and unwelcoming.

We do love St Jean de Monts as the beaches are great and there are lots of things to do in the area, so we will go back but not to this campiste as I know there are better ones in the area.

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Catherine S, Responsable relations clients at Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson, responded to this review, 8 September 2012
We thank you for your comments and are sorry to hear that you were not completely satisfied with your holiday. We have forwarded your comments to Siblu Management and will do our utmost to improve the quality of our services. Catherine - siblu villages
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Cambs
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

We stayed in a 2 bedroom Esprit + caravan with wooden decking and it was fine. The location wasn’t great, it was at the back of the park which is fine as it was lovely and quiet but they were crammed in and we’d have had nowhere to park our car if it hadn’t have been for a caravan being removed from opposite us and leaving a temporary patch of land that we were able to use. There was no room at the side of the van which you would expect and if you’d parked at the front, we would have been worried someone would have hit it trying to pass on the skinny road.
On exploring the site there are some lovely areas where caravans are sited but we weren't lucky to be placed there.
The site is becoming run down, the entertainment area is grubby and on the short visit we made the entertainment also wasn’t up to much so we didn’t return.
There is a shop on site and a play park which the kids enjoyed.
The pool is warm and the slides were great fun but the baby splash zone inside is run down and on concrete floor! I wouldn’t have wanted to use the indoor pool.
The staff on reception were really lovely and helpful though especially Karen.
We hired bikes and explored the brilliant bike paths for a day. They are flat and mostly away from the main road. Take your own bikes if you can as hiring is expensive.
The Puy du Fou park is AMAZING and although a 90 minute drive, it’s well worth the trip.
Noirmoutier island is also worth a vist and is only 25 minutes drive away. Make sure you time it right with the tide so you get to cross the Passage du Gois, it’s a sight to see.
The local beach is sandy and clean and about 7km long. The local town has a real seaside feel with lots to see.
There is a Lidl just up the road which is much cheaper than the local Super U or Intermarche.
We enjoyed the area but would not return to this Siblu site.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Ireland
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

Spend 6 days here but paid for 7! Arrived in France with Ryanair on a Friday but caravan would not be available till 4pm on the Saturday so had to find a hotel for the 1st night and couldn't get set up in caravan till Saturday evening so a good bit of time lost. Nice caravan but no outside cover and no outside light (F20) Quite location. Food in Restaurant & Take Away is fine. Entertainment very geared towards French. Kids club good - lovely guy called Tom who was so energetic. Good exercise club too for the adults. Evening entertainment so so. Pool good but slides closed between 12 and 2pm.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Catherine S, Responsable relations clients at Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson, responded to this review, 8 September 2012
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased your family enjoyed your holiday. We are going to look into the situation regarding Saturday to Saturday bookings. We appreciate all customer feedback and we hope to see you again on one of our sites. Catherine - siblu villages
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Seaford
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Just returned from le bois Masson campsite and felt needed to write review for possible bookers next summer. Had fab time but due to following would look for another site nearby due to following.site does look a little dated and does needupdating in certain areas swimming pools are looking dated old and in urgent need of makeover. Weeds growing between slabs at swimming pool dirt specs in water and sand seen laying at bottom of pool. Although water was always nice temperature heated even peak summer temps. When you venture across road to le boisdormant you realise how much le bois mason needs surgery. Le bois dormant immediately feels so much more looked after and up to date all pools in excellent condition and the site seems much more clean and looked after. Pools fantastic and sunbeds much more comfortable at dormat. Altho one thing not sure about at dormant why the kids pool near slides so cold ! Again main pools at dormant nice temp and heated thru summer.bois dormant restaurant and bar excellent food and service although rather expensive with euros. Bikes were a revelation good value as kids never off them and a must good for family as super rides thru forest down to various beaches.we still had fab holiday but if booking next year would certainly go to bois dormant and not bois Masson. Sibiu you need a bois Masson makeover urgently before you lose business !!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Catherine S, Responsable relations clients at Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson, responded to this review, 26 November 2012
Your feedback is important to us as it helps us improving our services, thank you for sharing it.

When booking at le bois masson or le bois dormant you have access to both sites and their facilities. It doubles the fun and gives you the possibility to choose your favourite atmosphere, relaxing at Bois Dormant or lively at Bois Masson. We are pleased you found out what you were looking for at bois dormant and that you enjoyed our bar/restaurant terrace by the swimming-pool. Makeover works have been done to Bois Dormant swimming-pool in 2011 and Siblu will focus on Bois Masson in the very near future.
Bikes are indeed a good option in St Jean de Monts. You can either bring yours or rent them from the bike shop at Le Bois Masson or in town. You are then free to ride from our site through the forest, to the beach, to the town centre and the bravest can even cycle on secured paths to Isle de Noirmoutier or St Gilles Croix de Vie!!
We will be delighted to see you next year at Bois Dormant!*

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Property: Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson
Address: 149 rue des Sables, 85160 Saint-Jean-de-Monts, France
Region: France > Pays de la Loire > Vendee > Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Siblu Villages - Le Bois Masson 4*
Number of rooms: 345
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Bois Masson is a family village with plenty of entertainments for children and adults. There is an indoor and outdoor pool with slides and lifeguards, free children's clubs, a multi-sports pitch with football coaching in July and August, bike hire, a bar and a restaurant. Fantastic golden beaches and great golf courses are a short drive. Spacious, modern holiday homes, with terraces as extra, provide the accommodation. ... more   less 
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