We got back yesterday from this campsite - well,actually, it's more like a complete resort.
Contrary to some previous reviews, I though the facilities were excellent, and it was clear that there had been a lot of money spent recently. We used probably only about 40% of the stuff available onsite - things like the giant bouncy pillow, table tennis, tennis courts, bowling alley, beauty salon, minigolf - we never got round to: there's so much to do. Communal facilities like the bar, washblocks and so on were very good - clean and well-tended. Nice plants and flowers around the site, and an army of maintenance and security staff keeping it all together.
When we went it was coming to the end of the season and many family groups had already left - this perhaps had an impact on our trip as the site was quiet and we didn't have any noise problems at all, nor issues with people congregating. I would imagine most people who come to a site like this come for the activities and facilities for children and young people, so it seems a bit measly then to then complain about these being noisy or disruptive. If you are older and want a quiet site, I am sure there are better choices but personally I now quite like these sorts of places as they have a bit of life about them and the kids love them.
Our two (3 and 5) especialy loved the mini disco (complete with visiting Cypsy mascot) and my daughter enjoyed the Cypsy Club on the couple of occasions she went. In my opinion, nightly mini-disco is too much and it would be tying (I know ours would want to go every night....)
The pool area was great, very clean and well-policed. Slides were great (think they are new) and diving boards great fun for our older one.
Supermarket amazingly well-stocked, and very reasonable. All the staff we encountered were exceptionally helpful and friendly - especially the bar staff. It would have been very easy for them to be grumpy coming toward the end of the season but they were impeccable.
Regarding the comments about the area being expensive - it's not particularly cheap, it's true, but certainly not any dearer than other major resorts in peak holiday times. Actually, I thought drinks and food on the campsite were good value (under e5 for a coke and a beer), and the supermarket was reasonable. Bike hire was quite expensive, though, at 17 e for a child's bike for the day.
We stayed with kelair in one of their three-bed MHs. It was tip-top, brand new, great location in a quiet position, near to kids' baths and wash facilities if you wanted to use them, nice big terrace. I would highly recommend this company - very professonal, and quite a lot cheaper than the other large operators (Canvas, Keycamp, etc.) The reps were unobtrusive but helpful if you needed them to be.
We went once to the beach at Pals, but preferred (by a mile) the beaches around Begur. Aiguablava was our fave - lovely clear water, good facilities, and a nice walk through the pine trees when you felt like stretching your legs.
I have a feeling we will be back next year ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the Costa Brava, just 1 hour from the French border, choose the Sandaya 5 star campsite "Cypsela Resort" for a stay in the Spanish sun. With its large water park, its water slides, and its beach 5 minutes away - thanks to the campsites' free shuttle bus, it's up to you to choose which water's edge to top up your sun tan by. Located in Pals, a small medieval village on the coast, more than 4km of beaches are available to you along with the nearby resorts of Playa de Aro, Rosas or even Cadaques. •Open from 24 May 2017 to 12 September 2017 •Campsite covering 20 hectares with 833 pitches. •Free activities and children's clubs. •Water Park covering 590 m² with pools and slides. •Free shuttle bus to the beach throughout the season. •WIFI throughout the campsite (with supplement). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cypsela Hotel Pals
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