Thursday, 12 January 2012

Holiday Heaven

Last year, I left it to HAW to book the family Summer Holiday. I had visions of us all being pampered at a 5 star resort, sipping cocktails as the sun went down and the kids playing merrily in the pool before we all headed out to sample the local delights of a quaint yet charming restaurant.

Days would blend seamlessly into nights as we relaxed and enjoyed some much needed family time.  So when he came home and sheepishly told me we were going to a camp site and staying in a caravan no less, you can imagine what my reaction was.  I was not impressed. 

You see, over the years, I have become a bit of a holiday snob. 

I have been lucky enough to have visited some amazing places and have experienced many wonderful things from floating in the Dead Sea to flying a propeller plane into the South American Jungle not to mention an elephant safari in Thailand and deep sea fishing in the Maldives.  I have been truly blessed with my adventures.

Having children changed our agenda, we still have that wanderlust but of course, for the time being at least, we have had to be more practical and consider everybody's needs rather than our own. 

Things started to look better when I realised we were going to Ile de Re.  An ex colleague hails from there and as well as being home to the delectable Jonny Depp it is also renowned for being a glamorous yet relaxed island with lots to do.

We flew to Nantes and picked up a hire car and within an hour we were driving through the beautiful French countryside down to La Rochelle where we took in the sights and supped on mussels swimming in garlic with crusty bread.
La Rochelle Harbour
On arrival at our campsite, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the pitches were well spaced out and the vibe was relaxed.  Our mobile home was spotless and well equipped and had 3 bedrooms and a huge decked area with a gas BBQ.

We ventured to the local town and bought huge lobsters and giant prawns from the fish market for less than 10E.  Days were spent on a deserted beach which had a small lagoon for the children as well as a supervised beach club.   The beaches were spectacular, we made endless sandcastles and splashed in the lagoon making up games involving sharks.  

see anyone?! Nope, this was the end of August in France
 The campsite itself was amazing, a real blend of nationalities and all of the children irrespective of language played together in only the way that young children do.  The kids club was fully supervised and we were able to leave the children for a few hours safe in the knowledge that they were being well looked after by British, qualified staff.  The evenings were balmy and we spread our wings by driving to local restaurants to sample the local produce, the children were eating snails, mussels and lobster and relishing the new tastes and experiences.  We also made good use of the BBQ and dined like kings and queens.
Outside our mobile home
 Our 10 days were soon over, and as we sat and reflected on our last night, we decided that actually, a campsite was our PERFECT holiday for the here and now.  The kids get the freedom to roam with their friends, we get the flexibility to relax, explore, play tennis or even have a massage and we have created some amazing memories that we will all cherish for years to come.  In fact, we have convinced the cousins that the way forward is camping and are hoping to book the same with them for this year!  

This is my entry into the my Menorca Holiday Villa competition which could see me win £100 in M+S vouchers which would all be spent on Champagne for Christmas!!


Peace and Love

S.A.M xx


  1. Thank you! I can't begin to tell you how the "holiday snob" can't wait for another camping trip!

  2. Great review. I will have a look at the web site and I might participate at the competition as well.


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