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Review of Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique, France

Posted By Jo MacGregor on 31 August 2011

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I love the West Coast of France with its child-friendly calm beaches and the long wild sandy Atlantic beaches, the oysters, the wine and always the possibility to find somewhere away from the crowds.

For several years as our babies were born we took a villa for our summer family holiday. The ease of the journey - we generally drove as the ferry for the children was such an excitement - the flexibility of having the car and being able to stuff it with so much and the weather. The problem was we couldn't get away from the fact a self-catering family  holiday is hard work: decent restaurants in France are not welcoming you young children and whilst we wanted quality family time the balance was not quite there.

Bingo! I wish I had found it earlier. The Club Med La Palmyre Atlantique is not particularly advertised to the UK market but it is perfect in so many ways.

The family-friendly Palmyre Atlantique is in a privileged position near Royan on a headland flanked either side by long golden sandy beaches, isolated enough so there are no crowds but on the promenade which runs from the hotel to Royan with shops, restaurants, zoo about 20 minutes walk. Crazy golf is in Royan.

The resort is all inclusive but in a good non-trapped sort of way. Its easy to get out - stroll, bike or even drive yet the dining is excellent for all the family, activities galore if you want them, playground, early suppers, it really offers a break and holiday for all the family.

Activities for children in school holidays start from 4 years and the emphasis is on ‘fun’, there is so much more than a bit of colouring and craft activities. From pirate days for the younger end to basketball and sports for the older ones as well as the Friday night show put on by children of all ages it is refreshing in approach.

My children were 9, 11 and 12 and loved the daily table tennis mini tournament (all abilities very welcome), roller skating park (lessons and fun sessions) and tennis (lessons and fun tournaments for all levels including children) cycling and of course the watersports centre offering sailing and windsurfing (mini train ride away). We all liked the fact we could join in as a family but obviously this gets easier as the children get older.

The rooms are comfortable rather than luxurious, modern, clean and with a perfect layout for families with 2 single beds in the lounge then a door to a double bedroom.  The bathroom only has a shower (large walk-in) although baby baths can be provided if needed.

This resort is not heavily promoted to the British market (predominantly French then Belgium and Dutch) but a good few Brits have found this gem. I would say if you are keen to meet other British families then do stick to the main school holidays.

A relaxing resort for a family holiday with so much space amongst the pine trees to escape and chill-out, activities whilst in a stunning location.


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