During the May half term holiday I should have been in the South of France with my son on a group press trip to Pierre & Vacances Cap Esterel resort. Unfortunately we couldn’t go (if you’d like to know why then you can read about what happened here) and we had a quiet week at home instead.
Cap Esterel is on the French Riviera between Nice and Marseille and is close to the Italian border. It’s just a short walk to the beach from the resort and there are loads of different activities on offer for all ages. We’d been looking forward to the trip, especially as we were due to travel to the resort by train from London. Lynsey Devon is the Pierre & Vacances PR who invited us to go on the trip. Lynsey went on the trip herself with her 10 year-old son and after they came home I went to meet Lynsey to find out how it all went.
Lynsey told me all about the train journey, the resort, the accommodation, the kids clubs, the activities, the beach and the local area. By the time we’d finished talking I was even more disappointed that we’d missed the trip because it really sounds like a great place for a family holiday. This is what Lynsey said:
Maybe it’s because I spend a lot of time driving but I love the idea that you can travel nearly all the way to the resort by train from the UK and that you can get around quite easily without a car when you’re there.
Sorry about the abrupt ending of the video – I didn’t realise that my phone had stopped recording. Lynsey also told me (but that bit didn’t record) about the Water World activities on the lake at the resort. You have to wear a wetsuit and climb over obstacles and there’s a lot of teamwork and falling in water involved. It looks like lots of fun:
The cost of staying at Cap Esterel resort seems very reasonable. Below are some sample prices – for more information go to the Pierre & Vacances website.
- Seven nights in a one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to five in May (when the trip took place) cost from £458 on a self-catering basis.
- A Holiday Package including seven nights half-board accommodation, kids clubs and family activities costs from £392 per person.
- Prices for the kids club (ages 3-12) start from €99 (around £70) for 6 x 3.5 hour sessions and there’s a 20% saving if you book online in advance. Individual sessions cost €20 (around £14) per child.
- There’s an Illimifun pass which lasts six days and gives children access to all of the kids club sessions including Secret Agent, Barbie Style and Circus School. The pass costs £104.
- Access to Water World costs 10€ for for one hour and 18€ for two hours.
Train travel from London St. Pancras International to Saint-Raphael Valescure (changing in Lille) starts from £117 standard class one-way for adults, and from £61 for children under the age of 11 with Voyages-SNCF.
Flights from London Gatwick to Nice start from £53 return with easyJet. Jet2 offer return flights from Manchester to Nice starting from £99 and from Leeds Bradford to Nice starting from £100.
Over to you
Have you ever been to Cap Esterel or to another Pierre & Vacances resort? Does it seem like the type of place that you’d like to go to on your family holiday?