Eurocamp Review Esterel Camping St Raphael

Over May half term we were lucky enough to travel to St Raphael in France courtesy of Eurocamp. St Raphael is in the Cote D’Azur are of France which is on the Southern Coast nestled between Cannes and St Tropez. Having visited the Bordeaux region with Eurocamp last year when we stayed in La Côte D’Argent Hourtin-Plage. We thought we would have a very similar holiday to last time. Yet it turned out completely different. Not that its a bad thing at all, the same good Eurocamp basics were there but the region itself gave a different holiday experience. It goes to show the variety of holiday on offer when choosing to book with Eurocamp.

With over 170 locations Eurocamp offer the largest choice of premium outdoor holidays in Europe. There are thirteen countries to choose from; France, Corsica, Spain, Italy Croatia, Sardinia, Sicily, Portugal, German, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and Luxembourg. Near beaches, forests, lakes, mountains and cities you can really choose something thats right for you and your family.

When we were choosing our holiday this year we knew we wanted to go back to France as we had such an amazing time last year.  The website is really easy to use and navigate all the potential holidays. I like that the website has a rating for each of the parcs out of ten based on the Reevoo system. They each have a sun rating too, which allowed me to filter down the list of parcs available. Basically we wanted somewhere in France, close to a beach, with a good swimming complex, a high review number and a good sun rating. Pretty much the same as we looked for last year. Only the difference this time is we needed a good toddler pool as well. With Kipper being two he wants to be in the water all the time but isn’t really old enough for water slides or splash down areas. I narrowed it down to three potentials and then let Monkey make a decision. He fell in love with Esterel Camping because of the pictures of the water slides going through the trees and the new splashdown area. I was impressed with the fact that it was five star camping, not something I had experienced before. So how did we get on?

What do we think of Eurocamp as a company and the booking process:

  • They made the booking process so straightforward, they also booked our Euro tunnel crossing. However they are totally flexible and you can book your own travel if you wish. There is lots of detail on the best routes from the UK by either ferry or train
  • Since we were travelling down to the South of France we wanted to add stop overs on our trip. Both on the way down and on the way up. Leaving after school on Friday meant that they would probably be different locations. When I spoke to Customer Services they helped me find parcs on our route that were suitable for the single night stay.
  • Price wise everything is done on a per party basis so its easy to understand. I have been caught before when looking at a holiday to think that the per person price was for everyone only to discover it was totally over budget at the point of purchase!
  • You have complete flexibility on the days you want to start and leave. No more having to go Sunday to Saturday. I was totally amazed that we could book a parc for one night just like you would a hotel.
  • I like that everything you need is sent to you by email. Leading a stupidly busy life like most parents meant I didn’t need to think about it. All I had to do was print one email attachment before we left the UK
  • Eurocamp offer a number of extras which are designed to make you life easier such as – linen and beach town packs. When room is short and you want to reduce the washing for when you get home they are a god send.
  • If you are particularly bad at packing (like me) their essentials pack will include everything you need to get you started in the kitchen. They also offer a welcome back which is ideal after a long drive.
  • And if you have a fur baby as well as kiddies you will be pleased to know many of the holiday parcs are dog friendly too

I honestly can not fault them, when I needed to speak to them on the phone they were really polite and helpful. About ten minutes after leaving our first stop over we got a flat tyre. Totally flat I have never seen a tyre go down so quickly. After speaking to the RAC it became apparent that we were not going to make it to Esterel Camping in daylight hours. It was a ten hour drive and it took five and half hours to get it replaced. I spoke with Eurocamp Customer Services to see if we could go back to our previous campsite. Unfortunately it was fully booked. Unsurprising really as it was the start of the season and May half term. However they did find us another stop over much closer to our current location. Which meant we made it to a parc in the Liore Valley just in time to get in the pool and have dinner in the onsite restaurant. They were so helpful looking at all sorts of options to try and make it as convenient for us and to stick to our original routes as much as possible. I am just glad we had a roof over our heads and didn’t need to drive through the night. It shows just how flexible they are too. And it only cost us £30!

What did we think of the Eurocamp Reception:

  • Since we ended up staying at four different holiday parcs and experienced reception at each.
  • Each time we received a text message on the day we were due to arrive asking us our ETA. As where possible the Eurocamp staff will try to meet you to welcome you to the parc.
  • Having the staff on hand means that should you need anything theres someone to help. Either via a text message or leaving a message on the pad.
  • The reception area its self had a big box of things which you could borrow to make the best use of the facilities including buckets and spades, tennis and badminton racquets, shuttle cocks, ping pong paddles and boules. There was also a selection of board games and books. We found that this did vary by site as some of the parcs would have their own equipment.
  • Its also worth checking out the reception for ideas for days out and the local area as well.

What did we think of our Avant Mobile Home: 

Things we loved:
  • I was totally envious of these when we visited last year and had high expectations. We had a 3 bedroom, one bath which sleeps 6-8. The decor is new modern in whites and greys and a lot more stylish than I was expecting.
  • The living area was a really good size, with a collapsable table and large comfortable box sofa. There were eight accompanying chairs should we have decided to eat inside.
  • Although we didn’t once instead we ate on the large covered veranda which came complete with patio furniture. It was also fully enclosed with a simple bolt lock on the other side. Meaning that Kipper could not escape. Perfect for a family
  • The kitchen area was well sized and ran down one side. There were two sets of patio doors. One of which was alongside the kitchen which helped to maximise the space and was very convenient when eating outside.It also had a good size fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, gas hob and cooker. Plenty of cutlery and crockery
  • The aircon – especially in the first few days as we acclimatised to the warm weather. Aircon is a must for us and for travelling with young kids as they need to be able to get a good nights sleep
  • New (and already put up – thank you!) travel cot with a good thick mattress. In fact all the provided equipment for Kipper looked brand new, the baby bath, high chair and changing mat were all great quality.
  • Monkey loved the bunkbeds sleeping on the top bunk. Which are designed in such away  that there was no way he was going to fall out.
  • The bedroom windows has mosquito nets which pulled down over them so you could keep the windows opened if you wanted.
  • The main bedroom has a queen size bed which was useful when they boys decided to join us in the morning
  • There was a good amount of storage in the bedrooms
  • The sound proofing was really good. On our last night there was a show and although we were not really close to the centre we could still hear the music quite loudly when sitting on the veranda. But inside nothing! Which meant the boys slept soundly while we played cards to the music. I think this is so important as you never know how rowdy your neighbours can be!
Things we were not so keen on:
  • Its reassuring to know the gas is checked every three days in peak season but I would have liked to have se
  • en a carbon monoxide detector, since the hot water, oven and fire (not that we used that) are all gas powered.
Things to be aware of:
  • Although this is to be expected the bathroom and third bedroom are on the smaller side and just about manageable. Although the shower was big enough to accommodate a large baby bath.

What did we think of the Esterel Camping Holiday Parc itself:

Things we loved:
  • The pool complex is lovely and has recently under gone a transformation. There are four pools one of which was warm enough for even me to get in. This was the shallowest and  Kipper enjoyed jumping in and out of the pool.
  • Monkey loved the splash down area and there were seven (yes seven) slides for him to choose from. There was no height restrictions which meant he could go on whatever he linked. Also the majority of the slides didn’t go into a pool instead they had a water run off. Which meant we could have taken Kipper on them too.
  • The kids indoor pool is fantastic. Reserved for children aged 0-7 you have to have a code to get into it. It was renovated this year and you can tell. Everything looks brand new. The jungle theme went down well with both the boys and we spent a whole morning playing on the slides, in the fountains and showers. It was a big part in our decision making process and we were not disappointed. Outside there are sunbeds and a toilet hidden in a tree.
  • There were lots of activities we didn’t even get a chance to make use of – mini golf, tennis, squash, stake park, volley ball, water aerobics, mountain biking, biking, pétanque, golf, basket back, scuba diving, nordic walking, water polo, ping pong, Zumba and dance lessons. Many of which are free.
  • There is also a separate fitness studio which has a programme of events and there is outside fitness equipment too.
  • The owners have tried to keep the surroundings as natural as possible both with planting and also be keeping as many trees in situ.
  • They cater for all age groups in the play area with three different climbing frames, again most of the equipment looks new. Plus they provide plenty of seating for the adults
  • Just off site there are a number of bike trails into the forest.
  • There is a bar on site has a large courtyard and out the back over looks the swimming pool which is a gorgeous setting. Drinks are reasonably priced and they have a happy hour each day between 6 and 7. Opposite is a takeaway which does the best pizzas, as well as your basic such as burgers and chips.
  • Theres a small well stocked mini market on site selling fresh bread, fruit and veg and everything you would need for self catering.
Things we were not so keen on:
  • They advertise themselves as offering free wifi. Which they do. Only for the first half of the week it didn’t work at all. Even in the bar area which runs on a separate login. On our second to last day I managed to pick it up on the veranda. It was almost as though it had been switched on! At the same time we managed to get 4G. So I am not sure if this is all linked. But it made planning days out difficult without a phone signal or wifi. My advance if you are travelling to this parc is to make sure you have everything planned prior to leaving. Don’t rely on the wifi and then if it is working when you stay its a bonus.
  • We ate in the restaurant one night and it didn’t really meet expectations for a number of reasons.
    • The child’s menu is limited to something and chips or red pasta. Monkey wanted to have risotto but they did not offer adult meals in child portions. It was a flat out no as well not even I will double check…
    • The menu is limited. Hubby and I opted for the steak to be told we could only have it done well done or medium. At 25€ for a steak (when you add in sauce) I expect to be able to have it cooked the way I want it.
    • The kids meal which Kipper had came with ice cream. Which he can not have because he cant have diary. I explained this to our original waitress who looked a bit dumbfounded and basically said she wouldn’t deal with us. A new much more helpful waitress offered sorbet but we had to pay for it, they didn’t swap it out.
    • They were obviously rushed off their feet not expecting it to be as busy as it was. I don’t think that this was helped by a private function which was also being held to the side of the restaurant. As it took precedent over those already in the restaurant. Although our meal was served reasonably quickly others in the restaurant with young children appeared to be waiting a long time. If we stayed again I woudn’t eat in the restaurant.
Things to be aware of:
  • The pool area is a shoe free zone like many French pools but its really rough and they insist on traditional swim wear (even for the children).
  • Unlike last time we did not have a BBQ which was a real shame as we missed the convenience  it gave us.
  • Although travelling in May half term this is still considered out of season so not all the facilities were open and there was no evening entertainment. This is not driven by Eurocamp but more the holiday Parc itself. If there are things you particularly want then its probably worth a phone call to check. Peak season starts in July.
  • As part of the facilities on offer they have a series of kids clubs for all ages and also discos for teenagers.

We had the most amazing time and I was a little sad to leave our mobile home at the end of the week. No wonder 90% of families say they will come back. We most definitely will use Eurocamp again it works perfectly for us. All we need to do is decide whether we try another area of France or if we try a different country. We loved it so much we have put together a little video of our holiday below:
If you would like to read about what we got up to during the week you can do so here:
Thank you Eurocamp for a brilliant holiday and all the wonderful memories we made as a family. You never fail to disappoint.

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55 Comments

  1. June 5, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Living on Jersey means that we are really close to France (just a half hour ferry) and we have been looking into Eurocamps for our summer holiday. I’m really impressed with how lovely your accomodation was, and the pools and restuarants look fab too. It sounds like they are a brilliant option for a family holiday.

  2. June 6, 2018 / 6:39 am

    Sounds like a fun trip although it’s a shame about wifi when you need to plan things and about not having a bbq as they’re such a fun part of holiday x

  3. June 6, 2018 / 7:09 am

    This was a really fair review and I loved all your pictures! It looks like you had an amazing time. We have been on a Eurocamp holiday about 6 years ago and I have to say, never again! Sorry, it was so awful that we actually drove home early. It wasn’t at this park though which looks lovely. #bloggerclubuk

  4. June 6, 2018 / 8:33 am

    What an insightful review. Really appreciate that you took the time to be honest about the pros and cons particularly for the food – I’m a bit shocked that they weren’t more flexible but it’s an important thing to know if you have s child with intolerances or allergies.

  5. Margaret Gallagher
    June 6, 2018 / 8:42 am

    Epic – so much fun and hapoy memories – need to book soon

  6. June 6, 2018 / 11:28 am

    Wow this looks amazing! We have heard great things about Eurocamp but have never been but reading this review has definitely bumped it up on my radar – the facilities look great especially the pool complex.

  7. June 6, 2018 / 11:30 am

    It looks like you all had a fab time. What a shame that the restaurant service wasn’t up to scratch! I think I would have been a little disappointed too. x

  8. June 6, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Looks like you had a terrific time. I appreciate your honest review. Love the photos, BTW.

    #BloggerClubUk

  9. June 6, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Overall, it looks like a great place for a holiday particularly when you’re a family with younger children. (I think our teenager would kill us!)

  10. June 6, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    Such a great review – I love the way you break it all down. This place looks amazing. Every year I hear more and more people raving about Euro-camps and I always think I must try one. I am definitely looking into this one for next Summer.

  11. June 6, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    I really like your informative review! I like your honesty and I’ve been to the camps before and had a similar experience.

    Kay xx

  12. June 6, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    The site looks lovely and the accommodation looks fab – especially the veranda. It’s great to hear that they have decent sound-proofing and air con too. They both make such a difference. Even though my kids are older I think they’d love staying somewhere like this. I have an aunt in France that I’ve been thinking about visiting – finding somewhere independent to stay near her would be a great option 🙂

  13. June 6, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    I love how straight forward it sounds, and having camped in similar accommodation before, love the look of that too! Plus, the site looks really lovely. I would like to go for the fact that Raphael is my Surname alone! 😀

  14. June 6, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    Wow air con I didn’t expect that the pools look delightful, shame about the WiFi #bloggerclubuk

  15. June 6, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    This is something we’ve been considering doing so it’s great to see such an honest review. Love your pictures too. #bloggerclubuk

  16. June 6, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Oh I do LOVE a Eurocamp Holiday. We stayed in one of their other sites in the South of France a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Such good value for money and I love the flexibility you have with them too. Your site looked fab. I’d like to try the Avant too as we just stayed in the standard one the last time. #bloggerclubuk

  17. June 6, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    I love that they sorted out parcs for you to stay at to break up the long journey. Very useful #bloggerclubuk

  18. June 6, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I’m glad you got to enjoy your stay despite your flat tyre. The camp sounds good too. I didn’t know Eurocamp have sites in Portugal. I might investigate a staycation so we can bring the dog with us!

  19. June 7, 2018 / 5:46 am

    I loved the review and your photos it looks like a lot of fin shame about the wi fi tho – but still i love the place and now meed to convince other half to go there

  20. June 7, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Thank you for such an honest and reliable review! I didn’t even know what Eurocamp was before this post am glad I have gained some knowledge in that area. The place truly looks AMAZING, any thing with sand and sea and some sun & I am a happy camper!

  21. June 7, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    That looks amazing. We are already beginning to think about holidays for next year so will need to keep this in mind.
    #BloggerClubUK

  22. June 7, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    What a fantastic place to take kids and have fun with the activities X #bloggerclubuk

  23. June 7, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Aww it looks like you had such a lovely time! I remember going to a Eurocamp in the Netherlands back when I was a child and absolutely loving all of the swimming pools and activities available for children to do 🙂

  24. June 8, 2018 / 8:06 am

    It sounds as if the staff are so attentive and that’s a Eurocamp have amazing customer service! I’ve never stayed anywhere where the staff have been that on the ball before. It sounds like so much fun, would love to take Luke there one day – it sounds like an amazing family holiday.

  25. June 8, 2018 / 8:31 am

    Love this review. So very timely. I was just speaking to hubby earlier this week about taking the kids to France for a family holiday. #BloggerClubUK

  26. June 8, 2018 / 8:51 am

    Oh wow it looks amazing and what a great time you had! This is so informative too for anyone trying to book or deciding where to go/stay. Love the photos, the boys look to have had a ball!

  27. June 8, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I think the booking process and flexibility is what you pay for with Eurocamp, it is easy. It can be a bit hit and miss with the staff on site. The attitude in the restaurants is quite typically French. I agree it is wonderful how many different experiences you can get on a French holiday by going to different areas.

  28. Margaret GALLAGHER
    June 9, 2018 / 10:41 am

    AMAZING place full of adventures – would love to visit soon

  29. Peter Watson
    June 9, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Looks like a lot of fun to be had for everyone.

  30. paula cheadle
    June 9, 2018 / 11:53 am

    looks like there was and is a lot of FUN to be had

  31. Tracy Nixon
    June 9, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    My kids would love Eurocamp – I have read lots of very positve reviews.

  32. June 10, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Looks like a lovely place to be. I’ve never been to France the beach looks nice and plenty for the children. Lovely photo’s of the boys too. Thanks for sharing

  33. June 10, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    I love your reviews Clare, they are so through and I really feel as if I get the whole story. ‘m a big Eurocamp fan and this one looks great and there is so much to do in the local area too. Mich x

  34. June 10, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time. Eurocamp is a name that pops up a lot when considering a holiday as a family, we’ve never been to one before, but we would definitely consider it x

  35. June 11, 2018 / 7:45 am

    This looks absolutely amazing – I’ve been so tempted by Eurocamp lately, I love caravanning and euro camp seems like it’s all the fun of caravanning with all the fun of sun and sea…. You may have just sold it to me!

  36. June 11, 2018 / 8:40 am

    Eurocamp looks really fantastic – lots of facilities and the accommodation looked lovely too. I think my kids would love the swimming pools!

  37. June 11, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    We have been thinking of booking a Eurocamp holiday but we have never done this kind of holiday before and were unsure what it would be like. It looks much nicer than I expected and it looks like you had a great holiday x

  38. Lorna Ledger
    June 11, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Wow, yes it really does look amazing, I would defo book one after seeing this – they are really affordable too

  39. June 11, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the amazing review. Lovely photos and it is good to see that you all had a good time. xx

  40. June 12, 2018 / 11:19 am

    Eurocamp is on our list of holidays to attend. I enjoyed following your journey and holiday on your Instagram stories! The extras and welcome pack sound ideal. And they sound really organized when it comes to reception. It’s a shame about the wifi though – that’s an essential one for a blogger anyway lol

  41. Margaret Gallagher
    June 13, 2018 / 9:18 am

    WOW WOW WOW
    A n experience id love too
    Spoilt for choice

  42. Ren Taylor
    June 13, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Been to Eurocamp back in the 1990s and it was fantastic……I will have to go again as it looks and sounds fantastic ❤

  43. June 14, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Look at those swimming pools, they look immense! Looks like you had a fab time, Eurocamp are really geared up for families! Sim x #GYB

  44. June 14, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    I love how thorough and honest you’ve been here – it’s been really helpful for me to read, as we’re considering Eurocamp for next year. The campsite looks brilliant, especially the pool area and your accommodation, but the restaurant situation is a huge consideration for me, especially given allergies. When you’re away from home and can’t easily get hold of your normal food it’s a real concern for me when it comes to eating out. And the wifi is so essential these days, but especially so when you’re a blogger!

  45. Susan B
    June 15, 2018 / 3:11 am

    It looks great, albeit with one or two shortcomings. The pools look very inviting and I am really surprised to read that you got a queen-sized bed. What a treat! An excellent review as always. Your boys will have so many wonderful memories of the places you visited when they are older.

  46. A.E. ADKINS
    June 16, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Excellent and refreshingly honest review, you & the boys seemed to enjoy the trip despite all the hiccups

  47. john prendergast
    June 17, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    looks a fantastic place

  48. Helen B
    June 23, 2018 / 8:12 am

    I always wanted to visit on of their sites when our two were younger but I always hated the thought of all that driving, it would have given me a headache that would have lasted all week. 🙁

  49. June 23, 2018 / 11:55 am

    I have always read good things about Eurocamp but never looked into it, I will definitely be paying more attention to them. Sounds like a lovely holiday with the family.

  50. Rosemary Tily
    June 25, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    With a new baby due and a their love of exploring Europe I shall happily forward your review to my younger daughter and her husband as EuroCamp looks ideal for family holidays.

  51. Pam Francis Gregory
    June 26, 2018 / 7:53 am

    Great review. Considering Eurocamp for nix year. Looking at this & other reviews you have to choose the park carefully though.

  52. Kelly B
    July 2, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Eurocamp isn’t something I’ve really looked into but it looks and sounds fantastic especially for families and children. It is certainly something I will consider when looking for our holidays!

  53. Tracy Nixon
    August 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    JUNE 14, 2018 / 6:40 PM
    Look at those swimming pools, they look AMAZING!

  54. Tracy B
    November 25, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Just amazing! Your photos always make everything look so magical too.

  55. A S,Edinburgh
    December 1, 2018 / 9:56 am

    This is so helpful, thank you. Taking a CO detector is not something I would usually think of, but probably something to add to the holiday list. I’m very glad you all had such a good time on this trip.

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