Why An Al Fresco Holiday In Aquitaine, France Is On My List

Why An Al Fresco Holiday In Aquitaine, France Is On My List

It’s time to get my holiday thinking hat on again. With spring in the air, I yearn for far-flung places, stunning sunsets and succumbing big time to the relaxed, holiday vibe. Living in a tourist hot spot it’s hard not to get holiday envy as you see all the families rock up in their over loaded cars ready for a week on the glorious Devon coast. Bizarrely, I’ve used the same reasoning as to why we’ve not been on many foreign holidays.

Who needs to travel to a beach when its right here on my doorstep?

But this year things are going to change.

I’m ready for sun on my skin, sand between my toes and not having to think about house chores and work schedules for a week or 2. 2017 is going to be the year of the holiday and the South of France is on my radar.

Getting there

Flying into Biarritz, a 20 mile car journey will get us to the Al Fresco toddler friendly campsite,  Yelloh! Village Le Sylvamar at Labenne Ocean Aquitaine.  I’ve scoured, pondered and analysed every inch of what would be best for my toddler, tween, teenager and I.

That was no mean feat, believe me!

But if my calculations serve me correct a week sunning it up in the south of France, close to Biarritz’s chic surf vibe should see us right.

The nearby beach at AQUITAINE - LABENNE OCÉAN, in the South of France looks the perfect location for a family holiday with toddlers, tween and teenagers

Busy Days Al Fresco

With close access to a large sandy beach my older boys can spend their days learning to surf, (I might even join them, I’ve watched Point Break so can count that as the theory test. We might even have a try at windsurfing or buzzing around on jet skis. And while the big boys are playing, a bucket and spade will be enough to keep my toddler happy.

Sand is such a novelty when you’re use to a pebbly beach.

Looking at family holidays, I like the idea of Staying Al Fresco in AQUITAINE - LABENNE OCÉAN

When mooching about on site is on the agenda, then the water-park with a heated pool, lagoon, lazy river with buoys and a three lane water slide will offer enough entertainment for us all. The toddler can make the most of the new children’s indoor play pool with water games to escape the midday sun.

Looking at family holidays, I like the idea of Staying Al Fresco in AQUITAINE - LABENNE OCÉAN

The Icing On The Cake

In an ideal world I’d take along other family, being a single parent escaping to the jacuzzi or sauna would only be possible with some clever childcare swapping as well as biding me some time at the organised workout sessions. I need to get my thinking hat on as to who’d be the perfect holiday companions. I have a few friends in mind.

They’d be welcome company for an evening at the bar, creperie, pizzeria, restaurant or nightclub. Solo holidaying is always a  little easier with other adults I’m sure even a bbq on the decking will be a welcome change for more relaxed nights too. Just to sit outside on a warm evening would be a welcome change from the chilly British ones. Crikey, I’m really in the more now!

And when the kids are all swim, sea and surfed out. We can pop along to Hossegor – Europe’s surf capital, with it’s trendy shops just 10 miles away, to absorb the relaxed laid back atmosphere.

I think it’s safe to say that  Yelloh Village le Sylvama would make the ideal family holiday for me and mine.

This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Al Fresco Holidays and Tots 100.  



  1. 16th February 2017 / 8:40 am

    Sounds like the perfect holiday for you and the boys Ali! Biarritz beach looks amazing and the facilities at the campsite sound ideal for keeping everyone entertained

    • 16th February 2017 / 9:51 pm

      It does look a good all rounder doesn’t it! One for the list..

  2. 19th February 2017 / 2:00 am

    I’ve heard such great things about Biarritz – my friend loves to go there for surfing. I’d love to visit that part of Europe

    • 7th March 2017 / 1:32 pm

      It was the surfing which appealed to me, my eldest son loves it and knowing he won’t get bored was a real plus factor

  3. 7th March 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Sounds like a great holiday, and taking another family is great idea to combine childcare x

  4. 7th March 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Wow that looks like the perfect toddler friendly holiday – that swimming pool looks amazing! I’d like to dive right in now 😛

    • 7th March 2017 / 2:25 pm

      So could I, the pool looks like a British water park I think!

  5. 7th March 2017 / 8:17 pm

    This sounds so lovely – we’ve just got back from our first family holiday abroad 🙂 After spending years being scared of travelling with a toddler I now have the travel bug and want to explore new places!

    Helen x

    • 7th March 2017 / 8:23 pm

      I’ve not taken my toddler abroad yet so hoping to get the travel bug too once we’ve cracked the first journey

  6. 7th March 2017 / 10:50 pm

    If you’re looking for a smaller (more cosy) surf setting, go up a bit north into “Les Landes”.
    More nature, less people.
    Oh, and when looking for a place to stay, always welcome at http://www.puravidalodge.com , a Lodge at Mimizan Plage.

  7. 9th March 2017 / 6:14 am

    Sounds like it would be a great place to go on holiday. Looks like there’s plenty to do x

  8. 9th March 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Tis looks like such fun for the whole family and great entertainment to keep us all entertained x

  9. 9th March 2017 / 11:24 pm

    It sounds like a lovely place to take a holiday, I think my family would enjoy it here for sure. The pool looks great

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