Holidays are are about making special family memories to last a lifetime. The journey, the stay, the ice creams and the late nights all make up the perfect package for a holiday to remember. This holiday was set to be a week of firsts. First room share, first flight, first holiday abroad and first late night.
When I was asked to select a Eurocamp destination, I spent a long time considering and weighing up the best location for our first family trip abroad. With destinations ranging across the whole of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and even Croatia it was tricky to select the right one. We wanted something child friendly, with great facilities and nearby beaches, so La Baume, Frejus in the South of France seemed like the perfect place to start carving out our holiday memories. It had great pool facilities including a vast kids splash pool and was only a 15 minute drive to the coastline, opening up possible day trips to the like of Cannes and St Tropez. Neither hubs or I had been to France before. Holidays for me as a child consisted of the British resorts abroad, whilst Hubs always holidayed in the UK camping with his family.
As we were going to be staying in one of the camp resorts Esprit mobile homes, we wanted to ensure the resort had kids activities and with 2 pools, a play park, onsite shops, pizzeria and restaurant we knew we’d chosen well.
It would be our first family camping experience and Munch couldn’t wait to go on her first holiday abroad, something which I’d been put off in the past due to routines and possible disruption to everyday family life when we returned. But we threw caution to the wind and booked up, knowing that having a hire car meant we would also have access to entertainment offsite.
We were all set for a blissful week in the sunshine making memories, splashing around, touring nearby towns and eating our way round the South of France.
Pitching up overnight in Edinburgh before our early morning flight, we also had our first family room share experience. I was amazed that Munch settled very quickly and gave us no trouble whatsoever.
It was a 4.30am start, as we left for the airport for Munch’s first flight. We flew Easyjet and after an almost 2 hour delay we set off on our 2 and a half hour flight to Nice. Apart from the delay, the flight itself was fine.
Everyone loves that stepping off the plane feeling. The waft of heat hitting your face and instantly making everyday stresses melt away into the background, marking the start of the holiday.
After a short 30 minute drive in our air conditioned hire car, we were welcomed to the La Baume resort by Eurocamp staff and shown to our base for the week. A lovely touch is the welcome pack, which provides you with everything you need to get you set up.
Having 2 bedrooms in the Esprit meant we had out own space for the week, which we welcomed. Set in amongst a pine forest, we also had a BBQ decking area with toddler gate and parking space meaning you can drive right up to your home.
Being pregnant, we used our hire car to make the short journey to the kids and beach style pool. Which if you have children you will know has to happen within the first half hour of arriving…or there will be trouble!
There is a strict no smoking pool side rule at La Baume, which is a welcomed policy by any British family I’m sure. It has to be one of my pet hates when going abroad. However you can’t eat snacks by the pool either. So any ice creams will need to be eaten in the snack area by the pool. It just helps keep the pool area clean and tidy, which isn’t a bad thing.
On our first evening we stayed for dinner at the onsite restaurant, which is located by the Californian style pool. The food on offer was largely sea food and surprisingly enough a vast range of pizza and pasta, which suited all of us. You can even take away back to base and eat on your own decking if you fancy.
I love this picture of Munch who just smiled in wonder at the beautiful surroundings we were in.
My favourite 2 look so alike and would go hunting for ants whilst waiting for food.
After dinner activities were trips to the onsite play park, where we would spend a good hour running around playing before heading to bed.
We would alternate eating out with BBQs at the home. The added bonus of the hire car meant we could drive to the nearby supermarket and grab burgers, kebabs and fresh fruit and vegetables and other essentials to balance out the weeks eating.
Our first few days were spent by the pool side, watching our little girl grow in confidence in the water. We both would watch on proudly beaming as she would run around happily playing in the splash pool onsite.
Holidays are great family building opportunities and we certainly enjoyed making magical moments whilst onsite at La Baume.
Part 2 coming soon!