We have been taking family Holidays (on and off) at LPO since 2004/5ish. This year will be our third in a row, at the request of the children who totally love being there. They have so much freedom on a site that is very safe and secure. They have relished the opportunity to mix with teenagers from the UK, Holland, Switzerland and France. The atmosphere on site is very relaxed and everyone aims to get along with their neighbours really well.
There is always a very warm welcome from all the staff and nothing is too much of a problem. The children's and teen's activities are all of very high standards and there is always plenty for them to engage with. The football coach run by Kick London is always a big highlight for our son.
As a very keen cyclist the area is very good for excellent trips out and about, however it is rather flat, so if you are looking for mountain challenges then head for the Alps or Pyrenees! The Vendee has hundred of kilometres of cycles ways but most of these need a trekking or lightweight MTB. The Vendee tourist board produce an excellent cycle guide with all the routes and suggested rides listed. Well worth requesting your free copy before you get LPO (only available in French). While we have been at LPO there has always been an early morning group ride to a local cafe for breakfast. What better way to start the day.
As mentioned in other posts this is a campsite run by a Christian organisation (Springharvest) please do not let this put you off. For those who have been to Spring Harvest in the UK LPO is nothing like it. The typical day consists of a morning talk for about 1 hour (totally optional) and an evening celebration (totally optional) and a Sunday morning service (yes you guessed it totally optional). You are on holiday so dip in and out as you want. The speakers when we have been have all been excellent so they are well worth dropping in to hear.
Not interested in church or not a christian well do not worry, everyone is made to feel at home and welcome, no in your face stuff to worry about. Just kick back and relax and let your family enjoy the freedom and peaceful surroundings.
The site has an excellent restaurant with high quality french cooking. The takeaway food is prepared to the same standard as the restaurant, which is top draw.
The small shop has just enough things for bare essentials but most importantly it provides fresh pastries and bread every morning.
Would we recommend it? Well lets just say our teenagers want to go again this year and for four weeks!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Pas Opton is an established, four star holiday park, owned and operated exclusively by Spring Harvest Holidays. Our accommodation includes a range of 2 and 3 bedroom mobile homes, fixed tents, 3 villas and BYO pitches, plus a swimming pool, multisport area, bar, restaurant and take-away. Uniquely, we also provide an optional Christian programme of Bible study and worship for adults, fun children’s and teens programme and a host of extra activities each day. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Le Pas Opton Hotel Saint Gilles Croix De Vie