Self-catering family holiday specialist Pierre & Vacances is looking to encourage visitors to take advantage of the local area on their next holiday with a range of new regional discovery excursions for the summer season. The new hands-on adventures include learning to make soap in Provence, visiting a dairy to make goats cheese in the Ardeche or helping make honey with a beekeeper in the south of France. The regional discovery days are just a snapshot of a huge revamp for the French company's popular Holiday Village brand - which also sees refurbished apartments, more free activities and a la carte services for the summer season. ? ?
Pierre & Vacances has also revamped its kid's clubs to give children the option of experiencing activities that match their own interests - be it adventure, science, art, sport or friendship.
Other new features include an extended à la carte offering with a breakfast and bakery delivery service, party orders such as fondue or BBQ and excellent value half or full board meal cards. Families will be able to enjoy more free activities with sports tournaments, fitness courses from Les Mills and concerts, shows and family games in the evenings.
Pierre & Vacances has 13 Holiday Villages across France and Spain in Normandy, Brittany, the Atlantic Coast, South of France. Provence, Ardèche and the Costa del Sol. The family friendly villages are located in optimum positions such as near beaches, golf courses or nature reserves and, in addition to the dining facilities at the villages, the restaurants and shops of the local town are a short distance away. Accommodation ranges from studio apartments to three bedroom houses and prices start at £450 for a seven-night stay in a two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to seven people at Holiday Village Port du Crouesty.
Cathy Rankin, UK & Ireland sales and marketing director at Pierre & Vacances comments: "We want families to really enjoy their summer breaks -both with the great onsite facilities, but also by taking the time to experience the local area, whether it be on one of our new regional discovery days, or by hiring a bike and exploring the region.??
"We all know that no two children are alike and so we've also looked to revamp our kid's clubs too, enabling children at our Holiday Villages to choose a club tailored to their own interests."?
An example of one of Pierre & Vacances' re-vamped resorts is Belle Dune in north Picardy. The houses and apartments are built in the 20th century style of the Picardy region around a large lake. Guests have access to indoor and outdoor swimming pools, pedalos, sailing on the lake, a petting farm, children's clubs and the nearby beach is accessible by foot or on a miniature train. New for this year is a VIP accommodation range, regional activities and themed kid's clubs, with prices starting at £65 per child per week.
Bookings at Pierre & Vacances Holiday Villages can be made at www.pierreetvacances.co.uk
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