It’s the holidays, and children shouldn’t be hemmed in. Although, at Domaine & Resort Les Ormes, Brittany’s version of “Center Parcs”, with a 4,500 m² water park including a wave pool, all underneath a giant glass dome, we really don’t think they will mind. Where to sleep? There is a selection: hotel, guest house, gypsy vans and even tree houses. Children will love it! Have you got itchy feet? The 200-hectare playground will provide hours of entertainment. Choose from pedalo, horse riding, water skiing, golf, archery, treetop adventures and zip wires. Nearby, discover the charms of the half-timbered houses in Dol-de-Bretagne or set off to enjoy the sea air on the Emerald Coast.
Are you missing the summer already? The sound of flip-flops, the carefree vibe? Grab yourself an extra holiday! At Ty Nenez camp site, near Lorient, the season isn’t over yet. The end of October is the perfect time for slipping on your swimsuit and enjoying the indoor heated pool. It has a paddling pool, swimming lessons and aqua fitness classes too. Set your luggage down in a mobile home, pick up a bike and off you go: Guidel beach is a 15-minute ride away. In the Cour des Artisans in the small town of Pont-Scorff, which boasts the “Town of Arts and Crafts” label, there is a boutique-gallery with 70 designers to keep you happy, after an unusual visit to the wild salmon counting station. All that’s left is to taste them!
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3. Relaxing break in Carnac
Thalazur Carnac Résidence and Hôtel (56)
Set off to Carnac for an autumn break. The famous seaside resort in southern Brittany has lots to offer for an off-season holiday. Amidst the salt marshes, now a nature reserve, opt for Thalazur Carnac in a residence or 4-star hotel. With 100% organic thalasso treatments for parents and a kids’ club, everyone can relax. You can’t go to the seaside and not swim! Here you have access to the salt water pool during your stay. While you are here, you can’t miss out on the thousands of standing stones and the museum of megaliths for a journey back in time. The five fine sandy beaches will also delight children for sandcastle building or a family game of football.
4. Pastures and swimming between Rennes and Saint-Malo
Ty Kern in Longaulnay (35)
At the heart of nature, in the morning mist, listen to the birds singing and, in the distance, a bell tower ringing. This former farmhouse and long-house in local stone are now guest houses, Ty Lou and Ty Tan. Mega comfort guaranteed! There is a large covered pool heated to 28° all year round, a sauna and a hot tub, all within sight of the children. What to do? Take a little tour of Bécherel Book Town, just 4 km away, or visit the little medieval city of Dinan. The Emerald Coast is not far away either: stroll on the ramparts of Saint-Malo, and enjoy oysters at Cancale harbour for your evening meal. How about finishing off the evening by the fireside?
Le Coteau et la Mer – Pierre et Vacances in Tréboul-Douarnenez (29)
Set off to the tip of Finistère, near Douarnenez, for a seaside break. In this residence dedicated to families, children will love the games area and the indoor pool. Nearby, a thalasso centre is perfect for parents seeking rest and relaxation! Your fully-equipped apartment with marine decorations and its terrace with sea view will soon become a second home. If the weather is right, pop on a pair of boots and walk to Tristan Island at low tide. You can also wander around Tréboul old harbour and even organise a day’s walk to Pointe du Raz.