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Reviews of Camping Le Sylvamar

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Camping Le Sylvamar
Avenue De Locean
Labenne Ocean
Aquitaine   (Browse area)
40530
Tel: +33 05 59 45 75 16
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Pitches:
Open: 30/04 To 01/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 7 Reviews
                7/10 from 7 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   No Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 No Fishing   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire On Site   No Golf   Tennis On Site 
 Beach On Site   Watersports <1 mile   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

Reviews:

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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Scottk46 6 reviews from this member

 This is a huge French beach site. The site is buzzing from 1000 every morning through to midnight. The toilets and showers are excellent although they can be put under strain by the sheer volume of campers on site in high season at certain peak times. The staff work really hard to keep the facilities in great condition despite the size, with a team of gardeners and handymen coming and going all day.

There is a reasonable takeaway and the restaurant and shop are excellent - although the shop ran out of milk for 4 days across the weekend.

The pool complex is excellent, with a lazy river although strangely at the end of our stay security descended on the pool to ensure only speedos were worn, which didn't seem to bother them for the first week!

The beach is 1. 5km away with lifeguards and some mad waves when we were there. Overall if you have to do a Southern France Atlantic beach site you won't find too many better - however it can be a little full on! Certainly much better than some of the beach sites we have visited 


Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Lobo 1 review from this member

 I guess that if you come from staying in some cow field campings in the UK, (that we have) this will seem Paradise to you. OK camping, but quite not the level of some Spanish ones like La Marina in Alicante.

The area is good and having Spain nearby is a plus. Good to go with children. 


Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Aitch69 24 reviews from this member

 The review by Barsar covers quite a lot on this site very well so I'll be brief. However, I must stress that our experience with Sanitary facilities was very different from theirs.

As seniors we travel in France in low season a) to use the ACSI card and b) because things are quieter low season. Sylvamar may be quieter in September but it is not quiet.

The close proximity to the Spanish border attracts loads of Spanish family campers at weekends and facilities got well used. The pool complex is excellent and there are restaurants and bars adjacent.

Our pitch was near the pool and the toilet/showers serving this area gave an appearance of luxury - wrought iron, a fountain, richly coloured tiles and piped soft relaxing music, clean tidy and plenty of hot water - however, there were not enough WCs for the morning rush.

We stayed for 3 nights Thurs -Sat. Friday afternoon saw a constant stream of arrivals and this went on well into the evening filling most of the pitches – and this is a big site. At 11. 0 pm loads of people were to-ing and fro-ing with kids zooming about on bikes and skates etc all chattering away as though it was the middle of the day. We didn't mind this as it created a nice continental holiday atmosphere. However, if you're the kind of person that likes to be in bed at 10. 30 pm (for whatever reason) this may not suit you.

All in all a very well appointed site and good value for three nights. Would go again 


Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Barsar 46 reviews from this member

 We chose to stay here after being very impressed by 2 other sites in the ‘Leading Campings’ chain and it was on our route back through France. Sadly the site did not live up to expectations.

Location

The site is located in pine woods near the beach and is well signposted from Labenne.

A lot of other caravan parks are also situated nearby.

There are several bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk from the site. Adjacent to the site there is a large adventure playground and a small water park. There is also a Zoo nearby plus lots of other activities geared to families.

It’s a thirty minute drive to Biarritz and St Jean de Luz which was lovely.

Reception

There was a warm welcome and the team of receptionists speak several languages. We booked in with no hassle and were told we could walk around first and select our own pitch.

Pitches

All pitches are on sandy ground and most have good shade provided by the pine trees. All pitches have water, drainage and power. The vast majority of pitches are huge and could easily accommodate a large caravan, awning and up to 2 or 3 cars. Access roads are good and it was easy to get the caravan onto a pitch.

Given that the French school holidays were about to begin we were surprised that only about 40% of the pitches were occupied.

Sanitary Facilities

Not as good as other sites in this chain. The sanitary block nearest to us was very dated indeed. The tiles on the shower floor I am sure were clean but were brown around the edges, making them look unclean. If you wanted water pressure you had to have a cold shower. If you wanted hot water you had to wait a while and lost all the pressure. This is not what I expect from a 5* site. On the whole it was an unsatisfactory showering experience which my wife was not prepared to repeat. We did find a newer block on a more recent part of the site which seemed little used as it was among bungalows with their own facilities. This did look and feel much better.

Shops

There is a reasonably priced small supermarket which also serves bread and bakery goods each morning

Pools

There is a large outdoor pool with tame waterslide, a lazy river and lots of sunbeds. There is also an indoor heated pool for younger children with lots of opportunities to splash and squirt water.

There is also a pool at the Spa complex for which you will have to pay an admission fee.

Eating

There is a take away and restaurant on site. The take away serves pizzas, hamburgers etc.

The restaurant has a decent menu and is well priced. The pizzas looked good and we enjoyed our Moules et frites.

The staff were attentive and very jolly.

Animations

Loads of stuff for kids with several activities during the day for various age groups.

You can also hire bikes

There was some form of live entertainment every night between 09. 30 and 11. 00pm plus a junior disco at about 8. 30pm.

Other Stuff

There’s a large children’s playground plus football and volley ball areas.

There is an expensive Spa called Dune & Eau. Treatments start at 34 euro and go up to 180 euro.

Summary

A large family orientated site with lots going on. We managed to get in at the end of the low season and so paid 16 euro a night using our ACSI card. If you are taking your family in the high season it could cost you as much as 50 euros a night.

Security was good with overnight patrols and all noise ended at 11pm. It was very peaceful overnight and not too bad during the day actually.

As previously stated, the site does not measure up will to other sites in the ‘Leading Campings’ chain. The pitches are not well maintained (straggly grass and unpruned trees and hedges). The staff that we dealt with seemed to be well trained and courteous.

The biggest let down were the sanitary families. Don’t get me wrong, if you drive onto this site having been on a rustic Spanish site (and we have) you will be pleasantly surprised. It depends what your benchmark is. If I was asked to recommend a family site with lots going on, this one would not be in my top ten.

In addition to the touring pitches there are a lot of bungalaows/statics for rent. 


Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: JULIED444 61 reviews from this member

 Not really a proper review as we didn't actually stay here as we had not pre-booked and it was August so more feedback than anything.

Staff were friendly, the outside of the site did look smart and tidy and there was a security barrier

Our shock was the price, as we could have stayed here for one night, pitch, 2 adults, 1 teenager - NO electricity - 50 euros per night - we politely said no thank you and found another site. I am sure the facilities are worth their money but for a one night stop with no electricity - we can get better value elsewhere and indeed did. 

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Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Diane1068 9 reviews from this member

 Just back from here, really nice area, few cafe's on main road, lovely beach, but can get a bit dangerous, seen a few people taken to hospital
Campsite very big, the pitches are quite large but there are so many tree's in the middle of some pitches, which make them not suitable to put your awning up as well, got offered pitches that weren't suitable for our outfit, but didn't accept one till we found the right one. I was told this was because I had booked through Keycamp, when I had booked directly with site and told them all our dimension's.
Pool fantastic, kids loved it, especially the slides, over zealous lifeguard's as usual in France, and yes speedo's enforced. All toilet and shower block's were fantastic, always clean.
There is a Go Ape place at the side of the campsite and a water park, both within walking distance, went to both and enjoyed both. Weather a bit off and on in this area, out of 12 night's we had 6 days of cloud and rain, including a massive thunderstorm
Would recommend as long as you don't mind the weather. Oh and watch out for sap off tree's has stained our caravan. 


Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Static
Reviewer: Steve + Lisa 7 reviews from this member

 Well looked after site with great cycle links. Facilities relatively good although shop a bit limited. Toilet blocks if you need them are first class. Sea rough and beaches fantastic.
Kids kept happy with pool although didn't quite match expectations. Go down the slide 5 times and you'll get a sore arse (It's made of concrete!). Sun loungers fill the pool sides and not one spare after 10.30am (the usual I suppose). The fish restaurants and fish market in Capbretton are well worth a visit.
Biarritz is a very clean and pleasant place but does get busy. The aquarium was a good trip particularly for the kids. Don't just go to Biarritz though (which seems to be what most folk do). Go to St Jean De Luz (much friendlier but beware in the main restaurants - strangely they don't have childrens menus and expect them to eat shark and foie gras! at 20 euros - now for a 3 and 5 year old it is not ideal - I'm sure French kids aren't that sophisticated).
Didn't get chance to do mountain train - too cloudy. St Jean Pied De Port inland is a must. Great place and whilst touristy didn't see many English. Very friendly and traditionally Basque. Best find of the holiday was a tiny smokery on the road from Biarritz to St Jean Pied De Port. Sells smoked everything from roast joints to duck breasts and saucisson.
Make sure you try the Espellette specialities (anything with peppers). Overall won't go back to this region as feel as though we saw most things and didn't have that traditional French atmosphere (close to Spain I suppose) but well worth a one-off two week visit. 



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