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Reviews of Naturist Campsite Montalivet

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Naturist Campsite Montalivet
Avenue De L Europe
Vendays Montalivet
Aquitaine   (Browse area)
33930
Tel: +33 5 33 09 20 92
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Pitches: 905
Open: 25/03/2022 to 07/11/2022
           

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 9 Reviews
                8/10 from 9 Reviews

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 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   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 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
Activities
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <5 miles   No Golf   Tennis <1 mile 
 Beach <1 mile   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 12 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Billy 20 reviews from this member

 Back here again for another visit. As it worked out we went in August which was peak time & place was rammed with little choice of pitches as we never bother to book.

It is best to book if going in July/Aug but you need to know the site to get a good pitch as there is a lot of variation. This accounts for the varied reviews.

The site ticks all our boxes as it is right by the sea with direct access to huge official naturist beach but as pointed out in previous reviews sanitary facilities can get a bit overwhelmed at peak times.

As we were there for only 12 nights we went for a non electric pitch to save a bit but still not cheap at over 40pn though. The non electric pitches are all the front end of the site nearest the beach.

This part of the site has the nicest ambience imo but is more exposed to the strong onshore wind that sometimes gets up. It can also be a bit of a walk to the toilet/shower blocks as well.

Out of Jul/Aug peak the site accepts ACSI cards for 18pn & we will try to stick to June or Sept & avoid crowds in future.

Overall we had a good experience though. Weather was warm & sunny. Main pool with water slides near beach gets very crowded Jul/Aug but there is another smaller pool elsewhere on site that is much less busy. This pool has roped off lanes if you want to do some proper swimming.

At the centre of the site there are 2 food shops & several restaurants although we use the Aldi half mile outside the site. Only a short cycle ride or drive to Montalivet town & even when busy you can still park for free.

You pay expensively if you want to use the WiFi on the campsite but outside the tourist info office in the town there is good free WiFi. Phone signal on the site is good though.

We will certainly be back at some point next year. 


Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 31+ Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Billy 20 reviews from this member

 We have visited CHM at some point every year for about 25years. Since the new owners took over it has become very expensive in the July/Aug peak but outside those times they accept ACSI card at 18pn so reasonable.

The site is all about the location right behind the official naturist beach. Atlantic coast so popular for surfing but safe swimming only in the lifeguarded space between the flags. Lifeguards on beach only in main holiday period though.

Large pool with slides near beach has been built a few years ago & is open for the main peak holiday period. The original but recently upgraded pool is available as well & open all the time the site is open. Pools are lifeguarded & clean.

There are plenty of sanitary facilities throughout the site but not all have hot water provided. They are cleaned regularly but can get overwhelmed July/Aug peak when site is very busy.

Site is massive with shops in the centre & an Aldi only half a mile down the road open 7days in summer. The local town of Montalivet is a lovely seaside resort with a big market & plenty of places to eat.

Tbf a large commercial campsite is never going to have the owners personal care as with a small privately owned site so it has to be viewed in that way. Also the beachside nature of the campsite means the surface is mostly sand which of course gets everywhere & care must be taken not to get your vehicle stuck on the pitch but should this happen the staff will pull you out with a 4x4.

We love the place though because the pluses more than outweigh the minuses. So well worth a visit. 


Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Opensauce 13 reviews from this member

 To update my previous review. Naturist cards no longer required & camping pitches are being lost to rental units year on year. It is getting to stage where booking is required Jul/Aug to get your pitch of choice but outside of these time there is plenty of availability. I would agree it is a bit love/hate with CHM. If you love it like we do then you do tend to forgive the roughness of the site. It is what it is. A huge commercial naturist site with a beachside location & no shortage of campers at peak period. Outside peak it is quiet & peaceful. The cleaners do find it hard to keep up when the site gets really busy. Not all the sanitary facilities have hot water & the best pitches nearest to the beach do not have ehu.

The plus side is that it's the combination of sea sun & beach that gives CHM the unique atmosphere & ambience that it has. If you can put up with a site that is mostly sand, rough tracks around the site & difficulty of getting a level pitch near to beach you will love the naturist experience you get from CHM. 


Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Malcolm Russell 3 reviews from this member

 Very Tired site! The welcome you get in reception is underwhelming being left standing at the desk for 15 minutes until they can be bothered to deal with you, and the whole experience goes downhill from then onwards. Do not take your dog as the place is NOT dog friendly. We were very pleased to leave and move to another site. 


Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Paddy Wagon 6 reviews from this member

 This is a very large site in a wooded area on the Atlantic shore. It has a lot of facilities and shops compared to many sites. However it has a dated and slightly rundown look. When we visited there was a cost for wi-fi.

Many of the pitches are on a sandy base and this could be a problem for the unwary.

Some might like the site size but other might find it all a bit overwhelming. 

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Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Fred Ingle 4 reviews from this member

 Overall somewhat underwhelmed but does provide the essentials with access to beach.

Staff OK but booking in was very slow and they were not well informed on local amenities. Pitches on small side and some sandy. Overall the site did seem a bit jaded. The Wi-Fi provision was expensive and not at all flexible.

Compared to most sites good shopping facilities. Swimming pools good especially one close to beach. Beach good when tide is in. 


Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Slayyerwife 2 reviews from this member

 What a great site this is. Everything you need in one location. We didn't feel the need to leave site at all during our holiday. You can do as little or as much as you want. Plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. All facilities were spotless and friendly helpful staff. We took our dog and the staff helped us organise our visit to the vet before our return journey. Will definitely be returning again next year. 


Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: OpenSauce 13 reviews from this member

 We have been visiting this Naturist site for many yrs. A Naturist(INF)licence is required but if you don't have one they will be happy to sell you one! Huge site, probably over 1 kilometre square! Its good to bring bikes to get around the site(bike hire available)& there are cycle tracks all over the whole area. It has direct acess to the sandy naturist beach which is over 1km long so plenty of room. There are 2 lifeguarded areas for swimming & on this & any part of the French SW coast it is dangerous to swim outside lifeguarded sections due to strong currents. The whole coast is popular with surfers.

Many pitches get booked in peak season & there are a lot of permanently sited caravans but there are always vacant pitches & you will always get in on spec even in Jul/Aug peak. The surface is sand so bring long sand pegs for tent/awning. I would say only about half the available pitches have EHU & access for caravans/motorhomes can be difficult on some parts of the site but there are plenty of hardstanding pitches as well. The staff will pull you out for free with a 4X4 if you get stuck in the sand! Although the pitches are sand many are covered with pine needles that makes them ok to drive on & the access roads are ok. The site has plenty of trees & you can usually find a shaded pitch if required.

The toilets/showers are dotted about the site, the worst ones have now been upgraded & are generally fine but check those nr you before you pitch up. Usually cleaned twice daily. Bring your own toilet paper, as with many French sites.

There is an excellent outdoor 'fun' pool complex with slides etc in front of site nr beach, opened a couple of yrs ago, it has plenty of lifeguards. The old pool on another part of the site is still open & is ideal for those who want to do 'proper' swimming.

Plenty of organised children's activities but all in French language tho. Although the campers are from all over Europe including plenty of Brits the site retains a very 'French' atmosphere but the reception staff do speak English. The site has a large 'Centre commercial' with supermarkets & restaurants/takeaways & it is possible to buy all you need without leaving the site, but obviously local supermarkets will be cheaper. There is an Aldi nearby but for a large Carrefour or LeClercs you need to drive at least 12miles.

The weather Jul/Aug is generally sunny mid-high 20s with cool sea breezes, very agreeable to those who don't like stifling heat. Rain is usually at night, can be heavy & you need to choose your pitch carefully on this undulating site, especially with a tent.

The nearby village of Montalivet has a large daily market & loads of restaurants/shops & the larger town of Soulac is about 10miles away. The whole area is touristic but not overcrowded. 


Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Chrislangers 1 review from this member

 This is a simple municipal site with basic but good facilities. Cost us 250 for 12 nights for a family of 4, large tunnel tent, car and small trailer, also including electric hook up.

Although the site is huge, we were amongst pine trees so it did not feel exposed or too open. Caravans intermingle with tents, but there are some areas for groups of two-man tents. The site also has static caravans, and there is a separate area for camper vans.

In August there was plenty of space. The campers there were mostly French families, very few English people, a few Welsh flags flying!

The mixed toilet and washing facilities are basic and in need of updating, but it was clean and no queues. Hot water was sometimes not available, but we had some poor weather so I believe this affected the heating of the water.

There is a small laundry facility, general store and bakers on site. There was a restaurant / takeaway which we did not use and looked like it was hardly used. There is a supermarket a few hundred yards outside the entrance.

The town (1 mile away at most) is famous for it's markets, which is in the mornings 6 days a week throughout the summer. The long sandy beach is beautiful and there is life guard cover. The waves were pretty good so take body boards if you can.

For a cheap, no frills site this is great. If you want lots of facilities, entertainment, swimming pool, etc, then look elsewhere.

Happy camping! 



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