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Camping Les Iles Tohapi
245 Chemin De Cavettaz
Rhone-Alpes   (Browse area)
Tel: +33 4 50 58 45 36
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Pitches: 260
Open: 01/04/2024 to 30/09/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 2 Reviews
                8/10 from 2 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   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <1 mile   Outdoor Pool <1 mile 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf <1 mile   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   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 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Ciarri 32 reviews from this member

 We spent two and a half weeks here. We wanted to stay near Chamonix, and we felt that this site was the nearest family friendly site. The review here from Tim and Cary really influenced our decision to stay here, they gave such a fantastic detailed review, we were able to decide that it was for us.

My parents also came and stayed for a week in a chalet on site. We booked through the village centre website, we had to pay in full 30 days before our arrival.

The campsite hasn't really changed since Tim and Cary's visit in 2009. One of the sanitation blocks was being upgraded while we were there. I thought August was a strange month to carry out this work, as it resulted in this block being closed. The remaining two blocks were really stretched. There were only two proper toilets in our block and one became out of order and was not fixed while we were there, leaving a queue for the one remaining toilet during busy times. I assume all of the blocks are being upgraded, so this will improve the site for 2013.

The setting really is quite spectacular. The lake is beautiful, with the backdrop of Mont Blanc a site to behold. Every day the mountain looked different. Our children loved the lake. The water was very warm for swimming. The lake was roughly 2 miles in radius and perfect for walking, jogging, cycling around. Our favorite time at the lake was evening time, just as the sun was setting, the water was still warm for a swim.

We bought a one day pass and got up at 6am and went up to the Aguille De midi in the morning, while it was relatively crowd free. The experience was wonderful. We then went on the red train to montenvers in the afternoon and took the small cable car to the ice cave. This was also fantastic. It was a long day, but we felt buying a one day ticket was affordable for us.

All in all, we had an amazing time here, the pitch worked out at €30 per night for two adults, a teenager and two children, which we thought was excellent value for being so close to the lake and all the amazing places you can visit here.

We ate in the restaurant once and found it very good and reasonably priced.

The one downside is the tiny playground. There are a couple of good table tennis tables though.

I would recommend a visit to St. Gervais, especially on market day. Also, the nearby town of Sallanches has an excellent Saturday market. 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Tim and Cary 60 reviews from this member

 We stayed at Village Centre Iles de Passy for 14 nights at a very reasonable charge of 16.40€ per night (2 adults, car, caravan and EHU). We reserved a pitch the day before we arrived by phoning the Village Centre central booking office. We initially paid for 3 nights by credit card over the phone. There was a reservation /booking charge but this was deducted from our final bill.

The site is located close to the A40 and well-signed along the main road from Junction 21. The final approach road, adjacent to the Lake, is quite narrow but busy with lake-users so care must be taken, especially if towing. The site is at the end of this cul de sac and bounded by a railway line on one side and a small river on the other.

On arrival, after asking, we were allowed to take a site map and go and choose a pitch we liked. The site staff, some of whom speak English, are friendly and welcoming in an informal way. They do not seem to stray from the bar/reception area however. Reception is open from 8.00am to 7.00pm. There is a bar with outside restaurant area under a canvas canopy. This area has a large screen, projector type, TV and, also, live music on some nights. This entertainment did go on quite late some nights but was not too intrusive. A single-track railway line runs along one side of the site but this seems to be an infrequent daytime local service and is not really noisy or intrusive. There is, also, a sports area with outdoor table tennis area and a large marquee for activities but we didn’t use these ourselves. Bread, croissants, etc could be ordered from the bar the night before to be collected the next morning.

This, quite large, valley site (260 pitches) is surrounded by picturesque mountains. It is rather unusual in its layout with groups of irregularly shaped pitches set along tarmac site roads. The pitches are all flat but sizes vary considerably and access is not helped by rather overgrown hedges. Most of the pitches are hedged and there are lots of mature trees giving shade. A few pitches have views of the Mount Blanc Range and other nearer mountains but trees block this view for most. There are no pitches with a view of the adjacent lake. The site does have a slightly unkempt look compared with most French sites.

There are 2 toilet blocks which are rather old and in need of refurbishment. These blocks have a mixture of “squatting” and UK type toilets, free hot showers and outdoor, roofed, washing and washing-up areas. One block has a washing machine and tumble dryer under a verandah (5€ by token from reception). The toilet blocks are kept clean. There is no CDP and we were told to use the “squatting toilet” to empty our ‘van’s toilet tank. This was not ideal as there was no where to rinse the tank after emptying and so I had to take a bucket of water for this purpose. I had to empty the wastemaster at the same location. The “push” drinking water tap was shared by c6 pitches and it was not easy to fill the aquaroll at it because of its low height and shape – I used the hose on the non-push tap in a washing-up sink. The water pressure was very low.

There is a large lake next to the site, only 2-3 minutes walk from the main gate. There are beautiful views to the snow-capped Mont Blanc Massif in the near distance past the far end of the lake. This is set in open parkland and very popular with both campers and local residents alike of all ages. The lake has extensive grass and woodland areas and, also, several coarse sand beaches. The lake slopes very gradually and is very popular for paddling and swimming. There is a roped-off section for small children and lifeguards on duty during the day. There are, also, public barbecues, picnic benches and a small café. The pathway encircling this elongated lake is popular with cyclists and runners. There are small electric boats for hire on the lake.

There is a supermarket and a few other shops in the village of Passey only 5 minutes drive away. There are more shops in the pleasant riverside town of Sallanches about 20 minutes drive away. The Sallanches Tourist Information Office offers free wi-fi access which extends to the riverside gardens adjacent. On the far side of Sallanches there are a number of retail parks which include large Carrefour hypermarket and a Mac Donalds with free wi-fi connection, in range in the car park,

We used this site as a base for visiting Chamonix and the Mount Blanc Range about 15 miles away. The route to Chamonix was very scenic and generally an excellent road and dual carriageway in parts. The road was marred a little by road works near to Chamonix which caused delays, particularly at peak times. Chamonix itself tends to be very busy and congested with traffic and visitors. We found getting there very early in the morning enabled us to get a parking space and less crowded cable cars, etc.

We bought a 4-non-consecutive-days-in-15 “multipass” for each of us for the Mont Blanc Company which gave unlimited free access to all of their 9 telecabine, teleseige, train and tram routes up into the mountains surrounding Chamonix. The pass was very expensive at 93€ each but we made sure we got our full value for money compared with single journey prices. Particularly spectacular was the 2 stage telecabine to the snow-covered Midi Aguille. This site at 3100+ altitude was the highest that could be reached by cable car. From there we took the cable car (20€ extra) across the Vallee Blanche Glaciers to Point Hebronner in Italy. The Midi Aguille had viewing terraces which enabled one to look out upwards to the summit of Mont Blanc and across the snow fields and glaciers surrounding it. It was possible to walk on the snow nearby which we did. We did, however, find the altitude difficult and felt a bit sick, dizzy and breathless.

We, also, enjoyed the rack railway to Montenvers which overlooks the Mer de Glace, the second largest glacier in Europe. From there we descended by cable car to the glacier itself went inside the cave which is hewn into the glacier. By choosing the 4 best days, weatherwise, of our pass we were able to travel on 8 of the 9 cable car routes walking in the mountains from the tops of some of them, including a walk across the border into Switzerland.

The weather was generally excellent and sunny with temperatures over 30C and only a couple of wet days. Our mountain visits provided some welcome relief temperature wise. Aiguille du Midi was below 0C and we had to wear our hats, gloves and long trousers.

I would recommend this site as a basic base for the Chamonix area. Its location a distance from Chamonix meant that its pitches were much less crowded-together than the sites nearer to Chamonix. Although not having many amenities of its own the nearby lake was a real asset. 

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