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Centre Parcs Holidays

centreparcs.jpgIF YOU ARE LOOKING for a relaxing and exhilarating break without a long drive to the airport, queuing to check-in, to pass security and then having to do it all again on the way back, Center Parcs at Elveden Forest could be for you.


Our villa 

After an easy two hour drive down to Suffolk, we picked up our keys at the cplounge.jpglodge and cpbedroom.jpgmade our way to our Executive Villa. Nestled nicely near a bramble patch (dessert every night!) having our own sauna and barbecue was nice but the real bonus (for mum) was the daily maid service.

 Forest Fun

We ventured off the main paths into the forest - walking, climbing trees and cycling. This time we hired our bikes, and Toby had great fun on a mountain bike attached to the back of mine (guess who did most of the pedalling). Squirrels and rabbits were friendly, hanging around hoping for nuts or other goodies. cpwoods.jpg





Playing around the village

Center Parcs is family, pushchair and wheelchair friendly. There are a couple of brilliant adventure playgrounds which are challenging but safe and restaurants cater properly for little ones.

cpkids.jpgDining out

Foodwise, we snacked our way around Center Parcs, but the highlight was La Sapiniere, the village’s fine dining restaurant. Food was excellent, service friendly and professional and the pianist set the mood beautifully. There is also the added novelty of eating in a revolving restaurant (it takes forty minutes to do a circuit, if you are wondering).


Although we didn’t use the nursery on this visit, great fun was had with some of the many activities - we sat through a riotous short pantomime and made a mousemat. Center Parcs do offer a babysitting service, and Sue looked after the little one while we dined at La Sapiniere.

Spa spree

The Aqua Sana continues to delight. We chose a quiet day for the spa – my favourite were the Turkish Hammam and the new addition of outdoor waterbeds where you can relax under snuggly warm blankets. There is a full range of beauty treatments – Carita, Elemis and Decleor. We chose a Carita facial and the more exotic Belgian Chocolate dry flotation body wrap – try it if you are curious!

One last thing cpscuba.jpg

All this is before we get to the Sub-tropical swimming paradise. Unfortunately, we all arrived with coughs & colds so decided to keep away from the swimming pool. This is perhaps the first time we haven’t returned from Center Parcs with webbed feet! But we did discover that there is plenty to do even if you miss out the village’s best-known feature!

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