Ian & I stayed in the hotel whilst the rest of my family had a villa. This particular villa had a games room, a Wood Burner, an outdoor Jacuzzi (it was such a relaxing yet weird feeling sitting in the Jacuzzi at night whilst looking out into a forest), a Sauna and Steam room. We made sure we made the most of their facilities..heehee!
|The Villa had a Chalk Board which was great fun|
The Games Room
We kept ourselves busy in the day time with Walks, Badminton, Swimming, Bowling and Bike Riding. I ended up with blisters on my feet and a sore bottom from day one (probably not the best day to wear newish shoes!) but I powered through.
In between all this physical exercise were hot chocolates, lazing in front of the fire, stopping off for a cold drink at the Sports Cafe, eating and shopping. I'd like to think i've lost some weight but I think the hot chocolates didn't do me any favours!
They have some great shops there. Along with a Starbucks, a gorgeous clothes shop (which was a tad out of my price range!), a sweetie shop and a fun toy shop there was probably one of the best gift shops i've ever been too.
It was filled with Cath Kidston, Emma Bridgewater, lovely scandi style Christmas decorations, candles and other gorgeous homewares. I went in there a few times and took it all in. We only came away with one Christmas decoration but i'm really happy with it (the red star hanging decoration below).
|The two grey wooden hearts were from a Christmas market they had on whilst we were there. The candle stick holders were from Elveden Estate, a farm shop outside of Center Parcs.|
In the evening Ian & I would cook our own meal using the villa kitchen. It saved us a lot of money to eat in plus the restaurants there couldn't guarantee the food was nut free. After we ate we'd then go out with the rest of my family for their dinner (we'd just have a drink).
I have been to Center Parcs a few times before and would recommend for anyone to go in November. It's quiet and they make a huge effort getting ready for Christmas. At night time there are lights everywhere in the plaza area. You will come away feeling truly festive.
Overall we all had a fantastic time. It's a great place to get away from everything and try new things.
A few tips from my time there -
- Bring your own bikes. To hire them it is £25 each.
- Bring your own rackets, that way you only have to pay for court hire.
- Split the cost of the bigger villas with your party. The bigger villas have more facilities to keep you busy!
- Try eating in or alternating between eating in and out to save money.
- Bring food from normal supermarkets. Center Parcs have their own supermarket which has almost everything you'd need, but it was fairly pricey!
- If you have children, bring torches or glow sticks for them to hold whilst your out in the evening.