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A Family Holiday at Pierre & Vacances Port du Crouesty, Brittany

Catamaraning at Port du Crouesty.Catamaraning at Port du Crouesty.Pierre & Vacances.

Pierre & Vacances only resort in Brittany (its other properties in the region are résidences with fewer facilities), Port du Crouesty has a wonderfully off-the-beaten-track location at the tip of a spit of land that divides the Atlantic Ocean from the Golfe du Morbihan, an idyllic inland sea studded with islands. And indeed the highlight of our week here was an afternoon boat trip into the Golfe (which you can book via the resort reception desk), with the vessel winding its languorous way through the fragmented island landscape before depositing us on the Ile des Moines, where my boys were thrilled to catch (and release) their first crab on the Grande Plage.

Other great days out within easy reach are the town of Lorient, just over a hour from Port du Crouesty, which was largely destroyed during the war but still houses its fascinating former Nazi submarine pens together with the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly sailing museum, where you’ll find lots of hands-on exhibits for kids. We also ventured to Brittany’s southernmost border with the Pays de la Loire, where the Plage de la Mine d’Or with its glittering sandstone delighted us with its rare shells and starfish. Also close at hand are the prehistoric site of Carnac with its world-famous standing stones and family-friendly beach resort, and the hip Breton capital Rennes.

Pierre & Vacances Port du Crouesty also has direct access to Le Fogeo beach, which offers sailing tuition for adults and kids aged seven and up. Most of our time in the resort was spent by the main pools (there are four in total), where there's also a small snack bar and a table-tennis table. This was the best swimming option since there were other playmates on hand, but in summer I imagine it becomes very crowded. We didn’t feel the need to make use of the kids’ clubs (most of which are free when booked online in advance), but a Franco-German couple with three girls spoke highly of them.

The resort is an atttractive 'village' with clusters of apartment buildings built in the local style and stone, well endowed with family amenities. Arriving on the first dour day of a hitherto blissful week elsewhere in Brittany, our first impression was that our apartment was on the bijou side, but further investigation revealed it to be ingeniously designed to make the best use of the space. And we became very fond of it over the course of the week, a large part of our enjoyment stemming from its outlook over the plant-filled gardens with their large lawn where kids flew kites, kicked balls and blew off steam in the good playground. When our boys had gone to bed, it was great to share a bottle of local cider as we watched the pink-streaked skies change hue over the sea and then Venus wink into view.

If you prefer more elbow-room, you’ll need to play around on the website to see what your exact options are – the choice of accommodation configurations at Port du Crouesty is quite dizzying, with facilities, room layouts and views varying widely. The most spacious options are the two-bedroom apartments for 7/8 (usually duplex, with a small kids’ ‘cabin’ with bunkbeds, a double room, and one or two sofabeds, plus a terrace) or the three-bedroom houses for the same number. Much of this larger accommodation is in a separate sub-complex called Cap Océane, clustered around the resort’s second large swimming pool and toddlers’ pool. Cap Océane has a more exclusive, club-like feel to the main complex (Douce Bretagne), but all guests can use its amenities.

The resort also has a childrens’ activity corner in the multimedia centre, where you can use the Internet terminals for free or use the pay Wifi on your own laptop, read the papers, and pick up information on local activities and attractions. Other activities on offer are bike hire (adult and kids’ bikes plus baby seats) and tennis, while facilities include a mini-market and launderette. And a posh hotel neighbouring the complex offers reductions on its spa treatments for P&V guests.

Book a holiday at Port du Crouesty and find out more about family holidays in Brittany

By Rhonda Carrier

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