We were very lucky to be invited by The Baby Website, to check out Siblu Villages Domaine de Kerlann in Brittany. Having never taken the children abroad before (in fact we haven’t actually had a family holiday for 2 years) we had no idea what to expect but we were very excited at the prospect of escaping for a week and getting some much needed family time.
The journey over to France was much easier than we anticipated, hats off to Brittany Ferries, the crossing was so much easier than I ever imagined it would be, we had a clean and comfortable cabin for the children and they loved being on the boat. Once we arrived in France my husband soon got to grips with the driving and actually really enjoyed it.
We arrived on site at lunch time and our accommodation wasn’t ready for us (check in is not until 4pm on site), but we were all happy to have a wander around and check out the facilities whilst we waited. We went and had some lunch in the restaurant which was clean with a good menu and the food was lovely. Whilst we were eating we had a call to say our that the accommodation was ready so we headed back to reception after lunch with two excited children desperate to see their new home for the week.
The accommodation was AMAZING, it was very spacious and the kids had a room each. We had towels and linen included and I really would recommend this as it is so much easier when packing not to have to include these items as they are bulky and take up room that could be used for other things.
We also had a lovely welcome pack with toilet rolls, some disinfectant, milk, juice and crepes with a selection of Jams to go with them, this was most impressive, Alfie loved the Crepes they are his new favourite food!
The accommodation was spotless and beautifully presented. We also had an amazing built-in Brick Barbecue – this impressed my Husband a lot! We were based on a really large plot with lots of space outside as well as a beautiful decking area to sit on, plenty of room for the kids to play and we were not overlooked at all. It felt very private and out of the way even though we were in the middle of a massive site.
Unfortunately the travelling really didn’t agree with Alfie and he was quite poorly the day we arrived, so we decided to head to the shop and get some supplies and let the children have an early night, we were all tired from the journey and Alfie was really struggling. The shop on site has good opening hours to cover times when other local supermarkets might not be open which was great for us, but unfortunately when we got there we were quite disappointed, the chiller cabinets were quite empty and the fresh fruit on offer was not fresh at all – in fact some of it was mouldy. We managed to get some bits to see us through till the next day and headed back and put the children to bed – Alfie slept from 5.30pm, till 10am the next day – he was definitely exhausted bless him!!
Domaine de Kerlann is situated within about a 10-15 minute drive from the beach, and what a treat the French beaches were. We loved the fact we could just hop in the car and drive to several different beaches, all of which were stunning. A real treat for us considering at home our nearest beach is over 2 hours away. The kids loved being able to play in the sand – I am not a lover of the sand at all but it was so serene even I could have sat all day watching the waves whilst the kids played. This meant we were able to do lots of exploring of the local area, we found it really easy to navigate around and we loved getting out and about to different beaches during our stay.
Despite being so close to the beach the children’s favourite holiday activity by far was swimming! With 3 pools on site and a fantastic Splash Zone they were not disappointed either.
All of the swimming pools were brilliant and exceptionally clean, which was such a welcome relief to other sites we have stayed on before, the only downside was the opening times of the smaller pool. The large outdoor pool was very deep for younger children, at 1.6 metres I couldn’t even touch the floor making it hard work with two little ones. The indoor pool was open all day and had a children’s area that they could play in, but the weather was beautiful and the children wanted to be outside. The smaller pool was closed due to it being out of season when we visited. It is open at the weekends but in the week they didn’t have the staff to cover it. We were disappointed with this as it was the perfect pool for the little ones to be in, however following some comments from us and other residents on site the little pool was opened each day between 4pm and 5pm (sometimes later depending on staff). The children definitely made the most of this and loved the time they had in there. Both of them have grown so much confidence in the water whilst we were away. All of the pools on site are very well attended and the staff were all lovely, the decision to have the smaller pool closed was one of safety due to staff numbers, but as soon as they realised that there was a need for it to be open due to the amount of younger children on site they did there very best to accommodate us which was greatly appreciated.
As well as the amazing pools on site there are also several play areas scattered around the park, Crazy Golf, Table Tennis, Pool and a Multi Sports Pitch for ball games, you can also hire bikes to get around as well. There is no shortage of things to do on site. Alfie particularly loved the indoor play centre which we used whilst Molly was at Pirates Club. I was again very surprised at how clean it was, it was immaculate and Alfie loved it, he had great fun climbing and running around whilst waiting for his sister.
All of the staff on site are friendly and helpful, there is always English speaking staff in each department to support those whose English is not so strong. We never had a problem with a language barrier during the time we were there and my GCSE in French was very useful I must say!
Entertainment on site for the children was brilliant, there are three children’s clubs that are free to use, Bubbles (ages 1-4), Pirates (ages 5-9) and Barracuda’s (ages 10-14). I was worried at first about separating Molly and Alfie as they usually do everything together, but I think it turned out to be a good thing that they both had some space to do their own thing. Bubbles members have to be accompanied by an adult at all times but Molly was more than happy to head off with the Pirates for a couple of hours of fun on her own, she loved the activities on offer and had a blast! Alfie enjoyed playing in Bubbles too, although I think he was a little overwhelmed, he has not yet started Nursery so is not used to being with lots of other children. But he did enjoy his time with the group.
The evening entertainment was brilliant, the kids loved it and we were able to sit and relax watching the children dance the night away with the Pirates, they also had a ‘Crystal Fiesta Party’ that was put on just for the children, they had music, dancing, lots of prizes and then a feast of pizza, crisps, juice and some fruit for pudding, both molly and Alfie loved the party night and their Crystal Fiesta crowns had to be placed very safely in the suitcase coming home so they didn’t get squashed!
On our last night the children both took part in a Talent Show – it was AMAZING! How the staff put it together with 1 day to prepare it all and taking into account that all of the children spoke different languages I will never know. It was excellent and a lovely way to end our holiday. Molly loved getting dressed up and having her Face Painted and Alfie surprised us totally by getting up on stage and joining in the dancing with all the other Bubble’s – I really didn’t think he would, but he was a little superstar and loved every minute, I have to admit my heart melted more than just a little when he stopped in the middle of the stage and waved at me with a huge grin on his face – totally adorable!
Our Holiday with Siblu was brilliant, from someone who has always been too nervous to travel abroad with the children this was a massive step for me. Would I do it again – YES I would and without any hesitation! It was an amazing family holiday and Siblu gets a 10/10 from us! An ideal family holiday – FANTASTIC!
I have not received any financial reward for writing this post but we were given a 7 night break at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann and Ferry tickets from Brittany Ferries to complete this review. This is my own work and honest opinion of the products/services provided and you are not permitted to copy any of the content within this post without my permission.