The Glisten campsite that we visited in September is located near Col D’Ibardin which is about ten minutes from St Jean De Luz, in South West France.
There is a boulangerie just around the corner and the campsite reception also order in baguettes / croissants which you can pick up in the morning, something which I really appreciated!
We really loved the campsite, the size was perfect, not too big and not too small. As well as the geodomes for glamping, they had pitches for camping as well as a selction of pre-pitched tents and cabins. They were all nicely spread out in a few different areas.
We were there out of season, in fact it was just about to close so we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves which was nice, although it did mean the onsite restaurant and shop were closed.
This was the large park area, there was also a section for little children opposite and some other swings near the swimming pool. It’s a fantastic play area and the kids loved it, although Cherry spent all her time there digging up sand and putting it in an empty Pringles pot which she then carried around with her the entire holiday!
There was a little stage next to the restaurant so I am imagining it was used for music in the summer, it overlooks the swimming pool and I can imagine there being a great atmosphere.
There were three swimming pools onsite, a huge one for everyone, a kid’s one with lots of colourful steps and slides and a smaller kid’s one that was a bit more like a paddling pool. The large pool is heated so we managed to do lots of swimming, Cherry absolutely loved it and this was where it being out of season was a big bonus as it was like our own private pool.
Tiger got to try out his new Splash About warm in one wetsuit which was absolutely amazing. It’s designed to keep babies / young children extra warm when swimming and has a fleecy lining which really worked. He got absolutely drenched when splashing in the water in the kid’s pool which wasn’t heated and pretty chilly but when I put my hand down the back of his wet suit his skin was so warm. It stopped the water getting to his skin too much too so he didn’t feel wet either. I’m really impressed with it.
The Glisten campsite has a launderette onsite which has washing machines and tumble driers, I only used the washing machines as it was warm enough to hang out clothes to dry and it only cost a few euros, they provide you wish washing powder too.
One thing that really stood out were how clean the toilet and shower blocks were, they were in a really large building with the men’s on one side and the women’s on the other with an open style roof ceiling and glass windows looking up to the sky. As well as showers and toilets there were also a few large sinks with shower heads on top for bathing babies, this was a really good idea as trying to put a one year old in the shower is pretty tricky, especially as we don’t have one at home!
The only thing I would say (I’ve passed this feedback on) is that the lack of soap in the toilets was a bit of an issue, I can understand if they don’t want to provide it but I decided to leave a block of soap in there as I kept forgetting to take it down with me and it was thrown away! When you have children that need to touch the toilet seat everytime they use it then it would be nice for them to wash their hands straight away instead of walking back to the taps near the domes to do it.
Other than that thought we didn’t have anything even slightly negative to say.
The campsite also has tennis courts and direct walks into the mountains. Each plot has an electricity hook up and there are taps located near each one too. There is also a large undercover row of large sinks for washing up, this is where Mr C spent most of his time 😉
There was lots of room for the kids to run around next to our geodome too. Nothing makes these two happier than being outdoors.
CLICK HERE to see photos of the domes and what it was like to stay in them.
If you would like to know more about our glamping holiday at the Glisten Camping resort then I’ve also blogged about it here:
You can see what we got up to in this area of France here.
And you can read about our ferry to Spain with Brittany ferries here.
Disclaimer: We were gifted the wet suit for the purpose of the review and we won the holiday. All words are my own.