by Bill Haslam, Managing Director,
Landal Gwel an Mor Resort
Center Parcs is a great concept, and
when it first came to the UK we all rushed to give this very foreign type of
holiday a go.
In those days, the UK holiday market was
a very different place – camping, staid old-fashioned hotels, or static
caravans three miles from the beach featured in the typical brochure. There
were no other holiday parks like Center Parcs available – it was a completely
The idea of all-year-round holidaying in
the UK, with a tropical pool complex and lots to do, was very appealing.
No longer the best for families?
But now a few years on, Center Parcs is
not so new. Although they have some great accommodation, there is still a lot
that is tired and dated and, with over 4,000 people sometimes staying at each
site, it can be a bun fight.
Don’t go without booking anything you
want to do weeks before your arrival, as it’s all booked out when you arrive.
And sometimes the accommodation might
seem great value, but once you have booked all the activities and eaten out a
few times it can soon become a far more expensive proposition.
Probably thanks to Center Parcs arrival,
the UK holiday market had to buck up its ideas and improve the quality of its
family friendly accommodation and facilities. And wow! – the UK has done a
New luxury alternatives to Center Parcs
There are now some wonderful places to
stay all around the UK, from luxury lodges in Cornwall to stunning shepherd’s
huts in Scotland, from glamping in style in Somerset to lakeside luxury in
And it’s not only the accommodation. The
facilities and activities are so good now, from great restaurants and takeaways
to golf, archery, and children’s play facilities. Just have a look at UK Five
Star resorts like Gwel an Mor and Darwin Forest or Kielder on the Scottish
Truly stunning locations, and luxury accommodation
combined with so much to do, not only on site but also in the area around the
Top quality choices for your
With visits to most of the international
UK airports such an awful experience and often worse at the returning airports
these days, and with increasing security concerns in many of the world’s
destinations, why go abroad?
There is now so much excellent luxury
accommodation with great facilities in the UK, combined with some stunning
areas of the UK to visit. And most of it is really easy to get to. No need to
hire a car or learn ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in a foreign language.
So thank you Center Parcs, one of our
best imports from Europe. If it was not for your arrival, I doubt that the UK
holiday market would be as good as it is today.
And us Brits are very good at taking an
idea and making it better with our own versions.
Check out the UK’s luxury alternatives
to Center Parcs…You will not be disappointed!