Regular readers will know that my son got his first passport last year, when he turned five. And since then he has begged me to visit lots of different countries. But since we spent a fortune going to Disneyworld at Christmas, we had to watch our pennies this year when it came to family holidays. When looking into European destinations for our May half-term holiday, we decided to visit The Netherlands. And when we discovered Roompot Beach Resort, we knew we had to book it through Eurocamp.
You may remember that we had our first Eurocamp holiday last year and absolutely loved it. And Eurocamp offers guests a 5% discount on the following year's booking (every bit of savings helps!), so we were keen to book. One thing that attracted me to visit southern Holland is its proximity to Calais. We took the ferry over, and the drive to Roompot took just under three hours. That's actually quicker than driving to many places in France.
Upon arrival at Roompot Beach Resort, we checked into our three-bedroom Azure home. There are only two Eurocamp homes on this resort (which I hadn't realised before). The resort itself seems to hold many holiday and weekend homes which meant that it was mostly made up of Dutch holiday makers. The one drawback was that the kids weren't able to make any friends as they didn't meet any children who spoke English.
Back to our holiday home - it was very comfortable. We prefer staying somewhere that Moozles and Dubz can have their own bedroom. She likes quiet at night so she can read. And he loved talking and having make-believe conversations before going to sleep. The master bedroom had a European Queen, which is always preferable to a double bed. We loved the covered terrace, which was great for family meals and UNO sessions. Plus, there was free WIFI which means we never ran out of downloads from Netflix.
The site itself has a lot to offer. There is a restaurant, a cafe, a grocery store, trampolines, a playground and an indoor pool. We had to walk 10-15 minutes to get to the pool, so sometimes we drove. The kids loved the slides, wave pool and the lazy river. There was an outside bit for sunbathing, which I used once. We had great weather while we were there, but I understand that an indoor pool is much more useful in Holland.
Last but not least, one of the main reasons to stay at Roompot is the lovely sandy beach. Although the sea was freezing, there were many people paddling and even swimming in it. Moozles and Dubz loved making sandcastles and having me bury them in the sand. I regretted not having a sunshade for my very pale husband. Next to the beach was a good restaurant. Proper food downstairs, but we ate upstairs and had pizza (because, you know, kids).
We really enjoyed our stay at Roompot Beach Resort. Apart from one night of thunderstorms and rain, we had wonderful weather. The site had plenty to keep us busy. But we also didn't feel overwhelmed and managed some quiet time (mainly playing UNO). The area, Kamperland, is very pretty. There are a few lovely towns to visit ( Domburg and Middelburg), so you don't have to stay onsite the entire time. I can recommend Roompot as a fab place for a seaside holiday, not too far from Calais and something a bit different than going to France.