After last years amazing holiday to Center Parcs Elveden Forest, we booked up quick for September 2012 and got a nicer Villa that had a sauna attached which my dad absolutely loved as he’s a big sauna fan!
We arrived on the monday around early lunchtime and our first pit stop is always the Starbucks by the lake where we meet up with Rockets Grandparents and have a chat before we head off swimming whilst the time passes until we can unload the car at the villa.
Mum and I got mobility scooters, I had one last year but as my mum is getting more painful these days we decided it would be more enjoyable to have a helping hand in the form of 4 wheels. Center Parcs is great for Disabled guests, the roads are easily maneuvered and you can take the mobility scooters everywhere (although other than in the main shop we parked outside).
Rocket was only 18 months last year ad still in a travel cot, not really talking and obviously just a baby so I was terrified when we were faced with a walking, talking, climbing toddler who now sleeps in a big bed and gets into everything! My fears were for nothing really, as we had got an extra bedroom for him, all we needed was 2 baby gates from home and we pushed the double bed up against the wall with a baby bed guard on the other side and locked his bathroom from the outside with a knife (i’m sure the maid wondered what was going on in there 😉 ) But he was a star! He thoroughly enjoyed himself and best of all he slept no problem and most the nights straight through! He also loved writing on the blackboard with the chalks too! (nice little touch!)
Aaron went off to do Knee-Boarding which was a new activity for him, as a complete first timer he was nervous but he rocked it and didn’t fall off once!! It’s safe to say that he is an adrenaline junkie! even if i was physically able, i’m not sure you would have caught me flying around a lake in a wetsuit! Luckily I was able to take some funky pictures as there is a bridge (wobbly and terrifying) to the other side where they start the KneeBoarding from and I made friends with the mum of another girl taking part so I wasn’t too lonely 😛
Aaron came back on a total high and got ready for his next activity! High Ropes! He did this last year but it took an hour and a half and you could do as much as you liked but this year it was just a ‘go around once’ deal which he was done in 10 minutes, luckily as he is cheeky they let him go again, but for the money it costs to do that activity .. 10 minutes really isn’t great. However the activity was really enjoyable for him and the weather held out!
It’s a shame the new ride isn’t open yet but we could see it being constructed from the outside pool. I was a litttle sad to see the salt water pool had dissapeared as the space is being used to make a new lagoon but I have faith in Center Parcs that the Lagoon will be amazing!
Customer Service wise there were two members of staff that stuck out, both gentlemen. One was called James and hes a younger guy that works in HUCKS, he was fantastic, id give him 5/5 stars of service and we left after having an amazing meal with smiles on our faces! The other guy I didn’t get his name unfortunately but he works in the poolside bar. He was lovely and very kind also!
Mum and I took my dad to the spa this time and that was a little disappointing this year as they were renovating and had blocked off a large chunk of the spa (including my favourite steam room!) . We were told as we were entering and given a 5 voucher each to use towards anything in the spa shop but they could have told us on earlier, I know there were a lot of people in the spa that wern’t too happy. The voucher redeemed itself in the end as dad left early so mum and I had a Garra Fish spa for just £5 for the both of us and that was an experience!
Home now! Planning our next Ceter Parcs visit and hopefully to another site further afield!