Top 10 Getaway for Tiny Travelers - Center Parcs Les Hauts de Bruyeres, France

Author: Fran Falkin

Tags : Baby, Europe, Family-Friendly Hotels, France, Kids

Center Parcs Village: Les Hauts de Bruyères, France won an FTF Top 10 Getaways award in 2001 for its support of parents with infants and toddlers. They were honored for reaching out to those caring for infants, toddlers and children under 5 years, as well as older siblings. Each winner offers such superb childcare, exceptional recreational facilities, real value for money, and overall excellence, that they give proof to FTF's motto: Have Kids, Still Travel! Here's a look at the resort today.

Center Parcs Village: Les Hauts de Bruyères
Rue du Center Parc
41600 Chaumont-sur-Tharonne
Lamotte-Beuvron, France 41600
33 (0) 803 802 804; 0891 701 600 (French); +31 10 498 97 54 (British)

At 14 rural vacation villages throughout Holland, Germany, Belgium and France, Center Parcs delivers good value and active yet relaxing "holidays." In cottages, clustered in villages surrounded by forest, Center Parcs has accommodated mostly European families for over 40 years. Ranging from standard to deluxe, all offer kitchen facilities with separate dining, living and sleeping areas. Some villages feature special "Children's Villas" for families with pre-schoolers, close to wooded playgrounds and provide some toys and practical items.

Located in the Sologne region of France, 28 miles/45 km from the Loire Valley and 105 miles/170 km from Paris, the tranquil village at Les Hauts de Bruyères is likely the best choice for Tiny Travelers. First, there is BALUBA, an indoor play world for 0-4-year-olds with a toddler pool and entertainment. And, while parents fish, canoe or enjoy the spa, and siblings ride and groom Shetland ponies at the animal farm, babies from 3-months to 3-years are lovingly cared for in an on-site nursery.

A trained nursery attendant and her assistants care for up to 12 babies under 3-years-old for one to two hours in a four-room cottage, licensed by the local authorities to conform with safety standards. It is equipped with changing mats, cribs, playpens, highchairs and age-appropriate playthings, however, parents are encouraged to bring baby's favorite toys along with bottles and diapers. For a modest fee, infant care is available there with a half-hour minimum and two-hour maximum use per day.  Private babysitting is also available.

Photos Courtesy of Center Parcs