Paris is an enchanting destination at any time of year but, at Christmas, the festive sparkle makes it even more magical. From as early as November, the avenues and squares are lined with artisans proudly displaying their intricate crafts and delectable treats at Christmas markets, couples sip mulled wine, while children glide around on carousels and skate at the foot of the Eiffel tower. The ‘City of Light’ truly lives up to its name when it becomes adorned with twinkling lights and magnificent illuminations that are admired by children and adults alike.
After a long day of exploring, shopping, skating, and sampling all the yuletide delights that Paris has to offer, returning to the zen and verdant surroundings of Villages Nature® Paris will feel like being greeted with a warm hug. The peaceful oasis is located just 32km away from the centre, which means that visitors can experience the highlights of Paris at Christmastime, but escape the city’s hustle and bustle to prioritise time with the family as they revel in the range of captivating activities in each of the holiday village’s five immersive worlds.
It is the combination of these indoor and outdoor activities, in addition to the tranquil, natural setting, that makes this brand-new eco-village so idyllic for guests travelling with children, grandparents and even pets. As the days get shorter and colder, it is tempting to go into full-on hibernation mode, but at Villages Nature® Paris guests can make the most of each day with their loved ones.
Children can get creative in the arts and crafts workshops at BelleVie Farm, before petting the animals and gambolling in the farm-themed soft play area, ‘Lait’s Play’. In the evening, they can dance away at the kids’ disco and make new friends before being tucked up in bed in their nature-themed bedrooms. Meanwhile, adults will be able to take a soothing dip in the Aqualagon’s outdoor lagoons, which are geothermally heated to 30ºC through the year, or bounce around in ‘Aquajump’ classes until their sides split from laughing too much. At the Lakeside Promenade, why not sample the local wine at Cépages Wine Bar followed by tucking into a meal at Vapiano or Pur Etc? When the run-up to Christmas can get stressful, it’s time to relax and have fun in the heart of nature and reconnect with the things that truly matter.
As well as offering flexible arrival dates and durations, Villages Nature® Paris is wonderfully accessible for those travelling from the UK, making it a convenient location for squeezing in short breaks over the festive season. Direct trains are available with Eurostar from London St Pancras (as well as Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International) to Marne-La-Vallée Chessy, from where visitors just need to hop on a bus that will take them to Villages Nature® Paris. Alternatively, groups wishing to stock up their car with French food and wine, to devour back at home or to give to friends, can travel by ferry or Channel Tunnel. Plus, Villages Nature® Paris is just a short train or taxi ride away from Paris’ international airports for those travelling from further afield. Families wishing to take a day trip to Disneyland are just a short bus ride away.
Clan Comfort accommodation allows guests to discover their inner child in these whimsical cottages, with playful décor, situated in the woods. Prices for a four-night self-catered stay in a cottage sleeping four people start from €709/£627 arriving 1 December, €1352/£1195 arriving 22 December and €1275/£1127 arriving 29 December.
In Country Premium accommodation, indoors and outdoors flow together to create a relaxing retreat inspired by English country living. These cottages and apartments can be found by the lake or in the woods. Prices for a four-night self-catered stay in a cottage or apartment sleeping four people start from €770/£681 arriving 1 December, €1457/£1288 arriving 22 December and €1374/£1215 arriving 29 December.
Cocoon VIP is designed with wellbeing in mind, creating a haven of serenity. Soft and elegantly decorated, Cocoon VIP is available as a cottage or apartment by the lake, or in the village centre. Prices for a four-night self-catered stay in a cottage or apartment sleeping four people start from €963/£851 arriving 1 December, €1822/£1612 arriving 22 December and €1717/£1518 arriving 29 December.
All accommodation features free Wi-Fi, fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers, furnished terraces or balconies and flat-screen TVs. Baby beds and high chairs are available in all cottages and upon request in apartments.
For more information about Villages Nature® Paris and to book, please call 0845 351 0820 or visit www.villagesnatureparis.co.uk