Freedom, relaxation and fun

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WHEN I think of hotel holidays with excited children I think of stressful mealtimes, noise and regimented routines.

When I think of Keycamp holidays I think of freedom, relaxation and fun … and booking again.

We spent two weeks on the Playa Montroig site in the Catalonia region of northern Spain last summer and it cemented our view that, when you have young children, there is nothing better than Keycamp for a relaxing family holiday.

The idea is simple - home from home but with the sun, swimming pools and children’s entertainment. And where everything is geared up for outdoor living.

If we wanted to relax by the impressive swimming pool complex or enjoy a drink or two at the outside bar we could, or if we wanted to chill out in our own space we could pop back to our accommodation and have an hour or two sat outside on our decking while the kids either slept or played inside away from the sun.

In a hotel we would have had no option but to have been trapped in our room during the hottest hours. With Keycamp you to find yourself in accommodation alongside other like-minded families so there is always someone for your children to play with.

Every night our children met up with their neighbours and enjoyed making new friends - regardless of any language barriers. It was then great for them when they played in our site’s three pools during the day - there was always someone they knew.With alfresco dining and barbecues the norm it made meal times simple - you could prepare your food and sit relaxing with a glass of vino watching the children play, without worrying about the noise they were making because all the neighbours were involved too.

Our friends went on holiday with us and had their own accommodation on the same palm tree-lined section as us, making meal times a fun and relaxed communal affair.

It was nice to sit up chatting at the end of the day on our decks knowing the children were safely tucked up in bed inside. In a hotel that would never have happened. Hubby and I would have been on our balcony while our friends would have been on theirs in another part of the hotel. It’s not what you want when you go on holiday with friends.

We stayed in a brand-new three-bedroom Vista mobile home with decking and air conditioning.

It was spacious and had everything you could possibly need. The only extras you pay for are bed linen packs and towels but if you choose to drive to your site you could save cash by taking your own.

Keycamp offers a variety of styles and sizes of mobile homes for all budgets as well as chalets, supertents and even tree houses. Each site is different in terms of accommodation but with sites all over Europe - France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland - there’s bound to be one that appeals to you.

We chose to fly to our site.

With budget airlines flying to more and more places these days it makes flying so much easier and cheaper than before.

We paid about £400 for two families to fly to Barcelona and back and then hired cars.

Because there were daily activity clubs available for children on our site and regular discos we could have easily spent all our time there, but we enjoyed spending a few hours a day exploring our surroundings.

Our site had direct access to its own clean and sandy beach, which we used lots, but it was fun driving along the beautiful coast and finding new beaches. We were also only a short drive away from the popular resort of Salou with its nightlife, beaches, shops and restaurants.

Even closer to our site was the smaller and more upmarket resort of Cambrils, with its harbour and bars and restaurants.

And with Barcelona just over an hour away on the train, it would have been criminal not to have taken a day trip to the bustling city.

We saw Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral and the popular Ramblas quarter with the famous street entertainment, cafes and bars. Our friends took their children to the zoo but ours enjoyed jumping in the waves on the beach there. It really is a city which has something for everyone.

Because Keycamp is geared up to outdoor living we made a lot of our own meals but for nights when we were feeling lazy our site had a restaurant overlooking the pool complex and a takeaway. It also had its own supermarket and bakery - perfect for fresh supplies, especially pastries for breakfast.

As well as its poolside bar there was another bar with a most-welcome shaded area where we would sit and watch the children playing on the playground.

There were playgrounds scattered around the site, meaning some walks took quite a while when the children wanted to stop at every swing or slide, but they loved it and that’s what Keycamp holidays are about.

For a stress-free family holiday where happy memories are made Keycamp is the answer.