The biggest gift of Imagine Roussillon is having the chance to share heaps of fun time with the kids and enjoy quiet grown up time too - without the kids - on your family holiday! That time out is possible thanks to Phil and Emma, who have come up with a perfect recipe, combining a safe environment and fabulous accommodation with fun and varied child care, to ensure you all benefit from your time away. When you finally do arrive home, you can say with a big grin you had a break away from it all - courtesy of the guys at Imagine Roussillon. Don't tell too many though - you may not get in next year!
Imagine Roussillon is a place that will inspire you - to imagine what it would be like to be there all the time. With a kids club, a fitness centre and gym, GORGEOUS properties, two outdoor heated pools, planned evening meals, croissant breakfasts and a safe enclosed space for the kids to roam free, there is something very liberating about driving in and hearing the gate click behind you – freedom with style for all…
Phil and Emma have children, young children, with whom they upped sticks and went on an adventure to the South of France, having found their perfect holiday escape. A gite complex, within easy distance of the coast surrounded by countryside – and as it happens right next door to a wine chateau. The complex, now a mini-resort, is completely child-friendly – tried and tested by the Davies children. The luxurious resort is completely contained thus you can relax in knowing that they can roam through the kids' club, through the play areas, through the gardens and gites but they cannot get out!!! Importantly they are also unable to gain access to the gated pools – you really can switch off and let the children be.
The resort comprises four separate properties; a villa and three apartments. All are beautifully and tastefully furnished and finished to a very high specification. Each is fully equipped for any self-catering requirement and designed with families in mind so that may enjoy the communal living spaces as well as your private garden, terrace or covered balcony - very important to maximise on your being in the South of France! All properties have integrated air-conditioned bedrooms for a cool bolthole in the summer months.With monitors, high chairs and cots, stair gates and essential baby and toddler equipment supplied for free your property is indeed child ready. Nespresso machines, free WiFi, spacious ensuites and comfy beds fit the bill for the adults!Your outdoor space comes equipped with dining tables and chairs, along with a BBQ for al fresco meals – the dishwasher takes care of the aftermath.
For the Children
The drop-in kids' club is a fantastic and cool space, supervised by staff that look after the owners children too – what better recommendation? Full of games and crafty things the room comes alive with your broods. Timetables are detailed for the drop-in sessions that are suitable for children aged 3-9 years. So no booking required – the kids can bowl up as and when they/you wish, though your presence on-site is required. Face painting, drawing, treasure hunts, pebble painting, stories outside under the enchanted tree – hours of fun are to be had in a very informal setting that might coax a little language skill out of the kids too.The playground has trees that you can escape under whilst the kids joyfully let off some steam on the swings, trampolines, slides and mini golf. The heated swimming pools are each 10 x 4m, one of them having a shallow end and both with steps.
A night’s babysitting is included with all stays. Phil will book you into the restaurant of your choice – and if there is a problem you’ll get a phone call. Ordinarily though you’ll go off on your merry way and return with the kids safely tucked up in bed.
With all of the stuff for kids to do you’d think there was enough but no you are spoiled:
Imagine Roussillon features a lovely café bar where your tea and coffee is always free.A snack meal with wine will be waiting in your gite on the day that you arrive so that no matter what time it is food will be available without your having to make a mad supermarket dash.
A continental breakfast is available each morning containing delicious croissants, bread and fruit all ready to scoff.
An evening meal is prepared and served on the bar terrace where parents can switch off, enjoy the lovely gardens and ‘go out for dinner’ without leaving the resort! The children are taken care of collectively and so will have their own fun whilst you parents get to know one another and talk the night away.
Down time is precious – free WiFi ensures you stay connected with work if you need to, or down load your latest book on your Kindle. The lovely private terraces are perfect places to grab respite from the sun and relax whilst admiring your surroundings.
If it gets too hot the pool area is the best place to cool off and grab some rays or doze off on the luxury Bali beds.Emma’s expert fitness classes are on offer during the mornings to start the day on a positive note. The gym is available at all times, The Gentle Touch is a treatment room and available should you wish to book whilst the kids are being entertained. One massage per booking is included during July and August!
It’s the thoughtful things that add up to the very real gift of freedom to enjoy some precious grown up time without the kids whilst on a family holiday; time that is already very precious and difficult to manage at times. Having time out made available so easily is clearly something that Phil and Emma have worked out for you to ensure your holiday with the kids is one whereby you all benefit. One where, when you finally arrive home, you can say with a big grin you enjoyed a break from it all – courtesy of the guys at Imagine Roussillon!
Directions to Imagine Roussillon
At least 7 French & Spanish airports are within an easy drive of Imagine Roussillon - Perpignan is the closest at 20 minutes away. Some guests also choose to drive down from the UK, and they sometimes take a little city break in Paris or stop off in the Loire Valley. Another option is to fly to Barcelona and spend a couple of days there of on the Costa Brava before hiring a car and going up to Imagine Roussillon.
Reviewed by Jo & family