Imagine Roussillon

Canet en Roussillon, Languedoc, France Book from Book from £301 per night

A micro-resort for just 3 families, close to beautiful Med beaches and a hop from the Spanish border (mainly self-catering)
With the Pyrenees in one direction, the Med in the other, and 3 apartments for 2-4 in child-friendly grounds, this is heaven for young families. Not only is the accommodation spotless and brilliantly equipped, but the gardens are enclosed and delightful: trampolines, a sand pit, a zip wire, a games barn, 2 heated pools and a free drop-in kids’ club that littl’uns adore. We're yet to stay ourselves but past guests rave of the love and hard work that Emma and Phil, parents themselves, have poured into their micro-resort.

It’s a home from home with 300 days of sunshine thrown in, and more: babysitting and exercise classes, plus bi-weekly adult dinners in school holidays. Also, well-equipped kitchens for self-catering other meals, “heavenly" hot-stone massages and, because it’s so small and so relaxed, friends on tap. Picturesque Collioure is an easy drive, Spain and Girona are over the border. Closer by, safe sandy beaches abound - Canet Plage is an 8-minute drive - and there are bikes and beach kit to borrow.

Highs

  • Run by a “wonderful English duo” with children of their own
  • Peaceful, charming and gated grounds
  • Combines every advantage of a family-friendly resort with an intimate, small-scale feel
  • The opportunity for 'you' time, with free babysitting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, free fitness classes, and Pilates instruction and massages on offer
  • A superb location: 20 minutes from Perpignan airport, 8 minutes from beaches

Lows

  • Prices rise dramatically in the summer due to high demand (but they also include a few meals, baby-sitters etc)
  • A 7-night minimum stay with Sat changeovers in school holidays (4 nights recommended at other times) and a strict payment policy
  • The accommodation, though fresh, cheerful and excellently equipped, is not for stylistas
  • You'll need a car for day trips and to reach restaurants

Best time to go

The private gardens and the close-by beaches make it perfect in spring, summer and autumn (it's normally open from May to October). There is a 7-night minimum stay in May half term and all of July and August. At other times, it is recommended that you stay at least 4 nights.

Our top tips

Get your groceries in Perpignan, head of French Catalonia. Its food market (open Mon-Sat till 1.30pm) occupies the Place de la République; on Sundays the market goes ‘bio’. Parents take note - all shops shut on Sundays at 12.30!

Great for...

Family
Spa
  • Boutique Resort
  • 3 apartments sleeping 2-4
  • Mostly self-catering; restaurants a drive away
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 19 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Laundry Service
  • Daily cleaning in peak season
Room: Aigrette

Rooms

Aigrette (sleeping 2-4) is a maisonette on the upper floors of a restored Catalan vine workers’ house. It has 3 bedrooms (master and 2 singles), a large living area and a covered corner balcony with a sofa and wonderful vineyard views.

Buzzard (sleeping 2-4) is a 2-bedroom garden flat (master and twin) with balustrade terraces and a bright modern kitchen. The terrace at the front opens onto the main courtyard, while the garden at the rear opens to the play park and pool.

Cormoran (sleeping 2-4) is another 2-bedroom garden flat (double and twin), with views to the Pyrenees. It’s lovely and light inside, and benefits from a big bright kitchen with red units and a walk-in shower room with a pebble floor. It has a spacious terrace with a cover for shade.

Don’t expect robes and slippers. Do expect comfortable beds, a choice of pillows and great showers. Also, washing machines, dishwashers, Nespresso machines, adaptor plugs, even GPS for your car.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

During the school holidays, a complimentary adult dinner is hosted by Emma and Phil on their roof terrace on Mondays and Wednesdays, so you can enjoy a fun ‘night out’. The children are fed en masse, and put to bed by babysitters so you can just relax. The food has been described as "delicious".

In all seasons, guests receive 1 night of complimentary takeaway stone-baked pizza from the wood-fired pizza oven and a bottle of wine. There are top-quality frozen meals available for purchase on-site.

The apartment kitchens are well kitted out for self-catering, with crockery, equipment, basic ingredients and a barbecue. There are grocery shops nearby, along with plenty of family-friendly restaurants, if you'd prefer to eat out. Kids will love cycling to the Pizza Van (homemade pizzas down the road), and Emma and Phil recommend various beachfront eateries such as Temple Bar, Maya and the “unmissable” Bamboo House. On Tuesdays and Thursdays babysitting is free so you can go out for an adult meal.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • English-speaking caretaker
Eating: Aigrette
Activity:

Activities

  • Start the day with a dynamic stretch: Emma’s a Pilates instructor, a guru on all things personal fitness, and an excellent masseuse
  • The list of on-site activities is delightful. Relax by the pool as the little ones splash; watch them trampoline, play table tennis, zipwire or bounce around in the playground
  • Have a drink in the lovely garden bar
  • Chateau de Rey, a family-run winery, is next door, with an authentic Catalan tasting shop a 20-minute walk through the vines. There are giant oak vats for kids to play in while you sample
  • Sandy beaches with safe shallow waters are close, starting with Canet Plage, an 8-minute drive. Beachfront restaurants abound; ask Emma and Phil to recommend and book a table for lunch or an early supper
  • Perpignan, the fiercely proud centre of French Catalonia, is just 15 minutes' away - note the road signs in both languages. The old town is lovely, with masses of history and Catalan restaurants
  • Visit the old fishing village of Collioure (28km). A lesser-known version of St Tropez, its charm is still intact
  • Cross the border into Spain for Costa Brava beaches and historic, tranquil Girona

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Pilates
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

This resort is aimed at families with children of all ages, but is particularly geared towards 2-10s. The free kids' club (open 6 days a week) comes in for much praise. Staff are enthusiastic, professional and very friendly; activities include gardening, dancing, arts, crafts and outdoor games.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Buzzard and Cormoran are ground-floor flats, sleeping 2-4 plus a baby. Aigrette is an upper-floor maisonette sleeping 2-4 plus a baby.

Babysitting:

Twice-weekly evening babysitting included in the rates (Tuesdays and Thursdays); other times on request.

Baby listening:

A good mobile signal and video baby monitors to borrow.

Baby equipment:

  • Cots and bedding
  • Bed guards
  • Stair gates
  • Buggy
  • Night light
  • Baby bath
  • Bottle warming
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Age-appropriate toy box in each apartment
  • Bikes for all the family
  • Heated pool and splash pool (plus shade)
  • Playground
  • Games room
  • Library of books and DVDs
  • Zip wire
  • Mini putting green
  • Buckets, spades and beach umbrellas to borrow

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • Play parks
  • Water parks
  • Go karting
  • High-ropes day out

Distances:

  • Airport: 20 mins' drive (Perpignan)
  • Hospital: 20 mins' drive
  • Shops: 5 mins' drive
Kid Friendly:

Location

Imagine Roussillon lies in beautiful countryside 15 minutes from Perpignan, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France.

By Air:
Perpignan is the closest airport, 20 minutes away. Carcassonne, Beziers and Girona are 85 minutes by car; Montpellier and Toulouse are a little further. You can even fly into Barcelona El Prat (140 mins) and stay a night there either side of your stay, to take advantage of better flight times and prices. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

By Car:
You'll need a car: see our rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to France and getting around

Airports:

  • Perpignan Rivesaltes 18.0 km PGF
  • Carcassonne 130.0 km CCF

Other:

  • Beach 7.0 km
  • Shops 5.0 km
  • Restaurant 5.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
8/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We had a wonderful five days, were looked after so well by Phil and Emma, and loved the area. They have managed to find the perfect balance as hosts between being on hand but never too much so. We stayed in Aigrette, which was perfect (our two boys had their own rooms) and we loved eating every meal on our terrace with views of the sea and mountains. Our eldest (nearly 3) absolutely loved the Kid's Club and the staff are truly brilliant. The whole place is so well set up for that combination of children's entertainment and parents' relaxation. We will certainly return.

9/10,

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