Sunparks have four sites based around Belgium, we chose to stay at the De Haan site due to the proximity to certain towns we wanted to see, plus the town looked really nice. For our budget we chose the Comfort Villa, on arrival however we took one look and decided comfort must mean something else in Flemish. It wasn't of a standard where I would want to stay there an entire week. Perhaps a weekend, at a push.
The staff were fantastic and upgraded us to the Cottage, here is the first big tip, if going to Sunparks just book the Cottage Villa they really are worth the money. The accommodation is separate detached holiday houses, very sweet looking and I would gladly swap my own house for a bigger version of the holiday house!
Downstairs there is an open plan kitchen and living room with a family dining table, tv, microwave, hob, a fantastic open fireplace and outside patio with barbecue. The bathroom is also downstairs with double sink, shower, bath and separate toilet. The decor is very appealing, adds to the home from home vibe.
Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, the master bedroom has three single beds and a tv. There is a single room with one bed, a double room with two beds plus a cot for the tiddlers.
The fact that there was work going on at the site, where they are building some luxury houses by the little lake (probably could call it more a pond) didn't alter the atmosphere as we heard no noise at all and the diggers and machinery proved entertainment for our twin sons. You couldn't really see anything so the work being done was not going to disturb anyones holiday.
I would most definitely recommend Sunparks to families looking for an inexpensive way to holiday in Europe, in a pleasant, child-friendly environment.
Unique Quality: The main complex houses the Aquafun swimming pool, several restaurants, a small but quite good shop, Kids World and the reception. There are also other sports facilities but with two four-year-olds we didn't get past the Aquafun and Kids World!
The swimming pool is really good fun, very family friendly although the teenagers using it were a bit boisterous and could have done with a telling off from the lifeguard. This was an ongoing thing, not just on one visit. There are two slides and although the guide states for age 8 and over young ones can go down with an adult, the green slide is more for the little ones though as the blue slide can get a little scary for them. There is a fun rapids ride and the pool has waves and waterfalls alternating.
Kids World is a giant play area for all ages, with an outside part as well. This does cost extra. There are also a couple of play areas beside the complex, all good fun for kiddies and with benches for parents to crash out.
The shop is not too over-priced, the staff are pleasant and helpful and the range of goods are fine. Nearby, a short bike-trip or car ride away, there is an Aldi and Smatch supermarket, just as you reach the town of De Haan.
Unfortunately the restaurants are not much use. The take-out services, which was ideal for us after a long day-out, were not reliable and the food not really that good at all. Much better to buy your own food from the shop and cook it yourself or go into town. I can recommend a little Italian take-away called Biancas which does yummy Spaghetti Bolognese.
The beaches are a 10 minute walk away, as is the tramline that can, for a €5 day ticket literally take you from the French border to the Dutch, opening up a whole host of fun days out. The town and area are bike friendly and if you book early you might get a free Sunparks citybike! It does fold down quite easily and fit perfectly in our Citroen Picasso along with all our bags.
Directions: There are sign posts once you get to De Haan, if you get lost simply ask as everyone knows where it is. For further directions see the website.