Les Villages Nature – a collaboration between Disneyland Paris and Center Parcs – is aiming to enlist Irish tour operators to sell the French holiday park in Ireland.
Representatives visited Dublin to update the media and for meetings with the Irish trade for the eco resort, which is currently available as a standalone holiday on its website or an add-on to a Disneyland adventure.
Villages Nature, built on a geothermal energy source, features the Aqualagon, the biggest water park in Europe. Featuring slides, waterfalls and slides, the natural thermal energy keeps the 6,000 sq m pool at a temperature of 30C all year round.
The resort, which is designed to be eco-friendly, features five distinct worlds for all the family, from young children, to older families or couples.
The Forest of Legends is a wooded adventure playground; the fairytale Extraordinary Gardens, where you can pick up tips to do up your own garden at home; the Lakeside Promenade, which features the kids’ club, crèche, well-priced supermarket, restaurant and wine bar. And then there’s the real BelleVie Farm, a real farm which supplies food to the resort, where children can meet the animals and go horse and pony riding, and learn about the animals from stable to strolls.
Like DIsney, wrist armbands control everything from opening doors to booking activities, while the resort has a variety of accommodation, from apartments to cottages.
“We’re looking at the resort as a destination in itself, or as part of a Disney holiday,” the resort’s Cathy Rankin told Travel Extra.
And she said access is easy, either through the train station (10 minutes drive) at nearby Disneyland Paris, which is easily reachable from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, or from the airport’s shuttle buses to Disneyland.