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  • Vendée-based site with lifeguarded pool complex
  • Spectacular sandy beaches and the island of Noirmoutier nearby
  • Use the leisure and sauna facilities of sister site across the road

If the setting of Le Bois Dormant a short drive from the superb sandy beaches of the Vendée and the seaside town of St-Jean-de-Monts just isn't watery enough for you, you should also be chuffed to hear that a watery lot of stuff is on site too.

For here you'll find a heated and fully lifeguarded outdoor pool complex to suit all sorts: it has a pool and waterslides, a toddlers' splash pool and – mon Dieu – even a spa bath. Do you need a break from all that strenuous swimming and spa-ing? Toddle over to the roomy on-site restaurant to have a well-earned break.

Le Bois Dormant is just over the road from its sister site Le Bois Masson, and guests can use the facilities at both. Among the many other things to do are lounging around the health and wellbeing centre with massage, sauna and reflexology (at Le Bois Masson), letting loose at the three free kids' clubs or on the multisports pitch for football and basketball, or jazzing it up at the free evening family entertainment. Bike hire is available on site too.

There are also – mon Dieu – pool tables, table tennis, a video games room, weekly craft markets, boules and an outdoor play area. Need some tipples or vittles? The site has the Vanilla Café with poolside terrace and snacks, and a bar for drinks, romantic evenings, relaxed evening entertainment and keeping up to date with sporty stuff on its big satellite TV. Takeaway is available on site and free gas barbecues are to hand if you'd rather sort out your own nosh.

Le Bois Dormant also has a small supermarket, a bureau de change, an information bureau, a launderette and safety deposit boxes.

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Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access


Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade



TV room



Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed


Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


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  • 168 Rue des Sables, Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Vendée, France, 85160
  • Timezone Europe/Paris +0200 (GMT+02:00)   GPS 46.7867°N 2.0290°W


From Calais/Tunnel

Take the A16 to Boulogne sur Mer. Take exit 23 towards Rouen. Continue along the A28. Take the exit signposted Rouen. Pass Rouen following Le Mans. Take the A13 to Le Mans and follow Rennes/Nantes. Take the A11 following Angers centre/Nantes. Continue along A11 and take Exit 22. Follow Bordeaux, Noirmoutiers, Nantes Atlantique. Take Exit 48B Porte des Sorinières, Bordeaux, La Roche sur Yon. On the A83, take Exit 1, La Roche Sur Yon. Pass by St Philbert de Grand lieu D178, pass by Machecoul D117. Follow Challans/St Jean de Monts and pick up local directions below.

Local directions
From Challans pass through Le Perrier, and when you reach St-Jean-de-Monts, at the first roundabout take the last exit in the direction of Les Sables – St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie on the D38 bis. Follow Les Sables at the next two roundabouts and at the fourth roundabout, turn right in the direction of St Jean de Monts Centre ville. The entrance to Le Bois Dormant is shortly on your left.

Local attractions

The Le Bois Dormant owners reckon that the beaut sandy beaches of St Jean-de-Monts are among the most beaut in all of France (we know that's saying summat): head here for boat trips, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and jetskiing on their waters as well as horse riding, go-karting and cycling around their coast. And the site owners say that the the Saturday morning market and superb local produce a few kilometres from town shouldn't be missed either. ..

Nearby St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is famed for its fresh sardines and so of course these should most certainly be sampled, along with the vintage tinned sardines millésimées available to buy (bring some home; they're a mighty purty souvenir). The Maison du Pêcheur museum, a former fishermen’s cottage, is a big hit with kids who visit the area, even those who won't sample their sardines. (Le tsk.)

Also famed in the region is le petite island of Noirmoutier about 45km away, with its beach bathing huts of the vintage variety, its long stretches of sand (Bois de La Chaize is mighty pretty), its seventh century monastery ruins and its splashtastic Oceanile waterpark.

About half an hour's drive away is the old village of Apremont, another beaut spot in the region and with another beaut sandy beach as well as a medieval castle and a big lake where adventurers can hire pedalos, flat-bottomed boats and canoes. Et afterwards? Work off one's appetite at the bar and restaurant with spectacular lake views.

  • Does Le Bois Dormant have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Le Bois Dormant dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Le Bois Dormant? The Le Bois Dormant owners reckon that the beaut sandy beaches of St Jean-de-Monts are among the most beaut in all of France (we know that's saying summat): head here for boat ... Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Le Bois Dormant?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: €300,00 (R4 827,21) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Local city/eco tax is included in the rate.

Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Only park guests are authorized to use the pool.

The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of €130,00 (R2 023,56) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.