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What makes Messanges Domaine de la Prade villas great holiday rentals
This is the best option if you're on a budget but still want a villa with its own pool.
These villas are the most basic of the Moliets Resort Villas (https://www.alternative-aquitaine.co.uk/resort-villas/moliets-villas) but guests appreciate the pine forest tranquility.
Also, each villa has a heated private pool plus there's a larger shared pool on the site - ideal for kids to meet up.
There are forest tracks directly from the site to the stunning beaches of Moliets Plage.
Families seeking an active seaside and sporty holiday, these villas are also well-suited to groups of golfers or surfers outside July and August.
Anything to watch out for?
The first 400m of the cycle ride to Moliets is on a B-road with light traffic, after which it is quieter (there are forest trails leading directly to quieter stretches of beach).
BBQs are prohibited at Moliets because of the forest fire risk. You can use an electric plancha though - cheap, portable ones can be found in local supermarkets.
The plots are more open and therefore less private than found at the other villa estates at Moliets.
The villas are simply furnished. This does though make it practical and relaxing for family holidays at the beach.
Moliets is an oasis amongst the endless pines of western Europe's largest forest. It's basically a big playground! Activities include: surfing, cycling, golf, tennis, adventure parc, horse-riding, kayaking, etc etc. Many places of interest are within an hour's drive. It's an ideal destination for an active and varied sea-side holiday.
Modern villas with heated pools
There are three sizes of villa available - 2/3, 3/4 and 4/5 bedroom villas - the extra 'bedroom' is a mezzanine sleeping area.
There are just 12 villas at the venue plus a similar number of houses and apartments.
We know the site very well so please do contact us if you would appreciate some guidance.
Spacious and light, all the villas are detached, offering good quality accommodation and equipment. The modern style blends well with traditional Landais touches, such as oak beams and terracotta tiled roofs.
The different villa options are as follows:
Villa (DMV8) 3 bedrooms including mezzanine - 2 bathrooms - Sleeps 4-8 - 100m2
Villa (DMV10) 4 bedrooms including mezzanine - 2 bathrooms - Sleeps 6-10 - 120m2
Villa (DMV12) 5 bedrooms including mezzanine - 2 bathrooms - Sleeps 8-12 - 140m2
Internet access is provided free of charge.
8x4m, heated & protected by approved cover, open mid May to mid Sep. There is also a shared heated outdoor swimming pool, 112m2, open mid Apr to mid Oct.
Pets permitted (supplement applies). No smoking in the villa
Nearest village / town: Moliets-Plage (4 kms)
Nearest beach: Local beach 3kms via cycle track and Moliets-Plage & Chenes Lieges beaches are both 4kms - plenty of cycle paths to get there and there's parking at Moliets-Plage
Boulangerie: Moliets-et-Maa 2 kms (approx). N.B. There is a breakfast delivery option available at the villas
Restaurant: Moliets Plage 4kms
Market: Moliets Plage 4kms
Moliets Plage offers excellent surfing, golf, tennis, cycling, watersports, lots of kids activities and, of course, superb beaches. It is an ideal destination for active families.
Guests of Moliets Villa Resort (La Prade, Clairiere and Ocean 17 villas) can save up to 40% on a golf pass giving them unlimited access to the 18 & 9 hole courses...
LOW SEASON - 40% saving: 1 week pass = 150 EUR; 2 week pass = 300 EUR. Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec.
MID SEASON - 30% saving: 1 week pass = 220 EUR; 2 week pass = 400 EUR. Apr-Jun & Sep-Oct.
HIGH SEASON - 20% saving: 1 week pass = 280 EUR; 2 week pass = 480 EUR. Jul-Aug.
At Domaine de Messanges there is a shared pool available for use by villa guests as well as those staying in the neighbouring lodges.
Staff at reception can advise about bike hire (a collection & drop-off service is available in summer), day trips and will often have suggestions for babysitting services.
There is free wifi at reception as well as inside the villas.
Moliets-Plage is a stunning and endless sweep of sand and Atlantic surf. There's more to this destination than just the beach. It boasts a variety of leisure activities including golf courses, tennis centre, watersports (at the ocean and also Lac de Leon), horse-riding and adrenalin park.
Moliets-et-Maa, 2 kms inland, is the old village centre with church and petanque square, butchers, couple of bakeries and a grocery store.
The network of cycle trails around the resort make it very easy & enjoyable to get around - bikes are generally the preferred mode of holiday transport, and are easy to hire.
DAY TRIP IDEAS
OUR PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Service: Generally ok
Product: Complex was ok although all the gardens are very open so you feel exposed. Our house was pretty run down. The pool was not heated but should have been and the pump stopped working in the first week and was still broken when we left. Also the toilet was leaking.
Product Comment: Thanks for your review – delighted you enjoyed the area, we agree Moliets is fabulous & there is so much to do! About the villa itself, anything less than a 4/5 gives us cause for concern, we’re sorry to read about the problems with the pool & toilet. We are in touch with the operator Odalys as we would have expected any such issues to have been resolved quickly. We very much hope it didn’t affect the enjoyment of your holiday.
Service: Very helpful on the telephone- good service
Product: This property was lovely for having sun and shade. Comfortable beds for the most part. Unfortunately one room didnt have a foam mattress and the bed was very uncomfortable, due to cheapness of sprung mattress. It was changed immediately we asked; which was good. The kitchen and the equipment were not suitable for feeding 10 people. Not enough cupboard space and not enough large saucepans. We have been to Arts et Vie and they supply good quality kitchen equipment for people who like to cook. Although they took 125 euros for cleaning they still expected the kitchen to be cleaned by us! When we arrived however the floor had not been wet wiped only hoovered and there was a fine dust on it which the baby who was crawling got all over her knees and legs! Reception sent the cleaner next day but she refused to clean it. I did it myself and the water was grey. One thing that struck us was that in the washroom where there was a separate washer & dryer, there was only plug for them as the other plug hole was for the watering system. This meant that you could not use both machines at the same time. We were told by reception that we were under no circumstances to use the watering system plug. How many times has she had to tell people this? We were surprised to see that many of the properties were empty at the height of the season because the location of the property was perfect and we enjoyed our stay, but I think the above shows that there is a certain meanness about the thinking of the management of Odalys. I would not recommend this firm to anybody.
Product Comment: Thanks for giving feedback on the villas and from your 4 star rating it sounds as though the villa was a success overall. I've read through your detailed comments regarding the on-site maintenance side of things. This is really helpful, thank you, as it gives us plenty to back to Odalys with. We know the Arts et Vie site nearby and have visited before; we found them to be a little too basic but perhaps it's time to visit again. I'm really glad that you enjoyed your latest stay at Moliets.
Service: Very efficient and useful information supplied before we set off.
Product: Fantastic holiday, great service both on initial booking and in France, thank you all very much!
Service Comment: That makes for great reading, thank you! Justin
Service: Justin and his team are fantastic... we have used them before and will no doubt book through them again next year! Their expert advice on the areas, resorts and accommodation is second to none and they were really helpful when we were planning our holiday.
Product: Comfortable and well equipped - small and peaceful complex perfectly located for the beach and touring around the area.
Service Comment: Enjoyed reading that, thank you! I think this venue is good value and the Moliets Plage area is perfect for active families. Same again next year I hope! Justin
Service: Easy and clear process to book ... Timely communication and reminders.
Product: Great place, calm, very friendly and helpful staff. Not Excellent due to the status of the house. No airco, the kitchen is not very well equipped to properly cook, and there are some minor damages.
Service Comment: Really pleased to read that you had a good holiday at Messanges. It is perfect for beaches and family activities. The pine forest location of the villas is very appealing. It's a shame more places don't have aircon - it's not especially common in SW France. I agree the kitchens are quite small/functional but they have all the essential appliances. Thanks again for writing. Justin
Service: Directions to find the villa could of been better.
Product: Nice stay we were very lucky with the weather.
Service Comment: Glad you enjoyed your stay. We are checking the directions now, sorry if you had any problems. Thanks for letting us know. Alex
Service: they were very helpful and documents received prior to our trip was thorough and had all the basic and important information we needed
Service: Good service and communication
Product: Very pleased with villa. Reception attendance a bit variable but really didn't matter. Good holiday
The pick of the Moliets sites for quality, seclusion and a few extra services thrown in.
Good quality independent villas an easy cycle ride to the superb beaches and sea-front amenities