Last weekend Greet, Klaartje and I spent a quick vacation at Center Parks De Kempervennen, about 30 kms. from here in the Netherlands. I must say it was a very enjoyable experience: friendly staff, clean cottage, great facilities, plenty of entertainment. Klaartje had a blast in the petting zoo, in the baby pool, on the playground, during the activity for 1-3 year ols she attended. Greet and I loved the swimming, walking, shopping and dining.
There was just one tiny thing. Whenever you check into a park like this, you have the feeling they simultaneously attach a hose to your wallet and they just keep on sucking until the minute you leave. I mean, more than € 2 for a half liter bottle of coke from a vending machine? € 14,95 for a take-away pizza that's not even hand made? Charging € 2 for a piece of bread to keep the toddler quiet while waiting for an order to arrive at the 'familiy' restaurant?
In two days, Center Parks has cost us about 40% of what our ten day vacation in the south of France cost us this summer... including transportation!
Am I being a cheap-ass? No, I don't mind paying for quality. But they could have put more of the cost in the cottage rental fee or something. I don't like the feeling of being constantly nickle-and-dimed to death.