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What the Papers Say

The Sunday Times

“If you are looking for an intimate, less-anglicised site then you may do better with a smaller company such as Carisma”


The Guardian

Coming from a large family himself, the founder of Carisma Holidays knew first hand the problems of finding a holiday if you have three, four, or even five children. In total, 16% of UK families have three or more children – that’s over a million families. Read more….

For these families, options are often more limited or prohibitively more expensive. Not so with Carisma Holidays.

Carisma pioneered luxury beach holidays to France over 35 years ago, with the aim of enabling families to ‘holiday as a family’ in a superior holiday home that functions as a home; not split up in separate hotel rooms or attempting a contortionistic bed preparation regime in ingeniously engineered apartments.

Carisma’s holiday homes have three separate bedrooms; a fully fitted kitchen with fridge freezer, oven, hob and microwave; a shower room and separate toilet; and, most importantly, a large lounge and dining area where the family can eat, relax and socialise together.

Carisma’s managing director Martin Turner said, “When I was a child, my fondest memories were of holidaying with my brothers and sisters. We didn’t venture abroad then, but the fun and attraction was being somewhere new and, more importantly, being together as a family.”

“Try seating six in a hotel room,” said Justine, one of Carisma’s guests. Prior to being recommended to the company by a friend, she had spent previous holidays squeezing her two boys, two girls and reluctant husband into combinations of hotel rooms across Europe. “We never wanted to be part of the masses, so apartment complexes just wouldn’t have been for us and when we did stay in hotels we found them very stressful, inflexible and costly.”

Justine and her family spent their first holiday with Carisma at La Dune des Sables in 2014. Situated in a tranquil location with direct access to the beach and backing onto a national forest, onsite facilities include swimming pools, waterslides, play areas and a small family bar and terrace, plus, most importantly, ideal accommodation for families with 2.4 children or above.



“You may find less busy campsites with fewer British guests, by turning to other companies – Carisma Holidays springs to mind”

“Carisma Holidays can offer campsites with fewer British guests, more choice, more personal service and better deals. Carisma Holidays focuses on stays in mobile homes on small, family-run campsites with direct access to a sandy beach”

“You may find less busy campsites with fewer British guests, by turning to other companies – Carisma Holidays springs to mind”


The Times

“Carisma – ‘The real holiday experts'”



“Carisma celebrates 25 years of providing luxury mobile homes on sites on sandy beaches”


Sunday Telegraph

“A good selection of three-bedroom mobile homes on nine upmarket beachside sites along the west coast of France. Reps organise two hours of games for children aged 5 to 12 years, plus a weekly evening event for teenagers. Organised activities such as paintballing take place for older children at Les Sables. Expect to pay from £999 for a week in school holidays, including ferry crossing. Plus point: Adjacent pitches can be guaranteed – useful if holidaying with another family.”


Mail on Sunday

“Carisma specialises in holidays on small family-run French campsites, with direct access to fine beaches.”


Daily Express

“Check out Carisma Holidays ( who specialise in camping holidays in France in luxury mobile homes on small French campsites on superb, sandy, private beaches in Brittany, Vendee, Bordeaux & Biarritz.
They have a children’s club on every campsite. A week’s holiday with Carisma starts at £399 and that includes ferry crossings, accommodation and gas and electricity charges.”



“Consider the smaller, long-established mobile home operator Carisma Holidays for stays on campsites with direct access to west coast beaches.”


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