Bolero Holidays, within the Union Lido site, is a British concern run for the last 30 plus years in Italy by John Robinson and his wife, Margaret.
This was a second visit to Bolero and a month earlier than my last visit. This gave me the experience of life at Bolero with more families for neighbours and despite the fact that I am not used to children, the experience was a good one. The site was a lot fuller but still offered a very pleasant experience with a Venetian choir visiting one evening.
Bolero offers accommodation in mobile homes and in caravans on a site that can only be described as spectacular. If you have never experienced a mobile home holiday, finding out about the home itself is going to be your first port of call. Firstly, forget everything you think you might know about a mobile home holiday. Mobile homes are like luxury bungalows or ground level apartments. They have double and single bedrooms, lounge areas, kitchens, and bathrooms and have excellent climate control depending on which time of the year you holiday abroad. We were as comfortable in Bolero’s mobile home as anywhere I have ever stayed and John’s inspired design to make the walk in shower big enough for two was a real bonus! Not content with the luxury offered, John is about to introduce 9 new units that offer even more spacious and luxurious living in time for next season. You can visit the Bolero website to see what one of the new super vans will ok like.
The site occupies 2 km on its own private beach on the Adriatic. It is heavily wooded affording privacy and shelter from the fierce heat of the sun in the summer. Although it can accommodate 11,200 people at capacity it would never feel that way. In fact it has the feel of a small holiday village with many different restaurants to choose from, a beach bar and a pizza take away, newsagents, pharmacies, shops, camping supply outlets, cocktail bars and even an optician! Two doctors live on site during the high season, and according to our hosts John and Margaret they are always quick to respond to any call for assistance.
Apart from the immaculately kept nature of the site the swimming pools including a wave pool and even the beach are equally well kept. The beach has sun loungers and umbrellas to rent for 14 euros. Lifeguards service any swimming area and then there is the Wellness Centre! The Wellness Centre on the site is the closest thing to heaven I have ever encountered and I could not wait to revisit it. It consists of 9 mineral baths all cocooning the bather in bubbles and strong jets to ease away the tensions of life. The idea is to work your way through Jacuzzi style large and small baths with differing salt contents ending with a Japanese hot foot bath (40 degrees centigrade) which involves walking over pebbles in a hot then a cold bath. All make you feel marvellous and pampered and the Sauna and Steam room with their accompanying ‘tropical forest’ shower offers along with the tropical rain forest affect, a ‘tropical fog’ setting. The Wellness centre is for adults only apart from a Tuesday and I would challenge anyone to find a more relaxing or rejuvenating experience. Beautiful wood decking with really comfortable sun-loungers beside an infinity pool and even a couple of four posters on the upper deck invite the Wellness Centre guest to wile away the day floating between the baths and the sun-beds. Other beautifying and edifying treatments are available there with massage and beauty treatments. You can check into the centre for 2 hours at a cost of about 8 euros and around 16 euros will buy you a whole day of luxury. And it really is luxurious, a real five star experience. It sits above the children’s pool and the infinity pool looks out over the beach.
This is a genuinely friendly family site withe everything you could possibly think of that children will love. The pools are great and there are even little pull along trolleys to bundle the children into when they are too tired to walk back! I cannot imagine a better place to holiday with children, where even rainy days are catered for with indoor amusements. Many of the children of families who have visited the site since the 70's are now back with their own children and grandchildren.
The information centre on site can help by selling you tickets to Venice by bus and ferry or even to the railway station at Venice Mestre via the town of Jesolo.
This is by far the best camping experience you will ever have whether you rent a mobile home or take your own van or tent. Happy Camping!