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    Holiday villages

    This category includes establishements that offer, in return for a fixed price, accommodation, catering or self-catering options, entertainment and leisure facilities. Holiday Villages are rated from 1 to 5 stars. As part of the new rating system for tourist accommodation in France, the old categories of ‘Comfortable’ and ‘Very Comfortable’ have gone.

    Here are the new criteria for vacation villages

    1 star corresponds to inexpensive accommodation. The minimum surface area for a ‘2-person rental’ is 10 m² (107 sq. ft.), including kitchenette but excluding bathroom facilities, while a ‘2-person board’ is a minimum of 9 m² (96 sq. ft.), excluding bathroom facilities.

    2 and 3 stars correspond to mid-range villages. 3-star establishments must have staff who can speak at least one official language in addition to French. Reception must be open at least six hours a day (except days of arrival and during school holidays) at villages offering ‘Board’ or ‘Rental and Board’. The minimum surface for a ‘2-person rental’ in the 2-star category is 12 m² (129 sq. ft), including kitchenette but excluding bathroom facilities, and 15 m² (161 sq. ft.), including kitchenette but excluding bathroom facilities, in the 3-star category. The difference with a 1-star vacation village also concerns the size of public spaces, notably reception and lobby, which must be at least 50 m² (538 sq. ft.) compared to 20 m² (215 sq. ft.) for the lower category.

    4 and 5 stars correspond to high quality and superior quality vacation village. The rooms are spacious, being a minimum of 18 m² (193 sq. ft.), including kitchenette but excluding bathroom facilities, for a ‘2-person rental’ in a 4-star village and 22 m² (236 sq. ft.), including kitchenette but excluding bathroom facilities, in a 5-star establishment. A 4-star residence must have staff who can speak two foreign languages (including English) in addition to French, while a 5-star establishment must provide services in three foreign languages in addition to French. Other services offered by superior quality villages include facilities such as internet access in the lodging, large public areas and a greater range of activities during school holidays.