Thea Awards Recipients

Thea Awards 2017

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Eco-friendly Destination

Center Parcs Domaine du Bois aux Daims, Les Trois-Moutiers, France

Groupe Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs (Center Parcs) has integrated nature, animals, placemaking and storytelling to create a sustainable, eco-friendly destination. Set in a pleasant, woodland destination, in the countryside near Poitiers, Le Domaine du Bois Aux Daims opened June 2015. It combines challenging design, rich leisure opportunities, great comfort and good food with dynamic props, authenticity and storytelling in a popular, eco-friendly setting for a perfect short holiday.  

On the 264-hectare property are 800 wooden cottages and 11 themed Tree Houses. There are no individual cars; people circulate in the property by walking and cycling, or boating on the lake, and zip-lining. Wild and tame animals are among the main features: Center Parcs partnered with Jacques Perrin (producer of animal documentaries such as Microcosmos) to create an ambitious program of animal-related activities and observation opportunities. Also on the property are a spa, retail and dining, and entertainment.

Families come here to spend three or four days together, to disconnect from the daily environment and reconnect with nature. The property’s wild forest contains 120 free roaming deer and a variable number of other animals such as foxes, badgers, wild pigs, and many birds. The heart of the park is a natural sanctuary where guests can watch for animals from an aerial canopy walk. In other special areas, guests can sign up for special contacts with the animals as they become the animal care team ‘helpers.’ The farm invites the young to discover ponies, cows, sheep, rabbits’ chickens, and donkeys.

Nature also penetrates the indoor facilities: the AquaMundo, a large indoor water park, is set in a luxurious tropical garden where guests can dive to see tropical fishes or enjoy a multitude of water-related activities such as a wave pool lagoon, five waterslides and a specially designed water playground for ages 4-12.

Le Domaine du Bois Aux Daims is a unique resort that affords guests a change of scenery combined with a precious sense of abundance and fulfillment. It achieves brand excellence for Center Parcs.


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