Center Parcs has reopened its five UK holiday villages today, more than three months after it was forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The recreation company, which announced it would be the closure of its sites from March 20 amid the “exceptional circumstances” in which the nation now found itself will once again welcome guests to its villages.
The company’s bosses added that Subtropical Swimming Paradise and the Aqua Sana Spa areas would continue to be banned until July 27, in accordance with government advice.
However, those who wish to use the pool from this date can only book two slots, each lasting two hours, if they have a three or four night break.
They will also have one15 minutes before their booked session with them swimwear under their clothes.
Center Parcs has reopened its five British holiday villages in Nottingham Sherwood Forest; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. Picture: the subtropical swimming paradise in Woburn
The resort closes its parks on March 20 due to the coronavirus crisis. On the photo: Center Parcs Waterside Lodge Exterior in Elveden Forest
The villages will also be able to open their subtropical swimming paradise and Aqua Sana Spa areas from July 27, in accordance with government advice
The holiday park currently operates sites in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire.
Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, said: “Although it was disappointing to have to close our villages, it was the right decision to keep our guests and employees safe.
“The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact across the country and we have always said that we would not reopen until we were 100 percent satisfied that it was safe to do so.
“We’ve got our teams working around the clock to review everything we do down to the last detail, and we’re now ready to open our doors again.
“We know many families were looking forward to Center Parcs’ breaks and we can’t wait to welcome you back into the woods.
“Those families who have visited us before will notice some changes in the way we do things, but the essence of a Center Parcs holiday will remain the same, offering a fantastic short holiday experience with plenty of space within our 400 acres of natural forest.’
On July 27, the villages will reopen their subtropical swimming paradise and guests can also book treatments in the resort’s Ain terms of Sana Spa from this date.
Guests wishing to use the subtropical swimming paradise must book online in advance and have their temperature checked upon arrival.
Families on a three or four night break, only two sessions can be booked, lasting two hours while on a seven night break can book four sessions lasting two hours each.
Those wishing to use the pool must also arrive with them 15 minutes before their booked session swimwear under their clothes.
Guests must also store their belongings in a locker and showers and dryers are not available.
Guests wishing to use the Subtropical Swimming Paradise later this month can only book two slots if they are on a three or four night weekend getaway. Picture: Subtropical swimming paradise in Sherwood Forest.
Under the new Covid-19 guidelines, activities can continue, but with a reduced number of guests. On the photo: Center Parcs in Longford Forest
The holiday park currently operates sites in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire
CEO Martin Dalby added: “We are very excited to reopen our subtropical swimming paradise, we know it is such an important part of the Center Parcs experience for our guests.
“Rest assured, we’ve been working hard to make the subtropical swimming paradise as safe as possible for everyone, and we have a great plan, so it feels great to reopen the green light.”
Under the new Covid-19 guidelines, outdoor activities can continue, but with a reduced number of guests per session to “ keep social distance while still providing a fun experience. ”
Changes will also be made to guest arrival and departure times to allow for an ‘improved cleaning regime’.
Some on-site restaurants will now have new ‘delivery menus’, with the limited number of seated restaurant guests paying contactless.
If you want to make a reservation, you have to do that online. Guests of a lodge and a tree house cannot order champagne on the ice, flowers, birthday packages or a continental breakfast in their room.
The resort has also introduced a ‘book with confidence’ guarantee that allows guests to cancel their vacation up to six days before arrival and still receive a full refund.
The opening comes on the same day that beauty salons, nail bars, tattoo and massage studios, body and skin piercing services, physical therapy companies and spas could open in the UK.