A mother-daughter holiday challenge in Moliets, France

When we visited Moliets et Maa recently, the folks at the holiday company Madame Vacances set my daughter and I some challenges.

Our mission, should we choose to accept it: Experience what the area had to offer and with tasks set out for us, see who came out on top.

We were staying at Moliets et Maa, a delightful city between Bordeux and Biarritz that has a plethora of activities sure to keep the pickiest of children happy. The little extra something was the natural beauty not only once you’re on the beach or cycle paths but also just outside your back door in the self-catering properties. Madame Vacances rent lovely self-catering properties around France at the beach, the mountains and the countryside and were hosting us for the week.

Read my full review of the Moliets experience here.

What we did

This challenge had us:

  • catching waves at a fantastic beach where pro surfers ply their trade every summer
  • zipwiring through the treetops
  • leaping into thin air onto a giant, er, pillow (there might have been some screaming during this task)
  • eating snails (check out my daughter’s expression after that experience)


We caught the action on a GoPro — check out the video.


The benefit of doing a holiday challenge

I loved this idea so much I want to recreate it on other family holidays. I was with a group and the kids really got into the idea of having set goals and going head-to-head with a parent. We also discovered it’s a novel way of getting kids engaged in trying new things that they otherwise might be reticent about.

I could imagine doing this with my husband and stepson as well — with the family drawing up a list of challenges for each other and keeping a chart throughout the holiday with rankings. The victor gets a prize, the loser gets a dunking in the pool and ultimately everybody wins.

Be honest, do you think the winner earned it? Or should the loser have come out on top? Let me know in the comments!


Jenography was a guest of Madame Vacances. We stayed at Villas La Clairière aux Chevreuils. Prices start from £102 pp (£819 total) for a seven-night stay in a villa sleeping eight, on a self-catering basis. Each spacious villa is equipped with families in mind, from their large lounges with satellite TV and well-equipped kitchens to their decked terrace and private pool.

All opinions are my own.

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