A holiday village is considered as being any globally-run set of accommodation of a commercial nature or not, intended for holidays and recreational stays on an all-inclusive price basis including the supply of meals or individual facilities for preparing them and use of collective facilities for recreational sports and cultural activities. Holiday villages comprise:
- individual or collective accommodation and premises allocated for management and services;
- common facilities for sports activities and collective entertainment.
For meals, one of the following possibilities: restaurant or a private kitchen in each accommodation unit, with or without distribution of prepared meals.
They are classified by Atout France from 1 to 5 stars under the new standards in force since July 2012.
Each holiday village is the subject of a double approval : a holiday village approval issued by the State Secretariat for Tourism, a social tourism license issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs.
A holiday village may be composed of a variety of accommodation types: apartments, gîtes, rooms, pitches (camping type).