Are you planning a trip to Zator and a thrilling day at Energylandia – the biggest Polish amusement park? Here you’ll find my recommendation for an exciting accommodation option at Western Camp Resort in Poland.
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Zator – the entertainment capital of Małopolska and… carp
Before gaining nationwide fame for its theme parks – Zatorland with moving dinosaurs and Energylandia with the largest roller coasters in Europe – Zator was known for its fish farming. Fish ponds have been established in this area since the 13th century. Today, they cover over 1500 hectares throughout the municipality. The royal carp bred here is considered the most noble variety. In June, the Carp Days take place, where you can try carp prepared in the Zator style. Fishing enthusiasts have a true paradise here.
For some time now, all adrenaline enthusiasts have also found their paradise here. Energylandia’s flagship attraction includes the fastest and tallest mega coaster in Europe, among others. With over 70 hectares of park space and over a hundred different attractions, it ensures a day (or several days) filled with excitement for the whole family. From extreme roller coasters, boats plunging into water, swings and giant drop towers, to calm carousels and areas for young children, a massive water park with slides and pools, stunt shows. There’s simply an abundance of things to do!
Many families plan a visit to Zator to fulfill their children’s dreams (and sometimes their own dreams). It’s important to remember that a whole day spent indulging in the excitement of Energylandia can be quite exhausting. Ideally, it’s best to have at least two free days and stay overnight in Zator. You can also purchase a two-day park ticket and continue the thrill on the following day. Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to handle it and would vote for going back home or exploring castles and palaces. But I know there are people for whom even two days in Energylandia wouldn’t be enough.
Zator – Where to Stay? Western Camp Resort
Now it’s time for us. We visited Energylandia in June 2023. Despite my somewhat skeptical attitude, I was truly impressed with this place. However, that’s a topic for another post (coming soon). I took advantage of the invitation from Western Camp Resort. We stayed overnight in a cowboy-themed accommodation.
Western Camp Resort – where is it located?
On the outskirts of Zator village (about 1 km from the market square), directly on National Road No. 44, approximately 700 meters from Zator train station, and about 1.5 km from Energylandia, the Western Camp Resort complex was opened in 2018. There were already two recreational ponds located there. Today, they form the heart of the resort, designed in a western-style with wooden cottages, tipi tents, and wagons straight from the Wild West. If you enjoy this kind of atmosphere, you will definitely like this place.
Western Camp Resort – accommodation options
In total, the facility can accommodate 600 guests. When choosing to stay at the resort, you can choose from:
- Cowboy cottages – larger ones can accommodate up to 6 people, while smaller ones can accommodate up to 4 people. This is the most comfortable accommodation option here. We stayed in a 6-person cottage. It is large, spacious, with very comfortable beds, a clean bathroom equipped with everything you need (hairdryer, towels, toiletries).
- 2- or 4-person tipi tents (double bed or 4 single beds).
- 2- or 4-person cowboy wagons (double bed or 2 bunk beds).
If you choose to stay in a tent or wagon, you will have access to shared bathrooms with showers and toilets. They are new, clean, and have a pleasant fragrance.
The resort is spacious, but the cabins, tents, and wagons are closely situated. It’s important to note that the rows of cabins are placed close to each other, and the tents and wagons are clustered together. You will certainly hear what’s happening in the vicinity. If I were to choose a tent accommodation, I would prefer one of the tents located on the edge of the resort, near the small pond. It seems to be the most secluded area. Although it’s also the farthest from the pool and restaurant – so it really depends on personal preferences.
Staying in a tent or wagon can be a very exciting and attractive accommodation option for older children. It’s also a great idea for accommodation during school trips. School groups usually stay here during weekdays.
Western Camp Resort – what you should know:
- The resort is open from April to October.
- Guests have access to a spacious area that is family-friendly, with several playgrounds, a relaxation zone with hammocks, a volleyball court, a football field, and a badminton court. There is also a bike rental service available.
- The place is well-maintained, clean, and the staff is friendly, professional, and dedicated.
- There is plenty of greenery, including trees by the ponds, providing shade on hot days.
- Bonfires are allowed under the shelters (extra charge).
- There are children’s animations such as outdoor movie screenings and playing with foam.
- The breakfast buffet is delicious and plentiful.
- The facility has a heated pool that is open in the afternoon and evening hours. However, it is not a large pool, so it’s best to plan for water fun at Energylandia.
- There is a large, free, and guarded parking area.
- Free transportation on the “Golden Train” to Energylandia.
- A 5% discount on tickets to Energylandia.
- You can make reservations here.
Where to eat in Zator? – Bonanza Restaurant
Bonanza Restaurant is located within the resort, however it is also accessible to outside guests (separate parking and entrance). We ordered several dishes from the menu. I must admit that it is a very reasonable option for a good lunch in Zator.