This was our second time at Sands Resort. We came in May 2010, and chose to come back again because it was just the right kind of break for our family.
Given the ages of our children (4 and 7 this year), it was ideal to have, effectively, a 2 room suite, where the children slept separately from us, but both rooms were accessed through the same main door and key card. The children's room was a fair sized twin (with cot as well) and its own DVD player and TV. Then there was a short corridor with bathroom and wardrobe space, leading into a big main room, with big bed at one end, and chairs, chaise longue (very nice!), soft stools at the other, another TV, DVD player and play station, and a fridge (invaluable for keeping milk, yoghut and snacks.)
The food was very good. Our son has a dairy allergy, and our waitress always had his soy milk and spread out for us on our table at breakfast. In the evenings, she would check with the chef what he could have: this cometimes involved doing him an alternative from the main kids' options. We had booked half-board, and 3 nights we put the kids in the evening holiday club and ate as a couple in the adult part of the restaurant with sea views. The rest of the time, we ate as a family in the families' part, so there was, thankfully, no pressure to keep the kids quiet all the time.
Facilities were good last year, but this year's addition of a small but exciting splash pool outside was a great asset. Our kids also loved the play area, bouncy castles, maze and air hockey. If they had been older, we would probably have used the tennis too. On the less sunny days we used the indoor pool - again, not large, but warm, clean and well-set up. Towels can be picked up from reception; there are family changing rooms too. The children did three morning and three evening sessions in the holiday club - initially we had only booked 2 but they were keen to go back again. This gave us some great time in the pool / gym / terrace, to get a break ourselves. The clubs are age-grouped, and it was an advantage to us that ours could go in the same 4-7 group. As well as the holiday clubs (which are an extra) there were shows and activities in the early evening slot - Chloe the Clown, Squashbox Theatre, party games one night etc.
The hotel is just up the road (easily walkable even with kids) from Porth beach, which had flags for swimming and a coast guard presence, shops, crazy golf and a lovely cafe. At low tide, the expanse of sand is very large, and our kids enjoyed the pools in the sand, and making dams and channels and castles, in loads of space. We also went down a long flight of steps to Whipsiderry Beach, which is just opposite the hotel - very quiet and probably not as safe a place for children to swim as less sheltered than Porth, but good for ball games and running round.
Overall, we had a great time. We had planned to go abroad next year, but after this break I'm tempted to come here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sands Resort Hotel & Spa overlooks the Atlantic ocean to the west and countryside to the east. The hotel offers a range of free sports facilities and children's clubs as well as a beauty spa, two pools and a gym. Most suites have separate sleeping areas for children and are in a contemporary design. A free baby listening service is also available.In 2016 Sands Resort Hotel & Spa was voted to be amongst the Best 10 Family Hotels in the UK ranking 5th in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sands Hotel Newquay
- Sands Resort Hotel And Spa
- Sands Hotel Porth
- Sands Resort Hotel & Spa Newquay, Cornwall