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Sands Resort Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 38 Hotels in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“A fantastic experience for all the family”
Reviewed 4 June 2012

We have recently returned from a wonderful 5 nights at the Sands Resort. We loved every moment and it is certainly the most fun we have ever had as a family. We have two boys, 2 and a half and 9 months and it was perfect for us and them. They couldn't really benefit from all the facilities, but we certainly intend to come back and I'm really excited about all the fun they will have when they are a little older. What made Sands so great for us was the resort and the fantastic facilities and the lovely location. We loved the pool, the softplay and the parks, but we also loved exploring the local area. We hired baby packs at no extra cost and did lots of walking around the area. Watergate Bay is beautiful and an easy walk or short drive along the coastal road. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and nothing was too much for them. We thought the food was excellent - great range at breakfast, home cooked teas for the boys at 5 and a fantastic 'adults only' meal in the evening. For us that really made the stay - we didn't have to worry about cooking, cleaning, clearing up and we got to spend quality time together as a couple. We loved it all so much that we stayed an extra night. The whole family were gutted to leave and my 2 year old keeps saying, 'back to Newquay'. On the face of it it may not appear cheap, but we feel that you get an awful lot for your money and it was worth every penny. We really hope to visit Sands again next year - sooner, if we can!

Room Tip: You pay a little more for a contemporary suite but they are worth it.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

We have just returned from a fantastic stay at the Sands Resort. We have 3 children, 1 aged 3 and twins aged 17 months. I went with high expectations having read the website and the other reviews and was not disappointed. The facilities and staff were fantastic - the most friendly and helpful staff I have encountered.

The facilities in the hotel were great. The kids club gave us a couple of hours to play tennis etc in the morning and the baby listening was invaluable. Adult only meals every night were wonderful.

The children loved the swimming pool and soft play. My only comment would be that we did not realise the outdoor pool was heated until the last day and would have used it more if we had. There were also not many children around so there were not many organised activities in the evening but to be honest ours were happy in the soft play and were pretty tired anyway!

Defintiely a great hotel and we will be back!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2012

We stayed here for a week in late April, so very much off season! It was very quiet, which meant that mealtimes were (relatively) peaceful, the kids recognised each other at tea time and so forth, but there was very little other activity laid on for them. Ours are 3 and 1 so not an issue, but older kids might have been a bit bored after tea time. They loved the playroom with cars, soft play etc, and Jane the kid's club lady was great and very confidence inspiring The girls loved having the swimming pool and outside play areas to themselves, both being a bit shy - I can imagine it might be bedlam in the summer holidays.

We were in a contemporary sea view room, which was huge and lovely - comfy bed, decent bathroom, gorgeous view. There was a nest of birds in the roof that woke us up every morning at about 5.30, not sure there's anything that could be done about that though! The girls loved having their own room as well, and it gave us a bit of peace and privacy.

The food - always important especially in a DBB hotel. Breakfast was good with variety of cereal, fruit salad etc and cooked items in a buffet. The kids' dinner was a bit samey, perhaps a lot of kids only like the standard potatoes/fish fingers/ peas and sweetcorn, but my eldest was desperate for some pasta by the third day. And luminous green jelly every day! Adult food was also pretty good - not haute cuisine by any means, but filling, decent enough and most importantly someone else was cooking it! The wine was well priced as well and lovely to be able just to sit and relax knowing that if the kids made any noise we would be told.

The staff were always friendly and helpful, baby listening a great bonus in the evening. All in all it was expensive, but everything was laid on and the location is perfect for trips out and about. I'd recommend DairyLand farm world with younger children, ours loved the soft play and watching the cows getting milked. The beach just down the steps from the hotel is lovely with rock pools and plenty of sand, and Watergate bay is just stunning.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday from start to finish. From the moment we checked in we were greeted by efficient, friendly and courteous staff who couldn't do enough to ensure our holiday experience was second to none. The food was amazing, we felt like we were eating at a top restaurant every night! In fact my 13 yr old son commented that it was "fine dining at it's best" as both our children, the other being 8yrs were allowed to eat from the adult menu at no extra cost!!
The hotel and suite we stayed in was spotless and extremely well maintained throughout our stay, we had an amazing view of Newquay Bay and the children's facilities were fantastic, the children particularly enjoyed the golf course and pool. I would highly recommend this family owned hotel................. so much so that we booked again for next year before we left!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 April 2012 via mobile

We booked Sands before our baby was even born so were just hopeful it would meet our needs. It did that and so much more.. From the delicious food, huge room, amazing sea view and helpful staff we couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

After searching high and low for the perfect family holiday I found it at Sands! From the moment we made our booking by telephone to the time we checked out the staff were professional, friendly and go out of thier way to help.
The room was clean and very well laid out with the most beautiful sea view. We had a comfort type A sea facing room which had the biggest bed I have ever seen in it, and a separate kids room with two singles and a cot. The ample bathroom was in the middle of the rooms. Everything here has been thought of. The plugs are high up the walls so children cant poke fingers in. The drawers dont pull completly out of the units. There was a tv and dvd in the kids room fixed high up so they can watch tv without causing mischief.
The restaurant serves delicious fresh food at both luch times and evenings. There is a sepate kids tea time so all the kids eat tpgether and can be noisy/messy without causing offence to other diners. The kids meals were all proper homecooked fresh food with sensible healthy options and plenty of fruit and yogurts on offer too. There are plenty of high chairs all clean and ready for use and all the staff are helpful and friendly with the kids. The adults dining time in the evening serves mouth watering scallops, steaks and gooey chocolate pudding - again, all freshly made. And breakfast was also a very high standard.
The hotel runs a kids club which I was dubious about using at first since I was worried as they wouldnt know our son, but they gave us a tour and introduced us to all the carers which was lovely and calmed me down enough to leave him. They didnt mind that I got reception to ring down and check he was doing okay!
The pool is perfect with a separate toddler pool which was lovely and warm, and the changing room and showers are all clean and nicely laid out.
there are lots of play zones and areas for the kids, from toddler age upto teenage age, and on the sunny afternoon the staff put up the bouncy castle for us to use - really nothing is too much trouble for this place!
Everything about this hotel is amazing - I will definately being going back next year, and if money allows, possibly again this year!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Windsor, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

We had a amazing time at Sands Resort (family of 5 with kids aged 6, 4 and 2). Our kids loved the clubs and the facilities were brilliant. Although the hotel was fully booked, it never felt over crowded - we had the pool to ourselves for 2 hours one day! My wife and I also really enjoyed having some adult time in the evenings, taking advantage of their listening service, whilst eating their amazing menus (hats of to the chef!) and admiring the sunset over the sea. A truly magical place that we will certainly be returning to. All the staff are friendly and really helpful.

Room Tip: Pool Suite rooms are not above the restaurant or entertainment room so I gather are quieter in the e...
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Property: Sands Resort Hotel & Spa
Address: Watergate Road, Newquay TR7 3LX, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Newquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Newquay
#3 Spa Hotel in Newquay
#4 Family Hotel in Newquay
#5 Business Hotel in Newquay
#12 Romantic Hotel in Newquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sands Resort Hotel & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 70
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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Sands Resort Hotel And Spa
Sands Hotel Porth
Sands Resort Hotel & Spa Newquay, Cornwall

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