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“Great place to stay with young kids with beautiful beach views away from the city center”

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Sands Resort Hotel & Spa
Ranked #4 of 37 Hotels in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 September 2010

We are a family of five with kids aged 8, 5 and 2. The Sands is less than a 10 minute cab ride (5 pound cab ride) from the rail station. We didn't have a car, but found getting around by cab or bus a breeze (Western Greyhound bus #556 stops about 50 yards down the road). The hotel is not in the center of town, which is a good thing as it's in a quiet stretch just north of the town.

The resort itself is exceptionally child friendly, with very friendly staff. The indoor pool is not huge, but great for the kids (and there's a small wading pool as well). For adults, there is a small hot tub and sauna in which you need to reserve your own slot (never a problem). There's also a small chip and putt (longest hole is 88 yards), a mini golf course (asphalt), a small football field and a tennis court (asphalt). There's also a playground, a small maze, and a zip cord ride - all of which the kids loved.

The rooms were clean, and smartly designed with an additional sink outside the bathroom. Our room had a water view, which we thought was worth the extra money as the sunsets were absolutely amazing. The rooms also had dvd players, 2 tv's and free internet access.

We only had breakfast at the restaurant, which was basically cereal, fruit, eggs, beans, sausages, croissants / breads and tea / coffee. There is also organic baby food for infants, which is a nice touch. It did get a bit tired by the 4th / 5th day - but that's probably to be expected.

Overall, we had a great time and would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

Wonderful family oriented hotel with great location and outstanding very friendly staff.

Was going to book a last minute one week deal in Portugal but didn't like the £3K+ hit for anything half decent. So, looked at Trip Advisor and got a last minute deal at this hotel for 5 nights in a "contemporary suite" which is basically sea views, huge king size+ bed, bathroom and separate bedroom for our two boys (aged 6 and 4). We were helped by fantastic weather everyday.

Family orientated hotel with everything you need. The room was excellent, very clean, the location is excellent, the staff were superb and the fellow guests (please forgive me for saying this but it's important to be honest!) were polite middle class educated types with children of similar ages.

General facilities were fine including small heated indoor pool, outdoor pool (far too cold!), tennis courts, crazy golf, mini golf and multiple play areas for the kids. There's even a maze! What was really great was the free wet suit hire, buckets and spades, push chairs etc - they've thought of everything! There were also fantastic kids clubs which our children loved.

The food and wine list was good enough. Jamie Oliver's 15 restaurant is down the road and there are some fantastic restaurants nearby and slightly further afield in in Padstow etc.

We left feeling refreshed, happy and would definitely return.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Sands is very well geared to family holiday needs - our 8-year old enjoyed the daily club activities, we got to eat and drink in adult company quite a lot, the grounds are good fun, the food was really excellent every day, the hotel has a relaxed and spacious feel. Decor is unpretentious but pleasing, cleanliness very good. It's pricey but you get a lot for it. The staff are extraordinarily friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

Returned home yesterday and can't wait to go back!!! The hotel was fantastic and the staff could not do enough to help. Our children are 2 and 4 and they both went to the playgroups in the morning and loved it. There was lots to do for them which meant we could have a rest. There is also childcare and baby listening in the evening which means we could enjoy a glass of wine and a lovely dinner knowing that the children were being looked after. We will definitely be booking again soon.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 August 2010

Our first holiday in a hotel with our boys (aged 4 and 2yrs). We had alovely time. Had reservations that the hotel could be 'good value' considering the prices but found that we had a lovely relaxing time as well as the children, hence money well spent.
Great facilities on tap, wonderful beach across the road and down approx 120 steps (hard work but well worth it), lovely staff and a brilliant room listening service which allowed us to eat in the adult's only restaurant for a three course meal each night. A real, real treat!!! On the one occasion when our children didn't fall asleep by 8.30pm, the meal was delivered to our room... beautifully wrapped and delicious. This was typical of the hotel's flexibility in ensuring the holiday was great.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

Just returned from a 4 day stay at Sands on one of their gap filler deals. Have always stayed further up the road at well known family hotel in Mawgan Porth!!! but as they do not do short breaks during high season decided to try Sands. Really glad we did. The staff here really make the experience. It is unusual I think to find people in this industry who genuinely look like they enjoy their job, but the staff at Sands really seem to care.
We stayed in an inter connecting room facing the countryside. We had a really large room and our 3 yr old had 3 beds to choose from in his room!!!. bathrooms were great size and the added benefit of a microwave was brilliant on the night we just wanted to feed our little one in our room.

The only downside to this room (51 and 52) was its position right above the kitchen. At mealtimes the noise was really bad and sadly this coincided with trying to get our son to sleep before we went down to have our meal.
The food itself was good although I do think that Bedruthan does do it just a bit better.
In terms of things to do we couldn't fault the hotel, kids facilities are excellent , so much to do and the wall of info proved invaluable on the days when the weather was poor.
Kids clubs were good and the visits from the Zoo and Aquarium were a really good idea.
I absolutely love this part of Cornwall and the only problem I have now is which hotel to choose. I have to say I think there is def a new contender for my favourite hotel crown !!!
Thankyou sands for a brill holiday!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 August 2010

Stayed here for 4 days with the family and had a lovely holiday despite the weather. The food was excellent. The room was very good with a scenic view over the bay. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a family holiday.

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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: £85 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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