Haven't stayed at the Sandbanks Hotel for years. Last time too was with our kids. This time we booked for just the 2 of us last August.
The trip was to be a trip down memory lane for me, as I spent all my summers there as a kid, not at the hotel but in a flat.
Entering Sandbanks from Canford Cliffs, as you hit the height of the cliff, the view of Poole Harbour is amazing, and the drive down to the Harbour side, (who needs airport chaos), it's a stunning view.
We booked 2 nights, so packed and went. Height of the summer season, well towards the end, but still busy and buzzy . Managed to park the car, and then we were taken to our room. Wow I was really very surprised at what a great room we had, you do have to walk through the ballroom to get there , but well worth it with the fab sea view, and balcony. Everything you needed in the room except a fridge but they put one in for us.. We were so incredibly lucky with the weather it was a scorcher.
The wonderful aspect of this hotel is brill, it has direct access to the beautiful beach. That is a massive bonus and it's truly a gorgeous beach.. Blue Flag.. The walks either way are splendid and wonderful. Facing towards the sea, and walk to your right, you walk eventually to the Haven Hotel ( also an FJB Hotel, sister hotel to the Sandbanks), and the ferry that takes you to Shell Bay and Swanage. Facing the sea and walking left is toward Boscombe and Bournemouth. The sea is wonderful and failry safe to swim in, my dad used to swim from Sandbanks to Shell Bay, ermmm wonder if you're really allowed to do that, although I love swimming, I didn't give it a go.
We booked one dinner at the hotel and breakfast was included. To be honest I always did love the food here, and maybe just maybe a tad disappointed this time. Still very nice but not as smart as I remember. Some staff there too were very nice, but English wasn't there first language and therefore a few complications and misunderstandings arose. But nothing too much. There is a lovely terrace for drinks and and snacks, and a conservatory too.
The second night we went to a pleasant eaterie by the side of the Sandbanks Hotel, I think called the Jazz cafe, where we had fish and chips, very nice. It's near the ice cream bar, where the ice cream are the best and still taste like ice cream like when we were young, I had a 99 and it was amazing.
We spent time on the beach which was wonderful. We went to the little fair nearby and they still had crazy golf and stuff there. We walked all the way to the Haven Hotel where you have to climb on rocks ( easy and I'm a moaner) it was just like being 10 years old again. We didn't go on the car ferry, which is a real chain ferry, at the mouth of Poole Harbour and the Sea, but we went on a boat ferry to Brownsea Island. I remember going with my mates when I was 10 and we jumped on a fisherman's boat, and he took us there. Can you imagine the kids being allowed to do that today. Our parents didn't even know what we were doing and there were no mobile phones then .Just cycled there and jumped on the boat. So I roared with laughter when the inevitable came up on the boat ferry and the safety regime was announced.. However this time my man and I walked all round the Island which has a big history and a nature reserve. The history is related to Lord Baden
Powell and the Scout and Guide movement, and there is a castle on the island, but guess what, not for the likes of us, it's for the John Lewis staff partnership who have done well. They get sent there for breaks! Anyway it was an amazing experience and loved it.
It's a pleasant walk to the little parade of shops that I remember so
fondly, and another beach just a bit further up called Midway Path (fab) where we used to have a beach hut, and that beach too is amazing. The
beaches in Sandbanks are all blue flag. You can walk all round the
little peninsular, Panorama Road, it's a one way street and look at the
amazing properties there, but you can't go into the harbour and on the
jetty anymore as it's now privately owned. I used to fish there, but you can still go crabbing on the beach side, and the harbour is shallow and you can wade around and look for little fish, kids love this.
Now back to the hotel. A very nice bar in the evening, but when we were there mostly entertainment for the kids, which our kids really enjoyed. I expect they have an adult programme sometimes. The key thing about this hotel, it's a wonderful hotel for families, and so close to the sea. There is an indoor swimming pool, and I'm surprised they never built an outdoor one. The pool is Ok I used it as I love swimming. I think they have a small gym too. I loved the visit, and I would recommend the hotel, however I still adore Sandbanks but would opt for the Haven Hotel, next to the ferry next time, as I decided maybe I'm grown up now! Who knows one day maybe with grandchildren the sandbanks. To be honest you can't go wrong at the Sandbanks. The back of the hotel overlooks Banks Road and across to Poole Harbour I think the second largest natural harbour in the world.
No space for videos here but watched a very unusual sport from the seashore, a kind of human dolphin sky dive amazing
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched in one of England's most enviable seaside locations, the Sandbanks Hotel is a relaxed and affordable holiday destination. With direct access to the world-famous sandbanks beach - seven miles of prestigious blue flag awarded sand to get between your toes! Our popular beach-side terrace area is a place to recline with a glass of wine.Featuring well-appointed rooms that have been designed for comfort and relaxation. Many boasting either sea views or outlooks across Poole harbour. We're sure you'll agree that when it comes to family holidays, it's best to keep everybody happy. Mum, dad, teenagers, toddlers and everyone in between all need their own piece of holiday heaven. The Sandbanks Hotel is a fun filled staycation location for family seaside holidays. With dedicated children's entertainment during school holidays, an exciting programme of activities and adventure with the Watersports Academy - there are more opportunities for mum and dad to find some relaxation time. Our Seaview Restaurant boasts celebrated chefs and an enviable sea view. Helmed by Head Chef, Wayne Joyce and his commitment for creating good food with local ingredients inspired by our wonderful location. When you need a rest from building sandcastles, Sandbanks Beach Club is the perfect spot for a summertime bite. Located on the terrace, it's an easy option for lunch and dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandbanks Poole
- Hotel Poole Sandbanks
- Poole Sandbanks
- Sandbanks Hotel Poole, Dorset
- Hotel Sandbanks