Well where to start....
We arrived at the park on the saturday afternoon to collect the keys to the caravan and it was a nice hot afternoon. We were located in caravan 802, a 2 minute walk from the swimming pool and bistro and a 5 minute walk to the beach. The first impressions were the view of the surrounding area was amazing. We could see the Godrevy lighthouse and a small part of the lovely beach.
The caravan was spacious, it slept upto 6 people comfortably and had a small bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower and in the double bedroom it had its own toilet and sink. The only thing we would criticise is the floor felt quite dirty and unwashed and left our feet black from dirt. And there was also a few fag butts outside the door as well from previous occupants as none of us smoke.
We got unpacked and I went to the beach with my 2 year old son for a quick play about. The walk was about 5 minutes to get down, and its a very steep walk down a sand dune. The beach was absolutely stunning, extremely clean, watched over by life guards and the sand was lovely. We played about for about an hour and decided to head back to caravan. Word of warning, if you are pretty unfit, be prepared to stop a few times heading back up. There are some steps at the beach but even those are steep and i would advise NOT to go back up the sand dunes. Nearly killed me!! I'm not the fittest person but its a massive massive incline, so great if you are looking to burn some calories and test your fitness!!!
On the first night we went to the bistro to order some food to takeaway (please refer to my review of the bistro itself which is seperate) and headed back to the caravan. The weather was lovely so hard to tell what the caravan is like in cold weather but had a reasonably pleasant sleep on the first through to the last night.
On the second day we went to the beach as a family and it was nice day. I would say that if the tide is out, its a very long walk to the water and a longer walk back (felt like it anyway).
We went to the swimming pool the day after and i was pleasantly surprised. It was a nice sized swimming pool, seperated with a childrens pool and was nicely heated. It was patrolled by 2 lifeguards most of the time who did little more than sit down and guzzle tea and coffee (who could blame them, there was not many people around). There wasn't ever a moment in the 4-5 times we used the swimming pool that it was ever crowded and the families were generally pleasant.
I had a few walks around the sand dunes, nice walks, but hard work, wear decent footwear!!!
Saw a few rabbits around and encountered one Adder.
There is a couple of kids playgrounds we saw, one is by the bistro with a couple of wooden structures and slides and one down by the dynamite club.
There is a nice bar/pub inside where the bistro is called Sand's bar, served most local ales and ciders, average prices.
We were situated a few minutes from the pool and bistro so a trip to the local shop on site was not a quick walk, maybe a 15-20 minute walk at a slowish pace. The shop was OK, had everything you need as well as gimmicky holiday trinkets.
There is a Lidl by the main road into Hayle and that sold everything you needed for self catering.
If anyone wants to know any more then just send a message!!
This place overall was a really nice holiday and it has a bit more of a special meaning as I proposed to my long term girlfriend here and she said yes!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run holiday park on fabulous sandy beach. Caravans Chalets and camping in the dunes. Bars, shop etc. Many units with fab sea views. Ideal for families and kids. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- St Ives Bay Holiday Park Hotel Hayle
- St Ives Bay Holiday Park Hayle, Cornwall