I stayed at this resort in May 2014 with my mum and son, aged 2. My overall view is that this resort is better suited to children over the age of 3 and is ideal for those over the age of 5.
Arrival at the resort
We flew from Gatwick and arrived at the resort at around 10pm. The reception staff provide you with a map to your bungalow however the room numbering is a little confusing and difficult to see in the dark! The paths are not very well lit.
Given our night time arrival, the onsite supermarket was closed so we asked the bar staff for some water to take to our room. They could only offer a cup of water which would have been difficult to carry along with all our luggage and a 2 year old! What they didn't tell us is that there is a vending machine near reception which sells small bottles of water. This would have been very helpful as we were without bottled water until breakfast the next morning.
I want to highlight this part of the resort as it became a very familiar place for us! The reception area is well equipt for pushchairs with ramps as well as steps to suit all. However, there are lots of steps and my son LOVES to run up and down them! Trying to stop him was impossible and I think he preferred the steps to the pool! The flooring is all marble (not great if they fall over) and there is a fish pond feature in the middle. It looks lovely but the wall around the pond isn't very high so my son could easily have fallen in. Not very child friendly in my opinion. The evening entertainment is right next to reception so it was difficult to keep him away from these darn steps!
I cannot fault the bungalows which are very modern, clean and well equiped. They have a fridge, microwave, small hob, kettle, crockery and cutlery. They even provide a tea towel. You will need to provide your own washing up liquid and sponge though if you plan to eat or drink anything from your room. Towels and toilet roll are also provided. The rooms are 'cleaned' every other day expect Sundays and towels are changed three times in a week. I say 'cleaned' because they just sweep the floors, replenish the toilet roll, replace the towels and empty the bins. They do not use any cleaning products.
There is a tiny park by the side of the pools which has definitely seen better days! It is absolutely not suitable for under 3s. There is a slide (very high), two swings (for older children), a rocker (pointless) and a little wooden den. I have posted photos of these as I think the whole thing needs to be pulled down and replaced.
There is a small baby pool and two large pools which vary in depth. We found them to be very cold in May so didn't swim in them. My 2 year old would not go in either because it was far too cold for him. Otherwise the pools are very clean. Beach towels are not provided though you may be able to hire them.
The Splashworld park is great and is very convenient being onsite. The water was very cold which again might be due to the time of year. The baby pool is lovely however there is a large feature in the middle with slides which were too big for a 2 year old and probably a 3 year old too. There is a large Octopus at the top which collects a big bucket full of water and then tips over to create a waterfall. A lovely feature but not good for the little ones. Even I wouldn't want to be underneath it when it tips over! My son wouldn't go in the pool because of this as well as the temperature. There are two other slides for the younger children, however adults are not allowed to go down them with their children so again my son couldn't go on them as he was too little to go down them on his own. The other slides, wave pool and lazy river are for the older children and are restricted by height. It is also worth noting that you have to pay for the drinks and refreshments here.
The kids club is for aged 3 and over however under 3s can go along with an adult supervising them. There is a little gated garden though not much in it and a room where they can get creative. There is also a small softplay area. What I will note here is that adults cannot get in to the softplay area to reach their little ones should they become stuck - luckily my son didn't but you do feel a little worried about this. Secondly, there are older children of 7 or 8 in there so you do need to keep an eye on the little ones. My son was caught in the face by a foot and the older children kept blocking the slide. For the over 3s there is face painting, drawing, colouring, t-shirt printing to name some of the activiites. The kids club is located right next to Aqualava.
In our welcome meeting we were told about the beach that is a 5 mins walk away. Make sure you get directions as it isn't obvious unless you are following others! The route here is pushchair friendly and quite a pleasant walk as it's either flat or down hill. BUT when you come back you have a big hill to climb which is very hard work with a pushchair, toddler, beach bag and changing bag - not at all practical.
This beach does not have sun loungers or parasols HOWEVER if you walk further along, maybe another 10 mins you will find a second beach that does! We were not told about this one for some reason... The beaches are white sand and very clean. There are no public toilets along the beachfront so you will have to go in to one of restaurants if you need one.
Main Shopping Area
The route to the main shopping area is not sign posted so again you need to ask for directions. You go in the same direction as the beach but it is much further. I am not certain how long it takes but I would say at least 45 minutes. If you keep walking along the beachfront you will eventually come to a small road with a zebra crossing. There are no signposts but if you have a pushchair be sure to cross the road and walk left and then across the gravel car park (not across the one directly in front of you) to get to the other side otherwise you will have a lot of steps to climb! The gravel car park isn't great for puschairs either!
There is a wide selection of food available so there really is something for everyone. Some of it was a bit tasteless but on the whole very good. There is a little children's room with its own children's buffet which is quite nice and there is a tv screen in there if they want to watch it whilst eating. A couple of points to make here; the plates and bowls are located at different ends of the restaurant and not all drinks machines are turned on depending on the time of day. This means you have to walk all the way across the restaurant for things - not easy when you are carrying a toddler! It would make alot more sense to have all drinks machines on at each meal time and have crockery and cuttlery avaialble at both ends of the restaurant - qutie simple really!
This is really convenient, especially if you need to buy milk for your toddler! They also sell breakfast items, ice-creams, other sweet snacks, toiletries, souveniers and lots of inflatable toys for the pool. It is open until 9pm too which is great.
I hope this information is helpful and insightful.
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