The Sands Resort Hotel Review
Last week my family and I headed down to Cornwall to review the most family friendly hotel in Europe, The Sands Resort Hotel.*
We were so delighted to be reviewing it, it looked absolutely amazing and worthy of the 5 hour trip from Notts.
Arriving in Newquay we were delighted to see gorgeous Porth Bay just a 5 minute walk from our hotel and looking sparkly and exciting in the summer sun.
The Hotel sits at the top of a hill and fees serene and calm despite the fact it is almost all families with children here. At no point did it feel full or bustled or busy and I think this is because it has lots of space and so much to do.
The hotel maze
I barely know where to start with all the activities and fabulous facilities on offer.
Let me tell you about our lovely room. Firstly we had the most spectacular view you could imagine. We saw the sun go down over the sea each evening we were there and oh it was just amazing!
Our room was lovely. Really spacious, it had plenty of room for a chaise longe and a seating area in our room with still room for the kids to play on the floor. Their room was just past the bathroom and we all had tons of storage so we could stow away all our clothes and make it look really homely. There was also a tv/dvd in each room and a playstation as well as a daily maid service. It was perfect, just what we needed.
Throughout the hotel the decor was lovely, lots of tasteful nautical art and seaside inspired design.
There were lots of lovely seating areas with wonderful views. Comfortable, bright, modern and child friendly are all words I would use to describe this hotel.
Breakfast at Sands was a huge buffet affair that could be taken till 9.45. There was loads of choice and really fresh and it set us up for a great day of exploring and activities. At lunch there was a good range of bar food with lots of good choices for the kids and there were 2 lovely terraces to eat on.
At teatime there were a few options. Children could have a buffet tea (with excellent choices that changed each day) This was about 5. After this was family entertainments then children’s clubs ran from 7.15-9.15 so adults could go for a more grown up dining experience on their own.
If parents and children wanted to eat together there was a room and time for that too. If you ate without kids you sat slightly seperately in a quieter room which was lovely after a day with our two!
The more formal dinner was wonderful. The quality and creativity of the food was excellent and there was great service. As vegetarians our options were limited but the chef assured us if we didn’t like the days offering just let him know in the morning and he would make us what we wished. You can’t get better than that really can you!
My favourite were the puddings. Yum! Really top quality food.
There were so many nice things to do at Sands such as swim in this gorgeous indoor pool (there’s an out door one too)
We spent much needed time relaxing and reading in one of the many lovely comfy spots around the hotel
We also went in the maze, on the zip wire, on the play park, played football, learnt to scuba dive, swam indoors and outdoors, played air hockey and table tennis and that was just in the day time! We were entertained at a disco and by a fab clown too.
We didn’t use the activity clubs bar one night as the children preferred to be with us but lots of chilcdcare was available should you wish it.
We could have painted pots and t-shirts, been to a fancy dress show and a sports day, we could have listened to acoustic music and been to a music quiz. There is just SO much you could do at Sands.
Oh lovely spa I wish i had had more chance to use you but the aromatherapy back massage i did review was sublime and healing and gorgeous. The spa was such a restful space. Idyllic, and it had lots of lovely treatments on offer,
Porth beach was our local beach and round the corner was Watergate Bay home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. Both beaches were unspoilt and non commerical with caves to explore and lots of space and soft sand.
The children body boarded and wave hopped and we even found some pirate treasure deep in the sand. We also made THE BEST SANDCASTLES ever.
Just a 10 minute drive away is Fistral Beach with its amazing surfers and we adored going there and watching them ride the waves.
We had such a lovely holiday in every way accommodation, activities, food and location. We would most definitely go back.
Prices vary depending on room time of year and whether you take meals. See online booking
* As ranked by trip advisor 2012