When you have children, the thought of spending a relaxing time away usually involves a lot of begging – of grandparents in our case! But, now that we have a newborn, too, I am aware that looking after a cheeky Monkey plus a baby for a whole weekend is a big ask.
Can you really have a family holiday or break away, and still have some grown up time? Well, yes – if you choose the right hotel.
The Sands Resort Hotel & Spa in Cornwall, situated between Padstow and Newquay, is not only in one of our favourite parts of the UK, but is totally catered towards families – so it’s easy to spend time with – and without the kids – which to me, strikes the perfect balance of a family break.
Why is Sands Resort & Spa so family-friendly?
Having just been voted to be amongst the Top 25 family hotels in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017, Sands Resort is certainly ticking all the right boxes as far as families are concerned.
Not only is Sands Resort close the the beach, you can also hire buckets, spades, wetsuits and body boards for free from the hotel, and there are a plethora of activities to keep little ones entertained from tennis, crazy golf and indoor play areas. As well as indoor and outdoor pools.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s Ofsted approved Kids’ Clubs cater for babies and children 0 -12 years and offers a wide range of fun activities suited for each age group, including children discos, pirate parties, and football coaching. Plus, they run in the evenings, too, giving parents that little extra time to enjoy themselves.
And what about the rooms?
To keep costs down, I always tend to book a large room to fit the whole family, but this can be difficult when you have a young child in tow. Creeping around and not being able to watch TV loudly means your evening can be dictated by sleep cycles. Or the only other option is to take our son out with us, which is what we’ve done in the past – and it doesn’t always end well!
However, all Contemporary Family Suites, for example, come with two rooms! Yes two! The master bedroom has sea views and a king size bed as well as a sitting area. The second room has either bunk beds plus a single bed and a cot, or twin beds and a cot.
Great for being able to relax while not disturbing the children.
The Beachcomber restaurant offers up fresh, locally sourced mediterranean dishes such as Sea trout, fennel and caper risotto garnished with samphire, and the good old juicy burger with the works.
And the great thing is it offers guests different sittings: the early kids’ tea so you can dine together or adults only later in the evening, where the kids could attend the evening kids’ club or parents could take advantage of the baby listening service.
How about babies?
Currently in the throes of looking after a newborn, it’s fantastic to know that a hotel like Sands Resort welcomes babies with open arms. I know that lots of new parents are nervous about taking a baby on their first holiday and the hotel is well aware of these concerns.
Not only does the restaurant offer a wide range of baby food or happy to purée any dish from their dinner menu for older babies, it also has a microwave to heat up jars, milk and water. Plus baby equipment such as cots, prams, kiddie carriers and bottle sterilisers are free to use.
The hotel also offers a free baby listening in service – great peace of mind if you want to dine alone.
What to do nearby?
We’ve never been lacking in things to do and see when we’ve visit Cornwall. Not only are the beaches and towns great to just while away a few hours, but there are tons of attractions from wildlife parks, gardens and castles.
Situated close to Watergate Bay, there are tons of family attractions close to Sands Resort including some of our favourite spots such as The Eden Project, The National Maritime Museum and Crealy Adventure Park.
While the kids are being entertained and looked after, parents can go and get pampered and choose from a vast array of spa treatments, as well as relax in the pool and steam room. And coming this Spring, a new Moroccan spa experience which sees guests relax in a cedar hot tub, barrel hot tub and Moroccan lounge will be available.
Sign me up now!
Do you think it’s possible to have a relaxing holiday with the kids? It certainly depends on where you are staying and whether all members of the family are catered for. After all, happy kids equals happy parents…
* This post was written in collaboration with Sands Resort & Spa. Family suites on a dinner package are available from £68 per adult per night. Children discounts apply depending on their age.