Traveling with kids? Looking for the perfect family-friendly hotel in Cornwall? I've got it for you.
During our Europe vacation in 2013, we stayed at the Sands Resort Hotel and Spa in Newquay, Cornwall. It was so wonderful, that we decided to return in the summer of 2014. Normally, I wouldn't review a place twice, but I thought that this warranted a second look, since we upgraded from a two bedroom, to a two bedroom ocean view apartment suite. Hopefully this review will help anyone who is trying to figure out the best accommodations for their family.
The apartment suite can be entered through the master bedroom or the kids room. We decided to keep the kids room locked and only use the door through our room. The kids are too young to have their own key, however with older teens or adults using the second room, this double entry could be a nice feature. The master was spacious with a private bathroom, a king sized bed and a smaller, bonus bed.
Our arrival was auspicious by evidence of the view outside of our window.
Sandwiched between the kids room and the master bedroom, we had our living room. The living room had a television with an X-Box console and a refrigerator. The best part of having this room was the extra space that it gave the kids to play. It's nice to be able to keep the toys in one spot and not trip over them in the middle of the night. When you're staying in hotels, space is a luxury.
The kids had their own room with twin beds and a bathroom. However, they preferred to sleep in our room on the little bed. Their room was just used to store their clothes and to get ready in the bathroom. In the end, we didn't really need the extra room, but it was still nice to sprawl out and have that space. I'm a product whore, so counter space in our bathroom was very limited.
It was another wonderful stay at The Sands Resort. This year, the kids tried the evening children program and absolutely loved it. The played games, watched movies and even had a disco night. The last few days of our trip, Felix kept wanting to rush our daytime activities, because he was so excited to get back to the kids club. They had a great time and we had a few hours to enjoy a relaxing dinner. A win-win for the entire family.
We also discovered a new part of the playground, it's more for little kids and was nearly always empty. The pirate ship was a huge hit.
I hope that our future travels bring us back to The Sands Resort in Newquay. I cannot recommend it enough, especially if you have young children. In addition to the children's programs, it's walking distance to the beach and just a short drive to a whole variety of outings. It's ideal.