The Sands Hotel new Newquay ticks a lot of boxes for families looking for a kid friendly resort in Cornwall. Just imagine being sandwiched between rolling hills with open fields and stunning costal views for a start. I bet your feeling relaxed already aren’t you? Well that’s exactly what you’ll get when you arrive at Sands Hotel Resort & Spa for your family holiday. This hotel that creates a relaxed atmosphere for families to enjoy quality time together, and that’s a huge win in our book.
Where is Sands Hotel?
The Sands Hotel Resort & Spa is in Porth, just outside of Newquay in North Cornwall about halfway between Porth Beach and Watergate Bay. This out of town location provides the most beautiful uninterrupted views of North Cornwall as well as great access to Newquay and the local attractions.
We were invited to the Sands Hotel for a 2 night stay during February half term and we were very excited to learn more about their family friendly facilities. We arrived on Monday following a busy afternoon playing on Porth beach and learning more about Newquay Rocks, but more on that later. We were immediately impressed with the stunning views and were excited about staying in our sea view suite for the next couple of days.
Sea View Suite, Sands Hotel
Our family suite definitely did not disappoint and the girls were excited to have their own room for 2 nights. They were even more excited that it had a TV in it and they could watch it from their beds as an extra special treat. I’m not going to knock that it gave Daddy and I the chance to watch something a little bit more grown up on the TV in the sitting area while looking out to sea either.
The children’s bedroom led to a corridor with a well equipped bathroom on the right and an excellent amount of storage space on the left that was hidden away by curtains to make the place feel tidy. As we were only staying a few days, we didn’t spend a lot of time getting organised and unpacked so it was nice to be able to hide our stuff away in the wardrobes.
At the end of the corridor was a huge bedroom and sitting room combined. The full length windows provided an excellent view of the coast both from the sofas and the king sized bed. We also had use of a large flat screen TV, a desk, a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. We loved the decor and furnishings in the suite too. It was very well coordinated with a fresh bright feel throughout.
Perfect for Down Time
Families are notoriously busy when they are travelling but they also need a place to enjoy some quality down time when they are on holiday. The sea view suite at Sands Hotel definitely provided us with a great space to relax together at the end of a busy day.
Dining at Sands Resort
The Sands Hotel provides a couple of options for family friendly dining. A family supper is available from 5pm with a good selection of children’s meals. We chose to dine with the children, which meant we could chose adult portions from the children’s menu. It was limited, but the quality was good so we all enjoyed our meals while watching the sunset out to sea.
There is an option to dine later and Sands Resort provide a baby monitoring service so you can put the children to bed and go to the restaurant to enjoy their main menu. Our children are of an age where we didn’t feel comfortable using it. They are big enough to get themselves into quite a lot of trouble in a short space of time but too young to appreciate the responsibility of being left without parents. You can never be quite sure when they will finally go to sleep, so eating together was the best option for us.
The food at Sands Resort was lovely, but sadly we didn’t quite make it to dessert. Our children, like lots of others, don’t always want to sit nicely for dinner and this was one of those nights. Every time we asked Indie to stop doing (insert annoying dinner behaviour here), she would just find something else to do that was equally as annoying. We decided that desserts weren’t really deserved that night and perhaps an early night for our two was the better option.
The family breakfast was also good quality with an excellent buffet of hot food and a good continental selection available in the morning. We were served fresh coffee to our table by our incredibly friendly waitress and could help ourselves to fresh juice for the girls.
Childcare Service at Sands Hotel (Kids Club)
Sands Resort provide a range of childcare services and every family receives a free session for each child staying with them on their holiday. One session lasts for an hour and a half. You can book further sessions, and at only £5 per child they are excellent value for money.
We booked both the girls in for Tuesday morning and it seemed like perfect timing all round. Quality time with the family is great but being together for a holiday when you usually only spend a few hours a day together can present challenges.
The childcare session gave everyone the chance to recharge their family batteries and if we had of stayed longer at the hotel I suspect we would have used this service on a couple of occasions.
The children had a great time in the kids club and had clearly been very busy given the toys that Brook was surrounded by and the paintings Indie had done when I collected them. The facility was very much like a mini nursery with an excellent selection of toys and activities as well as lovely staff to watch over them while they played.
Family Friendly Facilities
Sands Resort has an excellent range of facilities for families to enable them to enjoy their holiday in Cornwall.
We really loved the indoor play room and soft play. There was a choice of cars, slides and houses to play in, and the soft play room was an excellent size for the children to use. It was also really handy to have a convenient toilet nearby for the kids. When a child demands they need a wee, the last thing you want is to go on a toilet hunt through the hotel.
You also have access to a small indoor pool during your stay. On this occasion we didn’t have time to use it, but lots of families were making the most of this particular facility while we were there.
There’s lots of facilities outdoors too, which I suspect really come into their own in the summer months. The girls loved the maze and the outdoor play area. There’s even bouncy castles which the porter was kind enough to put up for us when he saw the girls playing outside.
There’s also access to a golf course, outdoor swimming pool and sports courts for the summer months.
Beautiful Costal Walks
If you want to explore the North Cornwall coastline, then Sands Resort is a great location to use as a base. Straight across the road from the hotel you can join the coastal path and follow it to Watergate Bay (about 35 mins) or Porth Beach (about 25 mins). Which ever way you go, you are promised breathtaking scenery and wonderful sea views.
We had a very relaxing 2 night stay at Sands Resort during February half term. Despite being technically winter, we enjoyed beautiful blue skies and dry weather in very comfortable hotel surroundings.
The staff were incredibly friendly and very helpful at answering any questions we had. The hotel was maintained to an incredibly high standard and the decor throughout was beautiful. The reception is both welcoming and nautical which really helps set the scene for your stay. It’s also worth noting that Sands Resort Hotel & Spa also has a dedicated car park with lots of spaces for guest use only.
We really enjoyed our stay at Sands Resort because of the quality of the accommodation and great facilities. We would love to go back and experience the hotel at high season as it looks like a really fun place to be on holiday in Cornwall with a lot going on. Need more info? Check our this review about staying at Sands Resort with older children from Actually Mummy blog.
If you have enjoyed our family adventure, and would like to enjoy a similar trip, do check out our tips for planning the perfect Cornwall holiday.
Key Features at Sands Hotel
- Indoor pool access
- Soft play
- Indoor play room
- Sea views
- Outdoor adventure playground
- Sports Courts
- Private carpark
- Outdoor pool (summer months)
- Family dining
- Hotel Spa
- Baby sitting service
Sands Resort Hotel,
Tel: +44 1637 872864
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We were provided with a 2 night complimentary stay at Sands Resort Hotel & Spa in exchange for this post but all thoughts and opinions are our own.