My girlfriend and I have recently returned from a seven nights stay at the Praa Sands resort near Helston, Cornwall. Firstly, we are unsure as to why it is classed as Penzance as Praa Sands is approximately eight miles away (thankfully) and the two places are completely different in comparison so if you are not a fan of Penzance, don't let this deter you!
To start with, our caravan (if you call it a caravan) was fantastic in every way and ticked every single box. It was extremely spacious, very clean, had excellent facilities and was in a perfect location on the site. The shower in the bathroom deserves a special mention as it was better than many showers that I have used previously as it was large in size (a double shower), was easy to use, had a seat inside and the pressure was fantastic. The double bedroom was very spacious, had numerous extra pillows, lots of storage and even had an en-suite toilet attached which was useful. The kitchen and lounge areas were also well equipped and on arrival it was like stepping into a brand new caravan. All the caravans on the site appear to be individually owned and are different in size and layout etc. The caravan that my girlfriend and I stayed in was called ‘Le Shed’ and this is described as a Gold Caravan Plus on the site.
The location of this site itself is excellent as it is approximately a five minute walk from the beach and there is a small shop and post office en-route. The beach is massive and although my girlfriend and I were lucky to have lovely weather, we would never have considered it overcrowded and there was loads of space for everyone. The beach itself is very well maintained and is clean to swim in.
There is a large bar on the site that has a basic pub style menu that we would recommend going for a few pre-evening drinks but unfortunately it was lacking atmosphere due to it being so quiet. It was very surprising to see the bar so quiet as it was large in size and appeared to be very clean and reasonably priced but there was never more than a handful of people inside. Additionally there is a lovely seating area outside that looks across the beach below. The swimming pool and gym areas are small in size and this was slightly off-putting for my girlfriend and I so we only used the pool on one occasion, we were also surprised that the pool hours were only 0900 – 1800 hrs on most days.
Lastly, unless you are on Vodafone there is no mobile phone signal on the site and I had none (Orange) throughout the whole stay. This isn’t a major issue however as you are on holiday after all and the signal returns as soon as you leave the site. It is a small price to pay for being in an excellent location!
Overall we would recommend Praa Sands to anyone and would love to return in the future.
- Also Known As:
- Praa Sands Holiday Park Penzance, Cornwall
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Praa Sands Holiday Park in Cornwall offers amazing luxury holiday homes with fantastic facilities including an indoor swimming pool, gym, spa, 9 hole golf course and bar & restaurant all just a few minutes walk from a sandy beach. ... more less