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St Ives Bay Holiday Park
Ranked #2 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Hayle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We holidayed at this site for a week at the end of July (2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and 5). I deliberately booked one of the cheaper caravans- the Merlin- so that we had plenty of cash for sightseeing.
The caravan was smaller than what we were used to and quite basic but did the job for a week's beach holiday. Although there were many caravans nicer than ours it was clean (ish) and big enough for 4 (but not for 6, although it was 6 berth!) We paid £550 for a week in High Season- bargin! The budget caravans are located further from the beach (though closer to the clubhouse) but the walk is pleasant. There was no linen with the caravan. This was a real pain, but such is life. Blankets were provided and these were quite basic. Take your duvets if you are picky!
The site is well maintained and really well set out within the dunes.
The beach was the main attraction for us. There was loads of room for everyone to have good space. The surf was consistently excellent. There is a lifeguarded area marked out. The walk down to the beach is steep and you do need to be fully able. The view of the beach from the top is really quite breathtaking!
The bar area was fine. We were amused by the Bingo ritual every night (not our usual choice!) but well worth a laugh! The children's entertainment was in a separate room where the norm appeared to be to leave the kids to it. This wasn't our style, but would clearly suit other families. There was Cornish pear/apple cider on tap- fab!
There were two decent play areas, one by the clubhouse and one by the conservatory at the beach area. My 7 year old was not overly impressed by they both suited my 5 year old well.
The conservatory was a nice area to relax and access the WiFi. I was disappointed that the advertised WiFi was not across the park, but this is a minor gripe and kept me off facebook!
The pool is fine but basic, but they did let you take a beachball etc. in. It is a useful resource for a wet day.
In summary, this site has a fabulous beach but not the range of facilities of a Haven site. I felt that £550 a week was well worth the caravan and site combined, but I would not have wanted to pay the prices of the more modern caravans for more basic amenities compared to Haven. However, the site felt a lot less commercial than Haven, and this was refreshing.
I would holiday at this site again!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank Sheepy-Princess
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed here as a couple for 3 weeks in June 2012. After not staying on a holiday park for 30+ years were a little apprehensive about what to expect. How we were nicely surprised,

We stayed in a brand new Raven caravan no. 771 and opted for the decking option. The plot we probably one of the best Raven plots on the site (with no's 612-614 being close contenders). We were not overlooked at all and there was plenty of room for parking. The van was more like a chalet inside with the wooden roof; it had 2 toilets and was fairly spacious.

The site was well laid out. Reception staff were very helpful and informative. The maintenance staff (we had a few problems with the tv, heating and water pressure) were pleasant, knowledgeable and reliable. Shop was well stocked, Communal showers were very clean (had to use these a couple of time whilst waiting repairs). The laundrette was large and had plenty of washers and dryers.

A plus side to the site was the views and close proximity to the beach. The walk was a little steep so not ideal if you had young children or elderly.

The only downside was the good old British weather; after two and a half weeks of rain we came home a few days early.

Overall we had a good holiday and, for the price we paid, it was exceptional value.

Room Tip: Opt for a newer van - 6 berth Raven plot no's 771, 612, 613 and 614 are good plots without too m...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank SunshineAndShowers17
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Stayed in 5 berth 2 bedroom chalet (A5*) for a week in August. Chalet serves all your basic requirements and park is well located right on the beach however there is a very steep slope down to the beach so not for the feight hearted, less able bodied or if you are lugging a huge amount of beach gear up and down!!!
The A4* chalets at the front of the park seemed (from the outside) to be a better option and would maybe what we would book on another trip.
Swimming Pool was used a couple of times and whilst my 4 year old is getting confident in the water she can not yet swim but we felt she was always safe.
We didn't use the enterntainment provided on site but did briefly visit the Bistro Bay on first arrival but found the high ceilings and conservatory type construction led to it being very hot inside and quite noisy even though it was not overly busy at the time.
Overall the park appeared well managed and clean, one we would expect to return to again at some point in the future.
Lovely clean beach which stretches for miles which is attended by lifeguards daily.
St. Ives is approx 15 minute drive away (don't drive into the harbour area due to narrow roads!) with plenty of good places to eat/drink/get ice creams but is quite expensive to park so have coins at the ready. If you are looking to eat in St Ives booking is recommended at most places.
We also visited St Michaels Mount, Land's End and The Eden Project.

Room Tip: If travelling in a party of 4 or less the chalets at the front of the part A4* appear a better optio...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Gladallover69
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We were recommended St Ives Bay Holiday Park in Hayle by some friends that return each year. This is not our usual style of holiday as we like to travel abroad. On our first day we arrived and checked in at the reception. We were greeted and made to feel welcome straight away. The staff were chatty and friendly and gave us all the information we needed. We chose to stay in a chalet, when we went inside we were pleasantly suprised. The chalet was comfortable and very clean, also within steps of two play areas.( We have a six and eight year old so this went down well!) During our week we discovered that the holiday park has a shop, launderette, 2 clubs, entertertainment for adults and children, a large swimming pool, crazy golf, Delicious inexpensive food in a big cafe by the beach, arcade, snooker room and more. Most importantly for us was that fact that the beach (accessible from the holiday park by some steps) compared in looks to any of the beaches we have come across abroad. It is miles long and surrounded by dunes. We looked across on our first day and the sun was hitting the sand, we were fighting back the tears. All of the staff were genuinely kind and helpful. Our daughters commented that this holiday was better than Disney!!! We think that this was because everything was at our fingertips and well thought out by the people that run it.This combined with the other children around to make new friends with meant we all relaxed more than any other holiday we have ever had. It is for these reasons we will make a point of staying at St Ives Bay Holiday Park every year from now on. Our daughters will insist ! Fabulous place and people. Cant recommend it highly enough, try it for yourself.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Jason N
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Excellent site but nothing really open when we go easter week, with the kids being off you would have thought they would open one entertainment complex and the swimming/arcades longer, i understand when the kids go back school but this one week would be beneficial.

Other than that the staff are great on reception, the caravans are really nice, going back next easter as the gf wants to go with her family but could do with more things in the day/night during easter.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank lee r
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Stayed in a 2 bedroom chalet which was well equipped and in a very quiet location which was perfect for us. You need a car to go to the beach if you have lots to carry. The climb down (and more important the climb up) from the beach is exceedingly steep. Not for the elderly or infirm. The park is well managed with friendly staff who were very helpful. Lots of local shops, and only about a mile from the A30. If we hadn't had persistent rain for 4 of our 7 days our stay would have been perfect.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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2  Thank Pentraliv
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Decent positioning and nice beach. Some of the site needs modernising but generally it works as advertised. Shop is a little expensive but good Lidl around the corner. The caravan was snugg but the decor is kitsch in a retro way. Very good access to the Golden Sands down some steps and generally not a bad place

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank Russell F
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Address: 73 Loggans Rd, Hayle TR27 5BH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Hayle
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Ranked #2 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Hayle
Number of rooms: 400
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run holiday park on fabulous sandy beach. Caravans Chalets and camping in the dunes. Bars, shop etc. Many units with fab sea views. Ideal for families and kids. ... more   less 
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St Ives Bay Holiday Park Hotel Hayle
St Ives Bay Holiday Park Hayle, Cornwall

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