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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- St Ives Bay Holiday Park Hotel Hayle
- St Ives Bay Holiday Park Hayle, Cornwall