On the weekend Sands received some feedback of a different kind on TripAdvisor. Looking to help other families that come on a family holiday to Cornwall, Simon from Turnbridge Well wrote his top ten tips for staying at our hotel in Cornwall and we thought it would be a great idea to share them with you.
Here they are, thank you Simon!
“Some helpful tips”
Reviewed 21 July 2012 NEW via mobile
There are enough reviews here telling you how excellent this place is for a family holiday which I totally echo so instead of repeating those well deserved sentiments, here are a few tips that may help you:
1. If you plan to use the spa or hairdressers then book in the minute you arrive as very popular
2. Give good consideration to your seating plan for dinner. The adults dining area will book out immediately if not in advance meaning you could be restricted to the kids area for the whole holidays. This is no bad thing but if you want to put your kids in the early dining slot so you can dine alone n the evening slot then you might want that evening slot in the adult’s only area.
3. The beach shack is excellently equipped with beach gear including surf boards, wetsuits, body boards, buckets, spades, nets, kites and windbreaks so you really needn’t bring this with you if you are tight for space.
4. Similarly, golf gear and tennis racquets are all provided for but do bring your own balls as otherwise need to purchase at reception.
5. Bar drinks are very reasonably priced and wine by the glass is no more expensive then paying by the bottle ( for equivalent amounts) so don’t feel you have to order a full bottle for best value but if you do order a bottle and don’t finish it then they are quite happy to cork it and store it for your next evening meal.
6. Lunch snacks from the restaurant are excellent value compared to some other local eateries and very tasty so eating at the hotel for lunch is not as prohibitive as at many other hotels where they often look to make margin on lunches outside of full and half board plans.
7. We had a 2nd story sea view room which I would definitely recommend as we were able to enjoy beautiful sunsets but please be aware there is no lift but porters were very helpful with baggage.
8. Hotel management are very open to feedback in an effort to make things better so don’t be shy in letting them know how they can do things better on the rare occasion you might have cause to.
9. Fifteen and other good local restaurants do get booked up weeks if not months in advance so book before you go. A dinner over sunset at watergate bay in fifteen, watergate bay hotel or the beach hut is a must.
10. Also, lovely lunch at the bodhi’s beach shack above the lifeguard station and surf hire shop at western end of fistral beach with lovely view. Nice escape from some of the tackier elements of Newquay.
Hope this helps and enjoy your stay.