As a comparison this is what the standard plus caravan looks like at Haven’s Rockley park so we think it is definitely worth paying the extra for a platinum van.
Check in was very quick and no faffing around – well apart form the welcome car park which is too small for such a large site but I guess it’s a compromise of space. There are signs to go to the beach carpark if the car park is full but it’s still a trek back especially when you don’t know where you are going. We could check in form 1 but didn’t arrive until 2 so were checking in with the prestige vans but I didn’t have to wait. Check out is 10am and you just drop your keys in the drop box outside reception.
The resort is huge and on the side of a hill so you would to be pretty unlucky not to get a sea view. Some vans are closer to the entertainment which is further up the hill so if you don’t do walking or hills ask to be put close to the entertainment as it’s a steep hill to walk up!
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To the left of the resort (next door) there is a MOD firing range and you can hear the shooting like fireworks. Depending on the wind you might also hear the instructions if you are on the beach. This wasn’t too loud and you couldn’t really hear it in our caravan but if noise bothers you ask to be on the other side of the park. We only heard shooting on one night I think it had stopped by 9 but again it was only like little pops.
The beach is golden sand despite other beaches fairly close being red sand so no need for old clothes. It was a lovely beach with no dogs aloud during peak seasons. It was cleaned for litter and there were plenty of bins around. It wasn’t littered with shells so was safe to walk on without fear of shredded feet – some parts had seawood closer to the water but you only had to walk a few meters to the side to be back to pure sand again. There were rock pools to look in once the tide had gone out.
There is a large carpark, shop and restaurant/ bar at the top of the hill to the beach along with a play park with a sandy floor. The restaurant was reasonably priced for fresh local produce with a meal costs approx £15 – they also have kids mocktails for £2.20 and a fantastic view. We did struggle to find a shaded table outside though.
We thought the shop was reasonably priced and a large spade was £1.99 and a large bucket £2.50. Drinks and snacks were your usual convenience prices but there was a good selection of beach toys to choose from.
There is a shaded wooded walk and also activities which take place in natures playground but we made our own fun. It was nice that there were plenty of activities to do that were outside and a pick of play parks all different but all fun.
The main bar/ restaurant was very spacious so it looked like you wouldn’t struggle for a seat even in peak times. We dined earlier due to the boys needing to be fed and were pleased that they offer an early dining special – 25% off food between 3 & 5 so if you need to eat around 5 it’s worth ordering before the cut off. Again the prices were reasonable and the food didn’t look like it had been pinged in the microwave – the salad was nice and fresh so no limp leaves here. There is small toddler play area with a slide which kept the boys entertained whilst we waited for our food.
You can access the main evenings entertainment by going through the restaurant if you want to avoid the arcades although you will need to go down into them if you need the toilet.
The swimming pool is in a separate building and has a no outdoor shoes policy in the changing room so it’s easier to wear flip flops so you can kick them off. There is a bench to sit on as you exit so you can dry your feet and put your shoes back on. The showers were annoying as you had to keep them pressed in to work which is hard to do whilst holding a wriggly baby which you are trying to wash!
The pool was nice and bright with lots of natural light and a few slides which even the toddler could go down and he loved it! On one of the bigger flumes we were allowed into the catch zone so he could still get his fix of the slide. He did look tiny going down it but we put him feet first on his belly and you could hear him giggling all the way down.
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I struggled to get any signal on my phone in the caravan and the wifi didn’t work well but we were far away form the main center. However on the beach I did notice I had 3G so if you’re desperate you can always head to the sands to catch up on the virtual world or …. you could soak up the view.
All the staff were very pleaseant – including the shop staff and made you feel very welcome -nothing was too much trouble and the maintenance team even gave us a jump start.
We paid £282.20 for our Monday – Friday break and booked during an offer period staying during term time.
Thank you Haven for making our holiday one to remember for the right reasons.