6 December 2022
Sometimes when visiting a hotel with good leisure and spa facilities it can be ideal to book the children into a kids club for a few hours, safe in the knowledge that they will be looked after and entertained, allowing you to attend to some serious relaxation and down time.
The range of activities on offer at some of the better kids clubs will have the kiddos enthusing about them for days or even weeks afterward and clamouring to go to the kids club at the next place you visit.
The Sands Resort Hotel in Newquay prides itself on being an excellent family-friendly experience, with two-bedroom family suites allowing children their own space and adults a modicum of peace. Meal times are based around the convenience of their guests and kids can have an optional 4.30pm tea in the afternoon.
Kids clubs run in three different sessions per day at peak family travel times such as during the school holidays and there are many activities on offer to amuse the younger guests. There are magicians and ventriloquists on-hand and a range of fun things to get up to including meeting friendly owls, dancing to silent discos and playing football with the other children.
The resort is spectacularly well-equipped when it comes to facilities for children, with a soft play area for toddlers, indoor and outdoor pools, adventure playgrounds, mazes, climbing walls, zip wires and bouncy castles. Air hockey, pool and table tennis are available in the indoor games room and will appeal to the slightly older children.
In place of the traditional Kids Club, Bedruthan on the Cornish coast deserves a special mention for their innovative family arts and crafts workshops. They have a dedicated programme of workshops and arts and crafts classes which are suitable for the whole family including “painting with gravity”, “making your own terrarium”, beach school and storytelling.
As well as these fantastic and fun classes, Bedruthan offers a fantastic overall experience which has been carefully tailored toward families with children. The family rooms are light and airy and well-designed, with maximum family comfort in mind. The on-site restaurant has an excellent stock of high chairs and unbreakable dishes for the kids so that even if the food ends up on the floor, it does so in as safe a way as possible. There is also a babysitting service available so the adults can have a date night together if they wish.
“The perfect toddler-friendly holiday does exist…” exclaims the website of Fowey Hall Hotel in Cornwall and the facilities they provide certainly seem like they would make it a much less stressful undertaking for parents.
Children’s meals are served all day in order to fit in with what works best for the families. This makes it easier to feed the children first then have a grown up meal once the children are in bed. Complimentary audio-visual baby monitors are included for each room so that parents can have peace of mind while they have dinner together. There is also a babysitting service available for a small additional fee. Everything about this hotel seems set up to offer the most family-friendly experience possible.
Rather than a kids club per se, Fowey House Hotel offers a creche for children up to 8 years of age with fully qualified and regulated professionals in charge. “The Den” has dressing up outfits, toys, art supplies and there is a wide range of activities, both indoor and outdoor to keep the kiddos amused and entertained. Each child can use the creche for up to 90 minutes every day free of charge and for longer if there is availability.
Close to Newquay Airport, this hotel is well served by transport links and caters well to the needs of the families who visit. As well as being next to a beautiful beach, the Watergate Bay Hotel also has much to offer for families looking to have a relaxing break together. The on-site restaurants are family-focused and every effort is made to accommodate fussy young eaters. There are buffet-style early suppers and special children’s menus with many options. As with some of the other hotels on this list, this one also offers a baby monitor service so that the adults can have peace of mind while eating together once the children are in bed.
The kids club consists of supervised play from qualified and experienced professionals, with beach activities, craft workshops, sports activities, imaginative play and film and board game nights for older children. This barely scratches the surface of the number of activities on offer as there are also games rooms with Playstations, arcade machines, pool tables, table tennis and a fully-stocked 700 book children’s library. It seems like it would be impossible for children to get bored here.