Last week we visited Butlins Bognor Regis as Butlins Ambassadors and spent 4 nights in the Shoreline Hotel. None of us had been to a holiday park before so had no idea what to expect, I’m very happy to say that we are now Butlins converts!
There was so much to do and see that it will have to spill over two blog posts, I don’t want to miss a thing out.
Before we left we spent ages with Annie going over the activities, shows and photo opportunities that were on to make sure we didn’t miss a thing, we wanted to be lead by the kids for this holiday. When we got there however it quickly became apparent that the kids wanted to spend their time on the rides, wearing themselves out in the mahoosive soft play, bouncing around the fairground, on the beach and walking around the site taking everything in. This meant we ended up not watching any shows or going for any of the character photo shoots. I regret not taking part in more of these activities but the things we did were fantastic and there’s always next time!
When we arrived in the room we were slightly blown away, the main room had a huge curved wall that was one massive window and door out to the wraparound balcony. From out here we could see the length of the beach and listen to the waves crashing on the shore.
The kid’s room had bunk beds which they were really excited about and a floor to ceiling window which let loads of light in and allowed them to spy on us on the balcony. In their room they also had a telly and DVD player which you could borrow movies for from the front desk.
The main room was our bedroom and the sitting room which I thought might be a bit odd but it was brilliant. In the evenings once the kiddos were asleep we’d sit on the balcony or cuddle up on the sofa watching some telly while we recovered from an action packed day! I could retire to bed before Jonny and watch out the window while he read or listened to music.
The bathroom was really clean and the towels smelt (whether intentionally or by amazing accident) of caramelizing sugar so getting dried after my shower was fab. They provided shampoo, shower gel and hand lotion as well as shower caps and sewing kits and a rubber duck for the kids to play with in the bath.
Every day when housekeeping was in they’d make towel animals which the kids thought were magic. They’d also be sure to tuck up soft toys in bed and we came back one afternoon to find Ezra’s SpiderBear sat up reading a leaflet!
The balcony was gorgeous, complete with a table and chairs and two surprisingly comfy wooden loungers. The views across the beach were amazing and watching the sun rise every morning over the water was such a treat. We all enjoyed sitting outside, watching people walk along the beach and seeing people strolling around the park area next door.
The outside area was very clean, no bird mess on the big panes of glass to distract from the view. I think we spent almost as much time out on the balcony as we did in the room itself.
When we arrived we booked our tables in the places we wanted to eat. We had a hotel dining plan which allowed us breakfast and drinks in our hotel free and allowed us to eat free (without drinks) at a selection of restaurants in the evenings. Because the kiddos (and I!) can be kinda picky with food we decided to go for buffet dining all 4 nights, 2 nights in the Southcoast Restaurant in our hotel and 2 nights in The Deck, a much bigger restaurant.
The food was great, breakfast in particular was awesome, anywhere I can eat pancakes, crispy bacon and veggie sausages is a winner in my book. The kids enjoyed sampling the pancakes, fruit, full English and continental options. There was juice, water, tea and coffee and you could go up as often as you wanted.
The food in the evenings was lovely, The Deck was my favourite of the two restaurants because it was so much larger with way more options, but both were fab.
There was also a new ice-cream parlour on site called Scoop and it was amazing. The gelato was delicious with 20 different flavours to choose from and loads of options for toppings and further personalisation. I was a big fan of the funky chocolate cones with sprinkles on the outside, so pretty and delicious.
Outside the store were two pink and white cows with cow bells which the kids loved ringing. There were funky ice cream carts converted into table and chairs, stools with rope cow tails on them and the whole atmosphere was bright, colourful and fun.
The ice creams were slightly dearer than you may pay out on the seafront but the quality was really high and I certainly think they were well worth the money.
Tomorrow I’ll write about the activities and things we got up to in the daytime as well as share a holiday video of all our favourite things.
Have you ever been to Butlins? What were your opinions and do you have any suggestions for our next visit?
Disclosure: As Butlins Ambassadors we were given the 4 night stay and hotel dining plan free of charge. My participation is voluntary and my opinions, as always, are my own. No monetary compensation was given.