We’ve just come back from a four night Haven holiday at the Golden Sands resort in Mablethorpe. We got the holiday through the Sun’s holiday for £9.99 offer, though with all the added extras and upgrading the caravan it cost us about £100 I’m going to do a separate post in more detail about how the offer works, this post is about our Haven experience and what we got up to.
The drive to Mablethorpe took us about two and a half hours and we got to the Haven site at about midday, checking was quick and easy, we couldn’t get into our caravan until 3pm but were welcome to explore the site in the meantime. So we had a wander round and explored the site and had a leisurely lunch while we waited to get into the caravan and read al the literature on “whats on” on site etc.
The site itself consists of the entertainment lounge’s and bars where all of the camps entertainment takes place, a modern friendly pub style restaurant with a soft play area, an arcade, a small outdoor fairground, a park area and the swimming pool as well as a well equipped SPA shop and laundrette. We found the facilities to be really clean and well maintained, with the restaurant, park and swimming pool looking particularly new. All of the staff were friendly, helpful and very chatty which is always something I appreciated.
On the site in general there are only a few small niggles that I think need improvement, the main one being the soft play area in the restaurant was upstairs, and the one lift they had didn’t work properly – at one point we actually got trapped inside it. So this made it quite difficult to get to the soft play as we had Jake’s pram with us. The only other annoyance I had was that on the three baby changing rooms I used none of them had the strap that helps you secure your child to the changing table, despite showing instructions telling you to use the safety strap, as a result as Jake is such a wriggle bum I had to change him on the floor which is less then ideal.
When we got into the caravan we were really impressed, it was spacious (as far as caravans go) and perfectly clean and tidy, it wasn’t the most modern décor, but we were aware that we had one of the cheaper caravans so for the money we were perfectly happy. We also saw some of the higher grade caravans and thought the décor in these were lovely. The caravan was large enough for us to fits Jakes travel cot in our bed room very comfortably, as we used the twin room to store all our bags, we also had an en suite as well as a bathroom. All of the cooking implements that we needed were provided and all were in perfect working condition, although the electrical appliances were on the cheaper side.
The Haven site is located a short walk from Mablethorpe. Mablethorpe itself is a very small place, there is a promenade to walk down and do all the sea side type things, fish and chips, ice cream and crazy golf etc. as well as handful of arcades. However there isn’t too much else to do, so if you wanted to go out for meals etc. you would have to drive a bit further afield. Mablethorpe does however have a lovely big clean sandy beach which is of course the main attraction and really didn’t disappoint, it’s the best UK beach I’ve ever been to. We had a lovely day playing on the beach, and would have spent even more time on it if the weather had been better.
The only other attraction in Mablethorpe is the seal sanctuary, this cost £6 per Adult and we spent a nice couple of hours looking around, they have a large amount of animals to look at and a small café and gift shop so we thought it was well worth the money, and again the staff were really friendly and welcoming.
We didn’t do too much else on our holiday as we were determined to have as relaxing a time as possible with an 11 month old. We went swimming a couple of times which Jake loved and went on lots off walks on the beach or the promenade. All in all for a weeks holiday on such a small budget I couldn’t have asked for any more, and the Haven site and facilities and the Mablethorpe beach exceeded my expectations so I’m sure we’ll be back for more in the future!