So a weekend with the parents in a small caravan in Wales, with a toddler at a Haven holiday park! What is the worst that could happen?
Let’s face it, ‘Haven’ doesn’t have a reputation for luxury camping holidays and holidays with parents and in-laws and unpredictable toddlers can either be a relaxing joy or a complex life defining nightmare.
After several years of relaxing “couple” holidays, Mrs M and myself are still after two years with Little M struggling to come to terms with the dramatic change in definition the word holiday now requires. With this in mind, Haven was one of the most enjoyable breaks we have had as a family.
Granni & Grumps were great at keeping M entertained and giving us a lie in, which will always improve the days outlook, but the facilities and space at Haven were aligned perfectly to keeping us busy and active. It was like a purpose built child-focused holiday resort!
Getting to the pool early every morning, we had a good paddle, play in the wave machine, whirlpool and Mrs M and I took it in turns to go down the flumes before the crowds arrived around 11ish.
Naptime is still punching a whole in any full day activity, so the early morning splash and gentle walk back to the caravan was a good routine for us all. The full use of the facilities in the early morning also enabled us to feel comfortable leaving site and travelling to Abersoch for an afternoon trip on one day and then the gorgeous beach and short coastal walk on site at Haven.
It was this afternoon stroll which really made Haven stand out. It’s easy to forget that the reason that these and similar holiday parks exist, is because of the gorgeous surroundings. The fresh air walk and shell picking is a consistent hit.
The whole weekend was a lovely relaxing experience. We didn’t see any of the evening activities and once little M had spent all his pennies in the arcade, we just enjoyed walking the park, visiting the beach.
The caravan was clean, tidy and surprisingly well designed. We were in a three bed caravan, which with four adults and a toddler was perfect. We weren’t tripping over each other at all.
Most enjoyable was the landscape and environment. Being so close to such amazing views and photography opportunities satisfied my needs and was the icing on the cake of a relaxing family experience.