Saturday, 20 April 2019

Time to relax

Aria Resorts -Retallack Resort and Spa - our time to relax Easter break!

After the crazy start to our year, the Easter break really couldn’t come around quickly enough! We spent most of February and March in and out of the Evelina London with our middle son and were all totally and utterly exhausted, we then stumbled across the web site for Aria resorts and found they had a site in Cornwall, Cornwall holds a very special place in both Neil and my hearts. Just to have some time out – to just be a family and slow down. Life really is always so busy and dedicating time to each other can be really tricky. The laid back vibe and beauty of Cornwall makes this the perfect place! 

A few clicks later we had booked for the first week of the Easter holidays staying in a Premium Lodge 4, pet, (We couldn’t go to Cornwall without Lainey could we?)

We arrived bright and early on the Saturday morning as left sunny old Surrey at about 5am, I know many of you will think we are mad, but there is method to our madness, it just means we get past Stonehenge and well on our way before the traffic starts to build. When we arrived in Cornwall we headed to Padstow as we knew it wasn’t far from Retallack and meant we could have a little wander around the most picturesque harbour town, grab some lovely food and have a wander on the beach. 

We headed over to Retallack at about 1pm, we knew we couldn’t access our property until 4pm as had received a call on the Friday night from the reception team wishing us a safe journey and giving us arrival details, (nice touch!) We thought we would arrive and have a nose about, but actually we were pleasantly surprised to be told out accommodation was ready, and we could go straight over. 

Top 5 things - Retallack Resort 

1.    Accommodation – fantastic standard, clean, modern and spacious.
2.    Private hot tub – We all enjoyed it so much!
3.    Flow Rider – The smiles said it all.
4.    Aqua park and its atmosphere.
5.    Location – easy to get to so many beautiful beaches

View from the first floor balcony
Hot tub!

The accommodation is a two story, 4 bedroom lodge, it consisted of two bedrooms on the first floor, one large double with en-suite shower room and one large twin with an en-suite whirlpool bathroom with a separate shower as well, the second rooms was a really good size and we didn’t need it but there was a travel cot in the wardrobe should you need it and plenty of space to use it (how annoying is it when they say space for a travel cot and there really isn’t?)  

The bedrooms upstairs were both tastefully decorated with pretty paintings representing the Cornish coast and wildlife. Each room had a lovely wooden wardrobe, chest of draws and bedside tables so plenty of room for everything
Twin Room
Huge Upstairs lounge

The first floor also had the most amazing,      absolutely huge lounge. I am not exaggerating, it was massive! Ours had two four-seater sofas, a large tv, a fabulous table football that the boys loved, and its crowning glory was an amazing balcony overlooking the fishing lake and the views of the rolling Cornish Countryside beyond. 

The ground floor had wooden flooring throughout and two more bedrooms, again one large double bedroom and a twin, these had use of an incredibly generous wet room. The hallway in from the front door leads past the bedrooms and wet room and small utility room with washer dryer, (as a mum of boys this was a life saver!) high chair into an open plan living, dining and kitchen area. Another two sofas and large tv to one and dining table (seating at-least 8) and kitchen to the other.

 The kitchen was perfectly equipped with everything you could need to cook along with children’s crockery. The open plan living area has huge sliding doors opening onto a lovely deck area overlooking the lake and with the most inviting and relaxing hot tub! The boys were straight in, followed by Neil and I about ten minutes later, the perfect way to relax. 

We had pre ordered a food delivery to save on the hassle of having to go shopping for essentials such as prosecco!

Retallack has a huge water sports lake with an array of activities, from wakeboarding, inflatable aqua park, zorbs and doughnuts, so many to choose from. The weather was great while we were there and spring was definitely in the air but we just didn’t get a chance to use these on this visit, we did hang out at the beach area for a while and enjoyed relaxing while listening to a DJ playing to chill out tunes from a converted camper van. The relaxed Cornish vibe is definitely present here, the staff are super friendly, and we really enjoyed a drink and sometime soaking up the atmosphere in the beach bar. 

The boys loved the pool area and we visited most days, its clean and well maintained with a steam and sauna area. We were excited to read the plans they have for a huge water leisure complex (think Centre Parcs swimming pools) and really think this makes sense, the pool is nice, but the large leisure complex really does look amazing! 

There is also a spa on site – but unfortunately it didn’t seem to be open every day and the list of treatments was quite small, I do wonder if its because the are undergoing re development and that this may change in the future? Neil and I would have loved some time out in a spa. 

The boys LOVED the flow rider! The flow rider is a surf simulator and all three of the boys were able to have a go, which Jack was over the moon about as he is normally to small but it appears he is now tall enough to join in with the big boys! The team at the flow rider couldn’t have been more helpful, from booking, arriving for the activity and taking part they really cared. They took time to teach the boys what to do, made them feel safe and helped there confidence grow. It was incredible to see all of the boys smiles, we highly recommend having a go – I have vowed to have a go myself if we return! 

Food wise the lookout restaurant above the pool serves drinks, cakes lunch and evening meals. The coffee was excellent and the afternoon coffee and homemade cake for £3.95 a bargain.  We ate one evening meal in the restaurant, the food was ok, however we were told it has been better and that they are going through chef changes at the moment and they will potentially be re locating the restaurant once the leisure complex is complete – A new fresh, up and coming Cornish Chef would be a brilliant touch here and we all know Cornish fish and fresh food is amazing! 

There are also loads of activities for the kids but we just didn’t get to try them, we will definaltey try if we return, Jack was keen to take part in animal encounter, Harry fancied archery and Ewan laser tag. The list was extensive, with something for everyone but they did seem to book up quickly so might be worth doing some pre planning and booking before you arrive. 

The location of Retallack is fantastic with easy access to both Padstow and Newquay and the numerous little hidden gems in the area. 

We really did have a lovely stay, the accommodation was incredible, the hot tub was such a welcome sight every day and knowing the staff checked it daily gave us that extra reassurance. We highly recommend as the perfect place for family time or time to relax with a group of friends. It won't disappoint! 
This wasn't a gift or a paid trip - just an honest family review! 

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