My husband, two small boys and elderly parents went here for two weeks in June 2012 and loved it so much we went back for two more weeks in June 2013. Almost certainly, we will be there again in 2014. We haven't been to any of Haven's other sites, but as this is their flagship one, its probably spoilt it for us so the others would probably not come up to the same standard in our eyes.
Its huge, with a large selection of different caravans and pitches to suit all budgets. As we are sharing the costs with my parents we are lucky to be able to get a premium one. My best advice on this - book through a company called Newman holidays rather than through Haven itself. This allows you to pick the actual caravan you want so you know exactly what you are getting. Price is dependent not only the caravan itself but on the area of the site its in - some areas are more expensive. These generally have more space between pitches as well as a private parking space.
The whole park is very well maintained and spotlessly clean. Its location is ideal, with access to a private beach. Its situated on the outskirts of Exmouth and an open top bus regularly comes through the site and will take you in to the town centre a short distance away.
There is so much to do for all ages here. Outdoors there is crazy golf, rock climbing and bungee trampolines as well as two playgrounds. Indoors there is a small adventure play centre and a huge gaming area with every kind of slot machine. There are a couple of outdoor pools which are wonderfully heated and a huge indoor pool with plenty of slides of different levels.
There is plenty of choice when it comes to mealtimes. The Mash and Barrell does good traditional pub fare or if you fancy going a bit more upmarket then the South Beach restaurant occupies a great spot overlooking the sea. Its not cheap but has a lovely decor and a nice atmosphere. The little playground beside it kept my boys entertained for ages while we enjoyed a glass of wine on the terrace. Bliss! If you don't fancy eating out then the main centre has takeaway pizza and a traditional fish and chip shop. There is also Burger King and Starbucks for even more choice. There is a well stocked shop selling all the essentials although its definitely cheaper to stock up at the nearby Tesco's.
On check in you are provided with a timetable of activities for the week and there is something here to keep every kid happy. The kids club runs most mornings with the activities differing depending on the day and the age group (note: these require parental attendance). For the sport lovers there is football, archery and a host of water sports.
If you do get stir crazy then there is plenty to do in the local area. You can walk to Exmouth town centre taking the scenic route. A whole host of lovely villages and towns are only a short drive away and really you are spoilt for choice.
All in all, I can't think of a better way to spend two weeks in the summer.
We went to Devon Cliffs on the first week of October 2011. We went here after taking advantage of The Sun holiday promotions so it was a very cheap break indeed. We went as four adults and their two year old boy. I hadn't been to a Haven site since I was a kid so didn't really know what to expect but on arrival we were very pleased with the location and appearance of the park. The park was very clean, didn't spot a piece of litter so this was a big bonus. The site is perched on a cliff so at most points of the site a sea view is available like the view we had from our caravan. We stayed in a mobile home which we upgraded to a 3 bed which was lovely. The living area was plenty big enough and it had two toilets and a shower which was very handy with 4 adults staying together.
This was the only thing that disappointed us within the park. The entertainment is very much based around the kids - we did expect this but even past 9pm at night they still cater for the kids. The first night we arrived we were looking forward to seeing a comedian at 10pm, only to be told he couldn't make it and the staff came on stage to perform funny dances for the children, not impressed!
Withing the resort there are a few places to eat, a Papa John's pizza place (you can order to your caravan), a cafe with resonably priced food, a Buger King and a fish and chip cafe. One night after we had had a busy day down at the beach we decided to order a pizza to our caravan (the advertising for this service was everywhere around the park). After getting the number off our leaflet in the caravan we rang it about 10 times, it rang out for minutes on end with no answer at all. Finally my partner got dressed (it was a cold, windy, wet night) and ventured down to the pizza place (a 5 minute walk). He expected to find them run off their feet and too busy to answer the phone but there were no customers there. When he asked why there was no-body answering their line they simply said they didn't have chance to get to it. Seemed to me that they were looking for an easy relaxing night! This was quite annoying as my partner had to bring the food back to our caravan through the cold weather - their advertisement says they'd deliver in the car! A couple of the nights we decided to eat out at the local pub which is just opposite the entrance to the Haven park, I would highly recomend this pub, the food was brilliant, huge portions of homemade cooking.
Excellent. The pool has a shallow area where the water is only knee high for little ones such as my friend son, with a water slide in the middle which he thought was brilliant. There is a deeper section where older children and adults could have a proper swim. There was an inside water slide and two larger outside slides, good for older kids and adults. Overall the pool facilities were good and the changing area was clean and unisex.
Excellent. A long sandy beach. The beach stretches all the way into Exmouth with a direct path from the Haven park. The beach is wide and very long and the sand is great, I only spotted one piece of litter the whole time and it was lovely to paddle in. My partner went running down the beach in the mornings and covered a good distance. The park overlooks the beach as it is high on a cliff so it really is a good park is you are looking for one on the coast.
On Site Facilities
There are indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds for the younger children, also football areas, crazy golf, trampolines etc. There is also a spa opposite the swimming pool for adults only, on a Thursday night they had 'Ladies night' which was £15 per lady to enjoy the facilities and book extra spa treatments if they wished. There was also a small gym with two running machines, a stepper and rower. There was also a multi gym and free weights. The gym was small but the equipment was new and of decent quality. Although the gym was small, there was air con and a great view over the site and straight out to sea. In addition once you have paid for use of the gym you can use the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. The cost was a reasonable £5 per session which is cheaper than my local gym at home!
We only left the site for a day, visiting Exmouth where we had a lovely lunch at a cafe that was actually an old stationary train carriage! After that we had a walk down the beach and had some lovely ice cream (you must try the rum and raisin it was amazing!). We also visited Country Life which is directly opposite the entrace to the park, this was a brilliant day and well worth a visit. At £9 an adult I wasn't sure what to expect but this was a mini park containing lots of animals that you could get up close to and pet such as dear, rabbits, goats, calfs, sheep, lambs, chickens etc. We even took a train (pulled by a tractor) around the park and fed the dear with food they provided - brilliant!
Overall this was a really night break, the site was clean, in a great location and the staff were very helpful. I would definitley visit this site again and it has given me a better opinion of Haven in general. It was such a bargain to go through The Sun holiday promotions that I would look at doing that again, it cost us about £60 for the 5 of us Monday - Friday, amazing value.
I have been to Devon cliffs twice now and both times I had a great time. The site is a very large one which is situated right next to the beach. The site is very hilly and there is a very steep ramp down to the beach. The beach was really clean when we were there although there does seem to be alot of seaweed. There are loads of activities on the site including crazy golf, rock climbing, adventure playground for the little ones, indoor and outdoor pools including a few water slides and loads more. For the evening there are two club houses, one is for little children and the other is for both adults and kids. The entertainment is varied, from comedians to different style bands. Overall the site is a typical Haven site and is great fun for all.I would recommend this site but just make sure you take your walking shoes because the site is massive!
I have been to Devon Cliffs twice now with my husband and 2 preschooler boys and can really recommend it.
Both times we have visited in early May so it has been busy but not manic. We stayed in the Platinum Seaview caravan and I can only say it was out of this world. The caravan had a large verandah and overlooked the sea, there was space to park the car next to the caravan and we were in a quieter area of the park. The caravan itself was really modern, clean, comfortable and luxurious and we had everything we needed for a family holiday.
We didn't explore all of the facilities on the park as our boys were too young to do any of the night time activites so i can't comment on them but the other facilties were great. The thing I particulary liked was the brand new starbucks which was large and comfortable and afforded us a few grown up coffee breaks on a holiday that's mainly centred around the kids.
We found the area of Exmouth/Devon Cliffs to also be great for young families. Just outside the park is 'Countrylife' which has loads of things for young children and has a good balance of indoor/outdoor attractions - definately worth a visit. Exmouth itself has a great park/play area on the sea front and Devon Cliffs has a great child friendly beach a few minutes walk from the holiday park.
On the one down side it is a very hilly resort - don't bother taking bikes etc for young kids as they won't manage it.
As with all Haven parks, it's not the cheapest of caravan holiday parks but I certainly don't regret spending the money for our holidays there as they have been fantastic.
According to Haven, Devon Cliffs is their flagship park. I visited Devon Cliffs with my family at the end of august 2009.
I've visited a lot of different haven sites over many years, and this apparently being the best you do expect a lot.
Lets start by saying, this park is huge, twice or maybe 3 times bigger than others I've visited. On site there's loads to do, there's direct beach access, however if you're located at the other end of the park as we were it isn't so direct. There's an onsite spa complex, at an extra cost may I add, I did have a quick glance at the prices and they seemed expensive to me, however I have no idea what normal spas cost either. There's a large adventure golf course, I would have loved a go at it, but we had rubbish weather.
I emailed haven prior to going away and asked if we could be placed in a caravan near to the entertainment complex as we had two elderly people with us, we were placed at the top of a very steep hill which wasn't the ideal place, the park is very hilly.
The main entertainment complex is very large, it covers 3 floors. Arcade machines take up most of the 1st and 2nd floor; while on the third is the restaurant and 1 of the 2 showbars.
Downstairs there is the food court, with burger king, fish and chips and papa john's pizza.
There were 2 showbars, 'Bugsy's' and 'Capone's'. On our first night there we went into Capone's showbar, and as a female in her 20s I thought to myself - what a dump! I'm certain it must be their old showbar, it needs to be refurbished in my opinion, it's the kind of thing that would have been considered modern in the 80's! On the plus side though, it was a very large showbar with 3 levels, kind of like a theatre.
The other showbar Bugsy's is what you would expect of a haven showbar, nice and colourful, modern and generally better in my opinion, a much smaller stage than the other one though.
Many reviews I read before going to Devon Cliffs stated that it's very busy. Now when people said very busy, they mean it! Its totally packed, a bit too busy for my liking.
We also found when trying to find places to visit that this park is slightly out the way of many places, resulting in a 40 minute drive most days to go where we wanted to.
We went to Devon Cliffs between 28th May 04 and 4th June 04. We have two 3 year olds and a five year old. We rented a privately owned 8 berth caravan and had the passes to get into the Haven complex. As I understand Haven have spent in the region of 6.5 million developing Devon Cliffs over the winter period. I was told that there were in the region of 2000 caravans on the park, but Haven are reducing the number to 1500 (increasing site rentals). This site is a definite for families with children of all ages, including teenagers. As a whole the park and facilities were excellent. I will assess them in parts to give a more accurate picture. Swimming pool Excellent. Has a shallow area where the water is only knee high for our 3 year olds with a water slide in the middle, which they loved. If they fell over they could splutter and stand straight up. There was also a deeper section where older children and adults could have a proper swim. There was an inside water slide and two larger outside slides, good for older kids and adults. Entertainment Very good. Similar to other Haven resorts, Rory the Tiger, Bradley Bear and that crew for the kids. For the adults there are various shows throughout the evening. The complex has three separate show stages, any one of which a smaller complex would be proud of. The entertainment goes on late into the evening. Not exactly West End shows, but ok after a few beers. Food Throughout the resort are various places serving food of various types. There were several in the main complex plus the Beachcomber near the beach, and open for evening meals and drinks. Despite the vast array of places to eat the quality was only average. But as most people will be staying self catering, there?s a 24 hour Tesco just 2 miles up the road! Beach Excellent. A long sandy gently shelving beach. The beach stretches all the way into Exmouth. Despite the greatly commercialised Haven complex, the beach wa
s unspoilt. There is a steep concrete path from the Beachcomber pub/restaurant/shop down to the beach. Just as you get onto the beach there is a small shop selling ice creams and that is about it. There are no toilets on the beach so it?s a wee in the sea or a trek back up to the Beachcomber. On Site Facilities Excellent. Indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds for the younger children, also all weather football areas, crazy golf, trampolines etc. In the main complex it?s a bit Viva Las Vegas, with more slot and arcade machines than you could shake a stick at, not to everybody?s taste. There was though a kids play area of the padded climbing frame type. Adjacent to this are food areas and bars. New to the complex was a beauty and health spa. It had beauty treatments which my wife convinced me were reasonably priced! There was also a small gym with two running machines, a stepper and rower. There was also a multi gym and free weights. The gym was small but the equipment was brand new and of top quality. Although the gym was small, there was air conditioning and an excellent view over the site straight out to sea. In addition once you have paid for use of the gym you can use the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. The cost was a reasonable £5 per session. Off site This was our first visit to Devon. We travelled to two nearby resort towns, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth, both of which were unspoilt. Budleigh was a pretty, uncommercialised coastal town with a pebble beach, very peaceful and relaxing. Sidmouth had pretty thatched cottages, a number of larger hotels and a pebble and sand beach. Again it was not over commercialsed, but had more for the tourist visitor. We got the leaflets for a variety of local attractions but did not find the time or need to visit any of them this time around. To summarise we had a great week and would recommend the site and area to anyone with children of all ages. We will definitely be going again.
I live in exmouth so i suppose im a bit biased, devon cliffs is probably a lovely place to visit if youve never visited devon before and if you do subscribe to the whole "Haven Experience". Granted they have just spent 6 million on the place and yes it does look absolutely stunning now, but its still the grotty place run by local yokels who can't get a job anywhere else (i should know.... i used to work there), don't go to haven if you expect customer service, service with a smile and .... well... just.... service on the whole! The prices in there "everydays" local shop are astronomical.... £1 for a loaf of bread, £5 for a crapy bottle of wine. And also what with flights being so cheap at the moment you can't really justify spending almost £1500 to spend a week in what the locals call the sh*t hole.... its your choice... don't say you weren't warned!
I have visited this park three or four times now with my family and I am delighted to say that it is one of the best holiday parks that I have ever been to. It is reportedly, the biggest park in Europe, and is situated in South Devon, with a military training exercise base close nearby. The town is Exmouth, and this is quite a small town to hold such a big holiday park. The site itself is packed with activities, including a par 18 nine hole mini golf course where it is impossible to score the rquired two on every hole unless you are Tiger Woods, two arcades full of the great fruit machines and games,and an indoor and outdoor huge swimming pool. There is also an all-weather, day and night astroturf football pitch which is constantly occupied by the little David Beckhams of next decade,m with all of the little kids being able to run rings around most of us older ones. For the younger children, there is also the prospect of the 'Tiger Club', which is a club specified in taking your child away off of your hands for half a day and entertaining them expertely and safely. At night, the arcardes are kept open and there is also the choice of three clubs to choose from, with each one aimed at its own specific audience. There is also an on site restaurant which supplies things such as chips, burgers and pizzas at reasonable prices, although the shop does overprice its goods by a considerable margin compared to other shops. The accomadation is a choice between a caravan or a chalet, with the thin-walled caravans being rather cold in the winter, although it does have three bedrooms (containing a total of five beds), a TV, a radio and a microwave as luxuries. The chalets are much more spacious as they are longer in length and they often have the same if not more facilities. The beach is in the actual site, and, depending where abouts on the site you stay, is a two or fifteen minute walk away. There is also a nice pub by the beach, although the cliff is a potential danger
hazard, with just a thin raling seperating you and a 50ft drop. This park should be recommended as a great family park and there is something for everybody to do, regardless of interest or age. If you are looking for somewhere to get away to for a week or two, look no further than this place!
I first went to this caravan park with my parents when I was 14, and I went again last year with my husband and 2 little boys. I must say this is the best caravan park I have been too, the caravans are all beautiful static caravans which are 6/8 berth, and have a bathroom, kitchen with cooker, gas fire, dining table and spaceous seating area. Some of the caravans also have verandas which is helpful if you have children or pets as you can shut the gate and stop them wandering too far. The park also has chalets but as I havent stayed in these I cant really comment. The park itself is really nice, with plenty of amusements, theres a mini-fair, bowling, kids club, a swimming pool which is free to use if you are staying there, and plenty of amusements and shops. The beach is only about a half a mile away, at furthest, and is really clean and tidy. Theres also plenty of cafes on site but if your on a tight budjet it is cheaper to eat off the site, theres plenty to choose from. I would definitely recomend this to couples and families alike, it probably is more suited if you have children of any age, but an enjoyable holiday for anyone of any age really.