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Haven Park - Devon Cliffs
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park (Devon)
Member Name: dreamer87
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park (Devon)
Advantages: Brilliant location - great beach
Disadvantages: The entertainment only
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.
Summary: Well worth a stay