“ Address: Riviere Towans/ Hayle / TR27 5AX Cornwall / England „
We have stayed at Riviere Sands for the past 11 years. Granted the park isn't up to the standards now as it used to be but the location is fantastic. The beach is clean and well looked after, the sea is blue and there is usually some good weather to be had.
The caravans we stay in are usually the luxury gold or the platinum. For a two week stay we usually pay around £900 but that is during BOGOF weeks in Sept or June.
The accomodation is clean and well looked after and the on site housekeeping stuff cannot do enough to help if you need anything. When you stay in the platinum vans you are provided with a welcome basket with tea, coffee and sugar etc for your arrival.
The on park entertainment is much the same you'd expect from any Haven site i suppose. We never really used the club or facilities as we tended to use the camp as a base and go further afield to St Ives or Newquay etc or we would stay on the beach .
There is an ample amusement arcade, a swimming pool that unfortunately can only be used twice a day and DOES get busy but it is useful for rainy days.
There are so many charms to the area.. there are pubs and supermarkets if you are willing to travel a little way, if not the on site shop is ample if not a tad expensive. The chip shop has improved over the years believe me!
If you are looking for somewhere with beautiful views, a relatively quiet atmosphere and lots of places to visit by car then Riviere sands is a great choice in my opinion. It must be to keep us returning year after year.
My family and I have stayed at riviere sands at least 6 times.
The park is in an excellent clifftop location overlooking the atlantic.
The caravans were clean and modern and there was plenty to do in the park. Prices were not exactly cheap but stil good value.
The staff were friendly and the night entertainment was good.
Just outside the park is a gift and grocery shop and also a good chip shop.
From the park there is just a short walk down the hillside onto the beautifull 3 mile long beach. Life guards are on duty and swimming is safe.
A 20 minute walk from the camp will take you into hayle town.
There are lots of the usual seaside souvenir shops and cafes.
Hayle is also a good location as it's not too far from other popular locations such as Newquay and Peranporth.
If you want a good family holiday with a beautiful beach, and lots to keep the kids amused then riviere sands is a good choice.
Me and my partner spent last week at this holiday park in Hayle, Cornwall. It is a Haven holiday park and is one of the smaller and more quiet parks, comparing it to others that I have visited before. We had a good time and will probably visit again.
*Arrival at the park*
We arrived at the park at 5 to 7 in the evening. We were glad to see that reception was still open because we had been sat in the car for over 3 hours and just wanted to relax! The lady in reception was very kind, polite and helpful. She gave my partner a map of the park which we found to be invaluable and she also wrote on it the opening times of things on the park (eg. shop, entertainment complex). She also told us about the security team which we could call if reception was not open.
We stayed in a standard caravan and quite frankly, I was less than impressed on the cleanliness of it when we arrived. Corners of the work surfaces were sticky and the toilet seat had a hair on it. Due to it being quite late I didn't bother to phone reception about it and just cleaned it myself. However, if I had phoned I'm sure they would have been quick to help. There were a couple of other problems in our caravan, for example the TV buzzed loudly and the fire would not light properly. As soon as we mentioned this to security, they immediately sent someone up to replace the TV and mend the fire. Other than that, the accomodation was fine. The fixtures and fittings were modern and there was plenty of room. The caravan did look a little tired but this could be due to it being very close to the end of the season.
As with all Haven parks, there is plenty to do on site and this could keep kids entertained all week! There is an indoor and outdoor pool so perfect for all weathers, the outdoor pool has a flume but the indoor pool looked as though it could be quite boring for kids as it was just a basic pool. There is an arcade and amusement section however this is quite small. Despite this, there is still something for everyone including 2p machines, fruit machines, racing games and claw machines.
As always, they provided a packed entertainment programme with something going on every afternoon for the children and every evening. There were plenty of opportunities for children to meet the characters. The showbar was of a good size and standard and there was usually somewhere to sit. There are also plenty of things for children to do outside including a bouncy castle, adventure playground and go kart hire.
The site also provided a launderette, shop and pub. The pub provided great value meals (eg. 2 for £8.99) and was a really nice place to go. The shop was well stocked and had a number of character goodies to buy for children or relatives. The prices were actually very competetive and a number of products here were cheaper than the shops in the town.
As I said before, Riviere Sands is located in Hayle which is a small town in Cornwall. The park is located around a mile outside of Hayle so it is very quiet and there tends to be only residents of the park about. Hayle boasts a number of shops which can provide good entertainment if you are at a loose end for a couple of hours. There are plenty of places to eat and a number of gift shops. There was also a bigger shopping complex with a Boots midnight pharmacy, huge M&S and Next. You obviously cant buy all your food from the park so there is a large co-op and Lidl nearby.
The park is set right on the beach and you can access this from two locations on the park, one down a slope and one down a step. The beach boasts 3 miles of sand and I found it to be very clean and also very quiet. It was reassuring to see there were 2 lifeguards on the beach which made it a safe place to swim.
Hayle is around a 30 minute drive from Newquay, 30 minutes from Lands End and is right next to St Ives. There is also a lot to do in Hayle including a number of museums and family attractions.
We spent very little time at the park as we always seemed to be out doing something, however the staff we did come into contact with we found very polite and helpful. They all seemed very keen in their job and we felt comfortable to ask any questions.
Although when we first got to the park we weren't too impressed with the accomodation, we had a fantastic week. The park is definitely one of the smaller parks from Haven but did have a number of good facilities, especially for children. However, if you are looking for a park where you can easily occupy yourself all week I would recommend one of Havens larger parks such as Devon Cliffs. I really liked the fact that the park was on the beach as it gave an extra something to do for half an hour.
I believe the park is in prime location as there are so many places to visit in the surrounding area. Our week was jam packed with things to do and we had a fantastic time and did a great deal of things.
I would definitely visit this park again, but if we were taking the children I would probably only book it for a long weekend or if we had other things planned as I think they would get bored. I really liked the atmosphere of the park as it was very quiet and was perfect for a break. I felt really refreshed after the holiday and would recommend anyone to visit.
Riviere Sands Holiday Park
Riviere Sands is a Haven caravan holiday park in Hayle, Cornwall. It is one of the smaller parks, but has a stunning location, and my family and I had a very enjoyable holiday there.
* Arrival *
Having spent 7-8 hours in the car on our journey from Liverpool, we relieved to find that the check in process at Riviere Sands was easy and didn't take too long. Check in times vary from 2.30pm - 4pm depending on what type of caravan you are in. After reporting to reception to collect our keys, we could then drive to our caravan and park the car outside it.
* The Caravan *
We had booked the 'Exclusive' caravan - the best you can get, and with sea views. I believe the year we went was the first year with these types of caravans, so they were quite a bit cheaper than they are now (just checked the website and you're talking around £1200 for a 7 night stay in August).
The sea view vans are in the front row of all the caravans, with a perfect view of the beach and sea (you could see the sand stretch round to St Ives). They all had a wooden veranda/balcony overlooking the ocean, with a table and chairs - a really lovely setting for a family meal.
Inside the caravan, I was disappointed with the level of cleanliness. There was crumbs on the sofa and carpet, kitchen bits and bobs weren't clean (kettle, microwave...), and the bathroom was just yuck. I decided to call the customer service line, who were very nice and sent a cleaner around to our caravan. However, I shouldn't have felt the need to do this - I would have expected at least basic hygiene for the price we paid.
Anyway, the living room and kitchen areas was nice, and a good size (for a caravan). The kid's bedrooms we tiny - two little camp beds in each room and no space to move. But apparently they were comfortable, so that wasn't too bad. Master bedroom and bathroom were also a good size.
* The Park *
I can't comment on the live entertainment as we didn't use it, but there seemed to be plenty for all ages according to timetable we had. The swimming pool was very small and crowded (it was an indoor pool leading to an outside side area), and my kids view of the slide was 'pathetic'! They did have a fairly big outdoor play area which was nice, and an amusement arcade. There was also trampolines and a bouncy castle, but these had to be paid for.
Just outside the park was a convenience store with bakery. Prices were a bit over the top as you would expect, but not too expensive.
From our caravan we were only a few minutes walk from the beach. It was a fairly steep sandy slope leading down to it, so not suitable for wheelchairs or prams/pushchairs. The beach was really nice and it was great to be so near to it.
* Nearby *
Some popular places to visit in the area are St Ives, St Michaels Mount and Lands End. If you have children, try Flambards (a theme park) - ours loved it. The nearest town is Hayle, you can get to it from the park by buses that leave every half an hour. It was a really pretty place, lots of flowers and trees, and some high street shops.
* Recommended? *
Definitely! Riviere Sands is a great base to explore Cornwall from. The sea view caravans had gorgeous views, might be a good idea to see if you can get one cheap in the sale (in the offers section on the Haven website). A lovely family holiday.
Riviere sands was not what i was expecting at all!
What seemed in the brochure to be the ultimate place to be for your summer hoilday, turned out to be what i considered to be a small caravan park with little things to do on it.
This consisted of an indoor/outdoor pool(the outdoor being closed), a small arcade. Outside had a reasonably decent amusement park e.g slide, climbing frame and a few swings.
There did have a bouncy castle, bumper cars and trampoline all of which you had to pay for, i think should have been included in the price.
The pool being the only indoor thing for young children to do on rainy days was free and very warm but was only open twice in one day so you only had a couple of hours each time. There was other entertainment during the day like painting and the tiger club but again not really for the younger ones.
In the evening the boys had the most fun with all the different characters coming out telling stories and singing song's, they also put on mini discos.
As an adult it was the same thing every night starting with prize bingo and going on to the raffles (again you paid for) then back to characters dancing around, this would go on untill 9pm, then it was more discos and adult time.
They did how ever have a good big bar and a shop to get toys and glow sticks of all sorts.
Locally just outside the park they did have a little shop to get nick knack's and gifts from like bread and milk, but with a super market only a 10 minute drive it was worth the travel as it was a lot cheaper.
For food they had a fish and chip shop on the park and a pub just around the corner but again at a big price.
The location is were the park shines it was located right next to a beach with only a 5 minute walk to get to it, it had fantastic walks and views well worth getting cold for.
If i was to rate this park myself i would have to give it 6/10
Family Holiday Park. Camping and family entertainment situated along one of England's finest white sand beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.