Monday, 9 September 2013

Butlins Bognor Regis Review

I couldn't believe it when I was chosen to become a Butlins Ambassador and therefore fortunate enough to be able to visit our chosen Butlins Resort. If I am completely honest we had never even thought about visiting Butlins before and although I felt honored to be an Ambassador it wasn't until I started planning our holiday and had spoken to friends who have already been that I really started to get excited about going. We chose to visit Butlins Bognor Regis as it is the closest resort to us and once I saw the new Wave Hotel on the Butlins Website I was sold!

As a family Butlins exceeded our expectations, we had a fantastic time! Before we even went I received regular email updates with FAQs, events on during our stay or just a count down until our holiday. I really felt valued and not just forgotten about once the booking was made.

I don't know where to start as there is so much to tell so I have broken it down into categories that I would want to know about if I were reading this review, The Hotel Room, The Entertainment and Meals Times.

The Hotel - We stayed in The Wave Hotel in a Dolphin Room and it is lovely, exactly how it looks on the Butlins website! No prizes for guessing that it has an ocean theme which wasn't too over the top, it was subtly done with attention to detail like the little submarine type window to the children's rooms or the neon lights in the children's bunk beds which were like little cosy cabins. They loved that they had tv's with dvd players at the end of their bunk bed and have been bugging us ever since to let them have the same at home! The bathroom was lovely, clean and still felt brand new. We were on the 5th floor and had a balcony from which you could see the fair ground and sea in the distance, we were lucky with the weather and would often sit on the balcony for a little bit of quiet time. In the Wave Hotel there is house keeping daily and they changed our towels if necessary, replacing with super cute towel pets which was a lovely touch. The kids couldn't wait to see what towel pet they would receive next.

Look how excited the kids were when we arrived at the Dolphin Room...

Butlins - Wave Hotel
Wave Hotel Lobby
Tiger and Beaux enjoying a bit of Toy Story on their own TV
If you ask Tiger about Butlins this Octopus will be mentioned, he loved it!
I love this little submarine style window to the children's bedroom. It meant I could peer through to check on them without disturbing
Violet and Tiger checking our bed the only way they know how
Yes still checking
Beaux getting in on the action too!
The Dolphin Room Bathroom - The complimentary toiletries were lovely
Meet Fluffs our first towel pet.
Meal Times - I was actually dreading the meals, we had just got back from our All Inclusive family holiday to Turkey and meal times were buffets, by the end of the holiday I was craving a nice home cooked meal. So imagine my delight when we walked into The Deck, it was just like a nice restaurant not the canteen that I was picturing, I immediately spotted the roast with all the trimmings! It didn't disappoint. The kids were also spoiled for choice, yes they had chicken nuggets and chips but they also had fresh pasta dishes made to order in front of you which went down well with Tiger. We ate there for breakfast and dinner and there was always loads to choose from.

Beaux is at that stage of weaning where he should be eating the same meals as us, but sometime I fret about the amount of sugar and salt in meals not prepared by myself so I always tend to bring my own baby food pouches just in case. Had he been younger and I was still sterilising bottles I may have thought that the hotel wasn't an option for us, but Butlins earned extra points when I discovered the baby room in the restaurant. It had jars of baby food and a microwave meaning if I was still sterilising I could have bought along our travel microwave steriliser. It really felt like Butlins had thought of everything to make our holiday as stress free as possible.

How cool is this wall - The Birdmen of Bognor Pier

A variety of lovely foods

This baby room in the restaurant was a massive thumbs up for me
The Entertainment - Was fantastic! We were never stuck with what to do next! In fact we were given a really helpful time table of all the activities and shows on each day. There was even recommendations if we were feeling unsure of what to do.

We were very lucky with the weather but even if it was pouring down with rain a lot of the entertainment is under shelter so the rain wouldn't have dampen our days. We did so much but our highlights were Splash Waterworld, a massive water park that has something for everyone. Violet, Tiger and myself are little adrenaline junkies so we were on the slides none stop! We all loved The Big Top Circus, probably the best we've ever seen, Beaux was mesmerized by the lady swinging from the ceiling and Tiger (and The Mister for a matter of fact) were laughing their heads off at the clowns. The beach was gorgeous, so gorgeous in fact I will be doing a separate post for that this week. The fairground rides were brilliant, we never had to queue very long for a ride and it was great that there are rides for everyone to enjoy, even Beaux went on his first ride and loved it!

Look no hands!

Indoor riders
Soft play for the under 3s

Butlins exceeded our expectations in every way possible, it was a lovely way to end our summer holidays and we were all sad to leave. I would highly recommend it to families of all ages and we would love to go again soon.

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Disclaimer: As a Butlins Ambassador we were invited to review a Butlins Resort of our choice. All opinions, photographs and videos are my own


  1. I'm so excited - we are going to the same hotel and have booked the same room. Looks amazing and I know the kids are going to love it!

    1. You and the kiddies will love it!! I'm a bit jealous ours is over! x

  2. I am so so excited having just seen this!! how amazing!

    1. It really is amazing, are you going soon? x

  3. Wow!!! Jamie Oliver reads your blog!!!

    Brilliant review, looks like you had so much fun. I love the Little Likely Lads video.

    1. Haha yes, Jaime Oliver!! Thanks, we had such a great time!


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