Review – Butlins Wave Hotel

Blogging has its perks one day you’re sent chocolate and the next you are asked to spend a weekend at a shiny new hotel, what’s a girl to do? Well pack up a car with her other half and child and drive 4 hours to Bognor Regis of course.

The 3rd hotel to open at the Bognor Regis Butlins is the Wave, it cost £25 million to build.

Built the size of a cruise ship, the state-of-the-art hotel is designed for families with pre-teens, and comes equipped with a Kindle Library, hi-tech games room featuring the latest technology, 3D augmented reality features, inter-connecting rooms, hundreds of iPod docking stations, and lots more future-proofed gizmos.

We arrived very late on Friday due to work commitments and the place was buzzing. Families were making the most of the great weather and kids were running wild having fun. Check in was a breeze and we were soon in our room.

We had a Dolphin room with a balcony which was lovely and had a great view. The room comes with a decent sized bed, tea & coffee facilities, mini fridge, hairdryer,  iron and ironing board and a TV with an inbuilt DVD player (you can hire DVD’s to watch).

The kids room looks like a submarine and BG who was exhausted at this point was overjoyed with her room.

It had bunk beds and each bed has its own DVD player and socket for headphones.

The next few days are a blur of fun and frolics we saw shows including an awesome Beauty and the Beast Pantomime, BG rather liked the Mike the Night show.

We went swimming where BG was introduced to the wave machine which she loved.  She also spent hours in the Toddlers fairground and in the soft play area which is all conveniently undercover, ideal when it rains.

One of BG favourite things was the water fountains outside the Wave hotel which the children were playing in.

We also managed a little trip to the beach which is two minutes from the site.

The food was fantastic we ate at the Deck which is part of the premium food package and you get a buffet breakfast and buffet 3 course meal. The selection is huge and really high quality. The child has their own little food counter though BG’s favourite was the fresh pasta station. The service was great and it’s a really bright and spacious room. The Deck is 30 second walk from the hotel.

The Wave hotel it’s self is really lovely and bright. There is a café bar serving drinks and food, it serves a mean latte. BG was too young for the games room but it was always in demand. I was say this hotel is aimed at older families.  BG liked the lifts as they had a different pattern in each her favourite was the jelly fish.

The Wave also has self-catering apartments available.

Not Us

There is so much to do at Butlins we only did about 1/3 of what’s available. When you look at how much there is to do that’s included in the price its actually really good value for money, just think how much day trips cost you when you are away. We estimated that they can cost us £50-£60 and we are a family of three.

We will be coming back again.

Apartments start from £190 per person based on a family of four sharing a Reef Apartment for 3 nights (Friday – Monday) on a self-catering basis. Hotel rooms at Wave start from £115 per person, based on a family of four sharing an Octopus Room for 3 nights (Friday – Monday) on a room only basis.

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