Lee and I have recently come back from a short break at Butlins Ocean Hotel in Bognor Regis. I didn’t really know what to expect because Butlins has a bit of a reputation of being quite tacky. But we were pleasantly surprised – it wasn’t tacky at all (well apart from maybe the hot pink outfits worn by the butlers!).
We stayed in an Atlantis room which is ideal for a family of four as it has a separate ‘Kids’ Den’ with two single beds. The rooms were spacious and stylishly decorated with mood lighting in the bedroom and the bathroom. There was a balcony and even a flat screen TV (although we didn’t watch a lot of it because we were so busy doing other things!). We loved the fact that each time the cleaners went into the room they left a towel in the shape of an animal – here’s a photo of an elephant-shaped towel!
We were amazed by how much was going on around the place. There was literally something for everyone – funfair rides, go carting, a climbing wall, crazy golf, a swimming pool and plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs. And if you’ve exhausted all the on site activities there’s a beach right on the doorstep.
The dinner that was included in the Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package did not quite live up to the standard set by everything else in Butlins. It was a canteen style buffet in the Kaleidoscope restaurant and most things were cold and flavourless. We were both really disappointed with the food provided.
On our second night we went out to Turners restaurant for a meal. Set up by Michelin star chef Brian Turner, the food was delicious and not too expensive either.
The first day we arrived we headed straight to the Ocean Spa where we were lucky enough to have the whole spa area to ourselves for two hours. I really liked the spa (although the orange plastic chairs were not really in-keeping with the rest of the place which had a really nice spa-y feeling). The spa included a lovely warm pool with lots of bubbles and jets, a sauna, steam room, Disco showers (disco music plays as you shower!), an outdoor hot tub and a snow room. The snow room was something a bit different but way too cold for me! Apparently you’re supposed to rub the snow all over your body to improve your circulation! Lee hadn’t really been looking forward to going to the spa but he ended up really enjoying it and he couldn’t wait to go back the next day!
It was a bit busier the next day but we still had a really relaxing time. After another two hours in the spa we were booked in for treatments. Lee had a Full Body Comfort Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage. It was his first time having a massage and he absolutely loved it!
I had a Mini Massage followed by a Radiant Revival Brightening Facial. I love having treatments done and this one was so good I kept dropping off because I was so relaxed! Here is a list of all the treatments available at the Ocean Spa. I really would recommend having one.We both felt so relaxed and fresh after having our spa treatments and we spent the evening having a few quiet drinks in the sun outside the Beachcomber Inn.
We only spent two nights at the hotel and when we left we both agreed that we could easily have spent a week there. There’s just so much to do, we feel as though we only just scraped the surface!