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Our stay at Ocean Hotel Butlins Bognor Regis

We spent our October  half term week at Butlins Bognor Regis. It was our first time visiting the resort so we were really excited to explore it all. I will be writing a post in the next few days about the resort itself but for this post, it is all about our stay at Ocean Hotel Butlins Bognor Regis.

We were a group of 8, so we got 2 family rooms next to each other. My first impression of the hotel was good. I liked the fact that the hotel was close to the entrance of the resort and the attractions. The colourful reception also caught my eye. It was quite bright and inviting. The kids loved it.

Now this is going to be a very honest review. It might be too honest if I am being honest.

 

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What we liked about Ocean Hotel Butlins Bognor Regis

Location, decor and some nice staff

Like I previously, the position of the hotel is super convenient. It is next to the entrance and all the activities going on so it was easy to get around. The colourful decor all over the hotel is super pretty. I think the rooms are well decorated with the kids in mind. The children’s room is super cozy with the lights and all. We all liked the hotel decor a lot. Some of the staff members were really nice and friendly. We met a few around in the restaurant and other parts of the resort and they were really helpful.

 

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What we didn’t like about Ocean Hotel Butlins Bognor Regis

Checking in and the lift

I didn’t like the fact that it took forever to get a free lift. We had a toddler in a buggy so steps were not an option. It was super frustrating to spend forever everyday waiting for a free lift. Checking in was super slow. The were long queues and it felt like the staff at the reception desk would work faster with more hands on deck. After a long road trip to get there, waiting in line for ages was not fun with 5 children.

 

Dining and housekeeping

The rooms were cleaned everyday but it would have been great to have the beddings changed at least every other day. The beddings were not changed all through our 4 night stay. The toiletries provided in the bathroom were so basic. I expected a lot more for the price we paid. Thankfully, we came with all we needed for our stay.

There is no room service available. All dining in the hotel has to be done in the restaurant, which is usually packed and very overpriced. We had the misfortune of having dinner there in the first night, and the food was shockingly bad and very expensive. We never made the mistake again, but breakfast was ok.

 

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Temperature in the room

Now this was a massive issue for us. The rooms were really warm, it was super uncomfortable especially at night. The thermostat in our room didn’t seem to control anything. It was so bad for my daughter’s delicate skin, that she broke into a rash. The rashes disappeared as soon as we checked out of the hotel, and I am still not 100% sure what caused it. My guess is the heat in the room caused her rashes but it could be a combination of other things from the hotel. Maybe the bedding wasn’t cleaned properly before we came, it could be something else from the room, I am not sure. But I was so happy to be out of there.

Before we left, we popped into the first aid to get some advice, they checked out the rashes and advised to see a doctor but luckily we didn’t have to. All the rashes cleared up within 24 hours of leaving the hotel.

 

No free WIFI

The hotel advertises free WIFI but that is not true because you can’t do anything with the free wifi. We all had to buy data to be able to stay connected on our phones and tablets for the children. You would think a hotel this expensive in a family friendly resort would at least have decent free internet connection.

 

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We won’t be returning to this hotel ever again and I cannot see myself returning to Butlins Bognor Regis if I am being completely honest. My thoughts on the resort will be in my next travel post. So keep reading. You can also catch up on my last hotel review post here.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day wherever you are.

 

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Nickelodeon Land and Pleasure Beach Blackpool Guide

We visited Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool last week during half term. It was a lot of fun as I previously mentioned in our last travel blog post. We all had a great time. The kiddies loved every bit of it. It is definitely a popular park and once I stepped inside it, I could see why it is loved by many. If you are thinking of visiting Nickelodeon Land Blackpool anytime soon, you may find this guide very useful. I know I read all I could online before our trip because I like knowing what to expect, especially when kids are involved. Surprises are the last thing I need when on holiday with the twins.

 

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Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool Opening Times

The Pleasure Beach Theme Park opens 10am and closes 7pm everyday. Nickelodeon Land Park opens at 10am and closes at 6pm everyday. The opening times are subject to change depending on the time of the year so it is wise to check on their website to confirm the opening times for the day you plan to visit.

 

Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool Ticket Prices

Here are the current prices as at time of writing –

  • Tickets for Adults £39.00
  • Tickets for Children aged 11 years and under £33.00
  • Pleasure Beach Pass (No rides with this pass) £10.00

 

You can get cheaper tickets if you book online well in advance. We booked ours online a week in advance and got the tickets posted to our home address. This a cheaper and faster option as we didn’t have to wait in the line (the line was so long) to collect our tickets.

The online discount tickets can be booked in advance up to midnight the day before your visit. This will reduce the cost of your trip down to £28 for adults and £26 for kids under 11 years. Also, you can get a further £3 off your ticket if you visit Monday to Friday during the Off Peak Season.

 

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Check In

Check in was very fast. We beat the queues thanks to having our tickets delivered to us so it was a smooth entrance. The bags were checked and it took about 5 mins for us 4 to be scanned in.

 

The Rides

The Nickelodeon Land rides are about 5 minutes walk from the entrance but we got on many rides in Pleasure Beach before heading that way. We got on so many rides that we lost track of how many we got on. There are rides for everyone. Many are subject to height restrictions so always best to check before you join the queues. We loved The Big Circus Bounce, Alice in Wonderland, The Blue Flyer, and The Avalanche so much!

 

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Food Food Food

There are so many restaurants, food stalls, and cafes available in here. You would be spoilt for choice. Starbucks, Costa, and so many more! We had some hot dogs at lunch time and we enjoyed them.

 

Clean Toilets

This is the first busy theme park I have seen with clean toilets. Usually, by mid day, toilets are usually a mess but not this park. The toilets were clean throughout the day and there were many available all over the park.

 

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We had an amazing time here and I know we will be back for sure. The twins had a great half term break thanks to Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool and Hampton by Hilton. Memories were made and for that we are forever grateful. If you are in search of a great theme park to explore, I strongly recommend this one. It was so much fun and a beauty to behold. Definitely Instagram worthy.

 

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Have you visited Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool? What are your thoughts?

How to keep a healthy lifestyle when you travel for work

What if I told you that the quality of your life drops when you travel for work?

I was completely taken aback when I came across a study that people who travel often end up with symptoms of anxiety, depression, obesity and high blood pressure.

As a frequent traveller, I must admit that there is a tendency to slack on my healthy lifestyle when I travel. Just like many people who travel for work, it can be a challenge to do simple healthy activities like exercising and making better choices with your meals. Of course, the change of time zones destabilizes me leaving me sleep deprived.

What I observed is that when you make the decision to make healthier choices irrespective of which country you find yourself in, it’s extremely possible to keep a healthy lifestyle when you travel for work.

 

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Here are some healthy and simple lifestyle choices you can make when you travel for work.

 

Switch your means of transportation

It’s so much more convenient to move around a new country or city in a car or taxi. However, convenience doesn’t always guarantee a healthy lifestyle.

Instead of hailing for a cab or renting a car, why not start walking to your destination? Walking is a healthy physical activity that will keep you fit while you’re in another country. The best part about taking a walk is that you get to soak in the scenery and explore the city you’re in.

 

Be conscious about what you eat

There is a tendency to be a little lax in your choice of food when you travel. And it’s understandable. You won’t be able to cook your own meals and since you’ll only be staying for a short time it won’t hurt eating poorly for a couple of days.

But those are just excuses. You should be as conscious about what you eat when you travel as you are when you’re home. Take time to carefully examine what’s available to eat. Choose food that is balanced and not too fatty.

Another tip is to practice intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting has a lot of health benefits and it’s perhaps one of the most ideal steps to take when you want to stay healthy.

 

 

 

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Don’t stay stuck in a gym

Although it’s great to know that most hotels have gyms now, there’s nothing spectacular about working out in one. I’m not saying that gyms are bad. It’s just that all you’ll see are big equipment, weights and sweaty people.

However, you’ll get to enjoy the full benefit of your travel when you do your workout outside. Take a jog in the nearby park, cycle through the neighbourhood, or do some other outdoor sports. This way you not only give yourself a good workout, you also get to appreciate your new environment.

 

Get creative with your happy hours

There’s nothing like unwinding after a long day of work. You could go for a drink with some of your colleagues at a local bar or eat out at some restaurant.

But what if you think differently and add some culture to your hangouts? Instead of grabbing some drinks after work, why not go to the museum with your colleagues. This would not only help you get to know the culture of place you’re in, it also helps you relax and stimulate your mind as you learn new things.

 

How do you stay healthy when you travel for work?

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