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The Sandbanks, Sandbanks, Dorset

View from The Sandbanks terrace.View from The Sandbanks terrace.

The hotel name and location says it all. The Sandbanks Hotel is located in one of the most prestigious parts of Dorset, perhaps even England, and is situated on the sandy beachfront (a Blue Flag beach no less), which stretches for 7 miles. Ideal if you are looking to stretch the legs and explore some of the southern coastline, perhaps even checking out some of the most expensive beachfront houses in the country.

A major drawing point to The Sandbanks Hotel is the childcare. There is plenty going on and the entertainers really do keep the kids entertained (mainly during the school holidays). The Watersports Academy is the perfect place for all the family try to new experiences and develop skills on the water, whether that be kayaking, sailing or kite surfing. For something a little less action-packed the indoor pool is a great escape especially if the weather isn't up to much, as is the indoor soft play area if you have little ones, whilst the teen zone is a haven for the older kids to chill out and make new friends at the afternoon and evening sessions.

Staying here can be a little pricey, mainly due to its location, but service and standard also justify for what you pay for a family holiday or break here.

What to Expect:
  • Watersports tuition
  • Gym
  • WiFi
  • Beach
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Connecting rooms
  • Crèche
  • Family rooms
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Indoor play
  • Indoor pool
  • Kids' club
  • Outdoor play area
  • Open year-round
  • Kids' early dinner


Kids club (from 4 years; during school holidays only; extra charge)


116 rooms. All room types with tea/coffee making facility.

Family rooms sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children (up to 16 years) in double bedroom connecting with bunk bed room or twin room.


Childcare (see above).

Activity Shack (mini discos in peak season).

Teen Zone (indoor activities for over 12's; afternoons and evenings; selected dates).

Family entertainments (selected dates through main school holidays).

Watersports Academy (water-based activities for kids; training courses; sailing; kayaking; SUP; kitesurfing; extra cost).

Children's restaurant.

Direct access to the beach (lifeguard partrolled during peak season).

Outdoor play area.

Soft play room.

Restaurant (children's menu and early dining during school holidays).


Beach Club (on beachfront; restaurant and bar).

Indoor pool; sauna.


Pool table.

Picnics available on request.

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The Sandbanks is located in Poole, only 4 miles from Bournemouth on the southern coast of England.

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