If you’ve been to a Haven holiday park before, you’ll have a fair idea of what to expect. You’ll get a good location near to beach, activities for the children and a swimming pool and other facilities to fill some time. There are also restaurants so you don't need to cook all week.
However, there have been some changes at Haven over the last few months which will affect 2022 holidays:
Back in 2021 you were asked to choose between Haven Stay or Haven Stay + Play. A Haven Stay holiday meant you got accommodation and access to the restaurants. However, you couldn’t use the swimming pool, watch the entertainment or sign up for the paid-for activities (minigolf, climbing walls etc).
Haven Stay + Play meant you could do anything you wanted, although you still paid for some activities.
For 2022, Haven Stay has been renamed as Haven Hideaway. Meanwhile, Haven Stay + Play is now just called a ‘Haven holiday’.
The big question is whether it is worth upgrading from a Haven Hideaway to a Haven holiday. We've written a whole blog post on this, but the summary is that:
2. You no longer need to book swimming (although you probably should...)
In 2021, you had to book a swimming session in advance at Haven holiday parks. Some people loved this as it spread out the visitor numbers and reduced queues. Other people were less keen and wanted to be more flexible.
In 2022, it isn't essential to book but most people should do anyway.
The new setup is that you can:
So, if you want to swim indoors with younger children then you will want to book. My children would not cope well with an evening swimming session!
You can book 28 days before your holiday arrival date - stick it in the diary and get in early! The link for booking is the Haven Experiences page.
3. The caravan grading system has changed
For the 2021 season you were asked to choose a Haven caravan in the following categories:
For 2022 holidays at Haven, the caravans are graded as:
Personally, I find the new system easier to understand. You wouldn't automatically know that 'deluxe' isn't as good as 'prestige' whereas 'bronze' and 'silver' is more straightforward.
It's not as simple as saying that Standard has become Saver or that Prestige has become Silver.
We've written a blog post comparing the different grades and explaining what you get for your money.
The difference in price between grades can be huge - a saver caravan for four people at Perran Sands is £1769 for a week in August 2022 (at the time of writing). A top-grade Signature Caravan is £4059 - that's £2290 more expensive. Gulp!
However, a brief summary is that:
4. Three Haven parks are getting big upgrades
Each year, Haven spends a good chunk of money on big upgrades to some of its parks. For 2022 that includes:
5. You don't need to book for live entertainment any more
Haven previously asked you to book for live shows in the evening. That's now been scrapped for 2022, so you can just turn up.
Meanwhile, if you want to dine at a restaurant then you only need to book if you want an inside table. Outside tables aren't reserved. For indoor seating, you can book from home up to 28 days in advance. Alternatively, you can book when you arrive.
Here's the link for booking a restaurant.
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