Yes folks, it's our 2021 comparison of standard v deluxe v prestige v platinum v platinum plus models of Haven caravan
There’s a significant difference in price between the different types of Haven accommodation – particularly during peak season. So, what are you getting for upgrading?
The grading for Haven caravans looks like this. From cheapest to most expensive:
With some models you can also upgrade to 'newer models' which are less than three years old at the time of writing. Some more expensive models also have optional upgrades such as outside decking, a sea view or a lakeside view.
You'll find that some Haven parks don't have every grade of caravan and some have extra options such as glamping.
Here's our table showing some key differences, along with further explanation below. Some of this information took us a long time to figure out so apologies if there are any inaccuracies (feel free to politely comment below).
Details are correct at the time of writing - it may well change over time.
Summary of what you do and don't get in each grade of Haven caravan
Standard Haven caravans
Deluxe Haven caravans
Prestige Haven caravans
Platinum Haven caravans
Platinum plus Haven caravans
So, which grade of caravan should I choose?
That's a good question.
For me, a newer prestige caravan with decking/veranda or a higher grade is ideal, but it really depends on what's important to you.
For me, the most important differences between the cheaper caravans and the more expensive Haven caravans are a) the fridge/freezer b) the dishwasher and c) the outside decking/veranda.
However, that's because we like to self cater on a caravan holiday or a lodge holiday and it is very limiting if you don't have a decent freezer and it's less of a holiday if you have to wash up all the time. I also love sitting outside on a summer's evening, so a bit of decking is worth it for me. A sea view is something I'll pay for as long as it's not extortionate but I don't want a lakeside view as I prefer to keep the children away from lakes!
I'm less bothered about towels, hair dryers and bluetooth speakers because I can bring my own. I'm also not bothered about how big the TV is and I can cope without an extra toilet if I have to.
I would certainly want central heating and double glazing during the colder months but Haven close their parks in winter, so I could probably live without that if I had to. A slightly wider caravan is certainly more spacious but we tend to get out and explore a lot anyway so it's not essential.
Of course, the amount that you are paying extra is a big consideration. As an example, we searched for a week's holiday for a family of four in early October 2021 (off peak) at Haven Allhallows in Kent. Prices looked like this:
(They didn't have any Platinum or Platinum plus models available when we checked).
So, in this instance it would only cost about £90 to jump from the lowest grade to the highest grade. Personally, I'd pay for the top grade.
We then looked for a week's holiday at Haven Perran Sands in Cornwall in early August 2022 (peak season). Prices were:
So, in this instance there is a difference of about £1500 between the cheapest and most expensive grade of caravan. In this instance, I'd be much less keen to upgrade from standard to prestige or platinum as I'd rather save myself £1300 and make do without a dishwasher and a freezer. With the money I'd saved I could take the family out for dinner every night .
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