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The outdoor hot tub at the Ocean Spa is the perfect place to unwind

The outdoor hot tub at the Ocean Spa is the perfect place to unwind

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The rain was lashing down outside but it didn’t matter as we were already soaking wet but thoroughly relaxed at the same time.

Using grandparents who had come to visit for the day as babysitters, we had sneaked off for a couple of hours to the Ocean Spa for a spot of relaxation after a full-on week with the kids.

There’s a whole range of different spa experiences to try so we gave everything a go including the foot spa, Jacuzzi, hot tub, steam room, sauna and even a snow cave.

The rain may have been cold outside but the snow cave was quite literally freezing and after 30 seconds our toes could stand it no more.

A few of our more adventurous spa companions opted to relax in the outdoor hot tub but I was more than happy to chill out on a heated lounger in the warm.

With a whole range of spa treatments available too, it really is the ultimate in relaxation, whatever the weather.

Butlins is extremely savvy when it comes to coping with the infamous British weather.

The enormous skyline pavilion became our virtual second home during our mid-week break.

Our children loved the gentle fairground rides, went crazy in the mammoth soft play area and enjoyed watching their favourite TV characters come alive on the large stage. From the ever-popular Thomas the Tank Engine to the lovable Billy Bear, our little ones were totally engrossed.

Our five-year-old daughter’s favourites though were the Skyline Gang; six colourful characters who perform most nights in a high-energy show mesmerising Butlins’ younger guests.

We eventually gave in and bought her a pink Candi costume which she wore continuously throughout the week, only removing it to go in the swimming pool.

Another favourite was the live I Can Cook show featuring Katy Ashworth from CBeebies.

Make sure you queue up early to secure tickets for this weekly show as they are in much demand.

A popular escape from the rain is the Splashdown Waterworld with its flumes, space bowl, master blaster, lazy river and wave machine. It does get busy in the poor weather but we only ever had to queue for a short time.

Butlins Bognor Regis is fairly compact so nothing is too far away.

In bad weather nobody wants to be battling through the elements just to make it to dinner.

We dined in the newly-renovated Deck restaurant, which is the eaterie for the brand new Wave Hotel.

Although the hotel itself hadn’t yet opened during our June visit, the buffet-style restaurant had been completed ahead of schedule and was open for custom.

Both the food and service were exceptional with plenty of choices to cater for even the fussiest of eaters.

Freshly cooked pasta dishes are made on request and steaks and burgers are grilled in front of your eyes.

The range of food is vast, with everything from cold meat platters to hot puddings complete with oodles of custard.

And for kids, the ever popular Annabel Karmel range changed every night.

Breakfast is again a buffet-style offering with omelettes and pancakes freshly cooked each morning.

So with a good breakfast inside us every morning we were more than ready for the day’s non-stop activities.

And after so much high-octane fun, the chill out time in the Ocean Spa was the perfect way to end our family holiday and re-energise our batteries.

ESSENTIALS

Prices at Butlins Bognor Regis start from £65pp per break based on a family of four sharing a Silver self-catering apartment on an autumn break.

Price includes accommodation, all live entertainment and access to such facilities as Splash Waterworld, sports coaching and the funfair.

To book a Butlins break call 0845 070 4730 or visit butlins.com (the maximum call charge is 2p per minute from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary)

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