Monday, January 23, 2012

Kalahari Resorts Review...


- PLACES TO GO -






We are going to show you guys new "Places to Go" every once in awhile.  We love to travel, even if it's just a little weekend get away and it's always fun to see new places!  We just had our very 1st "Places To Go" opportunity and it was at...

K A L A H A R I     R E S O R T S   -   S A N D U S K Y, OH    




Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH is home to the LARGEST indoor waterpark in the US with a state of the art convention center, great accommodations - an unbelievable 890 guestrooms and suites, family activities, tranquil spa treatments, fabulous family dining experiences and so much more!





We had the opportunity to spend one night at this resort and we couldn't have been any more excited.  Upon arrival we were amazed at how big and how gorgeous this place was!  The boys couldn't wait to undress, get their suits on and explore America's largest indoor waterpark that is an amazing 173,000 square foot!



Before heading to the waterpark though we had to check out our room and take some pictures together on the balcony, which looked over the outdoor waterpark (shown above, which is not open this time of year) and then it was time for bathing suits and a waterpark dance, ha...



they were not excited at all...not even a little...ha ha


 The waterpark was so much fun - there is something to do for all ages.  There is pool basketball, tube slides, racing slides, a few slides that shoot you to the outside of the resort and then back in...
 


 there is a huge fort to climb with water shooting out everywhere, a kiddie area with tunnels, mini slides, and baby swings, leap pads to climb across, swim up bars, an indoor/outdoor hot tub, a lazy river and a wave pool.

 


Not only is there so much to do inside the waterpark, but there are so many more neat features to the resort! If you are hungry and don't want to interrupt your water adventure you can grab a bite to eat/drink at the Zulu Grille, Safari Snacks or the Mud Hut.

 
Maybe your whole family is coming and the kids want to play and the adults want to hang out and watch their favorite sports team - don't worry you can rent your own private cabana or bungalow where you can lounge around your own big screen tv!



There are lockers to rent right inside the waterpark to put your belongings, life jackets for the kids to use, complimentary pool towels (must be returned before exiting the park), huge bathrooms with showers, changing areas, restrooms and hair dryers all for your convenience.




The waterpark is not the only activity at the resort - there are so many other things to do to keep your family entertained!  We all loved the Tree Top Play Area which is a jungle themed indoor playground that features a colorful maze of climbing areas, crawl-through tubes and balls galore.  You can actually load the balls into things like cannons and then shoot them out.  We had a blast in this free area.





Another favorite area of the resort was the Big Game Room - which is one of Ohio's largest arcades.  You can play games, win tickets and then redeem them for exciting prizes!





You can also enjoy Savannah Strike Bowling and Madagascar Mini Black Light Golf which is located in the arcade.  The boys absolutely loved playing both!





We were so busy doing other things that we didn't have time to take part in the exciting guest activities, many which are free to guests.  Some of these activities include - Arts and Crafts, Cookie Decorating, Kalahari Karaoke and Story Time.  The day we were there Story Time was hosted by Miss Vacationland 2012, Layne Schneider, who will be competing for Miss Ohio in June.  We walked by when she was reading and it was so cute seeing the little girls and boys sitting around her listening to her read a book while wearing her crown.  She was also signing autograph's, so neat!





If your kids love pottery you definitely want to stop by Pottery Pizzazz and create a piece of artwork that you can take home with you!



If you have time to get away from the kids ( oh how I wish!) you might enjoy SPA Kalahari - where you can relax with a massage, body treatment,  manicure or even a new hair style.  They offer so many services and are open from 9am - 9pm so maybe, just maybe you could sneak in a little "you" time before the kids get up or after they are in bed.. (really though what kid is going to go to bed early or sleep in at this awesome place, so you might have to just beg your spouse to watch the kids for an hour!!)



There is no reason to leave and grab a bite to eat when you can enjoy fun, family dining at The Reserve at Kalahari or at the Great Karoo.  Grab a fresh coffee or a homemade pastries at Java Manjaro


or enjoy ice cream or a caramel apple at the Candy Hut! 





If you want pizza you can always go to Cafe Mirage which is conveniently located near the arcade!




For your convenience there is shopping at Kalahari too. Whether you want the newspaper, forgot to pack swim diapers, or just want a keepsake t-shirt they have a shop that has it!



Last but not least Kalahari has a Safari Outdoor Adventure Park located out past the outdoor waterpark.  I'm so sad that we didn't have to check it out.  Maybe we will have to plan a summer trip and make sure that we include this part.  The park includes Zip Lining, Climbing Walls, Rope Courses AND Safari Adventures Animal Park where you can take a ride on a camel, have your picture taken with a giraffe and learn about the the various animals in the animal exhibits.  I know the boys would have loved this part of the resort.





Over all we had an absolute blast!  We love the African theme throughout - our room was wonderful, the waterpark was full of lifeguards to ensure the safety of our children, the activities were so much fun and the service was great.  At midnight we decided to make some popcorn before we headed to bed and our microwave would not work... we called the front desk and they sent a maintenance man up right away.  It was fixed in minutes and he was happy to do it!

When we were entering the waterpark we decided to rent a locker and I opened my wallet and some of my cards fell out...I thought I had them all picked up and I actually left one behind (yes so scary, I know!) well not even 10 minutes after we were into the waterpark I heard my name paged over the loud speaker.  The kind people at the waterpark check-in counters had found it and paged me up there so they could return it to me!  Thank you, thank you, thank you is all i could say!




The only negative that we can see is that we didn't get to spend more time there.  Honestly this is a place where you could spend a whole week and not get bored.  One day was fun, but not nearly enough time to explore everything and take advantage of all the activities and amenities offered at the resort! 



To find out more information at Kalahari Resorts - Wisconsin Dells, WI or Sandusky, OH please visit:






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Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at  Kalahari Resorts to facilitate this review, no additional compensation was received, and opinions are my own and may vary from yours.

2 comments:

  1. I've been to Kalahari resorts once and I really loved the place. It's a big resort which is full of wonderful pools and amusement rooms. We really had a great time staying in this resort. We're coming back next year.

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  2. That is truly a huge resort. I would love to visit that place and enjoy exciting adventures. By the way, how's the room's commodities? I look forward to visiting this place soon.

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