Resorts World in Birmingham opened late in 2015, and bills itself as a leisure complex with designer shops, stylish bars, a boutique hotel, luxury spa and much more.
The website looks high-end, promising 'sparkle', 'exhiliration' and 'dazzling nights'. The architecture clean and modern. The location very close to Birmingham airport and the NEC. So far, so DINKY.
Does it work for families I wondered? Obviously the casino and genting hotel are out of bounds for us (at least with the kids in tow), but could we spend an afternoon as a family, getting some lunch and doing a spot of shopping keeping us all occupied?
Well, yes. And in some style, it has to be said. A week or so ago, we stopped off at Resorts World Birmingham initially for a bite to eat. The family friendly Pizza Express pulled us in to the overall complex, safe in the knowledge the kids would be happy to eat there and occupied with stickers, hats and colouring.
Just off the motorway, Resorts World is easy to get to and we parked easily. We headed straight for lunch walking through the shops. There were a few I wanted to get back to!
I was really impressed how spotlessly clean everywhere was, and the general feeling of space around the shopping centre. I was very surprised that there weren't more people about, but the flags indicate the football was on, so perhaps everyone was watching it on the big screen just outside the centre!
The range of shops was fab, and most of them were outlet stores. I loved the Next Outlet, Nike Outlet and Lego clothing outlet. I got some fab winter coats for the kids, reduced from £90 down to just £20.
While I was off looking buying some new shoes in the Sole Trader outlet store, husband kept the kids occupied. Next to this fab Hungry Caterpillar soft play area which toddler girl loved was a table football table. This meant he could keep both of the happy and in his sight.
The facilities for the centre were also great, and I thought the phone chargers should be available in every shopping centre. With wi-fi throughout, what a great idea these stations are for staying connected - especially with the hotel and spa so close by - for everyone.
We really had a great afternoon at Resorts World Birmingham. There was enough for the kids to do while husband and I took turns to look in the shops we wanted to, without having to drag them round. The range of shops was fab too, and there were plenty of bargains to be had.
We ended our visit with a trip to the Lindt outlet shop, and our kids chose some pick and mix from there. They left happy, we had a lovely lunch and I bought some great bargains. Stress free and easy. Lovely!
Have you visited? I'd love to know what you think.