This was our family's first holiday abroad, with my partner, my 4 year old son and i.
What a place to go for your first holiday as a family. The hotel and park are amazing, we wanted to stay as a week just didn't feel like long enough.
I'll start with arrival, sadly our flight was delayed 3hrs on departing and that put a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth straight away. Being it was the first time my partner and son had flown it wasn't the best first impression of what a summer holiday should be. Luckily though when we arrived at the hotel all was forgotten as we were greeted by tri-lingual reception staff who talked us through everything we needed to know for the week from meal times, "dine-around" and entertainment to park passes and mini-train times. We took a slow walk to the room through the grounds of the hotel to take in the stunning scenery of the resort, and were amazed by how gorgeous the white sand pool looked and couldn't wait to get changed and get in.
We were staying in "Aruba" (all the apartment blocks are named after Caribbean isles) and the room was spotless as you'd expect when we arrived. Your room key is multi-functional, it powers the fusebox in your room and also doubles as your Portaventura theme park pass. We had two 3/4 double beds which was more than enough for the three of us. Rooms have a hairdryer, a mini-fridge (mini it definately is) and a TV, which as long as you don't get a thunder storm has BBC 1, CBBC, and Cbeebies (which double as BBC Three and BBC Four after 7pm GMT) The room was thoroughly cleaned and all towels changed daily, quite often while we attended breakfast which was nice to come back to before the days activities.
The pool was stunning, although ice cold, probably due to the weather not being peak season it was only ever a maximum of 24-25C. It was a nice change to feel soft white sand under your feet instead of hard cold tiles. We didn't use the pool much, just due to the amount of things i tried to squeeze into a 7 day holiday.
The theme park itself was great. We arrived just moments before the greeting dance started on the edge of the lake with Woody the Woodpecker and other dancers dancing to Hola Portaventura (which is so catchy). My son was mesmerised, and the fountain display in the background was fantastic. I recommend Furius Baco and Drago Kahn to any thrill seekers, and make sure you take a spare change of clothes or buy a poncho if you are to go on Tutuki Splash (i was drenched). The new Sesamo Aventura area is great for kids although alot of the rides around the park are for 1m30+ there are rides that kids can get on with an adult accompanying them. i recommend you see every show as after every one i had to ask myself was that better than the last one as they were all fantastic.
Anyone looking to take a trip to Barcelona while in Salou can either use the coach trips recommended by the reps (they offer various trips and admisson to the well known sights of Barcelona) or for the more confident of travellers use the train. Potaventura station is about a five minute walk from the hotel and if you ask at reception they will make print you the timetable. Train prices are 14euros for an adult and under 4s travel free, much cheaper than the coach trips!
The buffet food for breakfast and evening meal was not Michelin star but definately enough choice for even the pickiest of people. My 4 year old son had no trouble finding himself stuffed to bursting point every evening. The food in "La Piazza" the a la carte restaurant was nearly the same as the food in the buffet, only difference really was there was less of it and you didn't have to get out of your seat, but i would say try it, it makes a nice change midweek.
Not been back long (approx 4hrs) and i've already been looking at booking next years holiday, probably going to return but maybe try the Hotel El Paso which is another of Portaventura's 4 hotels but the only one that offers All-inclusive, and there will be 4 of us next year....
Hope this has helped as i know other peoples reviews helped me to pick this hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just an hour from Barcelona, come to an oasis of peace where you do not have to lift a finger for yourself, providing you with the opportunity to recover some of the adrenaline expended in PortAventura Park. Enjoy the serenity, white sands and freshwater of one of Europe's largest man-made beaches, surrounded by palms and exotic gardens that will transport you to a faraway tropical island. Become acquainted with this magnificent 4-star resort, a perfect combination of fun, sun, beach and tranquillity at the heart of the Costa Dorada. Complete the experience with an ample choice of gastronomic delights, unlimited access to the PortAventura theme park with admission included throughout your stay, and an extensive programme of sporting activities with special offers and rates available at associated golf courses. Visit the Wellness Centre & Spa, where you will be looked after and spoiled, making your holiday the ideal opportunity to restore energy and vitality. So what are you waiting for? Grab your sun lounger and dedicate your holidays to peaceful relaxation and enjoyment. Let yourself drift away and take it easy, with direct access to one of the best theme parks in Europe. In 2015 the 20th anniversary of the opening of doors PortAventura is met and to celebrate in style with family, friends or partner, we expect you to live unforgettable moments. This year PortAventura presents the new how will offer its Soleil Cirque in the Resort, Amaluna. Furthermore, in 2016 Ferrari Land will open in Europe PortAventura resot to offer a real race track, the highest and most rapid vertical accelerator in Europe and the first luxury hotel themed for the first time in the history of the Ferrari brand, including other surprises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Caribe Resort
- Caribe Hotel Salou
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