Having travelled to this part of Costa Brava [Catalonya] many times over the past 20+ years, I have seen the quiet coastal town of Pineda De Mar grow and improve, taking the best of tourism requirements and still retaining their fiercely protected traditions. I find it odd that some travellers to this part of the world are surprised when no one speaks English and everything is Spanish! Hello! IT IS SPAIN! Whilst I am also VERY OLD now-being 52 [!], I was only in my late twenties when I first happened upon this beautiful coast and have brought all my children here, initially 18months old, 5yrs and 7yrs. Essentially, unless your prepared to entertain your children yourself [play on the beach, swim, take a train ride, visit interesting historical places etc] , you need to visit this part of Catalonya in high season, when all the hotels, bars etc are open and the "kiddies clubs" will be flourishing, as from October to end May there will only be the "local" bars, cafes and restaurants and a couple of the larger hotels that cater for mainly older travellers. The reason why there are many retired Catalonian and Spanish guests at Pineda Palace [and other similar hotels] is due to the excellent government policy of providing a greatly subsidised 2week vacation, annually, all inclusive, for their valued older community. In my opinion its a great pity the UK government doesn't value it's retired people to the same extent.
The card systems have had to be adopted, sadly, because of unscrupulous travellers who either try to get a table full of drinks at one go and proceed to get very inebriated and/or sneak "free" drinks to others who aren't on All Inclusive or don't even belong to the hotel! One card ensures they log the "sale" on their till, the drink card ensures only 1 drink at a time. Photo ID is now required due to the need for increased security and ensuring guests can be identified in cases of emergency or, unfortunately on odd occasions of dishonesty.
Pineda Palace offers a great variety of well prepared, cooked and served food, concentrating on all the healthy and local ingredients and menus and as with most "All inclusive" deals-imported and international drinks have to be paid for separately, but my husbands bottle of Magners only cost 3euros, which is a great discount from the usual £4.50/£5 he pays in the UK. There are free snacks available when breakfast is finished and a few other items that you can choose to purchase or not.
The rooftop pool is cold but once in it you soon warm up and the view is fabulous. There is also a lovely sauna, drench shower and Jacuzzi which you can have all to yourself and free-if you're all inclusive. The only minor disappointment for us was that the free bikes weren't fixed yet-and as everyone knows, out of season, it can be case of manana, manana[!] but at least the workers are less likely to have a heart-attack through rushing around chasing their tails as we do in the UK!
I've just returned from a 9 night stay which I got at a very good price, after checking a number of the usual websites-in total with return flights, private taxi transfers and AI-just over £650 for us both [£325 each is fantastic-we couldn't have similar stay in UK for that].
If you like to mingle with the locals, enjoy history, sightseeing or chilling on the beach, don't be put off trying Pineda De Mar and the really excellent Pineda Palace Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star superior H·TOP Pineda Palace Hotel enjoys a privileged position on the Pineda de Mar beach facing the sea, approximately 10 minutes from the centre of the resort. Pineda de Mar offers a great choice of entertainment, restaurants and shops. The modern 194-room HTOP Pineda Palace Hotel presents you with glorious views across the beach and azure Mediterranean and provides comfort and hospitality for a fine holiday. Relax and unwind with great food and drink, rooftop swimming poolfor adults and children, sun terrace with loungers and parasols, spa facilities as a Jacuzzi and sauna. The H·TOP Pineda Palace offers a full daily and evening entertainment programme. The more active can work-out in the gym, engage in the daily activities and sports fun, and seek out external water sports and other pursuits. Guests staying on All Inclusive can hire bikes & quadricycles free of charge.Transfer to Girona or Barcelona Airport available (charge). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pineda Palace Top Hotel
- Top Hotel Pineda De Mar
- Top Pineda Palace
- Pineda De Mar Top Hotel