Our second time at this hotel. The last time was 4 years ago and we loved it then, so it was with slight trepidation that we decided to return here as we don't normally go back to places.
We needn't have worried though as the hotel was just as great as it was before. The staff were just as friendly and the fellow guests were all fantastic.
We went with 2 teenagers aged 16 and 13 and they made friends within hours of our arrival and after that we saw very little of them!
The animation team work so very hard from early in the morning until very late at night and somehow, always have a smile on their face. They entertain everyone who wants it, with organised games and activities during the day for children, teenagers and adults alike, both in the swimming pool (water volleyball, water polo and water basketball), and outside of the pool area - tennis, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and also other silly but fun games. There are also 2 cycle trips organised - one easy one along the sea front and another hard one up the nearby very steep hill! As well as archery and pistol shooting. In the evening they put on some of the best shows I have seen these type of entertainers put on, but also there was some very good acts that were brought in by the hotel too.
This trip we decided on all-inclusive as the teenagers are very thirsty and hungry all the time! It was a great decision and worked well. The food is good and fresh and plentiful, and the staff in the restaurant work so hard and are all really friendly. The bar staff are also fantastic and walk round taking orders in the evening during the entertainment, which is great.
As has been mentioned, it is the 50th anniversary of the hotel and the photos show some great timelines of the hotel, which along with the weekly fireworks and champagne evening, with the 50th anniversary show by the animation team, gives a feeling that you are actually part of the family that run the hotel, rather than a paying guest.
many people return year after year and although that would be a bit much for us, I can see why.
We did a couple of days out, one a train trip to Barcelona to visit Sagrada Familia which was fascinating, and Kelli from the hotel sorted this out for us rather than go through Thompson (thank you Kelli it was fantastic). We also went to Waterworld water park which was also good fun. We did this through Thompson as it was the same price.
We tended to base ourselves around the quieter pool as the sunbeds get "towelled" very early on the other pool area which is a bit annoying, but all you do is wander between the two areas if you want to get involved in the activities as they are done to a timetable.
All in all a great trip and I know some people have said it was not a 4* hotel, I think that is being very picky. What is important is that you are made to feel welcome, the place is clean and has everything you require for a family holiday if this is the type of holiday you want. This place has all that and more. We will return again!
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