Having originally planned to go to Cornwall for the week, a late change of plan resulted in our first holiday abroad for 7 years and the first with children.
Enter The Golden Taurus Park Resort.
I have always been a British holiday type of person but this hotel has gone a long way to convince me that families can have fun and above all safe holidays abroad.
Ok, where to start? First impressions of the hotel from both my wife and myself was a beautiful and impressive reception/lobby area. You get the feel there is plenty to explore and the general feel is one of happiness. There are staff in abundance (although not intrusive) both at the reception desk and the welcoming sight of Thompson blue t-shirt wearing reps who always greet you with a smile.
4 outdoor pools on offer, 2 on the 'main' side which always seemed a little too busy for us and always had the older kids playing there. The other 2 were on the reverse side of the hotel (through the lounge area on the way to the snack bar) and were much more suited to younger kids (ours are 6 and 3) one pool was just above knee height and the other started at your ankles and ended up a little short of 2m. We strongly recommend this area if you like a little more subdued sunbathing and its easier to keep an eye on your young ones.
The snack bar is well priced, never packed and the pizzas are superb.
We were half board and found the food to be plentiful and of a good standard. I never saw a tray of food become empty before it was topped up again.
At times you can feel like its a bit of a free for all to get around the dining area but if you leave it until about 45 mins after it opens then you can enjoy a lot more freedom.
There was a daily change of out-in-the-open cooked fare which ranged from: Steak to chicken kebab. This was situated on the opposite side of the room to where you walk in.
Breakfasts were as you would expect ranging from continental to fry ups with a generous helping of fruit and cereals placed neatly in between.
Evening entertainment for the kids carries on to what would normally be passed bedtime for our 2 but even after long hot days of strenuous arm band weilding paddling fun they still found the energy to dance and be captivated by the ever changing shows on offer. From dogs walking on 2 feet, Flamenco dancers with tattooed smiles and an Abba tribute act - the entertainment always seemed to go down well with everyone.
I could go on and on about how good the kids clubs were, how friendly and helpfull everyone was and the experience as a whole but by now you should have guessed that I cant fault the week we spent on the Costa Brava in the Golden Taurus.
As an aside Ill mention some of the outer hotel experiences.
The beach in the evening is stunning, sitting looking over the sea as the sun sets behind you lights the sky with an array of colour thats as fitting in a water colour as it is in true life.
Check out a train ride to Barcelona. less than 7 euros each and the journey puts English equivalents firmly in the shade both in comfort and cost.
A step out onto the seafront and a 5 minute walk to the left and you will find a street where you can buy your tacky presents, tea towels and fake handbags alongside your castinets and fans.
A trip to marine land was 50/50. Excellent Seal-lion and Dolphin shows and an ok Bird show. We have done this sort of thing in Portugal which we found better as there everything was explained in Portuguese and English, Marineland is 99% Spanish, the 1% English is when they tell you you can buy a DVD of the shows in the gift shop.
Maybe Im being harsh as our day out co-incided with numerous school trips there which resulted in just about every child in Northern Spain desending on the water park in the afternoon.
One place you must check out is a little pub which is situated outside the rear entrance of the hotel. As you leave the rear entrance you will see a sign in front of you pointing to Pepe's Restaurant. Its quiet and under tress which gives a lovely environment to enjoy a drink. If you do go tell the lovely curly haired English manageress that Bev and Gary sent you.
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Taurus Park Hotel Pineda De Mar
- Hotel Golden Taurus Park