This place gives you 4 pools to choose between – and it’s right on the beach, too.
This hotel does well for pools – there are 3 good-sized outdoor ones, and they have tropical features like wooden bridges and waterfalls. On the dining front, there are theme nights at the buffet place.
The hotel overlooks Pineda de Mar’s pretty sand-and-shingle beach. And even though you’re in a quiet spot, it’s still just a 10-minute walk to the town’s shops and restaurants.
Designed for 3 to 11 year olds, Thomson Kids’ Club offers 2 hours of activities, 5 or 6 days a week. And that includes at least 3 evenings. It’s split into sections, with Tots for 3 to 5 year olds, Team for 6 to 8s, and Tribe for 9 to 11s. Best of all, most kids’ clubs activities are completely free. And outside of peak season, there are parent and toddler sessions 3 days a week, too. For your peace of mind, all Thomson Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times.
There were 6 of us (4 adults and 2 kids). Our kids are both boys aged 10 and 7. We booked the package with Thomson and went 16th - 23rd September. Both the flights and transfers were trouble free and ran very smoothly. Hotel is a 40 minute transfer on a coach and the Thomson rep (Malcolm I think) explained everything we needed to know.
We went All Inclusive and upon arrival there was a queue to check in. Everyone who was AI was allowed to go for a snack and drink. Fantastic when you have kids and a real bonus! That set the tone for the holiday!
Drinks were great. All branded stuff and good quality. Even the drinks not on the AI package were supplemented so only cost the odd Euro.
Food was plentiful, hot and good quality. For me, my Dad, and a family friend it was 100% first class. So much choice. For my wife and the kids (who are a bit fussier) it was a bit repetitive. However, they always found something.
Location.....it's flat, right on a cracking beach and 10-15 minutes walk from all the shops, bars, cafes and restaurants you could want.
The hotel itself has a quiet pool and an activity pool. Does what it says on the tin. Never a problem getting a sunbed at any time of the day at either pool. The hotel shop was very reasonably priced and nothing too much trouble for the hotel staff. As has been said, the walls of the rooms are very thin but, that said, the family next to us also had kids and we were never disturbed from when we went too bed to when we got up.
The whole place is spotless too! The cleaners are there all day. Towels replaced every day if you want! The rooms are cleaned to a very high standard.
Now on to the BEST bit.
The Bar Staff, Restaurant Staff and Animation Team!! Restaurant staff were superb. Very attentive and laid out/cleaned up with efficiency and never stopped. We were waited on hand and foot. Jose in the Activity Pool bar is a HUGE character and made all of us seem like his only customers. He was fantastic with my 2 kids. In the main bar the bar staff and waiters are just as good. You never wait to be served and they never serve out of turn!
The Thomson and Animation Team were stupendous!! There was at least 3 kids activities to chose from between 10am and 5pm and then always something (sometimes 2 things at a time) to chose from between 7pm and 11pm! Even the adults are given a choice of games/activities all day every day! They are FANTASTIC and made my boys feel so special!!
I've never gone back to the same place twice (the world is a big place) but this place is so good.
If (and it's a big if) you can find something you're not happy about then the Thomson reps are always there (or contactable) and sort things in double quick time!
The whole place is faultless. Thank you to everyone who works there!
Will we be going back? YES, AS SOON AS WE CAN!!!More
Vince C, Tarporley, United Kingdom
August 2013 visit
Fantastic place. Staff couldn't do enough for you. We visited on the 50 th anniversary so the fireworks on our arrival just blew us away. Food perfect for all Inc fussy eaters.
Beach only 2 minutes away . We never left the complex as the animation team were fantastic at keeping everybody occupied
Can't wait to go backMore
Very good holiday
As a family of seven from the ages of 6 to 64 we had a fantastic holiday Juan is a really great bar person in the poolside bar in the quiet pool, Antonia our cleaner was absolutely fantastic, towels and bedding changed every other day she was always so happy. Rooms we're clean and comfortable, could have done with some tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms though. Food was good could have being a bit hotter though, plenty of choice. Our granddaughter enjoyed the Goldie Club so much she didn't want to come home. The animation team deserve medals they worked their socks off from 10am until 11pm they never stopped, always on the go and so friendly and not pushy if you didn't want to join in. We went all inclusive so it was a shame the snack bar didn't do all inclusive all day, only when the restaurant was closed and some days you don't want a full lunch just a snack. Just a few bad points but all in all we still had a fantastic time so much so that we hadn't been back a week when we re-booked to go same time next year, am so looking forward to it 2 weeks of being spoilt.More
731Rose, Stafford, England, United Kingdom
lovely hotel, great food even for a fussy eater like me. a 2 minute walk away to the beach which was absolutely breathtaking with white sands and crystal clear water. friendly staff the hotel was spotless. at 500 all inclusive for a week a good bargain. got a lot more than we bargained for!More
check in was smooth.
Rooms were clean, had a good sized balcony with sea, pool and mountain view, comfortable beds, free toiletries & good shower.There was a small fridge but no tea and coffee facilities in the room. We could only find 1 English channel on the tv which was a news channel but this didn't bother us too much as we were out most of the time. The room was cleaned everyday with fresh towels if we wanted them. Rooms could do with a little updating but this is more a personnel preference. Hotel has a good indoor pool, arcade games, vending machines etc. The outdoor pool was very cold so we didn't use it much, plenty of sunbeds.
We went full board and were pleased to find that we got free tea/coffee/ juice and cava at breakfast. The food was really good. There was lots of choice with different fresh meat and fish been grilled by a chef everyday for lunch & dinner. You could also get fresh pancakes and omelettes for breakfast. There were at times a small que for food but this wasn't anything major! We didn't upgrade to all-inclusive as we only had a few drinks in the evening at the hotel and a few at lunch, we found these a good price with soft drinks and hot drinks all under 2 euros. If you do upgrade to all inclusive you still have to pay for some things, the menu just lists a cheaper price (part of the reason we didn't upgrade)
We spent most of our time in the Habana bar as it has a more relaxed atmosphere and a live singer. We watched some entertainment in the main bar which wasn't bad. We found the quizzes fun.
All the staff at the hotel were really nice - especially Monika in the restaurant.
Pineda de Mar is a nice place - there are a few bars and restaurants, shops & beach bars (Moloko is really good). The beach is shingle but is still nice. 10 - 15 minutes walk away is Callea which is a huge place with lots of shops, bars, fast food, restaurants etc. We caught the train to Barcelona for 9.80 euros return, its a nice train journey along the coast and worth the money.
Overall we had a really nice holiday and would return.More
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