I`ve have just returned from a 14 night stay with my wife and 2 children aged 6 + 8, self catering and its the best family holiday anyone could ask for. This is our first trip abroad as a family, usually we stay at Haven or Butlins, and these places have nothing compared to this hotel. So lets go from the start, reception very friendly and helpful and speak excellent English, nothing is too much trouble. Thomson reps also helpful and friendly and joined in the entertainment. Room ready when promised and clean, rooms cleaned everyday and are basic, but your not on holiday to sit in front of the tv. Main road quite noisy some nights but again it is Spain and it is generally people on the way home from a night out. As mentioned we were self catering but ate in the reataurant on the last evening and cant believe what we missed out on, we must have tried nearly all the food between us and it was gorgeous, so if your going, go half board. There is a supermarket a couple of mins away but given the option, i would eat at the hotel. The pool area is excellent and clean, plenty of room even at peak season, the sunbed dash at 8.30am sharp every morning is the talk of the hotel, at first i found it quite sad, grown men and women sprinting round the pool to get their spot for the day, but after 2 days i found myself running alongside them, then laughing about it as you lay out your towels, so remember, snooze you lose, all good fun. Entertainment room large enough to accommodate everyone comfortably even at high season, if required you can sit on the terrace till 12.30am. Bar staff all friendly and enjoy a bit of banter at the bar, never any long faces considering the hours they put in, and they look as if they enjoy what they do, also happy hours are a bonus, 4pm - 5pm and 8pm - 9pm. Didnt really leave the hotel as the kids didnt enjoy walking too far in the heat ( approx 28 - 30c ), did the beach which is nice but busy, but eveything is at the hotel so no need to go out unless you want the port aventura parks, my kids arent too bothered for biggish rides so didint want to risk the outlay in case there wasnt much for them to go on. Now i have saved the best for last, the entertainment team, led by David, Leanne, Davey and Chelsea are second to none and give it 100% what ever they are doing, be it the daytime entertainment round the pool which starts at 10.30am and ends at 4pm or the evening which is 8pm - 11pm with outside entertainers inbetween. During the day all the family gets involved with simple games that eveyone loves participating in and are designed to not be too much in the afternoon heat, all winners be it adults or children get a diploma during the evening prize presentations. The games range from shooting and archery to killer darts/pool, shuffleboard, quiz, crazy golf, the list goes on, fun for all the family.There are also drop in clubs where you can leave your kids with the kids club team who are great also, great fun for the youngsters for approx 2 hours. The evening begins with some party dances that all the chidren join in with and then prize bingo, which again is so popular and everyone joins in. Then its gameshow time which is audience participation, again there are always willing participants and is very funny. Unlike Butlins and Haven where the evening entertainment is laden with activities where people are wandering around with cheap toys that light up and cost a fortune, and are a required for the kids to join in. The previously mentioned entertainment team are the best i have ever come across and always have no problem getting people involved, they work extremely hard and it pays off, i myself have a stack of diploma`s, cups, beach bags, t-shirts and medals from my families participation, myself personally, took part in several of the evening gameshows and even performed the Haka with the Polynesean performers which was hilarious. Overall this is the place to go with children as mine loved it so much my son didnt want to leave, we also came away with new friends from Newcastle ( the happy caravaners ) who we spent alot of the 2nd week with and are planning to meet up with again soon, a lovely family and great fun. Would def go back.
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