I have just returned from a weeks all inclusive holiday at Estival Park with my partner and 3 children. We had a bit of a nightmare getting there with a 20 hr delay that included an emergency landing so we were very glad to get there and check into our 2 bedroom apartment! Checkout was quick and efficient. Having read previous reviews I knew the apartments were separate to the hotel behind a secure gate which I was happy about, I liked the feeling of security. I didn't realise just how big the complex was with 3 hotels, 4 outdoor pools apartments, spa, gym, indoor pool, kids club and nightclub/piano bar. The grounds were immaculately kept and really lovely to walk around. Our apartment was very clean and fresh towels were left every day. We were on the ground floor which was great with a buggy and no worries about the safety of a balcony. My only gripe with the apartments was that there was no kettle or iron which I would have expected! The apartment grounds were again lovely and there was a separate pool for them which was nice and quiet so we mainly stuck to this one! Its true that it was a little bit of a trek for drinks/ snacks but this was a minor thing.
We were allocated hotel 2 for meals and we tended to stick to this. The food was great with a large selection including lovely salads and we found no problem finding options for the kids. Yes it was busy but that was to be expected and we never had to queue or wait for a table. The restaurant staff work very hard keeping the place clean and replenishing food and the waitresses always made a fuss over our daughters. if you asked for water or wine a bottle was brought to the table though there was also self serve soft drinks, beer and sangria. The desserts were delicious and there was plenty of ice cream and jelly for the children. We did not encounter any rude staff or guests at all.
We also mostly used the snack bar at hotel 2 as it was fully self service with burgers, hot dogs, chips, fish, pork, cheese and ham toasties, salads, cold meats, crisps, nuts and pastries. Again there were pumps for soft drinks, sangria and the local beer and a hot drinks machine. One of the best features was the fridge full of small and large bottles of water to help yourself too and the one filled with ice lollies. All of this ran from 10am to 11pm. Other alcoholic drinks could be ordered at the bar.
We weren't affected by any towels on lounger issues as we only used the apartment pool or the one at hotel 3 as it was quiet. It was livelier around the pools at hotels 1 and 2 with various activities going on during the day which looked fun so in my opinion the hotel caters well for everyone! The mini disco was fab for the little ones, it runs from 8-8.30 in hotel 2 and 8.30 - 9 in hotel 1. We used to go to hotel 2 then when it ended move to hotel 1 then take the kids to the playpark while we waited for the evening entertainment to start at 10. I have seen people complain about this being too late for children but this wasn't an issue for us, our younger children usually go to bed at 7.30 at home but stayed up until 11 then just slept later in the morning! Some of the evening entertainment was pure cheese but after all we were on holiday so its best just to get into the spirit of things and have a laugh! There is a different act in each hotel and is advertised on boards inside and outside the hotels.
We used the kids club a few times while our youngest was sleeping in the apartment with one of us the other would take our older two around. We used it maybe 3 times and the staff remembered their names and were brilliant with them, my 5 year old in particular loved it. Some of the same team run the mini disco, all of the animation team work very hard and Vera in particular was a big hit with my 2 and 5 yr old.
La Pineda itself is a lovely little town, some have called it quiet but it was quite busy in the evenings. Along the main strip are bars, restaurants, amusements and touristy shops. Yes you are constantly asked if you want hair braids etc but if you are polite to them when you say no they are polite in return. When you come out of the hotel and turn right there is a small supermarket a few yards up and if you turn left there is a much larger one about 5 minutes walk. The waterpark was good but I was glad we did not pay for the Aquasplash option at the hotel. The beach was really lovely and so close to the hotel.
We did not bother with any excursions as our time was cut short by our delay so we only had 5 full days, for the same reason we did not get to use the spa or indoor pool so I can't comment on those.
So in summary we really enjoyed our stay, apartments good, food great, staff nice and hard working in particular kids club staff. We would definitely stay again though next time for 10 days as it felt too short! Would definitely recommend for families as you can choose to have a quieter or more lively holiday depending on your preference. If you don't like children then don't go here lol, I have to laugh at people complaining about kids running around!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Estival Park hotel complex is a resort in La Pineda de Vila-seca (Tarragona) covering an area of 110,000 m2 and comprising three five-storey hotel buildings with a total capacity of 899 rooms, a two-storey building (the Club Hotel) with 69 rooms, and 150 apartments managed by Estival Park within the same complex.In the centre of the complex stands the Sports, Beauty & Wellness Centre and a new leisure spa, the AQUUM Spa & Club. These facilities occupy an area of 11,250 m2 at the heart of the complex with easy access from the hotel, Club and apartment buildings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estival Park Salou Hotel La Pineda
- Estival Park Hotel Salou
- Estival Park Resort Salou
- Estival Park Salou La Pineda, Costa Dorada, Spain