A review of Sanguli, Costa Dorada, Spain - Al Fresco Holidays
Rob Foster was the lucky winner of a family holiday to Sanguli in 2011, here is what he thought…
I couldn’t believe my luck when I was announced as the winner of a holiday with Al Fresco Holidays on Twitter. The PR company were quickly in contact and put me in touch with the fabulous booking team, that made booking the holiday really easy. I was given the choice of which site my family and I wanted to stay at, and so after having a browse through their very easy to use website, we chose Sanguli, based in Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain. We felt from the video that this site offered numerous activities for families and that it well located to local attractions that would keep my children entertained and so we chose the dates, selected the flights and it was all booked.
After what seemed a lifetime of waiting, it was finally July and we couldn’t wait to go on our holiday. Our flight was on time as scheduled from Manchester and we landed in Reus Airport which is approximately 20-30 minutes away from the site depending on traffic. The airport is very user friendly with plenty of signs to show you where to go, and there are plenty of taxis waiting outside to transfer you to your resort. It cost us 35 euros to get to Sanguli and the kids were really excited on the way there, especially when they could see Port Aventura in the distance.
On arrival, we checked in at the main reception and we were provided with a wristband each, we were told to wait outside for someone to collect us to transport us to our holiday home and check in with the Al Fresco Holidays team. Once our buggy had transported us and our luggage to the Al Fresco area, we received a very friendly welcome from one on the team, Danny, who showed us to our accommodation, showed us how things worked, where particular items were located and made sure that we were comfortable before he left. He explained that the team would be available in the office for the majority of the day and so if we had any concerns it was easy to reach them and they could then answer any questions or resolve any problems. He also provided us with an information pack, which was packed full of useful information, details on tourist attractions and important contact telephone numbers.
The accommodation, which was a Rossini holiday home, was larger than I was expecting, it was very modern and very clean. The toilet was separate to the bathroom, which I always find a benefit with a large family, and I also liked the safety feature of having a gate which went across the decking to prevent the younger children getting down the steps and onto the road. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we could possibly need and when we checked the fridge we found some fruit juice in there which had been left in there for our arrival, which I felt was a very nice touch, as the kids especially were very thirsty after travelling. The bedrooms were comfortable with plenty of storage space and the kids were more than happy with them. My wife and I made use of the sofabed in the lounge area which converted to a double bed, and this was very easy to do and also very comfortable. Outside there was seating, a table, and a parasol which was great for sitting out in the evenings and there was also the addition of a barbecue too which was great and helped us enjoy some wonderful outdoor dining as a family.
Our first stop after settling in was to the shop to stock up on some food. The on site supermarket offered a wide range of food and there was plenty of choice. They also offered fresh bread, baguettes, and croissants which we took advantage of most mornings. The prices were very reasonable and bottles of water were very cheap at approximately 30c per a litre bottle. The shop is only a short walk away from the Al Fresco area of the park and so it wasn’t a problem walking back with bags at any point.
The activities were plentiful, with a choice of three swimming pools which boasted some fantastic water slides, toddler pools and plenty of sun loungers. There was also a sports court, trampolines, a park and table tennis available. There is also a kids club which is ran by Al Fresco at specific times during the day and our eldest son and younger daughter took advantage of this and absolutely loved it. Activities varied from a treasure hunt, to art and craft to a talent show, which was greatly enjoyed by all. The staff were all really friendly and did an excellent job at keeping the children entertained. Evening entertainment is also available on the site, however this is on quite late at night and so we didn’t get the opportunity to experience this due to travelling with a three and four year old, but other holiday makers we spoke to said it was very good.
We cooked and prepared all our own food throughout our stay using products from the site shop, however if you don’t fancy cooking, there are plenty of dining options available on site. There is a lovely restaurant located near the main entrance pool which offers a wide range of meals at reasonable prices and there is also a take away facility available. If you don’t fancy dining on site, there is also a wide selection of different restaurants available just a short walk from the park, all of which seem to offer a wide range of menus.
In addition to all the facilities and activities available on site, it is well located to explore the local area, the beach, and the tourist attractions on offer. The beach is located just across the road and we spent a couple of days here just relaxing and building sandcastles. Pedalo hire and banana boat rides are also available and there were many people taking advantage of these. The pedalo hire was approximately 12 Euros for an hour which seemed very reasonable. We also caught the bus from the stop located just outside the park to Port Aventura theme park, the bus only cost 2 euros each way and took approximately 20 minutes. We had a fantastic day out here and could have easily visited for a second day. There are also some local markets throughout the week and in addition there is also a land train which takes you into the centre of Salou which we all really enjoyed.
Overall, we absolutely loved our stay and we are planning on returning next year for two weeks as a week just wasn’t long enough for us. We can’t wait to go back and I would highly recommend this site to anyone.