Last week, after spending 24 Hours in the Sun with Capital FM, Team SuperBreak headed south west along the coast towards Tarragona for a visit to PortAventura Theme Park & Resort. New to SuperBreak this summer we wanted to find out more about this Spanish favourite and to try out the rides for ourselves!
I didn’t know too much about the resort before we arrived so was completely taken aback when we arrived at our hotel where we would be staying for the next two days. The Gold River Hotel is themed so well it was genuinely like we’d just arrived in the deep south of America. All of the fronts of the hotel blocks were decorated like the set of a Western movie and the attention to detail was amazing. My room was possibly the cutest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in, with a quilted bedspread and wrought iron frame to create the ‘Texas chic’ effect.
After a quick freshen up our lovely host Maria from PortAventura took us into the park for lunch. The Gold River Hotel has direct access to the park so a quick stroll past the wagons and cacti and we were straight into the ‘Far West’ zone of the park. Here, the theming continued, with all the rides and stalls done up in timber cladding. I half expected to see a cowboy riding past me. We ate lunch at the Iron Horse restaurant which had a gorgeous terrace at the font decked out in brilliant red and blue American flags. The American styling continued with the portion sizes too; after an ample sharing starter of deep fried brie, onion rings and wings, I did my best with a huge pork shank, mash and corn on the cob. It was all delicious but a bit too much for a lunch time!
After we’d let our huge lunches digest we were off to check out the other three hotels at the resort. Our first stop was the Hotel PortAventura which also offered direct access into the park. With a Mediterranean vibe, this hotel had the most traditional Spanish feel to it, with all the hotel rooms dotted around lagoon style pools. The rooms themselves had a nautical feel and were bright and spacious. I was impressed with the outdoor theatre area where the children’s entertainment is held every night; it looked like a perfect spot to spend an evening as a family after a thrill-seeking day in the park.
Our next stop after the Mediterranean was over in the Caribbean at the Hotel Caribe. A few minutes from the main park the hotel offers a free transfer service for guests which I thought was a really handy bonus. With a chilled out vibe and gorgeous accommodation set around white sandy pools it really did feel like we were suddenly in Barbados. All I needed was a piña colada served from a coconut shell and the illusion would have been complete! I think this was the most grown-up of all the hotels and would definitely be the one I’d choose to stay in.
The final hotel on our tour was the Hotel El Paso which has a beautiful Mexican theme. This hotel also offers free transfers and is the resort’s only All Inclusive accommodation. I think this was my favourite in terms of the decor – there were gorgeous balconies full of colourful flowers lining the foyer and the rooms themselves had a vibrant Latin style. The pool area also looked amazing with swim-up pool bars and an abandoned pirate ship for the kids to explore!
I was really impressed with all the hotels and can’t wait to head back for a visit – I may have to book one night in each!
Find out what I got up to in the theme park the next day in part two! (coming soon)