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Monday 28 November 2016
Camping Resort Sanguli, Salou
Just fifteen minutes from the airport after a two hour flight and we arrive at Camping Resort Sanguli, a 4 star campsite. After a quick check- in we are whisked away by golf buggy to the Alfresco reception to receive our keys to our three bed Vilvaldi Luxe mobile home.
I have two children aged two and five and I have to say for us as a family camping is the best holiday choice at the moment. You feel safe and secure within the site and there are so many facilities and activities available that you don’t even need to leave it's confines. If you have older children trips to Portaventura and Costa Caribe waterpark are a must. Salou is only an hour from Barcelona so a day trip to the city is also very achievable.
Sanguli itself has 3 good sized pools, two of which have a selection of slides. There are plenty of sunbeds however we found to get ones with a good view of the pool you needed to be there when the pool opened. The ‘Fiesta’ pool proved to be the most popular. At each of the pools there are baby/toddler pools with lifeguards at all of them.
If you want a change of scenery from the pool there is a beautiful beach across the road from the campsite. However one afternoon there and I decided it was too much hard work! There is also an opportunity to hire bikes from Sanguli if you wish to go further afield. Whenever we wanted to take a trip into Salou we used the public bus which has a stop across the road from the site. Fares are cheap and the buses are quite frequent running late into the evening.
Every Alfresco mobile is provided with a barbecue. There are two decent supermarkets on site and there is another one just outside the campsite so there is plenty of choice for food for the barbecue. There are two restaurants onsite and they are really lovely and you feel like you are out for the evening however both restaurants have the same menu all throughout the day and night. It is a lovely menu but you suffer a bit from choice if you frequent the restaurants a few times during your stay. Another good food option onsite is the take away. You can order your roast chicken earlier in the day and it will be ready at your allotted time for pick up that evening. Also available are chips, patata bravas, pizzas, paella, salads and the Guli kids meals . It’s a nice alternative to sit out on your decking of an evening enjoying nice food that you didn’t have to cook! Let’s face it most parents (particularly the Mammy’s) main concern about camping and self catering is that sometimes around meal times it can feel like you’re cooking and cleaning up just the same as always and the relaxing element of your holiday is lost. However I think there are enough options at Sanguli to mix things up so it is relaxing and enjoyable for all the family! For lunch options apart from the restaurants or barbecue we used to love buying fresh baguettes from the onsite bakery and making up rolls. There are plenty of sweet treat options from the bakery and they will even bake cakes to order if someone in your family is celebrating a birthday while on holiday!
Along with pools and restaurants Sanguli boasts an amphitheatre which is the centre of night life in the campsite. Situated near the ‘Fiesta’ pool it is fashioned after the amphitheatres of Ancient Rome. While we were there, there was something on every night. It was good family entertainment. Another popular spot for our family was the playground. It was a nice place to go in the evening when it was a bit cooler and less busy. There are daily sessions at the Mini Club that will keep the children entertained with a multitude of activities and games. In the sports area the whole family can spend the day playing football, tennis, minigolf, beach volleyball, ping-pong, basketball, trampolining, spinning and playing bowls.
New for 2017
'Africa' is the new section being developed for summer 2017. While I was there you could take a wander up and look around a sample of the type of accommodation they will have on offer. I was very impressed by the high standard. There will be 5 different types of accommodations catering for all family sizes. They are classed as lodges and safari tents. I thought the fixtures and fittings in all accommodation was top class. The only issue I would have is the terrace area off your accommodation is very open so for very young children it may not be suitable as you don’t have the advantage of sticking up a gate to keep them secure. This ‘Africa’ section will have it's own pool, restaurant and bar.
This was my families second time to Sanguli and it won’t be our last! Overall I found it a very relaxing holiday, but you could have it as busy as you wanted it to be, and I’m sure as my children get older our holidays will become more action packed!