Monday, 7 August 2017

Escaping to Sunny Salou

A few weeks ago, myself and Kevin headed off on our third trip of the year. The last two trips, Paris and Munich, were very busy trips with lots of exploring and sightseeing so we wanted a break away in the sun where we would do nothing but relax! Searching through Ryanair and Are Lingus websites, we found relatively cheap flights that worked around a weekend to Reus. We chose to go to Salou (we actually were there about 6 years ago too) as we knew we'd be guaranteed to have a total chilled out weekend.

How to get there?
We flew with Ryanair direct from Cork. We flew out on a Friday evening at about 6.30pm and arrived back into Cork Sunday night at about 11.30pm. This was ideal for us as it meant we didn't need to book any extra time off work.

Where to Stay?
We were initially booked into one of the Port Aventura Hotels, Hotel Caribe, but Alpharooms ended up overbooking us and we were left to find a new hotel 4 days before we were due to travel. Not ideal considering 91% of the hotels in Salou were already booked out. We ended up staying in Hotel Dorada Palace which was gorgeous. It had two pools plus a rooftop pool, a bar, restaurant, games area, entertainment and was just a short walking distance to beach and local bars and restaurants. We had a gorgeous room with a huge balcony that overlooked the main pool and entertainment stage.

What to Do?
For us, this weekend was just a chance to unwind and do nothing! Of course Port Aventura was nearby and there was plenty of waterparks but doing all of those would have meant we'd be doing the opposite of what we booked the trip for which was to relax. We basically spent the whole two days lying by the pool which was total bliss! In the evenings we just strolled along the beach and by the local shops.

Where to Eat?
Breakfast in the hotel was included in our booking so we had a continental breakfast there each morning meaning I didn't eat very much there :P For lunch we chose to eat in the hotel's poolside bar just so we didn't waste some of the afternoon venturing out looking for a restaurant. For dinner, we actually ate in two restaurants that we loved when we visited there 6 years ago. The first was Robin Hood's which is a UK bar. It looks a little tacky from the outside but the food was great. We both had Tikka Masala and although it wasn't as enjoyable as we remembered it was still really good. The second night we went to Spaghetti House for some gorgeous pizza. It was absolutely amazing and I'd definitely recommend it.

Although it was a very short trip, it was so lovely to just completely relax. I honestly felt like I had been away for about a week! We vlogged the trip too so you can watch that below!