Get ready for a luxury holiday mixed with fun activities and relentless sun
Luxury in Costa Dorada means staying in 4* hotels at one of Europe’s largest theme parks, PortAventura, or splashing out at top class waterpark hotels in La Pineda.
In just over two hours you’ll land at Reus Airport, ready to start an exciting holiday with a dash of indulgence. Less than 20 minutes from the airport is PortAventura – one of Europe’s biggest and best theme parks which has a number of classy hotels for you to relax in after a hard day on the rides and water slides.
Or to stay outside of the park and still close to the facilities of Salou, La Pineda is a peaceful resort with a three kilometre length of sand. Choose to be close to town and the excellent restaurants by Playa Pineda beach or spend time on the more secluded end of the beach at Playa del Raco.
Living the high life in Costa Dorada
You’ll quite literally be living the high life at PortAventura as it houses rollercoasters including one of Europe’s tallest and fastest, Shambhala. Even taller and faster, the Vertical Accelerator hypercoaster that resides at the new theme park Ferrari Land, is sure to be a scream. With a number of theme parks at PortAventura, Ferrari Land uses Ferrari’s advanced technologies in rides like the driving simulator and even house an authentic Italian trattoria.
While over in La Pineda, things are decidedly more laid-back. Its luxury charm come in the form of modern haute cuisine restaurants like Mix La Pineda that has a fusion menu covering sushi to burgers, and serves cocktails looking over the Mediterranean. And although La Pineda’s nightlife is generally sleepy, one place that both ups the pace and the style is Pacha nightclub, that welcomes DJ names like Danny Romero and Afrojack. You can also start here early at the swanky El Restaurant and cocktail bar.
If you feel the urge to shop, just a 10-minute drive north, dotted along Tarragona’s pretty streets are a handful of independent boutiques. And, around an hour further, Barcelona’s Avenue Diagonal has everything high-end designer all in one place.
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To treat yourself beyond the borders of Costa Dorada check out the likes of Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Tenerife for even more luxurious possibilities. But if you’re set on a luxury holiday to Costa Dorada, here are our top luxury hotels for you to check out.
Staying at the 4* Aquasplash Estival Resort, you can indulge in the bubble beds, Turkish baths and beauty treatments of the spa. It has over 50 water features including a hydrodynamic river, a water curtain, and three of pools at different temperatures. Outdoors are three pools, dining options come in the form of three buffet restaurants and two snack bars, and the beach is less than 10 minutes' walk away. For an airy apartment feel, complete with high ceilings, stay in one of the duplex twin rooms that are split over two floors with an internal staircase and balcony or terrace. You'll get use of the neighbouring sports club to brush up on your squash skills and free entry to Aquopolis waterpark, 10 minutes' walk away.
Two minutes' stroll from the beach is the vast, 4* Estival Park and Apartments hotel complex set in landscaped gardens. There are three distinct accommodation areas, each with its own buffet restaurant, pool bar and snack bar, and seven pools are dotted across the grounds, both indoors and out. Modern stylings are found throughout the hotel from beautiful glass-edged dining terraces overlooking the gardens to cabana daybeds by the outdoor pool, and sleek spa areas. There's international evening entertainment with live shows every night plus a nightclub, piano bar, wine cellar and tapas bar. Apartments and duplex rooms offer extra space and balconies.
This 4* hotel with a Mexican hacienda vibe has a palm-tree edged main pool and a part-sunken pirate ship on the kids' pool. There's free entry and a bus to PortAventura Park, which includes lunch and dinner in the park if you wish. Otherwise you can dine at the excellent Merida buffet restaurant with a quaint al fresco paved dining area, El Coyote a la carte Tex-Mex movie diner or have a light meal at Club Maya poolside restaurant. For evening drinks there's El Laberinto outside bar or head to Salou for a wide selection of classy drinking spots. Its main promenade, beach area and nightlife are a 15-minute walk away.