Wednesday, 1 April 2009

New in the Villamarina for 2009



Interview with the Manager of Hotel Villamarina
By Timmy Tiger


As we are coming to the start of our season I thought it necessary to find out exactly what has been going on in the Villamarina 3 star all inclusive hotel and to see what is new for summer 2009.

1. As an all inclusive hotel what is your main priority for summer 2009?
Our main priority is to ensure we are offering our customers value for money all inclusive holiday in Salou.

2. How have you ensured you are offering what the customer wants?
Every year we ask customer to complete questionnaires, and by reading these and taking everyone’s comments and suggestion on bored we hope to have improved our product and service to them to ensure this all inclusive family hotel is exactly what our customers are looking for.

3. What suggestions have you implemented in to the villamarina?
There was many suggestions made in the questionnaire and we have taken the following and implemented them

· Customers commented that the showers were not good and would fall off
For this summer all rooms have new shower heads and supports to resolve this issue.

· Insufficient Toilets for the amount of people.
We have created new toilets by the bar terrace area and on the roof top solarium giving the hotel now 4 sets of toilets in the main areas.

· Pool areas are too small.
We have extended the pool terrace area of one of the pools to create more space for our customers to relax and enjoy their all inclusive holiday.

· Kids club, too small and not visable
The location of the kids club has been changed to the area of the play park; we have built a little wooden house, were all the activities will commence from, creating a more spacious environment.

· There is nowhere for the adults to get away.
This was our biggest project to try and complete. The villa marina as you know is a very family orientated hotel with lots of children as we are a family all inclusive hotel, however we also have many guest that are just as important who come that do not have children, so to be able to offer them a relaxing all inclusive holiday the whole of the roof top of the main building has been transformed in to an adults only area with a bar, 2 Jacuzzis and lots of sunbathing space. This will also be open on evening to enjoy a relaxing drink.

Can you tell me about Villamarina all inclusive apartments?

The Villamarina is now offering large 2 bedroom apartments on all inclusive giving customers the best of both worlds.
The apartments have all been painted, all have washing machine and we will be putting air con in to the main room.
These all inclusive apartments are ideal for groups of friends or larger families.

What else have you changed for summer 2009?

Of course every year we look at the entertainment programmed for new shows and activities, which we have also done for this summer, we have some great shows lined up.
One other thing we have looked at and arranged is the big inflatable’s coming in to the swimming pools in high season for 1 day per week, for all the family to enjoy
The whole of this all inclusive hotel has had a face lift, with all the rooms been painted and the hotel in general has had lots of small changes and repairs made
Another big transformation is the entrance to the hotel has been changed, with new flooring and a slightly different design making the hotel look different and more sophisticated especially when illuminated in an evening.
The luggage room has been made bigger giving more storage space for suitcases.

How to you think this summer will go? And what advice do you have for customers with regards to the recession?

We are hoping that we have a summer the same as we do every year, the Villamarina welcomes everyone and our priority is to offer good value for money all inclusive family holidays, with a friendly atmosphere.
We understand that this summer maybe particular hard for people as it will be for the hotel. And this is why we have to ensure we are offering value for money all inclusive holiday, to ensure this helps reduce the cost for people whilst on holiday in Salou, especially with the Pound against the Euro not been very strong.

Do you have a lot of the same staff coming back? Do I still have a Job?

The villamarina try’s to ensure we have the same staff come back year on year to ensure this all inclusive hotel in salou is offering a friendly environment for our customers.
With regards to you Timmy, what can I say: everyone loves you so of course you are coming back?

Do you have anything else to add?

Our ambition is to ensure that everyone has a fantastic holiday here at this 3* all inclusive hotel in salou and we thank everyone who has already booked to come visit us this summer, and welcome everyone to the Villamarina.

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Friday, 5 December 2008

Holidays in Salou

Introduction to Salou
Salou is situated in the Costa Dorada between Cambrils and La Pineda, this resort host fine sandy beaches with calm seas. Salou is home to the number 1 attraction in the Costa Dorada of Port Aventura theme park, making it a great holiday destination.

Why go to Salou
Salou is a great for family holidays with great beaches water sports, good shopping, lots of local and British restaurants to suit everyone’s tastes.
Fun days out at the theme Park or the Costa caribe water park for all the family to enjoy.
There are lots of family bars and night bars to cater for everyone’s needs all within easy reach of each other.
Salou is only 1 and half hours from the amazing city of Barcelona, 20 mins away from Tarragona and Reus, and 15 mins away from Cambrils and La Pineda.

Who goes to Salou?
Salou is very popular with British tourists as well as Spaniards. Salou has wide appeal attracting visitors of all ages. Families, couples and young people will all find enjoyment in Salou.

How to get to Salou
The nearest Airport to Salou is Reus just 10 mins away, all major tour operators fly in to this resort in the summer period. If you are more of an independent traveller, Ryanair fly from several British airports daily.
Barcelona Airport is 1 hour 30 mins away and has a lot more budget airlines to choose from. Trains are very easy from Barcelona to Salou.

Salou Nightlife
Salou has the liveliest nightlife on the Costa Dorada with its many bars, clubs, karaoke bars and discos, where the young and energetic can party into the small hours.
It also has many family bars offering live entertainemnt and caberets for all the family to enjoy.

When to go to Salou
The most popular time to holiday in Salou is from April to October when the temperature ranges from a very pleasant 18 degrees rising to 30 degrees in the height of summer. High season months can be very busy. The outside months can be prone to light rain.

Salou shopping

There are plenty of wide ranging opportunities for shopping in Salou. Traditional souvenirs and gifts such as leather goods and ceramics can be found at the market in the old town centre every Monday. There is also a good supply of boutiques for fashions and other specialist shops. The most serious shoppers may be tempted by Barcelona, only one hour away by train or Tarragona or Reus just 20 mins away by public transport.

Salou eating
Salou has a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Traditional Spanish restaurants, fast food, and many british bars offering you the taste of home. All the restaurantrs in Salou offer you a warm welcome.

Where to stay in Salou
Salou is home to many hotels and Apartment however , if you are looking for a good value for money holiday and not having to worry about bringing too much spending money then have a look at the Villa Marina 3* all inclusive hotel. This family hotel offers you unlimited local produced drinks, soft and alcoholic, breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks throughout the day and a full day and nightime entertainment programme for all the family to enjoy. All this included in the price. The Villa Marina was the first hotel in Salou to offer All Inclusive.

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Monday, 17 November 2008

Golf in the Costa Dorada

There are several golf courses in the Costa Dorada for you to enjoy at your leisure and still enjoy a family holiday at the same time.

The newest and nearest one been Port Aventura Golf which is just 10 mins away from the Villa marina Hotel.

The new 45 hole Port Aventura golf complex opened in June 2008 and officialy opened in september by the renowned Australian Golfer Greg Norman and was involved in the design and development of the North and Middle golf course along with Alfonso Vidar and Magi Sarda who designed the south course.

The North Course –
Has 18 holes and is a flat course with wet lands situated in a protected nature area, with fantastic lakes. It is the most technical course of the three and the biggest challenge for players. The course has a Mediterranean style club house.

The middle Course –
Also designed by Greg Norman has 9 holes. This is an easy course and perfect for intermediate players. Been the middle course this course can be compiled with 9 holes from eight the north or south course as well.

The South Course –
As mentioned was designed by Alfonso Vidar and Magi Sarda it has 18 holes with gently sloping grounds. It is made up of pinewood and has fantastic and beautiful sea views. Holes 13, 17 and 18 have been built in to nature quarries that make the scenario for Golf that is unique to this part of Spain. The South course also has a club house, changing rooms and buggy hire is situated on this course.

Reus Aiguesverds Gold Course

This golf course has 18 holes and is a rather flat course set in Olive groves and holm oaks.
This course is made up of placed greens and water hazards, one green been almost entirely surrounded by water.
The course has a beautiful club house which was converted from a Masia and is ideal for people who may have walking difficulties.
This golf course is approx 20 mins away from the Hotel Villa Marina.


Golf Bonmont terres Noves

Wonderful Mediterranean views and a mountainous backdrop have made this into one of the finest courses in Catalonia with 18 holes. Founded in 1990 & designed by Robert Trent Jones, Bonmont Championship Golf Course is a joy to play and a real challenge for any golfer due to the natural landscape, 90 bunkers and some testing water hazards.
This course is located in Mont Roig just 30 mins away from the Hotel Villa Marina.

Costa Dorada Gold Club

This the Costa Dorada golf course offers 18 holes and is a challenge, variety and beauty to any golfer. Founded in 1983 it was the first club in the Tarragona region and is rated as one of the finest in Catalonia. It blends beautifully with the scenic valley of olive trees, pine, willows and palm trees.
This golf course is situated 10 mins away from Tarragona and approx 20-25 mins from the Hotel Villa Marina.
The clubhouse is designed in traditional Catalan style.

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Friday, 14 November 2008

Salou tourist information

Salou is particularly favoured by British tourists. Salou is served by Reus airport which is only 15 minutes drive away. Salou is located in the Spanish region of Catalunya on the Costa Dorada.

Salou is now one of the main tourist centres in Spain. Along its extensive coast you will find beautiful beaches and coves with fine sand. Salou offers an exceptional climate and is the ideal place with its shallow waters for enjoying the sea in a family holiday. Many different kinds of water sports are on offer in Salou, such as jet skiing, banana boat rides and paragliding.

Salou's Levante beach is one of the most well known on the Costa Dorada. The Blue Flag Levante Beach in Salou has showers and toilets, loungers, parasols several large car parks and snack bars on the beach. There is a big promenade with shops and restaurants surrounded by palm trees. The sailing club separates it from Poniente Beach. This promenade is also home to the amazing magical fountains. This beach is just a 10 min walk away from the Hotel Villa Marina.

In Salou you can discover lovely landscapes or spend an exciting day at Port Aventura theme park. Local cuisine is based on excellent sea food and is well worth a try. If you are not a sea food lover there are plenty of British restaurants offering you the taste of home. If you are looking for nightlife Salou is home to many family bars, late night bars and Disco's.

Salou is situated a few kilometres from the Tarragona which is also well worth a visit. Salou spreads over a broad coastal strip in which wide beaches, like those of Llevant or Platja Llarga, alternate with quiet coves of fine, golden sand. Salou is ideal for a sun and beach family holidays.

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A unique way to see Barcelona - By Helicopter

Been to the Costa Dorada or the Villa Marina before? Well you will know the Villa Marina all inclusive hotel is only 1 hour 30 mins away from Barcelona by train. The train station is a 5 mins walk away from the hotel.

There is no better way to see Barcelona the capital of Catalunya from a different and exciting view for all the family.

Cathelicopters and Barcelona Helicopters are helicopter service companies in Barcelona, that offers a unique opportunity to see the city from a different perspective. This is a fantastic day for you to take home those different photos and enjoy the thrill of flying above Barcelona.
At least 4 persons minimum, 5 maximum, must reserve in order that the trip is carried out, it needs to be reserved with time.

BCN Costa Tour:
Helipad, WTC, Commercial Port, Olympic Port, Olympic Villa, Barcelona Beach, Forum, Besos River and back to the Helipad.

Approx 45.00 euros

BCN Skytour:
Helipad, WTC, Commercial Port, Olympic Port, Olympic Village, Barcelona Beach, Forum, Agbar Tower, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Tibidabo, Camp Nou, Olympic Ring of Montjuïc and Helipad

Approx 80.00 euros

BCNSkytour + Montserrat:
Tour: Recorrido: Helipad, WTC, Commercial Port, Olympic Port, Olympic Villa, Barceloneta Beach, Forum, Agbar Tower, Sagrada Familia, Eixample, Park Güell, Tibidabo, Montserrat, Camp Nou, Olympic Ring of Montjuïc and Helipad.

Approx 240.00 euros

The Villa Marina is the ideal location for you to go off and explore attractions at your own leisure in the area of Costa Dorada and we will give you the help and information you require for you to experience new and exciting adventures.

What better way than to have an all inclusive holiday here in this all inclusive hotel and save your spending money for exciting trips like this one.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

See Catalunya at a different level !

Catalunya in Miniature - Be bigger than Barcelona !

This is a unique different way to see all the sights of Barcelona and Catalunya whilst staying at the Villa Marina. Catalunya in Miniature is the worlds largest tourist and cultural complex in miniature in the world, and the only one in Spain. lets the visitors know the monuments, buildings and the most representative achievements of the Princedom.

This is the ideal day out for all the family having everything close to hand and within easy walking distance. Catalunya in Miniature gives you the history and the education on the area without having to walk too far.

The easiest way to get to Catalunya in Minature from the Villa Marina would be by means of a hire car or the train in to Barcelona then a public bus. The majority of customers who stay in the Villa Marina are traveling with children and will find that by visitng Catalunya in Minature it is a more relaxing experience then travelling around Barcelona city to see all the sights.

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