There's plenty of family play time to be enjoyed at the brilliant Eurocamp site on Spain's Costa Dorada

WE didn’t have to splash out for our brilliant break but we certainly could when we got there – with FOUR fabulous pools to choose from.

With three active kids, until now we have always gone for hotel holidays.

But with prices sky-high and us on a budget, we took the plunge and opted instead for a mobile home break abroad.

We are so glad we did. Life was relaxed and a far cry from the hectic holidays of the past.

At Eurocamp’s Playa Montroig Parc on Spain’s Costa Dorada there is a real sense of the outdoors and plenty to keep you busy — or help you kick back.

I had been concerned about keeping my children entertained as they are four, ten and 13. But there really is something for all ages.

There are three tennis courts, two ­football pitches, ten table tennis tables, a basketball court and crazy golf.

Two of the four swimming pools have slides — and there is a splash pool for toddlers, all set in tropical gardens.

The park has cannily avoided the rush for the sunloungers around the pool by simply not having any.

And there is no blaring music or huge crowds to deal with poolside, either.

The only noise you will hear is the midday water aerobics.

It was a safe and spotlessly clean haven for children, with the added security and peace of mind of lifeguards.

It is just 60 metres from the beach, which has beautiful golden sands and crystal-clear sea.

Our first impressions quickly blew away any initial apprehensiveness at not opting for a hotel.

Our mobile home was clean, spacious and well equipped, with the added bonus of air conditioning to cool us down after a day in the sizzling Spanish sun.

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If you fancy something more luxurious I highly recommend one of the new three-bed Aspect holiday homes.

Each is like a modern, top-spec apartment, with high- end furniture, fittings and more.

Montroig Parc is as far from a built-up hotel in a bustling town as you can get.

You will see fellow holidaymakers on their morning runs, cycling, in the fitness ­centre or joining in with the outdoor morning aerobics.

If you also fancy some pampering and time out, check out the spa which offers a range of specialised treatments.

There are two restaurants on the park, serving up fresh fish and meats at The Grill and Mediterranean classics at La Terrassa.

I recommend a lovely little restaurant on the beach called Friends.

It is popular and you will probably have to book a couple of days in advance but is definitely worth a visit. The food and view are amazing.

But if you would sooner cook up something yourself, each mobile home is equipped with an oven and hob as well as a ­barbecue. And getting stocked up is simple.

You will be spoilt for choice at the park’s well-priced supermarket with gorgeous kebabs, steaks and much more.

There is also a bakery serving freshly baked bread and cakes to die for — the morning queue is testament to how good everything is.

My youngest son absolutely loved the park’s kids’ club.

There was so much to keep him entertained, with games, arts and crafts. This is a fantastic place to have your kids experience something a ­little different from the swimming pools.

And it was hard keeping my ten-year-old son away from the football pitches.

The “Loft” for older kids is great, with a cinema screen, pool tables and board games. And if all that isn’t enough, there are also kids’ play parks dotted around the resort.

The evening entertainment takes to the main stage at 10.30pm and again, there is something for everyone, from flamenco dancers to musicians.

The kids loved every aspect of it and it was a perfect end to our days.

If you prefer a quieter ­evening, the child-friendly chill-out area outside The Grill restaurant offers comfy sofas and low lighting.

Or if you feel like a change of scenery without leaving the resort, there are nine bars and snack stops dotted around for a drink day or night.

And if you do fancy getting out and about, a trip to the pretty town of ­Cambrils is a must — and so easy with frequent buses from just outside the park.

Cambrils boasts an impressive marina, picturesque church square, authentic Spanish restaurants and lots of quaint shops to browse.

We also visited PortAventura World theme park, a 20-minute taxi ride away.

The kids loved it. There was so much for the whole family to see and do and it is perfect for all ages.

This year sees the addition of a Ferrari Land park, which promises a host of thrilling new rides and attractions.

All in all, we had a fantastic holiday. Even the journey there was simple, quick and free of stress.

We flew direct from Stansted to Reus Airport then jumped in a taxi for a 20-minute ride that cost 50 euros (£42).

I would highly recommend Playa ­Montroig Parc for a beautiful, relaxing break that gives you some quality family time.

We are already planning our next Eurocamp holiday and can’t wait to go back.


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