Day 1 of my adventure in Catalonia with Le Méridien Hotels saw us sampling a taste of Barcelona’s many attractions, including the family offering at Le Méridien Barcelona, historic landmarks and local culture (if you haven’t read Part 1, hop over now and catch up now!).
After a busy day exploring the city, we hopped into a mini-bus and took a pleasant 65km coastal drive west to discover Le Méridien Ra.
Le Méridien Ra Hotel & Suite
Le Méridien Ra is located on Avinguda Sanatori, 1, El Vendrell, 43880, Spain, just 40 minutes from Barcelona on the Costa Daurada.
Two u-shaped buildings house the hotel guests and longer-term residences. The lobby, restaurant and bar sits in the centre, all overlooking a glorious beach.
My Deluxe Room with Terrace was light and spacious, with a knock-out view of the beach. I slept deeply both nights on the large, comfortable bed, and there were lots of thoughtful touches, such as the family-friendly minibar contents, bath robes and welcome pack.
Children will find an activity pack waiting for them in their room, which is designed to help them discover the local area. The binoculars were a particularly inspired addition, as well as a little quiz book filled with questions that can be answered as you explore the hotel during your stay.
The terrace really enhanced the whole experience, providing a perfect spot to relax or catch up on some work.
As with Le Méridien Barcelona, the sleek lobby is home to more of Gray Malin’s specially commissioned photography series. The images of colourful life preservers were shot in the pool at Le Méridien Ra, and aim to evoke a feeling of glamorous 60s holidays.
Le Méridien Ra Kid’s Club
Our dinner venue was the hotel kid’s club. A relatively new addition to the hotel, the club is available for children aged 4-10 years, and offers the usual morning and afternoon sessions. Facilities include a sandpit, activity wall and bright and colourful indoor play space, packed with activities. Kids can even help out with some grow-your-own gardening.
Le Méridien Ra First Night Dinner
After exploring the kid’s club, we settled down for dinner under the gently fading sun, enjoying course after course of delicious tapas. The team were careful to ensure there were plenty of veggie options to, which was wonderful.
Everything was simply delicious, especially the starter – a cold tomato soup topped with a whipped cheese sauce. Stunningly tasty and perfectly seasoned.
The Avgvstvs Fvrvm
The first stop on our second day in Barcelona was the Avgvstvs Fvrvm vineyard.
Famous for producing not only wine but also vinegar, Avgvstvs Fvrvm is situated in a microclimate benefiting from a warm sea breeze which helps the grapes mature quickly.
We were treated to a wine tour, learning all about how the wine is produced and witnessing a unique blend of old methods and new equipment.
These grapes will be used to produce vinegar; Avgvstvs Fvrvm produces a number of varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot, all of which you will be able to sample if you visit – a great activity for families with young children as the vinegars are sweet and alcohol free.
As we walked, we spotted roses at the end of each row of vines, and learned that as well as being beautiful, they are in fact grown for practical purposes. It turns out, they will show signs of blight earlier than the vines, allowing workers to take early action to protect the harvest.
It was fascinating to see behind-the-scenes in the production process. From aged barrels to ultra-modern tasting tanks, with a dash of humour thrown in along the way, I learned just how much work is required to produce that bottle of wine we all tend to take for granted.
After the tour, our group was treated to a classic Spanish paella; freshly-prepared and eaten in the open air, perfect.
Making in the kitchen at Le Méridien Ra
After our vineyard tour it was time to head back to Le Méridien Ra and get hands-on in the kitchen.
We were given in masterclass in creating fresh ice-cream, flavoured with Crema Catalana liquer.
It was loads of fun and seriously delicious. So delicious in fact, that I ate my whole ice cream, despite being utterly stuffed from the paella lunch.
Having satisfied our sweet tooths, we took a couple of hours to ourselves. Some of our party headed to the beach to paddle in the sea, some lounged under the parasols and ran their feet through the sand, some made their way up to the swimming pool on the roof of the hotel, while I headed back to my suite to enjoy a cool bath and some peaceful reading on the balcony, listening to the sea lapping gently against the sand.
Le Méridien Ra Beach & Beach Club
Refreshed, we headed to Le Méridien Ra Beach Club that evening to soak up the sea view in style with a cocktail or two.
Situated on the gloriously sandy beach with views of the blue sea, the beach club is the perfect place to chill out. The club has been decorated by resident artist for this season, Erb Mon, known for his geometric style, that combines futurism with primitivism.
In the daytime there’s Mediterranean cuisine on offer, while at night there’s live music, DJ’s and plenty of cocktails to enjoy.
Le Méridien Ra Buffet
We rounded off the evening with a delicious buffet, delightfully packed with heaps of vegetables dishes, before retiring for bed, very full and very happy.
I thoroughly enjoyed exploring all that Barcelona has to offer families with Le Méridien Hotels.
With its unique blend of city culture, stunning countryside, and fabulous beaches, it’s an ideal family holiday destination within easy reach of the UK. Will you be planning a family trip there soon?
Room rates at Le Méridien Ra
- From 333€ + VAT+ City Tax per room and night + Resort fee
- From 250€ + VAT+ City Tax per room and night + Resort fee
- 50% discount for the second room when this one is occupied by children (125€ + VAT + City Tax per room and night + Resort fee)
I travelled as part of a press trip was arranged by Le Méridien