Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tropical Islands near Berlin and some travel plans

I'm done with writing about our adventures in Thailand. Took me a long time, but I managed to describe more or less everything I wanted to.

Which means that I can move on to some other adventures. Since for now we're staying put (I have to wait till August to get on road! I have no idea how I'm going to do that...), I will be describing some of our last year's adventures. Cause I still have not managed to share some of them with you.

In the meantime, I finally want to reveal our this year's summer plans with you. We've had them for quite some time now and I hope they'll come to life. We're planning a sort of European road trip. What does that mean? We're taking our tent (we bought a huge one last Summer, specially for this purpose), overpacking our car (hope everything will fit into it) and we're going to the West. Not wild, but still West. And no, not tomorrow. Not even in a month. I have to wait for my dream holiday till August! Which is a bit of a shame, but it's going to be my longest holiday ever. Not all spent on the road, but all is planned up. Oh, the destination. I almost forgot. Our goal is to get from Gdynia, Poland (where we live) to Gibraltar. And back, of course (not quite back home, at least me and the kids, but close enough). We're planning to see the Region of Dordogne in France, Northern Spain, move all the way down via Portugal, get to Gibraltar, see Alhambra in Granada, then drive all the way up to Andorra, Carcassonne and head back to Poland. We have some places on the way that we already know we want to see (any recommendations for must sees? Hopefully off the beaten path, off huge cities and off the coast?), but it's more of a "how about going to xxx tomorrow?" kind of trip. Having a tent gives you that opportunity. More spontaneous kind of trip.

But today's post is not only about travel plans (oh, those plans). It's also about last year's weekend getaway.
I was planning that trip for quite some time and finally promised myself we simply had to go. And so we went. I spent five years in Poznan and didn't visit Berlin (which is a shame, cause the two cities are well linked together and relatively close, too). And I simply had to go there. But, to make it more interesting to the kids, we decided to visit Tropical Islands as well.
Tropical Islands basically could be called an aquapark. Pools, slides, a lot of water fun. But not just that. Tropical Islands is a lot more than that. Animals living in the tropical forest section of the area. A lot of restaurants and minibars (mostly fast food, but not only, at least not entirely). A sandy beach (artificial, sand on concrete, but yes, it is there). A photo wallpaper with a tropical view (to make you feel like you're on a tropical island. Doesn't work too well, or didn't work too well for me). Zumba classes, dance lessons, fitness or something like that by the pool (made me think of our holidays in Egypt. Though we never take part in such activities). And a playground for kids. Am I forgetting something? Oh, yes, you can spend the night there. You can choose from a variety of sleeping options: a tent, a room (different kinds of rooms), a bungalow... There are a few options mentioned on their website.

Ok, so that's it for the general description. My opinion?

We spent one night in Tropical Islands. In a premium room. The room was big, comfortable, clean, with A/C, situated in Royal Harbour themed section (there were a few themed sections). And it really felt like an old harbour. Well done. Breakfast was included in the price. And it was delicious! You could choose from a range of dishes and products, from bread through cereal, eggs, sausages, to vegetables and fresh fruit. There was really plenty to choose from. And all was tasty.
We liked the tropical forest. A walk through it, seeing the animals. There were also descriptions of animals you could find there.
The kids enjoyed the playground, especially the car rides and paddle boats. We did not like the food in Tropino Bar. Even though it was said to be the choice for families with small kids, the food felt artificial and definitely not tasty.
The pools were ok. Both our kids enjoyed the water playground, we tried all of the pools. The only thing we didn't try were the big slides, cause (much to my surprise, considering how much fun we had in Lalandia, Artur didn't want to use them). Or even see them, for that matter.
The beach was... well... You can't expect miracles. It was decent. Kids played with the sand. But it wasn't the kind of sand you'd dream to put your towel on, lie down and enjoy yourself doing nothing.
All in all, I'm glad we went. We'd probably visit the place again. Though I'd rather visit a real tropical island (oh, to get back to Koh Lipe). But, then again, if you don't have too much free time and would like the experience, it is a place worth visiting. As I could see on their website, they're opening an outdoor section. So they are developing.

Oh, the place is crowded during the day! Lines to dining places during lunch hours are... huge, to say the least. You can spend an hour standing in line and not find a free table to sit and eat. If you stay the night, you can use the pools the whole day preceeding the night and the whole day after, so that is a good deal. Plus, the pools are relatively epmty early in the morning and in the evening.

Have you ever been to the Tropical Islands (near Berlin)? 
What were your impressions?


  1. Interesting! I've heard lots about this place so I often daydream how it would be to actually be there... did you actually feel like you were on a real tropical island? :) In any case, looks like an unforgettable experience and definitely one that's great to do with kids! Were the prices of the rooms there reasonable?

    1. I am not going to lie, the prices were a bit of a shock at first. But, then again, there are several options to choose from, depending on what you expect. A tent seemed intriguing to me, but not with kids. The breakfast that is included in the price was the best meal we had. And if you spend one night there, you can spend two whole days in the pools. And no, we definiotely didn't feel like on a tropical island. But it was a fun thing to do with kids.

  2. Wow this looks so inviting and super fun, I would love to visit here! Definitely has the tropical feel..great place for kids!!

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    1. I am glad that it at least feels tropical in the pictures ;) But jokes aside, it was a fun trip, we rested a lot, spent a lot of time in the pools, and it is a great option for a weekend.

  3. This looks like a great concept, and it certainly looks like your kids had fun! I always want to escape to a tropical island to be honest, and if Koh Lipe isn't an option then maybe this will do! Do you get early or late entry/ability to skip lines if you stay overnight?

    1. No, unfortunately there is just one line, if I remember correctly. However, there were a few people letting people in, so it was progressing quite quickly. It is a good option for a quick weekend getaway to recharge your inner batteries, but a real tropical island is always a better option ;)

  4. If you can't have the real thing... guess this is as close as you can get! :) It looks like the kids had fun, though?

    1. Oh yes, they did. They can hardly remember anything, though ;) Artur recognizes everything from the pictures, and I give him credit for that. He has probably already seen too much in his relatively short life and the places get all mixed up for him ;)