We booked this hotel 18 months before we travelled, even before it had officially opened! It was our first holiday abroad with the kids and we wanted something special. We paid, in comparison to current prices, an amazingly low price - £2400 for 10 nights in a standard room with extended check out time in October. There were two adults and two children.
On arrival quite late at night due to an unscheduled landing at Gatwick due to plane trouble(!) we were greeted by Karl (who was amazingly helpful in the run up to the holiday!) and a glass of champagne. Porters took our cases to the room and we were shown straight to the restaurant for some delicious food. I just remember walking to the room, clutching my glass of champagne and a sleepy child's hand saying "where ARE we, this is AMAZING". First impressions were not wrong. This hotel is amazing.
As I say, this was our first holiday abroad since having children so we had nothing to compare it with......which may work in this reviews favour as we aren't trying to pick faults needlessly!
Room (a standard room on the first floor) was FANTASTIC! We were above a swim up, so sitting on the balcony overlooking the pool. Clean, tidy and maids excellent. We were in activity side which we preferred, although it was nice to walk through the underpass to the relax side to sit by the pool and away from the noise of kids when our two were in kids club! The hotel grounds are just amazing! So clean and spacious.
Food - AMAZING! There were so many different stations with chefs cooking fresh, on request food. Breakfast fantastic.......lunch......dinner - just amazing! I put on 11lb in 10 days. Shocking, but a true indicator of how AMAZING the food and drink is! Wine literally on tap at self service areas along with beer and soft drinks. Kids had limitless choices, having their own area (lower so they can serve themselves) or eating from the bigger buffet. Staff in the restaurant so so friendly and a lovely welcome and high five for the kids at every meal time - how do they have so much energy! Even the snack bar was amazing - kebabs, sandwiches, chips etc etc all throughout the day! Plus ice cream from the bar......Just amazing! Oh, and the cocktails also GORGEOUS! Posher if you get them from the sports bar, but just as tasty (although not as flashy) from the outside bar. The ONLY negative I could say about the food is that it was very limited on our final day (as the hotel was closing for the season) and staff were quite sparce! However, it was leaving day and the whole hotel was offered a late checkout for free so I shouldn't complain!
The first choice kids clubs were ace! Our kids were 7 and 6 and we had to limit them to two sessions a day as they wanted to spend all day there! Each session is 1.5 hours and they vary day to day. They did archery, circus skills, snorkelling, film night, chocolate party (extra money but worth it) etc etc. The staff were ace and always took the time to say hello to the kids even if not on duty.
The first choice entertainment was absolutely amazing! Shep and his team were just fantastic - seriously brilliant....!!
What else can I mention.............there's an adults only bar which is nice to go to when the kids have an evening kids club - included in the all inclusive but much posher and waitress service of your drinks.... Water park is ace and the high ropes are definitely worth a go!
Kolymbia is worth a walk into, although the beach isnt all that. I would recommend getting the bus to Lindos if you have the courage. We did the organised trip to Rhodes and Lindos which was good but pricey and we didn't get to spend as much time in Lindos as we would have liked. However, it was well worth the money as we saw the acropolis etc which we all agreed made the holiday.
It was fabulous, honestly. Apart from the last day when they were closing up and we felt a bit neglected as we'd been spoilt the previous 9 days, we couldn't fault it. The weather was lovely for us, despite it being October and yes, the pools were a little chilly, but I can honestly say it was as close to perfect as we could have hoped for! My only worry is that we've been spoilt and nothing will ever live up to our amazing holiday in Rhodes!! Please feel free to ask any questions...I love talking about holiday village rhodes...in case you haven't noticed!!
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