This was our first visit to the island of Kos having visited Corfu, Crete and Rhodes in previous years and indeed our first stay in the 'Blue Lagoon' chain of hotels.
We stayed at the Palazzo del Mare, just on the outskirts of Marmari for 11 nights during September. The hotel has a modern feel and the pool areas are beautiful and the layout lends itself to a very relaxing environment.
My husband and I only booked a standard room, as they did not have any 'swim up rooms' available, however the room which we had (556) was on the first floor and overlooked the pool area, was close to reception and the main building - ideal for us! The room was pretty standard layout, however clean and had everything that we needed (Fridge, kettle, tea/coffee, hairdryer, dressing gown/slippers etc.) We were not concerned about the choice of TV channels, as we both access our iPad as the hotel provides complimentary wireless throughout the hotel.
We were celebrating a belated anniversary and we found sparkling wine and a fruit platter waiting for us in our room - this was a nice touch!
If we were to stay at the hotel again in the future I would book a 'swim up room' in the 200's, as these rooms have the sun in the afternoon. The swim up rooms in the 500's only have the sun until approx. midday.
The restaurant was lovely and the food offers a great choice - something for everyone! We especially found Dimitri to be especially courteous during our stay and we always requested a table in his section for breakfast and dinner (we were prepared to wait if one was not available) Having said that, all the staff we encountered in the restaurant definitely tried their best to provide excellent service and made us feel really welcome.
Breakfast and dinner were more than adequate for us, however on occasion we did have a lunchtime snack at the pool bar and for a change we ventured down to Marmari (10 minute walk) and found a restaurant/café called 'Artemas'. This was a traditional Greek taverna which overlooked the sea, three other Islands and also Bodrum in Turkey. The staff were friendly and recognised us each time we returned which was nice.
Half way during our stay, I was unfortunately ill with a bug which completely wiped me out for the best part of 3 days. Vicki (Guest Relations) was very helpful, concerned and made sure I was okay. This is more than can be said for Thomson!
We both used the fitness and spa facilities, which were very good and in line with any other hotel we have stayed at - would definitely recommend a 'couples aromatherapy massage', this was a nice treat towards the end of our holiday.
- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Del Mare Hotel
- Palazzo Del Mare Marmari
- Palazzo Del Mare Kos/Marmari
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo del Mare, a luxury five star hotel with 175 guestrooms, was built in 2008/9 and extended in 2010. It is located near the village of Marmari, at the north-west coast of the island of Kos, only 50 m from the beach, 15 km from the airport and 17 km away from the centre of Kos island. The Hotel has a two-storey main building, one building with three floors, ten two-storey buildings and the area of the Presidential suite and the ten Executive suites, all with private pools. Each luxurious room and richly appointed suite features a bath or shower, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, coffee and tea facilities (replenished daily), direct dial telephone, internet access and in-room safe (both free of charge), individual air conditioning and a satellite TV. All ground floor rooms have direct access to the pool.Palazzo del Mare offers a variety of facilities like the Sogno main restaurant ( a buffet restaurant with terrace), the Pool Snack bar for lunch and the famous Bacco Italian a’ la carte restaurant (dinner only), which provides a traditional Italian atmosphere, but also an excellent service and classical dishes – all prepared fresh daily. For refreshing drinks you will find the Sole Pool bar, Vento Lounge bar, Porto Beach bar and Parola Café offering crepes and ice cream.Our international guests can enjoy a 4500 m² swimming pool with Jacuzzi and water jets, an indoor heated pool (120 m²) with separate Jacuzzi, a children’s swimming pool, the fully equipped Onda Gym as well as the Armonia Spa (450 m²) with various treatment rooms, where our only goal is the inspiration and the ”harmony” of your body and soul. In the hotel you can as well find a mini market, a boutique shop and an internet corner.Ideal for those, who wish to try something new and combine a relaxed holiday with high personal attention, that puts guest’s comfort above all! From the moment you approach Palazzo del Mare, you know you are in for a quality experience…. ... more less
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