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“loved san agostino, converts to mark warner” 5 of 5 stars
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Petalidi 24200, Greece   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Petalidi
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“loved san agostino, converts to mark warner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2007

Spent 2 weeks at the mark warner resort in San ag at the end of june. We have really only positives to report - despite misgivings about going to an all-inclusive resort, we had a superb time.
Kids (4 and 2) enjoyed the childcare, and nannies were excellent, despite our 4yr old being a handful.
Our adjoining rooms in the main hotel were good: substantial and clean. the let down was the bathroom, which was outdated and very tired. we were on the ground floor, which was a bonus in terms of the baby listening service that we used every night: at the end of the corridor there was a group of staff who made rounds every 15 mins. if they heard a child crying they sent a message and someone walked round with a blackboard in the restaurant or bar where you had said you would be. System seemed to work well in the hotel - it was secure (the only other exit was a closed fire exit) - for the bungalows in the grounds the baby listening people seemed to have a long way to cover, and it was very open. Our kids were exhausted by all the activities and playing in the pool, so slept like logs, and the number of blackboards being carried around didn't seem high. There's also a babysitting service (at extra cost, baby listening is free), tho we didn't try that. your kids can also eat with you.
Food: excellent, on the whole. Altho it's buffet style, there was a lot of variety, and there's clearly a policy of avoiding the 'chips with everything' mentality. Kids were happy at breakfast, lunch and high tea. There was a theme for each night for the grown ups, and you could also eat in the pizzeria and the taverna, which were less noisy.
Facilities: excellent. as said, kids enjoyed kids clubs, and older kids would make even more of the facilities - the ones we saw certainly appeared to, and during the school hols i suspect it would get even more lively. The pilates teacher was excellent, and the social tennis was fun every day. The watersports are a highlight:- many people - not us - were clearly keen sailors, and my basic attempts at waterskiing were met with sympathetic coaching.
Summary: despite our intentions, we were not tempted off resort at all. we had a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable fortnight, as did our kids. they made friends and so did we: without wishing to be snooty, mark warner clientele is clearly a step up from the bog standard package holiday (and should be, given the price): as evidence, we saw only one football shirt all holiday, and that was a cambridge united kit!
Negatives (to avoid this reading like an advert for MW): not enough shade around the kids pool, and an enraging tendency for people to hog sunbeds all day. I saw this provoke a heated exchange between guests, and the following day there were little signs, tho MW did nothing to enforce this. It sounds so trivial, but after a fortnight this kind of selfishness drives you crazy!
WOuld we go again? Yes, we are thinking very seriously about booking for next year, tho we will have to take some deep breaths about paying the school holiday prices.

  • Liked — spaciousness of rooms
  • Disliked — very tired bathroom
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2007

I stayed at the Club Hotel San Agostino as part of a large adult only group. We were located in the garden bungalow area and the accommodation was really nice, small "bungalows" each facing onto a grassed area and then onto the sea, each room had aircon and was clean and fairly modern. Despite being an adult only group, there were no problems as far as I know with the parent/child clientele as there was an adult only dining area and a separate kids pool plus kids watersports area.

The food was great and the wine which was served with meals was pretty nice too. I never made it to the Pizzeria or Taverna, so can only comment on the main eating area.

Watersports and kit were good, but it's not a high wind resort and windsurfing was limited due to either the lack of wind (needing huge sails) or large swell/chop. The watersports were closed for one day because it was too choppy to launch rescue boats, but alternative activities like body boarding were put on. The wind is mostly on shore, but we were treated to a rare off shore wind, which left the med totally flat, yet gave high winds for sailing! I did an RYA Level 2 course there, which was great value for money.

Despite PADI signs everywhere, there's no actual diving available since MW aren't licensed for open water there; all that could be provided was a trial dive in the pool, hardly worth having a dive instructor around for that!. Some people organised a dive through a local supplier, but there wasn't much to see from what I heard.

The beach itself is great, it's enormous and not too busy, there are plenty of sun loungers and corners you can hide in if you want to get away from it all for a while.

There's not an awful lot of night life, what there is was provided by the main bar or the adjacent beach bar (both expensive), music was generally turned down around 12ish to stop complaints from the residents of the main hotel. The site is fairly isolated, but there's a small independent bar/cafe with a friendly owner (Stefano) up the beach towards kalamata (scramble over the rocks at the end of the beach) where the drinks prices were better and the music could be played a little longer.

There were some issues with things being charged to other peoples rooms, so either pay for everything with cash or keep a close track on what you are spending and keep receipts to double check your final bill.

I'd definitely recommend the place to families and couples/singles alike but out and out party animals may be a little disappointed as they may be with most MW sites due to their isolation and catering for families.

Stayed June 2007
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Address: Petalidi 24200, Greece
Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Messenia Region > Petalidi
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Petalidi
Number of rooms: 227

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