I have just come back from a week staying at this hotel. We booked our holiday through Sovereign and travelled on Thomson Airways. Initial impressions of the hotel are good, it has a modern entrance, full on A/C, and very helpful reception staff. The head of guest services gave a small talk on the hotel services to all new arrivals - explaining restaurants, dress code, activities, spa etc....
We stayed in a Sea View Bungalow - stunning view. Room 472. However it is at the very highest pat of the hotel, so a slight walk 10 mins from beach to room (very hilly, so bear in mind if you have problems walking far). The room was clean, bright, great shower - nothing to complain about at all.
Food was good not great. We stayed Half Board so dinner was always in the buffet restaurant. They mixed this up each night with different food available. They had a carvery section (beef, lamb, turkey), ice cream station, big salad bar too. The hotel also has themed nights in its 2 other restaurants - Lobster night, Asian Night, Greek night, Gala Dinner. We decided to try Lobster night and also Greek night. Lobster Night was 55 euros a head on HB extra, this was not worth it. The meal is a set dinner with 5 courses and you only get half a lobster to eat and you do not get to choose how you want it cooked. The food was ok but nothing spectacular. However Greek night (35 euros per head on HB) was great fun. The night started with wine tasting for 1 hour, with 4 white wines and 4 red wines from Crete and Greece. They were not nice. I do not think Greece is renowned for its wine but it definitely wasnt to our tasting, but it was a fun start. Then we went on to the food. This again was a set menu but traditional greek food including a lamb spit roast. After dinner, they had traditional greek dancing where everyone was able to join in at the end. Great fun!
The drinks and food are expensive here, and not just the alcoholic ones! A sprite from the tap 300ml, 3 euros, a cornetto ice cream, 3 euros, a peppermint tea, 4 euros. The wines are also expensive. There are not many on offer outside of greece. We had a Sancerre - 60 euros and wasnt even that nice. We then tried a SB from Macedonia - 40 euros. Another thing that annoyed us was that you cannot take any drinks from one bar/restaurant to another. One thing we like to do is start off in the bar then move to dinner then move back. It would of been nice to do that with the one bottle of wine but we were not allowed due to government legislation (not sure on that one). We tried one night to take a half drunk bottle of water out of the restaurant and we instantly got told off.
The beach is small but you can dive off the rocks into the sea which is nice. The sunbeds are great - the ones like beds!
Myself and my fiance are late 20s, early 30s. There is not an abundance of things to do at the hotel but they do offer to organise trips should you wish. It is a heavily british hotel - thomson rep is there every day.
Overall this is a nice holiday but there are plenty of other places to visit.
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