A lot of the reviews I have read are predominately family based. In my opinion the hotel is fantastic for families, with various pools and designated areas for children. However, as a couple in their mid-20’s it was difficult to decipher whether this hotel would not only be suitable, but fun, active, engaging and vibrant. There didn’t seem to be any reviews or opinions on the hotel from the younger generation.
So…here goes. Firstly, as you know already from reading the reviews the hotel looks the part. If not the 9 floor-tall chandelier in the lobby, then the horse lamps (you will soon find these) to the magnificent glass lifts (don’t look down after a heavy night on the all-inclusive alcoholic juice – especially from the 9th floor). The room was fine, quite trendy, relaxed. The TV channels were pretty poor, I felt 18 again watching continuous episodes of Prank’d on MTV and humming the Russian Music Box tunes throughout the day. The WIFI worked in our room (9th floor) but it wasn’t great. It worked by the pool too, it definitely had its peaks and troughs (be aware you can’t stream any video. Some sites are blocked, but you can get around this if you know how).
The pool was great, we didn’t venture anywhere near the beach (coupled with the lift it was too far to walk with such fragile heads) and positioned ourselves daily next to the biggest pool on the left. I caught first day fever and become horrendously drunk by around 4pm, what with the rollerblading waitresses feeding me alcohol. I soon discovered the various cocktails I could demand them to make. WARNING: the amount of alcohol they put in your drink will make you blind. A vodka lemonade consists of 7/8th vodka with a tipple of lemonade. As you can imagine, with all that alcohol in my system I soon forgot the suncream and let my intoxicated brain rule my pale body for the rest of the day. Bad idea. The slides were good fun to mix things up, the pool and activity team were a good laugh, somehow they convinced me to play water polo, which I admit was good fun. They soon got used to me not being in any state for the 11am match, but with renewed vigour (cocktails) I was ready for the 3pm encounter.
When the sun goes down the hotel seems to fall asleep. If you don’t manage to get a reservation in the a’la carte restaurant (TIP: See Guest Relations ASAP, make sure you are 1st on the list should there be any cancellations), then you have to settle for the buffet. Yes it looks fantastic, but in reality half the stuff you don’t know what it is, and you usually end up sitting next to a family with screaming kids, talking in a foreign language, drinking cold red wine thinking about how many plates of dessert you can fit in. However, get into the A’la carte restaurants and you are in for a right treat – 6 course meals (where pizza was the 4th course in the Italian) - this is more my style! Great service, great food and all round a much better dining experience. Plus, if you get bored, just look at who else can’t believe pizza is the 4th course out of 6.
Going into the night, you expect the bars to be full and vibrant, but they were all very empty. Disappointing. Too many families obviously. There are numerous places to drink spread over the resort, but they were all quiet and it was rather feeble. Don’t fret though, the strength of the alcohol is still a dominant force to be reckoned with, and you soon forget your surroundings. At least there weren’t many people to watch your downfall – only a few weird looks by the pool in the morning. There is a nightclub in the basement which reminded me of birthday parties when you were 15 – sparse and strangely uncomfortable. That is until you get to the bar and top yourself up. If you’re not the star of the party, no one else will be. It seemed we were the only ones taking advantage of the all-inclusive alcohol to this level.
All in all, a good stay. The food is great (I had a kebab and pizza for lunch most days). The staff are friendly and really look after you. Everything you need you can ask for. If the nightlife and entertainment were better I would give it a 5. A solid 4 stars.
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