At very short notice my sister-in-law asked if me and my (15 month old baby) fancied a family holiday to this hotel with her (8 year old son) my mother in law, Aunty and cousin. Given the weather in the UK I agreed, even though I was a bit nervous travelling with the baby (without my husband) and unsure what to expect of a 'Thomson' family holiday having never been to a proper family resort before.
Well I am VERY glad I made the decision to come on is holiday because it has been one of my most enjoyable. Let me tell you why:
Upon arrival, we were greeted by cheerful staff with cold soft and alcoholic drinks. The restaurant was kept open for us later than normal and we were able to get something to eat which was much needed after a long and somewhat fraught flight with my baby.
My room (313) was spotlessly clean, brightly and fresh in neutral colours located centrally within the main complex. I was delighted to find a full size wooden baby cot (with blue checked matching baby bedding) in my room especially as I was expecting a travel cot which aren't idea comfort wise for more than a night or two.
My bed was so comfortable and although you could hear people passing in the corridors it didn't really disturb me and I had great sleeps throughout my stay. The only thing I would say is that my room was an ideal size for two people. It sleeps 3, but my family next door had 3 in and it was a bit cramped. However we were delighted that the hotel gave us two adjoining rooms so we could see each other as and when we needed too without having to go outside into the corridor.
As we arrived at night I didn't see the view until the morning when I opened the curtains and it simply took my breath away. I looked directly at the sea and pool complex and my terrace was very large with two big arches - creating a somewhat dreamy Greek picture postcard. One point I would note for the hotel is that the patio doors were covered by giant black out curtains which we great for blocking out the daylight. However there were no nets so if you wanted privacy during he day, you had to pull the curtains, which was a shame as it plunged the room into darkness. It would be ideal if the rooms had privacy nets so you could still enjoy the spectacular view.
We booked a basic room, but I would not describe it as basic, however it didn't have tea of coffee facilities which would have been a nice touch as it took me a while to get down for breakfast with my baby in tow etc. A mini bar would have also been wonderful to enjoy drinks on the balcony as many a night I had to retire earlier than the others in my group so I could put my baby to bed.
The hotel itself is immaculate and the staff are wonderful, polite and friendly. Everything is spotlessly clean and tidy and there is so much to do for children.
I used the crèche 3 times during my stay and found it a wonderful place to take my baby during the midday sun. He went in u1-3pm and it cost 11 euros per session. He loved it as there were lots of things to play with, fun nannies and familiar toys (most are from Mothercare). A great place I also found was the baby beach hut (just next to the baby pool) it was fantastic, a little hut with everything you could need - cots, rocking chairs, microwave etc - so instead of going back up to the main hotel if you needed to change a happy etc, you could just use the baby but instead. A really appreciated and helpful touch.
The baby park next to the beach was a little run down and sorry for itself. It would be nice if this could be spruced up as I didn't feel comfortable using the apparatus when the paint was peeling and rust visible.
Now onto the food - well what can I say. I never got bored and loved going for meals. The variety and quality was out of this world. I ate way too much but it was worth it. My highlight was Greek night, everything was delicious and this was followed by some great Greek music and dancing in the lobby bar - a fab night!
All in all I had a wonderful trip and would definitely return. It was excellent value for money and made our entire party happy & relaxed regardless of ages which ranged from 15 months to 67 years.
Well done Atlantica Aegean Blue!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The location of this hotel offers the most amazing views of the sapphire Mediterranean seas. The perfect place for families and children of all ages. So much to do, no one will ever be bored. If you're travelling with little ones, they'll have a ball splashing around in the children's pool and letting off steam in the playground. Direct access to the beach, club- style facilities and organized activities make the Atlantica Agean Blue the ideal holiday for everyone! Number of rooms :396 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Atlantica Aegean Blue Hotel Kolimbia
- Atlantica Aegean Blue Hotel
- Hotel Atlantica Aegean Blue
- Atlantica Club Aegean Blue Rhodes, Greece