The hotel measures up to any 4* holiday accommodation. Hotel, staff and management had only been up and running for a month or so but had managed to iron out most of the teething troubles that come with a new venture. Reception was modern, light and airy with large wall mounted TV's showing MTV day and night, WiFi hot spot and a separate room with PC's and internet access for use by guests also a small boutique selling pool toys, sunglasses, sun creams etc. The bar area the same serving drinks and snacks.
The rooms (ours was a "superior suite" with pool view) had space enough for two adults and two teenage daughters. Cleaned and freshly prepared everyday by the excellent house staff. The only gripe was that there just isn't enough hanging space for clothes or storage for suitcases and cups and glasses were only one each but I believe the problem is being addressed.
The dining rooms, one green one blue, had large sliding doors so you could choose to eat inside or out. The food, a typical holiday hotel running buffet was quite varied though picky children and teens may struggle on some nights. Again only one complaint, and again I believe the restaurant manager has rectified it, was that if you arrived towards the end of the dining session you sometimes had to wait. They did open the other dining room, the blue one, but this only alleviated the problem in the short term as the waiting staff had two rooms to work and they seemed stretched at times.
The pool is fabulous, very large and clean though only 1.4 metres deep (rumor has it that the hotel is part owned by Portuguese footballers and that Ronaldo paid for the pool though it was also said he had it designed to practice his diving skills) so its pretty safe for children and with a "toddler pool" at one end which is also close to the playground with a variety of climbing and sliding activities for younger children. Lots of sun beds, parasols and tables. Waiters do come round but not very frequently so a trip to the bar for a "cold one" is the easiest option. Watch out for the "light" breeze in the afternoons which put more than one brolly in the pool.
Other amenities, a gaming area and spa though to be honest this area seemed to be a work in progress as well as the usual pool towels for hire and dry cleaning service etc.
Overall an enjoyable stay and had it not been for the fact that next year its going to be a First Choice hotel and all inclusive rather than something a little different to the usual British holiday - maker type of hotel we would have returned. Highly recommended !
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