The Playa Flamingo Beach Resort is fab! The apartment’s are gorgeous, the resort is gorgeous and maintained to the highest standards, the food is beautiful and the location is great. On the food front there is definitely some pandering to the English tastebuds (eg. morning fry up) but always something for everyone. Having no self control where good food is concerned I put on about half a stone in weight while there. (Got it off since in case you're concerned)
The staff are amazingly friendly and helpful. The beach is closed, that is a bummer and the sunbeds at the main pool are gone by early morning. (On one occasion I looked out at 7am and there was a towel on EVERY sunbed – are these people kra-zeee?)
I flew from Dublin and was surprised that nearly all other tourists at Playa Flamingo were British. For any Irish travellers, visually this means a heck of a lot more Enger-land tops and union jack paraphernalia where you might have expected GAA tops.
Annoyingly, Irish people are expected to assimilate throughout their stay – entertainment is English orientated in the extreme eg.Bingo and table quizzes reflecting English cultural norms. At the kids club (which is excellent, my son thoroughly enjoyed it and the staff were fantastic) we were told the British qualifications of the childcare staff but they were unable to tell us the equivalent Irish qualification. Again, as we booked through an Irish carrier this was very annoying. On many occasions where these small issues arose First Choise reps seemed surprised to learn that Ireland is actually an independent country and no longer part of the British colonies. This was a genuine lack of knowledge on the part of the reps and not intended to cause offense to us- they were all super friendly and helpful - but it really did make us wonder about the British education system.
Another shocker for my husband and I was the love shown for queueing. People would actually queue for the buffet, the dining hall is huge and rather than popping into the area where the food you want is, people would actually begin a queue at one end of the hall and work their way through. This, of course, caused huge congestion not to mention a ridiculous and unwarranted wait for food. The concept of queueing at such a large buffet seems quite bizarre. An even bigger shocker was the queue for the bar – for anyone used to Dublin pubs you will be familiar with the rugby scrum gathering at the bar where getting a drink is truly a survival of the fittest matter – not here, all punters form an orderly queue. Perverse.
And grumbling, god that was annoying, the complaining could be related to the length of the queue (don’t get me started!) or something quite obtuse. On one occasion when queuing for the bar two men in front were complaining about the lack of seats/tables in the bar. I looked around, there were at least 20 vacant tables in the bar at the precise time of this conversation.
Another one for Irish travellers to look out for; the British kids here were very disciplined, it was quite shocking to see kids do what they had been asked to do. Am not sure I've seen that before - perhaps it was an anomally but I did leave thinking that there was a parenting gene absent amongst us Irish.
So it would appear many stereotypes are not without their grounds however I think First Choice / Falcon should really put a considerable effort into ensuring that multiple cultural and social backgrounds are catered for on their holidays, I would definitely see that this holiday catered for white, middle classed English and was hugely lacking for that. Britain is such a vastly multicultural country why are holidays segregated? I found it annoying to be considered the ‘other’ throughout my two week stay. If First Choice could do something to stop people whinging about nothing that too would be good; I had considered the use of a cattle prod myself. Perhaps all package holidays are like this, I wouldn’t know as this was my first packager.
Having said all this, Playa Flamingo was fab and I would defo go again.
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Hi, many thanks for your comments and we will take them on board and address these with the staff. We are very proud to welcome our customers from Falcon and Ireland. We’re glad that you had a great time with us and we hope that this will be the first of many package holidays with Falcon and First Choice and the first of many visits to Holiday Village Flamingo Beach.
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