We've just got back from a week at the Colours West with our 3 teenage boys. It was our first experience of All Inclusive - we usually go self-catering - and we had a great time. The food was the main reason for me! Not only did I not have to think about shopping or cooking, but the quality and choice of the food was amazing. As a vegetarian, with meat-eating sons, we were all well catered for; I couldn't believe the range of fresh salads, cheeses, vegetable dishes etc. I would have liked to have seen more fresh fruit (strawberries were abundant in the markets), and the desserts looked amazing but generally didn't taste so good. But I'm nit-picking. We were never at a loss as to what to eat.
The location of the hotel is very odd, slap in the middle of a building site with nothing but other, massive hotels around. But there is a market about 10 minutes walk away, and the beach is quite near, though it could do with a clean up. The first night I lay awake worrying there would be no way to entertain the boys, being in the sticks, but the buses were so cheap and efficient it was easy to go on day trips.
One criticism is that there is no information on arrival; you are told where your room is, and then have to find things out for yourselves. An information pack with hotel layout, activities, buses etc. would have been very welcome. I only learned on the last day that they do chips and burgers in the afternoon, and while it was of no interest to me, the boys would have loved it.
The hotel and staff are very laid-back which was a definite bonus. There are friendly, well-fed cats both around the pool and in the hotel which made the place feel more homely.
Entertainment was patchy. I know we were out of season, but one night with an English film would have been nice, and no effort to put on (they only did one film night while we were there, and that was in German). Though the animation team were friendly and very impressively multi-lingual!
I would recommend this hotel for a total break, I feel refreshed and relaxed!And the beds were the most comfortable I've ever slept on!
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