We are NOW at the Mitsis Blue Domes Hotela and are loving every minute. This is one of the best holidays we have had in years. But before I begin with the positives, I want to make one note. This is not a place to come if you have problems climbing stairs. I am in fairly good shape. I am a non-smoker and used to walking. But as we are here with a baby and I am often carrying both him and his baby supplies. I find the walk from our room to the main dining area exhausting. A couple of months prior to arrival I contacted the General Manager of the hotel, Mr Fakes. I explained to Mr Fakes about our baby and requested a room closer to the main hotel. My request was ignored and instead our room is one of the furthest from the main dining area. This has been our biggest disappointment. The hotel grounds is built on a slope and there is a massive staircase leading to the main building. So, if you have special needs, or if you find walking uphill tiring, this is probably not the place for you.
Other than this, I would say that the staff of Mitsis Blue Domes is one of the hardest working and most committed I have seen. The design of the hotel is amazing. It is a beautiful hotel with a stunning series of pools and a beautiful sea view. Our room, a "family room" is very large. It is two level, with a master bedroom and bathroom upstairs, and a living area and bathroom downstairs. Our view is to the garden, but we have a nice sitting area, a patio near a grassy area. It is a perfect room for a family with a small child.
Also excellent for families is a wonderful childrens play area, managed by a British woman who works tirelessly to keep the place not only clean and organized but fun for the children as well. She and her staff watch over their children carefully. The children's area is like a small disney world, with a real carousel, several swings, slides, teter-toters and a nice swimming pool in the shape of a moat around the castle, which serves as the children's playhouse. The play house is organized like a classroom with ongoing activities and non-stop entertainment. Very nice indeed.
The children's area is not only great for people with kids, it is great for people without kids. Probably because of the well managed children's area, which is a magnet for the hotel's kids, the other swimming pools are practically devoid of babies making them very quiet and relaxing. If you are here without kids, you may not notice how many they are, except for during breakfast when the children's area is not yet opened.
We have stayed in many all inclusives and have found that one of the sacrifices is the food quality. Usually the food at all inclusive hotels is chotic, dull and repetitive. Not at Blue Domes. There 3 main dining areas. First, in the main restaurant a buffet style dining area, second in the 6 snack restaurants near the pool area and third, the ala cart restaurants near the beach. Of these three dining areas, the BEST is the ala cart restaurants, the next best is the snack restaurants and, not surprisingly the buffet style dining area the least interesting. The good news is that you can book the ala cart restaurants everyday, and we try to do that. The quality of the food and the atmosphere of the ala cart restaurants is similar that of any quality restaurant you may visit. There are 4, Greek, Mexican, Asian and Italian. Of the 4, we have tried 3 (Mexican is tonight) and the Asian is the best. But they are all very good. The snack area restaurants near the pool are almost as good. For example, one of the snack restaurants, is a sushi restaurant which serves some of the best sushi we have eaten. The main dining area, while very nice for an all inclusive, does have a tendancy of being repetitive and lower quality. Particulary disappointing is breakfast, which features limp waffles, canned fruits and tastless artificial nectar, rather than fruit juice (as is the case of most Greek hotels). But they do their best to please. As an example, we requested baby food for our very fussy little eater. Yiota, the manager of the food and beverage team did her very best to please him, and offered every kind of food she could manage. Unfortunately, he is very difficult and would not eat anything she offered, but we were very impressed with the effort she and her team made. Thanks again to Yiota.
If animation teams are important to you, you may be disappointed here. We like the fact that the animation team is not "ever present". We find in some hotels that the animation team adds to the chaos and makes it hard to relax. At Blue Domes, we really only notice the animation team during the evening entertainment. We have seen notices of daytime activities, but perhaps since we are usually with our baby in the children's area, we have not participated in any hotel activiites. The result is that the hotel has a rather quiet and relaxed, elegant atmosphere. Perhaps too quiet for some, but just the way we like it.
All-in-all, this has been an incredible holiday. We will DEFINATELY return to this incredible place. We may even try other hotels of the Mitsis chain. But the next time we will be more insistant about getting a room closer to the main dining area.
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- Also Known As:
- Mitsis Blue Domes Resort And Spa
- Mitsis Blue Domes Hotel Kardamena
- Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa Kos/Kardamena