Having found it too hot when we visited in early July last year, we went in mid September this year. The temperature was much more comfortable (still lovely and warm though), but of course it got dark much earlier. Like other reviewers have said, flies were out in numbers, but on the plus side we didn't see any wasps or mosquitos! We did notice the hotel seemed quieter, and getting sunbeds on the beach was less of a challenge.
I find the wide range of views on this hotel interesting, and I guess it depends upon previous experiences elsewhere and individual likes and dislikes - everyone's different of course. Perhaps I can sum it up like this - the hotel ticks our boxes because what we want is a week relaxing on the beach in the sun, swimming and snorkelling in clean and clear water, the option of activities and some entertainment in the evenings if we want it, clean and comfortable accommodation, options for lunch/dinner, and a range of food and drink of a good quality. In our view, we get all this and more at this hotel. We spoke to several English couples who had also returned for a second, third or even fourth visit, so clearly we are not alone.
Yes, some of the food in the main restaurant could be hotter, and yes one small part of the restaurant is a little akin to a canteen, but other parts (like the huge range of breads and salads) are beautifully presented with nice touches like carved fruit/vegetables. Yes, the planes go over the hotel, but the loud noise lasts seconds. The trade-off is the short transfer time!
On the beach, you get the best of both worlds. The hotel's beach has lots of rocks but these are teeming with life and therefore brilliant for snorkelling close to the shore - just wear swimming shoes to protect your feet when you enter the water. Just past the watersports, the sister hotel's beach is rock-free, with warm shallow water stretching out a long way over sand. We love the beach bar where you can get drinks, snacks, fruit, ice cream and a light lunch, and it's a lovely place to sit and relax out of the sun when you want to. The toilets there are also very handy when you're spending your days on the beach.
As I don't know how "stars" are awarded abroad, I think rather than trying to quantify whether somewhere is properly a five star, four star or whatever, I tend to consider whether the holiday was worth what we paid - did we get value for money - and the answer is a resounding yes. This is the first time we have ever gone back for a second visit to anywhere, and we would happily return for a third time, which I hope says it all.
- Also Known As:
- Porto Bello Royal Hotel Kardamena
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Kardamena
- Porto Bello Beach
- Kos Porto Bello Beach
- Porto Bella Beach
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Hotel
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Kos/Kardamena