First time on a Warner holiday and I loved it. For years, since we had kids, we've tried various different holiday formulas; villas, hotels, apartments etc...and always I have found myself frustrated by the lack of easy access to watersports. Mark Warner, as many of you know, solves this by providing all inclusive access to a whole range of modern dinghy's, windsurfing boards, canoes and paddle boards. The great thing is, there is more than plenty to go round thus keeping the completion in the right place, on the water. Boats range from a Pico all the way to top of their top of the range RS500 and there are a whole range of windsurfing boards and sails. Everyone is catered for from kids to middle aged water adrenaline junkies. RYA courses are also offered at incredibly reasonable prices so when your kids are having lessons, you can play. The staff are amazing. I've sailed and rented kit from many resorts around the world and I reckon this crew are one of the most professional I've encountered. No hassle, no queues, rigged boat and no packing away, all done for you with a smile and good hearted attitude. Makes a change from hiring off some grumpy geezer who thinks he's doing you a favour taking your money for the privilege of sailing his out of date kit. Truly genius. Talking to some of the Warner 'veterans' Kos is the most stocked in terms of kit, add to that a pretty constant force 4+ (often 5+) in the afternoons then I'm sold. I also peddled a bit and took one of the mountain bike tours, my wife played Tennis and got into Pilates and my sons did their RYA courses. All good. In fact from a social aspect I found the mountain biking the best way to meet people, there is more opportunity to chat whilst 'doing', at least when not pumping up hill. Not once did I talk about work, why would you when there is so much common ground on the activities front. The hotel was clean, with spacious interconnecting rooms and the food quality was fantastic. Meals are however buffet, so be prepared for the hassle that comes from uncoordinated hungry families all wanting food at the same time. The hotel itself isn't Warner run (I'd guess 50% Warner guests) but the staff were really friendly and helpful. I did feel the hotel struggled with the sheer numbers of people, the restaurant looks like a badly designed canteen, the general decor uninspiring and the use of it's seating and hanging out areas unimaginative. I believe this impacted the 'vibe' and could be why we will only return for a week rather than two and also means I dont score the overall holiday as a 5. Also lots of complaints about lack of wifi in the rooms and where it did exist (in the lobby) was often unavailable or at best slow. As for the Warner clientele, well of course we are very well behaved bunch. Almost exclusively families at this time of year with a heavy teen presence due to the wide range of activities on offer to keep them busy during the day. The demographic is very Home Counties driven no doubt by price and the types of sports offered. To be honest I'd personally prefer more diversity but until sailing, windsurfing and tennis become more common place across social spectrum's then I suppose Mark Warner will attract a certain demographic. But I am generalising of course. Mid week I bumped into a like minded adrenaline junkie itching to get a bigger fix in a faster boat. The last two days were spent sailing the RS500 alternating between helm and crew in force 5 winds. On the last day we ditched the sailing regatta and opted to free sale out on the ocean accompanied by a few windsurfers similarly chasing their speed fix. What a boat, we didn't want to stop, eventually we were politely asked to return to shore so they could pack up. That boat left us tired wet, bruised and happy and I guess that's part of Warner ethos, you take and make what you want out of a Warner holiday. We we can, we will definitely go back.
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