This is the 2nd time we have returned to this place within a year, and we found it to be just as relaxing and value for money.
Although the prices on some websites can be off-putting, until you go there you cannot appreciate the quality and variety of the food and drink, and entertainment. The hotel is worth every penny. The theme nights in the restaurant whilst we were there were Chinese, Mexican, Greek etc, and it's hard to describe the quality of the Italian restaurant until you have tried their pizza!
This year, we managed to catch the Mamma Mia show and it was one of the best things we have ever seen- professional and entertaining, with amazing singing, acting and dancing- it was fabulous.
We went for 2 weeks this year, as opposed to the 11 nights last time, and I will say this: if you are looking for a hotel based holiday, this is definitely the place to be. There is a huge entertainment base catering for the kids day and night, and we barely saw our daughter most days. For adults, bingo, water polo, aqua aerobics, pilates, volleyball and quizzes take place through the day, and the beach provides water-sports like the pedalos (some of them are not free though, e.g. the speedboat raft, and jet-skis), but if you're the type who likes to venture outside the hotel then this is not the place to come.
Nea Moudania is extremely run-down an there is truthfully nothing at all to see in the town. We had a couple of days rain whilst we were there, so because the pool area was closed off we took advantage of the free mountain bikes from the hotel.... We biked to the supermarket and then went the other way down the beach path- it is literally a ghost-town. We were back within an hour-and-half. Excursions are available; water parks, cruises etc, but if you were to take advantage of all these just to pass the time then it would end up costing a bomb. In fairness, the lazy-pool holiday is my type of holiday, and this hotel provides me with everything I need. It's relaxing and friendly, but a word of warning: Last year, we came in late June, but this year we arrived on 24th May which was a lovely quiet week; no queues, no sun-bed rush, no shoving in the dinner hall... Then the following week was Britain's school half-term week and the chaos began. The hotel was jam-packed and I have never seen it so busy. There was huge queues at all the bars (it took me 20 mins to be served one time), and the queues for the dining hall were horrendous between half past 7 and 8pm. Also, last year when we made our reservations for the 3 a-la-carte restaurants, we were in and out and signed up within a couple of minutes. This year, you had to queue up from 9.00am for it, and I swear some people must have camped outside the door- and people were still waiting to be signed up an hour later. For this reason, we only booked into the Italian on the first week we were there, which we were very disappointed about.
Then there came the sun-bed chaos. Bear in mind we came here last year, and were there for a week before the half-term deluge, and I have never experienced a hotel where people are laying on sunbeds at 7.15am, no word of a lie. Last year, we strolled down to the pool about 10.30 and always got a bed- this year, we had to get down there before 9am to try and squeeze in somewhere! Please don't let this put you off though. My only advice would be not to go in the school holidays! We will go back again for sure, just not during half-term! And it wasn't the children who were the problem either, it was some adults who I found to be ignorant this year, pushing past kids who were waiting patiently at the bars etc.
Anyway, on a final note, we requested the same block as last year and they catered for us too, so any requests you might have, do drop them an email in advance because they will bend over backwards to accommodate them.
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