Our stay in Koutoulafari was the best Holiday we'd had! The Astra is a brilliant hotel, it isn't exactly five star, but you get more than you pay for.
The rooms were cleaned regularly and were secure. Lots of space, and the maids do thier best to keep the place clean! You have to pay extra for air con, so just uy a cheap fan. Also, don't keep the room on the last day, it's 20 euro's and the bar is cooler.
The bar staff are absolutely amazing here! John is hillarious, never had a dull moment with him!!! Saving the best till last, Alex! He is a legend! His hugs are amazing and he will always talk to you, and happens to flirt alot! He also let me help him around the bar and we had some very...erm...interesting conversations at the pool bar! Both will go out of thier way to make you feel welcome and you never need to ask them twice for something. Thier friend on the other hand, whatever his name was, was slower than a slug on tranquilizers. Watching him make orange juice is amusing, he spends more time staring into space than actually SQUEEZING the damn orange!!! Also, I asked him for a drink on the menu that Alex had reccomended before, and he asked me "How do you make it". Now, considering he ran the bar, it seemed a little odd that he didn't know how to make it, so after ten minutes of trying to describe it, I decided I would have more luck drawing blood from a stone and went to get Alex, who gave me the recipie to tell the other guy. I think fifteen minutes later I got my drink, in which Mr Slow decided to be "Oh So Funny" and flip one of those tinsel on a stick things with the tinsel end IN the drink. Needless to say I wasn't pleased.
The manageress could probably make Morticia Adams win a happy contest. We called her Cruella de Ville, which is amusing, because the day I came back from holiday, I found somone had the same nick name for her! She was always grumpy, brisque, had a habbit of staring at you all the time, and spent more time patrolling the hotel grounds than actually being at her desk, which probably explains why Soula now works at reception as oppose to the bar. We had an inside joke of humming or singing the Cruella de Ville theme song whenever she came around. Overall, this "Ray of sunshine" was a bit of a sour faced cow, and reminded me of a Nazi security guard. Sheesh...
Soula, the other lady, now she is the total opposite to Cruella, so if you happen to arrive at midnight, hope that unlike us, you are faced with her after a long night of travelling as opposed to Cruella.She is always smiling and waving to people, happy to help, goes out of her way to be nice, a breath of fresh air compared to her co worker.
Now for the area of Koutouloufari! A brilliant resort because it is tranquil, there are a variety of good restaurantes and the night life is very near by. There is also a local shop or two in the area. There is a hill you have to get down to get to Hersonisoss, but we managed ok.
The area of hersonissos has a range of bars and restaurantes, I would reccomend New York, it's a night club bar kind of thing on a beach, and they play good music. Oh, and they don't bother with ID there, so if you look old enough, you're in!
Beaches in the area are okayish if you go at 6am or a secluded one somewhere where there isn't a festival of litter. Star beach was awsome, or looked it, I forgot my bikkini so I couldn't actually do anything there. *Sob*
As for excursions, don't book with a travel group, do them all independantly, as we did, and it was worth it, and cheaper!!! It is possible, ask other guests or Alex and John and you can get there!
Our Thomsons rep Alisha was also amazing, very friendly and knowledgable about the area, you can talk to her about absolutely anything, even unrelated to the holiday! She also does her best to make you feel very welcome and makes sure your stay is excellent.
Restaurantes in Kotouloufari I would reccomend are Esperos, Oliva and Oniros. Also, if you want a decent cocktail, just stay and have it at the Astra, as they have the best.
Brilliant holiday, going back next year fingers crossed!
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