My wife and I were looking for a week in the sun as cheaply as possible after spending a fortune on our wedding and honeymoon in December 2011. The Olive Garden, at a little over £500 for a week all-inclusive with flights and transfers, fitted the bill perfectly.
If you've booked here and go in with your eyes open, you'll have a good time. I totally agree with the reviewer further down who got frustrated with people moaning all the time. No, this isn't five-star accommodation or cuisine, but then you're not paying five-star prices.
We found the food to be a little repetitive, especially breakfast, but evening meals were - on the whole - fresh and tasty, if a little simple. Drinks were, again, what you'd expect from a cheap all-inclusive. The draught beer was fizzy lager which did a job after a hot and thirsty day on the beach, but was not something you'd probably want to drink all evening. The red wine was drinkable and the spirits were all local.
We took breakfast every morning, made up some sandwiches and then headed to the beach, returning for drinks and an evening meal, which meant we never sampled the lunchtime offerings. The beach is a little further away than advertised (perhaps more like 600m than 300m) but no more than a 10-minute stroll. It is quite pebbly but there were frequent signs all the way along indicating where sandbags had been laid underwater to help you wade out.
We found that it was worth the extra effort to get up a little earlier and take one of the regular buses up the coast to Lindos (1.60e per person each way). The beaches there, especially the smaller one, were beautiful and the fact it was a small bay meant the water was calm, crystal clear and felt a little warmer. Lindos is also lovely to wander around with lots of mazy, cobbled streets full of shops, tevernas and bars. Just make sure to wear suitable footwear (flip-flops are not really a good idea) to explore because the streets are quite smooth and slippery. If you want to return a little earlier and don't fancy the climb back up through Lindos town, there is a 2.45pm boat which takes you on a 40-minute cruise back down the coast to Lardos for only 7.50e each.
Back to the Olive Garden, there was no entertainment as such in the evenings, which we preferred but wouldn't appeal to all. Take a pack of cards or fill your iPad up with games and films. This is a place for couples and families who are happy to turn in at 11am, with Pefkos and Lindos the places to go for a livelier night out. We didn't make it into Lardos, but were told by others that Valentino's was the place to eat. It should be pointed out, though, that Lardos is not a 'short stroll' as we had been led to believe. It's probably 20 minutes and not really safe at night due to the busy road. You're looking at a taxi ride if you want to venture up there.
The hotel was in the process of being sold while we were out there and we were told that the owners have big plans to overhaul the whole design of the place. This would benefit the hotel hugely because there were a few odd things about it - partitioned canteen area basically in the reception and three steep steps to carry food trays down. However, the pool area was nice and we enjoyed relaxing in the pleasant gardens with a drink after returning from the beach.
The room was dated (especially the bathroom), but more than adequate as a base for a week. It was cleaned every day and linen changed every couple of days.
All in all, go here expecting basic facilities at a decent price and you won't be disappointed.
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