I see there are some mixed reviews and I probably think that different age ranges will offer different points of view but we were a family of 3 my wife and I of 58 and our son of 25 so our review is one from an overall point of view. We were all inclusive which allowed three self service buffet meals per day with ample choice but don't expect 4* quality or choice as the hotel is rated 3* and that's probably pushing it but we did not go hungry. The bathrooms are very small indeed not much room in the shower for a person of the larger size. The rooms have air conditioning but we were asked to pay extra as this was not included, which I understand, but we were also charged a fee to use the safe box in the room and that's taking things a step too far because after all its a metal box with a lid that had permanently been bolted to the wall. So there are no on costs or running costs. If you are looking for a lively place or entertainment then look somewhere else as this will not be to your tastes. The rooms are basic but clean with maid service all days except Sunday. The all inclusive is for local brands and not branded drinks but you can pay an extra if you prefer. Personally their cocktail making skills leave a lot to be desired.
The eating area is open and spacious and leads to the swimming pool and terrace with gorgeous views over the Iona and this is where we spent most of our time. They have a deck area below but it's quite a long way down and if you are the older person or perhaps not as a able as you used to be it will seem like a hike and even worse going back after a long day. Personally the beach area is too rocky for us too. Again for the younger more mobile person but beware of the biting insects nearer the shore. I usually get bitten but for a 7 day break was only bitten once, whilst some younger people who spent more time on the decks nearer the beach were very badly bitten. In the evening you can dine at leisure and then sit around the pool area until 11 o'clock when the all inclusive finishes. You can still drink but there's a charge (or just order a few drinks before last orders) Our rooms were located just opposite the reception just up a few flights of stairs and I heard no noise at all when we were in the room.
Ipsos is the biggest town, which you will pass onto the way to the hotel. It's the usual place you would associate with a beach front. Bars, cafe's, restaurant's and trinket shops. Nothing special really but we went out for one night and the cab will cost you Euros 10 each way. Barbati is the smaller town and it's very small just a few shops and some beach front restaurants but unless you like rocky beaches it's not much to write home about. However if you get the opportunity rent a boat for the day when you are there. We did and it was a great day and 5 of us for a whole day out at sea for 100 Euro's. We pre-booked and they picked us up from the hotel we had arranged a packed lunch but it was so awful we feed the sandwiches to the fish. We travelled the full length nearing Albania one minute and then stopping at Ipsos the next. Mooring up in some cove and diving into the crystal clear waters is not something that you get the opportunity to do every day and it's money well spent.
Overall for a 7 day break it was fab a holiday is of course what you make it but I am not sure if I could stay here for a 14 day holiday but for a short relaxing 7 day break give it a go.
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