We travelled in the first week of the school term in September so the Village was perhaps a little less busy. Reception was quick, if a little short on information. It shares that block with an adults bar at the site's southern tip, being a pleasant walk of about 300m to the restaurant block, which also opens out at its northern exit to a quiet shaded beach just a few paces across an otherwise quiet dead-end road. It’s often quite breezy, the temperature was high 70s – mid 80s every day.
All rooms are in small blocks dotted over the entire site; ours in the 200s was quieter, spacious, modern, well-appointed (although the air con is on a remote control with no instructions). It was kept clean for the entire stay, including free safe, fridge, water and cuppa makings. You will hear noise at night if you’re anywhere near the performance area, which is youngster oriented until quite late, by when some singers etc take over for the adults.
The site has loads going on with a total of 4 pools and several activities venues, all of which are well supervised; in fact I counted 21 First Choice staff at breakfast and was told they all had various roles on that site alone! They are attentive and organise themes most days to suit all the various ages of youngsters. We always found quiet corners though, when needed - the grounds being well kept and attractive.
The main restaurant is always clean, serving all the main meals to an extremely high standard, variety and choice, albeit with little or no ambiance. From 10am to 5pm there’s also a great help yourself snack bar, with good choice of hot and cold food, drinks and ice creams, both sets of staff friendly and attentive. Elsewhere are two other bars and shady tables where cocktails or hot drinks are served. There are a couple of alternative evening meal venues onsite, Greek, Italian and American, but not every night. The local strip is about a 10-15 minute walk away, but it’s only a relatively quiet place but with all the usual facilities.
Directly outside the northern end of the site is the bus stop for Kos city, leaving more or less to time about 10 times a day for 2 euros each way. Once there, you can catch regular services to just about every other village (and the airport) on the island. We hired a car and found the good main spinal road wide, with most minor roads also safe and well surfaced. That said, it’s the bicycle that rules here, with loads easily hired everywhere.
The main town is tidier than most of those on other Greek Islands; it’s low rise and well worth a walk (or cycle) around, a lovey mix of ancient ruins, modern shops and cafes. A ‘noddy train’ ride away is the island’s main archaeological site, which is an interesting couple of hours and great views for 4 euros.
We’ve been to most of the Greek tourist islands and this is certainly NO backwater. There really are some lovely views and quieter spots, and although modern, the island pace is a little slower. Now in our 60s, this was our first time here, and both the island and Atlantica Holiday Village provided a really great holiday (though we did choose to travel outside of the school hols). The departures at the airport should be better organised with more display screens and seats needed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Village Kos piles on a whole host of fun and games, with things like kids' clubs and an activity pool. On top of that, it's grabbed a top spot right by the beach. Holiday Village Kos is a real all-rounder. As well as a hat-trick of pools, it throws up a huge list of sports and activities, and restaurants that tick off Italian, Greek and American food. This place gets top marks for its location - there's a sandy beach footsteps away, and a 15-minute walk will put you in the centre of Marmari. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magic Life Kos Marmari
- Holiday Village Kos By Atlantica Marmari