What can I say but Superb!
I booked this resort with Neilson as I quite fancied a holiday with a little something going on, I'm not a 'sit by the pool all day' sort of person, but didn't want to rely on excursions to do something a little different. I was not disappointed.
Having read some of the reviews on here I was a little apprehensive, 'pool bar dirty', 'young unqualified people running the resort', 'food not good', oh I could go on... Nonsense, all of it. The 'young people' were having the time of their lives looking after the guests and had such enthusiasm to get everyone involved (but not pushy!), it was a joy to see, and let me tell you they were very professional, worked very, very hard, with long hours, but always had a smile for you.
The activities were as active or as relaxing as you wanted them to be. I took part in the Laser racing, Tennis coaching, Water Polo, Spa, Aqua, and all that went with it, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Yes things could have been better, George Clooney and Daniel Craig could have been serving cocktails in 'those' trunks, but that's just being picky! (Would have been nice though ...)
The food was plentiful and varied, and the staff were very attentive, for those who commented on this site of having to wait for drinks, I've dined in some of the finest restaurants in the UK and Europe, and at times I've had to wait for drinks, but never lost any sleep over it. If this is the only thing people can find to complain about they maybe need to get a life!
Emma was especially good, and attended to us with a lovely smile every day, and went out of her way to make sure we were enjoying our holiday, as did all the staff working there. Collette couldn't have been more helpful, and was always there to keep things running smoothly. The bar staff always had a good giggle at the antics going on around the pool, especially when Holly was putting us through our paces in the Aqua! Great fun!
Being out on the water and getting such good tuition on the Laser was fantastic, I never managed to be fully competent, but boy can I correct an upturned boat with ease now! Never laughed so much ...
As for the Tennis, I couldn't believe how much I learned in such a short space of time, I even won a volley tournament ... Me, blimey how surprised was I!
All the activities were being photographed by 2 fantastic photographers, both of who I found to be extremely professional and took the most amazing shots I have seen! Joe was an absolute joy to chat to, and took some great action shots of the guys out on the water. I booked a photoshoot session with Connor who took absolutely stunning shots, my Grandmother cried when she saw them they were so beautiful! He really caught the light of those sunsets, and actually made me look quite good (not easy). He'll go far, and I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes the next Lord Lichfield!
We booked the full board package, and was so glad we did, the Greek night was such a giggle and the food fantastic, again. Watching Mama Mia under the stars enjoying a few cocktails was such a relaxing way to end the day too.
So, try as I might I couldn't find fault with anything, maybe there was something there that wasn't perfect, but given how much the staff there made the holiday fun, exciting, and an absolute joy, I wouldn't have cared anyway.
It's a shame the resort is closing, but I'm led to believe the new resort in Kalamata is to be the Anastasia replacement, I'll look forward to catching up with them all again over there next year!
Great time, and happy memories ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xenios Anastasia Resort & SPA is located on the shore of the Aegean Sea, 3 km from the nearest fishing village and away from other hotels. Our hotel offers 115 spacious, cozy rooms of different categories. You can choose a room with a view of the azure endless sea or rest your eyes on the panorama of emerald green mountains strewn with pine trees. The hotel has two bars, where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails throughout the day on "Ultra All-Inclusive" basis. In the restaurant you will enjoy a variety of Mediterranean, Greek and International dishes. SPA area features a heated pool with Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and treatments for face and body. If you prefer workout exercise, Xenios Anastasia Resort & SPA has two tennis courts and a gym, open from 9:00am till 9:00pm. For the younger guests Xenios Anastasia Resort offers Kids Club, where your child can prove himself an artist, actor or a dancer at the evening children's disco. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, Orbitz, TripOnline SA, Expedia, Cheap Tickets and Booking.com so you can book your Xenios Anastasia Resort & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Anastasia Nea Skioni