Just back from 10 days holiday at the Tropicana Grand Azure, we were a family party of six, all adults and we had 3 rooms. We arrived at the hotel at approx 11pm on the 15th of June, check in was quite efficient we quickly were escorted to our rooms, we were lucky enough to have aroom with a pool view, most rooms had aview but some were not so well placed and the outlook was a wall. First impression was that the room was very large and well equipped, the A/C worked very well but was a bit noisy on the highest setting, the mini bar was empty and remained empty for the holiday. There was a large screen TV with various channels with some good movie channels as well.
We were told that we could have a late dinner in the restaurant, but there was not much food available and what was available was poor.
The resort is very large with loads of beds so there is no problem getting a bed if you prefer a late lie in. By 7am a lot of the beds were reserved by towels, I thought this strange as I am a very early riser, I found out after a couple of days that the pool attendants will reserve your beds for you for a small tip. The hotel has it’s own private section of beach with a very long jetty that takes you out to the coral reef, I really enjoyed my daily walks out to the end of the jetty.
The main pool is large and the water was really warm, there is swim up bar and the bar service was good, there are three other pools but we stuck to the main pool as it was close to our rooms. The waiters were very polite and helpful, unfortunately you are constantly annoyed by people trying to sell you massages and excursions, it started out ok but it was getting to me as the holiday progressed and I had to quite firmly tell them no more.
There are a number of restaurants offering food from around midday, the food was okay but definitely not 5 star, I raised this with the Thompsons rep pointing out that the food was a weak point. There are Al Carte restaurants as well but again the food was below my expectations. We actually ate out 4 of the 10 nights the food at the hard Rock café was good and very reasonably priced.
The Main reception area / bar is nice, it is temperature controlled which was a god send as the weather is very very hot even in the evenings. The staff work really long hours so by the end of the day you could see they were tired which was very understandable, I had no issues with any member of staff.
My boys wanted to go to Nama bay I didn’t but I bowed to the pressure, it was an experience to say the least, that place is a mad house and I would not recommend it.
We took three excursions all booked by a local tour operator Falcon Tours which is just along from the hotel. The star gazing tour was okay but there wasn’t much star gazing, the glass bottom boat was better, but the best was the quad bikes we all had a ball.
To sum up I really enjoyed the holiday but I was disappointed by the quality of the food, it was more what I would expect from a three star
PS watch out for the mozzies
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