Just come back from a lovely holiday here and although there is nothing you can fault the hotel on it certainly isn't a 5 star hotel. If I'd been going expecting and paying for 4* then I would have been happy but this is just too dated now.
I look at trip advisor to inform me of my decisions and to give me tips for my journey so that's how I'm going to review club magic life.
This hotel has lovely food and a great entertainment/activity schedule. The resort is secure and the kids club is quite relaxed but there aren't children 'all over'. Likewise there are couples,
singles, families - there doesn't seem to be one audience for this hotel BUT there is a strong 'fun' vibe aimed at the over 16s. There is no 'band' system and I have no idea how or if the bar staff know who is over 18. There is also A LOT of smoking, there are non smoking bar and restaurant areas but when I was there guests were laid smoking at the edge of the pool and yes drinks are served in glass around the pool. As someone else has mentioned the swim up bar was closed during my visit. There are lots of sun loungers around the activity pool and on the beach. The pool ones are reserved with towels from 6:30! When you're in the pool there is no real view, I missed that, only the hotel can be seen which doesn't really do wonders for you.
The resort is large, don't be fooled by the room numbers in the Thompson brochure and when Thompson tell you it's a Thompson only hotel, they are telling you the truth but remember they trade in other countries!
Also, there are no lifts so you may be on the third floor, as we were, with no lift....that's 6 flights of stairs that are outdoors (no air con) in 40+ temperature - not to mention the walk to get to the accommodation block. You can probably request a ground floor room but my friend was in one of these and was plagued by Mosquitos on a night (we weren't). We also had a good view being higher up.
The room was ok, lovely big bed but very basic, not at all 5 *, the shower was a joke.
So, would I return....maybe but only if the hotel had a major overhaul. 10 years ago it was probably cutting edge now it just lets down the excellent entertainment, staff and food.
Hope that helps!
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