Where to start! this was our second trip here with Thomsons, this time for two weeks, it hasn't changed since we last came in October.
The staff: the staff are what make it here, they are incredible, nothing is too much trouble, always smiling, happy and with a great sense of humour! The rep Georgia is new this year and she is lovely, there are lots of activities etc during the day but we are pool lizards so we didnt partake, we did hear lots of good feedback from other guests on italian lessons, pizza/pasta making and boules. Georgia is very approachable so you if want anything just ask her! she will always try her best to help.
Carmaine is the bar and restaurant manager and runs the show superbly, again nothing is too much trouble and he is always on the go wandering around talking to people, he takes his job to heart and tries to make everything as perfect as he can. Angelo and Giovanni run the main restaurant and are exactly the same, always around working away. The bar staff and waiters are also a great bunch and are always winding each other up despite the fact they all work very hard!
The food: well this place was the death of my waistline and despite being gluten free (this usually spells disaster and bathroom time abroad) i was treated to everything that everyone else got! a real novelty :)
All the food is fresh, well prepared and amazing but Ill break it down just in case you don't believe me ;)
breakfast is bacon, eggs, beans, mushrooms, pastries, an omelette station, meats cheeses, fruit, joghurt, cereal, toast, jams, in short everything! and if they havent got it they will get you it.
lunch is served beside the pool, there is a huge grill and bbq with different stuff every day, meat on spits, fish, salads,veg, pastas, fresh pizza is made, breads, ice cream (all day)
dinner is served in the main restaurant and there is a big buffet which is as well as the three course menu which is on every night! starters are usually pasta dishes or risotto, mains are fish, meat and veg but it varies, there wasnt one night that I didnt find something I liked though. The buffet is also varied but again gorgeous, potato gratin, all sorts of veg, prawn cocktails, salads and lots of puddings just meant there was literally too much every night! (I hope you have willpower, I failed miserably!)
The drinks: the bars are open in the lobby and beside the pool from 10am till midnight, coffees are served all day and so is water, coke etc. served by the glass and whereever you are they do waiter service! a nice touch especially beside the pool :)
The local wine is prosecco and its lovely at night in the restaurant all wine is served by the bottle and we also got a bottle of still water every night. We took the wine out to the lobby or the terrace if we didnt finish it in the restaurant and the staff were fine with it, they replaced it once it was empty as well which was lethal some nights! All spirits here are branded, no cheap stuff! its smirnoff vodka, beefeater gin etc they also do cocktails which we fell foul to, the day after was a hangover pool day! the bar staff are brilliant, mixing it up, dancing away (there is a few impromptu congas!) and generally having fun.
We are 30 and 32 and we had a great time, however although this is a great place its not a 'party' place by any means, its nice and quiet during the day (no music beside pool etc) and the average age is 50 odd, which isnt a bad thing at all but we did see some young couples who thought it was going to be livelier so just in case! there is entertainment at night a really good duo who play some great acoustic sets and some old favourites, a bit of something for everyone and they get people up and dancing.
The hotel runs a free bus down to sorrento which goes regularly, you can book on at reception and it takes you right to the centre, its about 15 mins each way. Sorrento itself is lovely and there are some good restaurants if you choose to eat out, we visited the foreigners club and Di Ginos which were really nice although watch out for service charges! The supermarket also does pretty good bits and bobs (especially if your gluten free) and is reasonably priced, we only bought snacks etc as we rented a car and had a few days out, if you order the night before though the hotel will put you up a great packed lunch.
We had a double room in the main block which was nice, just a standard room with double showers, double sinks etc and a tv with news and sport for the other half. awesome electronic blackout blinds which were controlled by a button, set an alarm these things are lethal! we woke up at 1pm on our first day haha! no problems with it and it did the job for us, you can pay extra to stay in the occhio marino block which we did last year and tbh we liked the main block better as we had noise from the pool last night which woke us up at 7am and there was no blackout blinds over there. Tbh if you want a specific type of room then email ahead and ask and there are different ones and its luck of the draw in some cases, we also got a nice bottle of wine on arrival as they knew it was our second time there:)
We didnt use the spa but again heard good things about it, the pool is also nice and clean and ok to swim in but isnt heated!! it became daily entertainment watching people getting in and the staff also tend to throw each other in now and again!
If anyone has any questions feel free to inbox me I think I have covered most things, like the title says, dont think about it, just go! you wont regret it.
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