I read numerous views prior to our holiday and thought "oh my god, what have I done".
I even visited the travel agents and looked at alternatives!! However; I am so glad we didn't change. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we had the most fantastic time. Any teething problems there had been, appeared to have been overcome.
Admittedly, we did stay within the Royal Deluxe area, with a swim up room and if you can stretch to this I would certainly recommend you do. The activity area looked great but for us, having the choice was better.
Yes, if you want to be fussy the room could be bigger but it was ample for us (2 adults & 1 teenager, I think another one would have been okay too) but the facilities were fantastic, with ample storage.
The pools were great and always plenty of room to play without annoying others, despite the area being full and sunbeds taken. Yes some tiles were off the bottom of the pool, which could be uncomfortable at times but I did not see anyone with cuts though to say there wasn't. I don't though see how this could have been addressed, without draining the pool and that just wouldn't have been plausible.
Yes sunbeds could be a problem but again I think this was mainly a problem at the activity side, where everyone obviously wanted to be right by the pool. Within the deluxe are we got up about 9 am everyday and were happy to have a bed just a few seconds away from the pool, to the side.
The food was fantastic throughout, especially within the deluxe area, with a good choice of hot/cold food, wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany. We used this for breakfast / evening meals every day and only ventured to the restaurant at the activity side for lunch. This was nice but I agree with other views that it could be a nightmare in the evening and take the gloss off a little. I think this should be a little bigger and more inside to cater for demand.
The evening entertainment did not always suit our tastes but everyone appeared to be having fun; we enjoyed a comedy magician, motown singer and a Beatles tribute band, all of which had been drafted in to improve I think.
The lager, spirits, cocktails, wine and soft drinks were enjoyed by all of us. I love a lager, glass a red wine & a cocktail. I thoroughly enjoyed what was on offer. Snacks were also plentiful but not as easy to get within the royal deluxe area.
The pool bar within the relax area was fantastic and we ventured there most days. I loved the idea of sitting on a stool at the bar with water lapping round the waist.
All staff from the cleaners, bar staff and hotel staff were brilliant but maybe you only get back what you give (some people seem so miserable despite being on holiday).
I did hear that only in the royal deluxe area was bottled water supplied, which I felt was wrong and we could not get our heads round why this was, as this would not appear to be fair.
Everyone we spoke to, from various areas of the UK, all appeared to be very impressed with this resort and we certainly had the best holiday so far, despite our boy having an ear infection for the last 2 days. Many of these satisfied customers were from the activity area too, not just relax / deluxe.
To be fair I think this resort is definately a 5 star resort, I have stayed in 3, 4 & 5 star and know the difference but if people want to find fault they will.
Also sometimes things do happen, which are out of anyones control and I think when choosing a holiday you need to take this into account.
I spoke with many people who thought the same and also enjoyed, what they rated, as their best holiday ever.
We didn't have much contact with the first choice staff but on the occasion we did we could not fault them. What I would say is unlike some resorts they didn't attempt to force you into joining in and only encouraged you, which meant there were no uncomfortable moments for us.
To give you an idea of what to expect, a family we got friendly with suggested that along with an assortment of cheese being offered with an evening meal, crackers & biscuits should also. Guess what, the next evening crackers were there!! They really are trying to improve and respond to holiday makers wishes, where possible.
We would love to return but fear the price increase may prevent us from doing so. Also we like to visit different places. Our biggest problem, I fear is finding a holiday, which will now match our expectations.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Village Rhodes Hotel Kolimbia
- Holiday Village Rhodes Greece