My partner and I stayed at the Coral Beach from 29 June to 8 July, 2010. Overall we enjoyed the holiday, and would recommend the Coral Beach to anyone wanting a good value holiday, without too many frills.
We were on the all inclusive option, and were well satisfied with the quality of the food, and although the alcoholic drinks are not UK brands they are hard to distinguish and are very enjoyable.
I agree with previous comments about the absence of a bar with a nice (indoor) seating area, and it would probably be easy enough to link the indoor bat to the reception by a conservatory-type structure to create one.
One of the main plus points of the resort is the enthusiasm of its fantastic staff. It is probably unfair to single any for special comment, but Pancho and Carol in Reception get a mention for their willingness to go the extra mile to ensure that guests get the most out of their holiday experience. All the staff in the dining room do an excellent job, as do the cleaners, gardeners and maintenance staff. We have stayed in 5-star resorts in Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia and would say that the staff at Coral Beach are the best we have come across.
Another good feature is the size of the guest accommodation, which is in the style of 2-bed roomed semi-detached bungalows, with a large bathroom, kitchen, and lounge area. The downside is that walls dividing the bungalows are not soundproofed and there are few soft furnishings to absorb noise, so you can hear conversations (and anything else!) in the adjoining bungalows . We were lucky to have very good neighbours, and if the two ladies who occupied number 7 whilst we were in number 8 are reading this - thanks for your consideration.
The resort is in a quiet area which has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that there is no disturbance from bars etc, but there is little in the way of evening entertainment. The two members of the animation team do a good job for the children, but their efforts for the adults are confined to quizzes and competitions which gets a bit boring. We did however, have quite a good singer on the Sunday evening which was the only opportunity for a bit of a dance - a big hello to our fellow dancers from Poole - and more of this type of entertainment or Karaoke or similar should be introduced. A word of warning though about the weather - all the entertainment is outside and whilst we were there it was quite cool in the evenings so you need something warm to wear.
The free shuttle bus into Play Blanca goes and collects twice a day, and the drivers were punctual, friendly and courteous, but the last collection from Playa Blanca is at 5.00pm. I thought Playa Blanca was an attractive town, but looked a bit untidy - the garden areas are not well-maintained, and the dead leaves etc are not cleared up.
There is a lot more freedom at the Coral Beach for the guests to serve themselves with drinks as well as food than there is at most all-inclusive hotels, which is welcome in most respects, but the management should get to grips with children getting themselves alcohol, and in some cases being served alcohol in the dining room bar (since some parents seem to think it is OK). They should also ban all swimwear from the dining room bar and the dining room itself. Having to watch overweight men in budgie smuggler speedos spoils my appetite. They should also ban naked children from all areas!
Finally if you get the chance to go on a free “blanket tour” do not worry about being subject to a hard sell - it is a good way to see some of the island without hiring a car and at the end of it you just have to sit through a short(ish) presentation about bedding which is quite entertaining. We went to Famara which is a traditional village that we probably would not have thought of going to when we did hire a car. For anyone who does hire a car the cactus garden and Manrique’s house were very interesting, but the Caves of Lagomar (Omar Sharif’s house) was not worth the admission charge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vik Club Coral Beach located at the east of Playa Blanca, is a hotel enjoyed for its tranquility and calm. Let yourself be seduced by its impressive sea views and by the times of relaxion at the Chill Out. Live the Vik Club Coral Beach experience and forget everything. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vik Club Coral Beach Hotel Playa Blanca
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