As a family of four with two children aged 11 and 7 we thoroughly enjoyed our two-week stay at this hotel and found it very relaxing and refreshing. Overall the holiday exceeded our expectations and we do wonder if we stayed at the same place as some of the other reviewers because we have such a difference of opinion and for us the good points far outweighed the minor niggles.
The hotel itself was very clean and tidy, and everything was kept to a good standard. We had a first-floor family room on the south side of the hotel facing the pool, which was a nice location. The room was as expected and ideal for the minimal time we spent in it - one tip is that the TV had a USB socket on the back so you can watch your own films from a memory stick. We had a safe for €35 for the two weeks (mainly because we stayed at Egypt last year), but it seemed such a nice place that it probably wasn't necessary.
The restaurants were good and provided an excellent variety of food with some themed nights during the week (mexican and chinese). The kids always enjoyed their meals and even the most fussy of eaters would have found something that they could enjoy.
We spent most of our time on the beach rather than the pool and there was always plenty do there. The sea was warm and was very safe for children as it was still quite shallow even 50m out. It was also quite good for snorkeling as the sea was clear and there were quite a lot of fish about - try feeding them some bread! The pedalos and kayaks were free to use for 30 mins at a time which we frequently made use of. This is also the first holiday where I didn't have to bother about putting towels down as there were always sunbeds free at both the pool and beach.
The splashpark was fantastic and we all had a great time there. The slides were all good and had just about the right level of fear factor for our kids. The staff at the waterpark were all very good, very friendly and keen for you to enjoy yourselves while keeping safety in mind. Our son was 7 (average size) and was allowed on all the slides, although he did have to have his height checked every time. On most of the rides you had to go on a double rubber ring and some people were refused to go on some of the slides because of the weight difference between them and their child as the staff were concerned that if the weight difference was too great the ring could flip over. Lazy river was very relaxing!
In the evenings we either went to the beach bar or into town, so can't really comment of the quality of the entertainment. The cocktails were actual proper cocktails at this hotel with some effort put in and served in a glass - not what we've been used to previously which was some sort of horrible concoction served in a little plastic cup.
We went into Kardamena a few times in the evenings and enjoyed the small shops. The free bus service provided by the hotel was great and saved us spending on taxis, which would have been €9 each way.
I think a special mention has to go to all the staff at this hotel who all worked very hard and were always friendly and helpful.
A couple of things I think worth mentioning are that the pool is saltwater and can sting your eyes so bring goggles. The other thing is that halfway through our holiday they insisted on closed toe shoes and long trousers in the main restaurant and were turning some people away for not meeting the dress code.
We went on three excursions, but used Ticket Travel in Kardamena rather than First Choice, because they were less than half the price. We did the Turkey shopping trip which was good for getting some bargains. Then we did the 3 bay cruise, which was another good day out - Bubble Beach is definitely worth a visit. Then we did the 3 Island Cruise on a boat called Katerina, which was the best of the lot as we had a real character of a chap entertaining us, making this the best day of our holiday.
Having stayed at four holiday villages previously I'd say that this was our best holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantica Hotel Kardamena
- Atlantica Hotel Porto Bello Beach
- Atlantica Porto Bello Beach Kos/Kardamena