We are a family of 5 with 2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and 5 plus a newborn baby of 3 months. We have travelled a lot with our children over the years and this is by far the worst hotel we have stayed in. I have been a travel agent for 15 years and know that Greece is more basic than other European standards, however our room was old and very shabby, the kitchen as described was basically a sink which we used a turned over cup to be able to fill it up ( no plug!!) not great when we were sterilizing baby bottles ( there was not any saucepans or bowls or tubs and we also asked in the restaurant and bar too!) The beds and pillows were dirty and the whole room looked like it hadn't had a revamp since the 80s- very different to the description and pictures on their lovely website. Apparently they do have new modern rooms as the rear of the hotel but were full so no chance of moving, however we didn't unpack for 2 days in the hope of being moved-to no avail.
We actually liked the grounds, they were really pretty and had fruit including oranges, limes and grapes growing all over the place. The Pine Forest was all around us so that was beautiful and the walk to the beach was nice through the forest. The beach was amazing and the waters were crystal clear so our children enjoyed snorkelling and playing in the shallow waters. There were plenty of loungers and umbrellas and there was a great beach bar with music playing and a decked bar area- think it was party central at night on the beach, however we didn't manage that with the kids in tow!
Back to the hotel, The food..
I enjoyed the Greek salads with lots of olives, feta cheese, fresh breads etc however the rest of the food was a bit tricky to identify! the children ended up living on noodles and chips with odd exception of trying the local fish, the problem we found was that everything was swimming in watery juices and although we did eat it and liked some of it- us adults were both really poorly and had chronic diarreah and needed 2 trips the pharmacy - 15 minutes away. This I think spoilt it for us, we were really cautious after that and barely ate.
The Entertainment was ok. We were actually the only family from the UK there this week, although we were told 3 other families were there last week. We didn't mind though as part of the holiday is to mix with different nationalities, although I think the children were disappointed to not make any friends. Because there were a lot of Romanians and Russians the entertainment was based around that, as was the food. Having said that, the Entertainment Leader Simon was a lovely guy and was British, he was great with our 2 boys and he loved them! they did enjoy the kids club and the mini disco. He was really friendly and helped us out no end, even got us the saucepan with a lid which we needed for our babys bottles, he also provided us with a bottle warmer and found armbands and a giant shark inflatable for the boys- so thank you Simon who made the holiday for our boys.
Would we go again or recommend- probably not.
Halkidiki is beautiful and if we picked a better hotel then we would of enjoyed it a whole lot more.
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- Also Known As:
- Chrousso Village Hotel Paliouri
- Chrousso Village Paliouri, Greece - Halkidiki