We travelled as a family of 5, 2 adults and 3 children, aged 11, 9 and 7. Overall we had a lovely time. The food was fine - loads of variety and all very tasty. The main restaurant got very busy but if you get in there early for each meal then it is bearable! The wine is not watered down, it is just a lower alcohol percentage than we would be used to at home (10.5%). It isn't great but you soon get used to it and, considering the heat it is probably just as well it's not too strong!
The staff are very helpful if you are respectful to them. The restaurant staff particularly work so hard but some people just show them no respect at all. If you build up a rapport with them then you will definitely benefit from better service. Our particular thanks go to Giannis, a waiter in the main restaurant, Kostas, the chef who was constantly preparing fresh food in the restaurant and Sprios at the pool bar. All of these employees would chat to us and made sure we were well looked after. Dawn in Guest Relations is fantastic as well.
Our room was fine. The air conditioning is great and the beds are comfortable. Everything seemed clean. The bathroom was quite small and needed updating but we never had any problem getting hot water. We were right by reception which I assume must be one of the newer rooms.
We were dubious about the pools as they sometimes looked green and we had read previous reports on here about problems with the pools. I had a discussion with Dawn from Guest Relations and came away happy that the pools are safe to use even when they are green. The children loved the slides and there were plenty of sunbeds. On the downside, there were people using the pools inappropriately, eg infants with no nappies on being pulled out with dirty costumes, people changing dirty nappies right on poolside by the ice cream and bar! This is something that we feel really needs to be clamped down on as it was pretty disgusting and didn't fill us with much confidence about getting in the water!
The beach was lovely, really sandy and the sea was shallow for quite a way out so great for the children. Lots of fish so the children enjoyed looking for them with their snorkelling masks and nets! The only downside is having to pay for brollies and loungers on the beach. The hotel say it's because the beach is public and not their property but it's actually people from the hotel charging and the same sunbeds. Still worth going down there though and making a day of it.
The supermarkets in the village are much better value than the one at the hotel - 2 Euros difference on a bottle of wine. The village starts at the edge of the hotel and it probably only takes a maximum of 10 minutes to walk right to the other end. We didn't eat in any of the tavernas but they were plentiful and looked good value.
We went to Corfu town for the day on the bus which cost 2,90 Euros per person each way. Plenty of souvenir shops and places to eat. We also did the Kaiki boat trip to the mainland for a beach bbq. This was a lovely trip but quite expensive and the food was nothing special.
Overall, this is a huge resort which could do with the addition of another restaurant area and another bar area to avoid congestion. However, if you have any problems and actually speak to someone about them then you should find they are resolved quickly. We had a good time and would recommend it to other families looking for a good value, comfortable all inclusive with plenty to do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aquis Sandy Beach Resort acquired by Aquis Hotels and Resorts from the summer 2009 onwards. It is an extremely family friendly property, located on the sandy beach of St George South West, Corfu. Apartments will be refurbished in order to achieve the highest standards of hospitality and comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquis Sandy Beach Hotel Agios Georgios South
- Palm Beach Corfu
- Hotel Aquis Sandy Beach
- Palm Beach Hotel Corfu
- Sandy Beach Resort Corfu/Agios Georgios, Greece