Firstly if you are looking for a greek holiday with an abdundance of good inexpensive restaurants within a 5 minute walk, with a nice hotel with good activities and an excellent kids club then this is the place to go.
The hotel is lovely and clean with two swimming pools in the main area, with a 30 yard walk through to the pool by the beach and has a new small waterpark for kids (5-13 at a guess). The beach itself is only another 20 yards away which has lovely clear water and is very shallow for a long way out.
The room we stayed in was a studio for 4 and had just we refurbished (as it was different to the picture on the Thomson website) and was actually a much better design as the kids had two single beds seperated from the double by a small wall, which meant the kids could go to bed and you could go out onto the balcony without disturbing them.
Excellent Reps (Tickly Tash, Handy Andy & Iced Gem) who were not at all pushy to get you to join in, but if you did fancy joining in great fun.
Kids Club was very well run with drop ins in the morning or afternoon with nice facilities and very friendly staff.
On site a small supermarket with others a 5 minute walk away, maybe a little more expensive but handy. That said it seemed more expensive to buy stuff than to go and eat out.
The only things that are negatives are the lack of sunbeds, the paving around the main pool is "crazy paving" which is not great for kids feet, and there are stray dogs, although to be fair they are not aggresive and did not seem to bother anybody.
On site snack bar was good, but outside the hotel are some great restaurants. Our favourites were Cosy Corner (extremely firenadly and great value for money), The Lemon Tree (nice horse drawned carriage ride), Vrisaki and Parodisiako (which is a 10 minute walk towards Alkyes, but excellent) although all restaurants were good (and most had a small childrens play area and exteremly welcoming to children), these were the best. The village wine was very good in all the restaurants and for a family of four bills were usuall around 50 euros which was good value for money.
Outside the hotel at night the horse drawn carriages wait (which seem to be the local Taxis) and they will take you off to various restaurants.
Also lots of bars, which unfortunately we didn't get to many, but Dilema Bar was great. There is a mini golf course for the Kids along with Wii and Xbox, and they make one of the best Mojito's I have have ever had. Ammos bar on the beach is also very chilled during the day with hammocks and a kids play area.
We did the Thomson trip to Smugglers Cove which was named a Pirate Party I think, which was really just a trip to smugglers cove with a rep dressed as a pirate and played some games on the beach whilst the adults relaxed for an hour, a bit overpriced as you can get similar from the various ticket stalls about.
One trip which was surprisingly good was the Trainaki (which you walk down to Jammin Bar to board), which is a little road train which takes you up into a village where their is a museum, church and taverna, the lady who was the guide was really knowledgable and the kids enjoyed feeding the goat!. We enjoyed this so much we booked the Saturday night trip which is a Greek night with dancers, plate smashing etc. It was a great atmosphere and Spiros who owns the Taverna is a genuinely warm character, the food was good and the home made wine was surprisingly excellent and plentiful.
No problems with local cash machines, as their seems to be some scaremongering about this.
Thomson, please do not turn this hotel into an all inclusive, as the main reason we booked this was to have a family resort with the opportunity to sample local restaurants.
All in all a great holiday and although I didn't think I would ever say it - we will probably return next year!
- Also Known As:
- Alykanas Village