We chose this for a guaranteed sunny week in August, AI, paid £3k for family of 4, day flights, Thomson.
Check in - very swift, got taken to our room, one of the junior garden suite rooms in the garden bungalows. Don't worry if it looks a bit of a faceless corridor along the back, the beautiful views are out the front!
Room - perfectly acceptable, not winning any design awards but large and clean. There were quite a few ants but maintenance came with traps and we stuck plasters over a tiny gap in the wall where they were coming in! Aircon wasn't brilliant even after they tried to fix it. But seaview was so lovely, and our room so peaceful, we didn't ask to move. Beds v comfy.
Pools - The main 2 pools that you see in the brochure, one with infinity edge, is the relax area, without music or animation. But it feels lively and friendly, and certainly lots of kids playing. The infinity pool there is for adults only, so you can get away from the lilos and games there! Strangely the lifeguard told our kids off for playing with a ball in the bigger pool, but allowed all the lilo races etc, so they have some confusing rules, not written down anywhere. The other pool, called the activity pool, is lagoon shaped and hidden 10 mins walk away up at the top end of the hotel gardens, with loud music and the animation team playing games etc. It's an odd set up, again the pool is infinity edged, so you can't walk round the whole perimeter, you have to leave and go down a path and back up again! And it's a good 15 min walk to the beach from there too. Not even views of the sea as trees and flower bushes too thick. Hubby played water polo there daily but we preferred the sea views, open fresh feeling, and general atmosphere of the 'quiet' pool.
Beach - 5 min walk down wooden ramps. Soft sand and shallow, perfect for kids. Fascinating rock ledge under the cliffs for searching for tiny creatures! You had to pay for sunloungers as public beach so we just left our stuff at the hotel pool and walked down for a change of scenery once or twice a day.
Boat trip - we only had 7 days so didn't want a full day trip. If you walk 15 mins round the sandy bay, to the harbour, you can catch the Yellow Submarine, sail back to outside the sungarden hotel and explore the caves and snorkel in the clear water below your own cliffs! Lovely 2 hour trip for only E10 adult and E5 for kids.
Food - excellent, varied, hot, service was just brilliant (and we're really fussy!). So many staff, never had to wait a moment for drinks orders or plates to be cleared. A la carte was a nice change, huge portions, but wish more Greek food. Theme nights in main restaurant every night. Snacks all day, tiny pastry hotdogs (mmmm) or pizza slices or even cheese'n'ham sarnies!
Drinks - fab, try all the local spirits till you find your faves! The 'champagne' was feisty! Lovely bar staff. Tea/coffee anytime, and bottled water free. Top tip - the bar up near reception is nice for pre-dinner drinks as served in glasses rather than plastic and you can get nuts and crisps.
As a Family hotel - very family friendly in some regards: choice of food, entertainment, availability of kids clubs. But our kids are 10 and 11, and would have loved some of the competitions to be open to all the family eg football & table tennis, and they were over 18 only which was a huge shame. To do the kids sport competitions you had to be signed into the kids club for a half day session, which they didn't want. Luckily they made lots of friends round the pool and had a great time anyway, but I think they need to think about doing more family activities. Also allow ballgames in the front pool, or swap the pools over so the lagoon one in the gardens is the relax pool, leaving the main one near the beach for families!
Hope some of this is helpful.
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