Firstly the good things: Pool was a good size and very clean. People that ran the hotel were quite friendly but didn't get much conversation out if them. Hotel in general was clean and nice inside, bar area was good and indoor pool table. Snack bar was good outside too. Rooms were cleaned often and were a decent size for two people and also had a fridge and freezer. Drinks and food were at a good price too (not too expensive). Nice little walkways to get to the pool area and a cute little garden area around the breakfast area.
Bad things: Our room was filled with ants. We dropped one chip in our room and the chip was crawling up the wall in the morning, it was disgusting. The bathroom was tiny and only a small shower that didn't work great. The 'kitchen area' consisted of one hob and one sat of crockery and cutlery (good job we didn't need to use them). Breakfast was disgusting, milk was left out in a jug and had gone sour and stunk so the only thing for breakfast was bread (that had gone warm and curled up from the heat) and cheese and ham (also left out in the heat) (the temp in the morning was easily early 30 degrees). There wasn't a pool table outside either, it would have been nice to play a game of pool in the sun but no such luck. THE HILL!! thought I'd leave the worst thing till last. The hotel is on top of a hill, a huge, steep hill! It takes about half an hour to walk down the hill to get to the resort centre and a little further to the closest beach but it takes about 45 mins to get back up the hill, and when its about 42 degrees, it's not a nice walk. Thankfully you can get quad bikes for cheap for a few days or taxis cost about 3/4 euro instead of walking.
All in all, it was a good hotel for the money, only a few things let it down but the hotel itself was lovely and the pool area was great and relaxing and quite.
Faliraki was amazing! Rhodes in general was amazing!!
We hired quad bikes for 3 days and drove to Rhodes old town, it's gorgeous, loads of tiny shops built into little alley ways and lovely old buildings and a lovely castle, lovely golden and white sandy beaches too and the harbour was amazing to look at, so many huge ferries and quaint boats, some of which selling little gifts. Also you can see fish swimming around in the blue waters. A definite must see!! We also drove down the island but didn't make it as far as we wanted to go but stopped at a beautiful beach, quite quiet too with white sands blue seas and water sports, it was so good!
Nearly every beach has water sports too!
Anthony Quinn bay was my favourite, I've never seen anything like it, on pictures or real life. The views were absolutely stunning. Blue water, take a snorkel and you can see the bottom of the sea and it's just WOW! AMAZING! It is a pebble beach but it doesn't matter because the scenery just makes up for it!
The resort centre was so good, full of shops in the day time to buy everything and anything you want, and at night bars and clubs are everywhere. There is 'bar street' and 'club street' everywhere giving you free drinks and great offers, only bad thing is that all the club reps are out on the street stopping you every time you try and walk down the street which can get annoying.
THOMAS BAR is a little 'pub' that shows all English football matches (although we didn't got here for the footy games). It was kinda on a side road behind the hustle and bustle of the main road. Thomas and his family run the bar and they are the nicest, most accommodating people I have ever met! They do everything to go out of their way to make you have the best holiday possible. We got free cocktails, dessert, they put of films and TV shows in the day when we went for lunch. They are just great people! And they have a few rooms upstairs for cheap too if you aren't looking for a holiday with a pool, this would be the ideal place to stay! They also make random drinks if you ask for a random concoction (that got me very drunk) for about 3/4 euros a drink. Karaoke night is a must too!
In general Faliraki is a must do holiday for younger people (maybe 18-30). Very lively atmosphere and most of the closest beaches have water sports. Think is was end of July we went and temperatures reached 42 degrees so plenty of bikinis and shorts are in order at this time of year.
We didn't spend loads of money either so don't worry about being skint as most places do cheap drinks and food so you should be fine.
Hope this helps anyone thinking of going to Maran Hotel and Fakiraki.
Also I had to put December 2012 because that's the furthest it'll go back but actually want JULY 2012!
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