We are a family of 5...2 adults and 3 girls aged 9, 7 and 4. We have just come back from The Gelina Village which we stayed for a week. I read the reviews prior to going and was a little apprehensive so went open minded - and wasn't disappointed.
Our room was in the Niki building, the closest to the main reception and dining room - it was a massive 2 bed roomed apartment. It was a little damp which was slightly off putting but not bad enough to make a complaint. It had air conditioning which was a bonus.
The food was good - the night we arrived, we were a little disappointed as we expected the food to be of 5 star quality...but then later realised that Greek 5 star in not English or American 5 star but it did improve - not a massive choice but you would certainly not of starved. I loved the feta salads with tatziki! The breakfasts were beautiful - Greek yogurt and honey, fresh warm breads and jams - I was in heaven as I'm a continental kinda girls but my hubby had the full English every day, although not English bacon but it never is abroad. The dining room did get very busy on an evening as this was the only one open - be prepared to que...and it wasn't even school holidays or peak season when we were there. The afternoon tea down at the pool down was beautiful with delicious cakes and biscuits washed down with cappuccinos topped with fresh cream! My only complaint about the food is that nothing is labeled so you don't really know what meat, salad, sauce it is etc!
The animation team are fab! They work all week, day and night with just a Saturday off. They are very eager to get you to join in especially the kids! There is a children's club 10.15-12.30 and then 3.15-5.30 every day...my girls didn't like it though as the majority of the kids were German and so were the staff so it was very difficult for them to understand their broken English. Again, my only complaint was when I booked my 2 youngest in, the consent form was in German so didn't know what I was signing for but Chantel, the kids club leader, translated it for me...but I do think they need to get English ones printed! They only went the once anyway. The staff were very helpful and friendly although they have lots of difficulties with their economy..I spoke to one guy on the pool bar and he said he has to work all day every day! But the work very hard!
.....and that brings me onto the guests! Us English were a very small minority...the majority's being German and Russian people...and they are so very rude! I know they don't single you out to be rude and it's just their culture but I did find them so very arrogant and ignorant. I did mange to switch off from them towards the end of the week.
The complex is fab! There are quite a few pools the best being the active pool closest to the beach and bar, here most of the daily activities and music take place there is a smaller one in the middle of the complex, a quite relaxing pool at the front and then the Hydropolis...we spent a lot of time there, it's open to guests but opens also to the public in June. It's great - lots of slides, kids areas and a lazy river.
Not much evening entertainment - a mini disco which again, is mainly in German but our kids and the peoples who we met, joined in. It's nice as it's at the beach bar so we watched the sun setting every evening. Later at around 9.30 there are various shows but nothing that grabbed our fancy so we just had a few drinks at the bar or on our veranda. Best thing is no silly plastic tiny glasses - all real glass!
We went out to eat at The Pump House...a lovely Greek restaurant in the village of Archaravi...to be honest we didn't really go anywhere else as it was a very run down place with lots of bars and restaurants closed. A massive tip...if going with kids, buy your inflatables here and take them...the cheapest lilo's and stuff there were £10!
All in all - we had a great holiday - more like a 4 star than the 5 but we certainly cannot complain for what we paid! In fact - me and my hubby are thinking of going back again on our own! A fabulous resort but it is ceratinly more a German/Russian resort and they are the main guests but if you can switch off to them pushing in and being rude then you'll have a ball!
- Also Known As:
- Gelina Village Hotel And Resort
- Gelina Village Hotel Acharavi
- Gelina Village Hotel
- Gelina Village Hotel & Resort Corfu/Acharavi