Arrived today for a 8 day stay with my family.
Booked through Virgin, normally book our holidays direct with hotels but the package and service from Virgin was excellent.
Flew in on Emirates Airbus A380. Plane was packed and service was good. Pretty shattered on arrival as flight lands 9.00am local time which is 6.00am UK time, so it's a tiring journey.
The airport is great, opened in Sept last year, immigration queues were short all staff very friendly and helpful, even the immigration officers!
Virgin rep met us outside customs, it's also good to exchange your cash here, rate we got was Rs50 for £1.00 and no commission charge.
Transport was Ina shared minibus with another couple who were going to the Meriden Hotel. Roads and road user are excellent and was expecting an African/Subcontient experience but pleasantly surprised.
Journey time was 50 minutes. Arrived at the hotel at 12.00 and were checked in, unfortunately rooms weren't available but they will look after your suitcases and they have a arrival/departure lounge. You will be give a pass to the lounge and a locker so you can store your hand luggage etc. There are bathrooms and showers if you want to freshen up and change. Though we were told the rooms weren't available till 3.00 we went to ask reception at 2.30 and the rooms were ready.....yeh!
We have 2 Prestige rooms on the second floor, They overlook the turtle bay beach. Rooms are large with interesting sliding doors partitioning the room and bathroom and large freestanding bath. Separate dressing room with storage for suitcases. The sofa can be converted into a sofa-bed so the 3 kids are sharing a room. Tea and coffee as standard and fridge is well stocked with all soft drinks and beer free in the all inclusive package.
The temperature was 25 centigrade today, was cloudy for a couple of hours early afternoon and then brightened up. The evening was cooler but still comfortable to just wear a t-shirt.
Will update further tomorrow on the activities and restaurants, if anyone has any questions please feel feet oaks and will try and answer.