My review will be very similar to that of loluk as I agree with many of the comments that she made!
We travelled with 2 children of 14 and 11, flight got in at 3.30am and we were the first drop off just about 20 mins from airport, checkin was quick and efficient and bottles of water and filled rolls were available on arrival. We were directed to our room and the the porters bought our cases within 5 mins. We had a room with a sliding partition which wasn't huge and didn't have a great deal of storage but it was adequate for 2 weeks and the bed was huge and comfortable. The maids did come every day but wasn't the cleanest it could have been and tea and coffee were never replenished but again this didn't bother us. We were lucky that our air con worked fine but there were a few others complaining that there's did not. We did have a airer on our patio but it was in the side that was shaded!
Food was varied and plentiful with enough choice for even the fussiest of eaters! Breakfast was lovely with cereals, pastries,cooked, cold meats, bread, toast, jam, fresh fruit, pancakes and even waffles with melted chocolate yummy! Lunch was either served in the main restaurant with again a good choice or in the snack bar where hotdogs, pizzas, chips and toasties were available all day. Evening meal was again served in the main restaurant and there were several themed evenings such as Mexican and Asian. I could not fault the food but sometimes it was a bit like eating in a canteen although I have found this with most buffet style all inclusives. Bearing this in mind we looked forward to our 2 allotted a la carte meals in the American and Greek restaurants, what a let down......the service was poor and the food choice even worse! Neither restaurant had any ambience. In the American restaurant my hubby was looking forward to a steak but all that was on offer was burgers or a hot dog (no different to the main restaurant then) and the choice of puds was just 3. In the Greek restaurant forget about service as its another buffet style restaurant and the food was even worse so unless things improve my advise would be 'don't bother!' There is an Italian that you have to pay for but the only evening I saw it open we saw people walking out saying there was nothing on the menu that they couldn't get for free in the main restaurant! I do think things will improve as the management definitely listen the people's gripes. Just in the time we were there an extra toaster was put in at breakfast, and extra ice cream station in the snack bar and the beer pumps were moved to the busier bar so they seem keen to 'get it right'
The pools were lovely, we tended to stay by the main shaped pool but there is enough choice for all ages depending on what you want from a holiday. We chose the main pool because it was spacious and our kids are older. The splash pool for the little ones was always heaving with not enough beds, our room overlooked this pool and towels were being put down as early as 7.30am, I did end up having to put towels down by about 8.30am around the main pool and by 10 am there definitely no beds left, I think this could be a real issue in the height of the season.
The activities and kids club that the hotel has to offer is extensive and my 11 year old son had a great time and made some good friends plus the staff are excellent with the kids and they work exceptionally hard at what they do. There is a teen club but not alot is laid on for this age group which was a bit disappointing for my daughter although she was still able to try out several activities too. The high ropes are fab but just make sure you prebook. Lots of the activities are run at set times and you cannot just turn up which we were not told. You have to queue at the hut by the activity pool at 9.30am to put your name down for any of the events for that day unless they are being run by the kids club in which case you just sign them into the kids club at the allotted time. You cannot prebook days in advance, only on the day. The only let down for us was the evening entertainment, I can see how people with young children thought this was amazing with the disco and the widget puppets etc but the main show at 9.45 each night was the same singers and entertainers every night doing more or less the same thing (singing and dancing) and it got very monotonous, they work very hard and for 1 or 2 nights it would've been fine but we were sick of hearing the same voices. 2 of the night we saw that a local act was on so we thought 'great' something different but both acts were awful! 3 belly dancers (2 of which were hopeless) and a Greek band (which were ok) and 4 Greek dancers (again pretty dire!) where were the plate smashing and dancing with glasses on their heads I ask?!
Marmari really doesn't have much to offer but it is much cheaper than the hotel shop for inflatables, sun cream etc and is only a 15 min walk away. Kos town is worth a visit on the bus and is a pretty town with lots of shops, restaurants etc all leading down to the harbour where you can do various boat trips. We hired a car for 3 days which was plenty as its such a small island and visited paradise beach (ok but not 'paradise!)' Zia which is a pretty mountain village with a great view of the island, mastichari which has a nice beach and a boat to Kalymnos, the thermal springs (very steep trek down a gravel path to a tiny part of the sea which when we went was full of Russians!) and the water park which my kids loved and was very quiet.
So all in all we had a lovely relaxing family break and yes there were a few niggles with the hotel but really nothing that spoiled our holiday and by the time you go those niggles may have been righted anyway, I wouldn't go back here but only because I like to try new places :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Village Kos piles on a whole host of fun and games, with things like kids' clubs and an activity pool. On top of that, it's grabbed a top spot right by the beach. Holiday Village Kos is a real all-rounder. As well as a hat-trick of pools, it throws up a huge list of sports and activities, and restaurants that tick off Italian, Greek and American food. This place gets top marks for its location - there's a sandy beach footsteps away, and a 15-minute walk will put you in the centre of Marmari. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magic Life Kos Marmari
- Holiday Village Kos By Atlantica Marmari