Just returned from a week here (17th - 24th May 14)
. Myself my partner and our 2 girls, aged 10m and 2 & 1/2.
We travelled with First choice and had a family room with sliding partition.
Overall we had a brilliant holiday. If i wanted to find fault i could probably moan about quite a few things BUT in the scheme of things, we had an amazing family holiday and this holiday village ticked all the boxes, of why we chose here in the first place.
THE ROOM. (635, downstairs, by the volley ball pitch, and the closest room on site to the pool bar... would request this exact room if we were to return)
LOVELY! Has been recently refurbished to a VERY high standard.
Queen size bed (comfiest i have ever slept on, even better than mine at home)
Loads of storage space
a plug socket by every bed. (if travelling with todller pack a plug adapter with socket guard if you dont want them to fiddle) and an extra socket under the main TV
2 large Samsung flat screen TVs, which include pop and tiny pop for children
The shower room / wet room is lovely. A large rain shower as well as a normal shower for a great "shower experiance" (Baby baths avaliable, just ask at reception, my 2 year old fitted in though she preferred the novelty of the rain shower!)
(a large space under the sick area was a perfect space where we kept our 2 folded buggys)
(Not allowed to put loo roll down the toilet)
Large light and spacous rooms, with very effective air con (we had to turn it off as even when set to 20C the room got too cold!)
The travel cot that we were provided with was extreamly large (about the size of our cot bed at home) and while the room is advertised with 1 cot space you could have fitted 2 cots in, as a cot fitted at the end of both single beds.
Every single member of staff was brilliant. All happy and cheerful and very pleasant. All working hard and giving it there all 100% of the time. What ever they are paid is not enough im sure!!!!
The kids club staff were especially amazing and im amazed at how well they remembered names!
THE SWIMMING POOLS
Its a shame the the slide pool is unheated, as it really was VERY cold. Even once "in and under" it was still cold (though towards the end of the week as the temp was rising it wasnt quite as cold as the beginning of the week) My 2 year old was violently shivering after a few mins on day 1, but was still desperate to play. I was greatful to have packed her wet suit.
We had read previouse reviews and took pool shoes. I recommend packing pool shoes and wetsuits for small children.
The little pools in the relax pool and the family pool, despite being deeper (60cm compared to 38cm) were warmer than the slide pool, and comfortable once "in and under"
There are loads of sunbeds... during the morning / lunch time often most were covered in towels, but we typically went to the pools for mid afternoon and always got a sunbed (or 2 or 3) by then
The beach was perfect for us......
just a bit of sand (ideal for sandcastles) before the shallow sea. Perfect for toddlers as you can just watch them potter in and out the sea to their sandcastles, and still be "just there"
There is a nice shallow bit then a slope over stones down to the next level... about adult waist deep and its like that for ages and ages (we never got to it getting deeper!)
The sea was warmer than the swimming pools!
There are lots of sunbeds and sunshades. (we got 3 or 4 together and a sunshade every day around 10.30am, on the front row... there were loads more further back but we preferred to front row to watch our toddler playing in the sand and sea.
Some days the beach was really windy (a bit too windy), other days it wasnt.
The first day there were loads of little stones by the edge (so beach shoes NEEDed) but that night we had a storm, and the next day they were gone, just sand again :)
One day there seemed to be loads and loads of sea weed, but again only the once!
The beach bar was just across the road, the main complex, and was where you exchanged your towels (as often as you like) Very well thought out, that, as it meant we swapped our towels every day on the way back for nice clean un-sandy ones!
THE FOOD / RESTAURANT
With 2 small children who were starving by 6.30 we never waited until 7pm to try any of the other restaurants and ate all our meals in the main buffet restaurant.
The Food served was delicious. The meats and meat dishes especially were amazing. Every bite cooked to perfection. Lots of english stuff and some amazing greek specials.
There was a huge choice of savoury food.... everything was lovely.
Absolutely loads for "fussy children"... as wells as the main buffet with loads of "child friendly" food, there was also a seperate childrens area, which ALWAYS had plain pasta, plain veg, plain rice, plain salad, and "kids" ham and cheese.
also things like baked beans, mash potatoe, potatoe smiles, fish fingers, sausages etc etc.
and ice cream and ice cream cones
sometimes an extra pudding too, one day chocolate cake pops which my 2 year old loved.
They also have child size cutlary in this area (which is all we used, as my children are good eaters who are used to eating the same food as us)
There is NO REASON at all why ANY person could or should be hungry eating here.... every meal there were at least 2 of "english" carrots, broccollu, peas, sweetcorn, or green beans (as well as numerous proper vegetable dishes)
Bread and butter is always avaliable, as are chips. And self assembly burgers at every lunch time.
Spag bol was served 4 times in the 7 days we were there, and shepheards pie, lasagne (ikea style) meatballs sausages were often on the menu.
at dinner time there was almost always a carvery so you could have simple plain roast meat of the day too.
I wasnt as impressed with the puddings. All the puddings were very tastey, but the selection wasnt huge, and it seemed to be the same things every day with just a different colour sauce on top. Other AI resorts i have visited have had a larger selection of puddings.
But there was ALWAYS ice cream and the ice cream they served was really very nice.
Also always fruit at every meal (apple, banana, pear, banana)
Breakfast (no kids section here as they can eat all the normal stuff) was typical buffet style.
full english, omlettes, pan cakes, crossiants and pastrys, bread and jams (& nutella!), tinned fruit, dried fruit, cereal (including cheerios) breakfast cake and breakfast biscuits. The tea was nice and they even had earl grey which pleased me, as well as "english normal" tea (which i didnt try)
I was slightly disappointed that the fresh prepared fruit was only orange and grapefruit. I would have loved some melon or pineapple, but all in all the choice was good enough and the quality was fine
drinks are mostly served in paper cups, but at the main sunset bar (open from 6pm) if you ask you can get your coffee (or hot chocolate, not on the menu but IS served) in a mug, or your drink in a glass. You do have to ASK.
The wine was actually very nice (i drank rose, it was good enough for me!)
ALWAYS something going on! (but still plenty of space to relax and peace and quiet if you choose)
Loads for children, and every member of staff is amazing, workin hard ALL the time.
My children were too young for the free kids clubs, but we made use of the parent and toddler session in the creche from 12-12.30 so they could play with normal toys in the air con before lunch.
There were then parent and toddler activites by the activity pool from 12.30 - 1.30 such as bumber boats!
we also joined in the family activites of circus skills and family olympics
The playground was great, nice and shadey, and my girls loved it there, and was ideal for the children to watch and play while we adults did the high ropes.
THE HOLIDAY VILLAGE
The whole place is lovely and clean, and being cleaned ALL the time
Overall it was great... really well designed and thought out.
Baby changing and kids (small) loos by the kids club, and park, and theatre
Towels by the beach
Never too far to walk to get to anywhere
Ice cream and snacks and slush puppies avaliable all day
FREE Wifi everywhere, including IN our bedroom
Its great that the SAFE IS FREE and that the pool towels are also free, so you dont have to pay a huge amount of Euros as a deposit like in so many other hotels
Make sure you take INSECT REPELLANT as after sunset the mozzis are out to get you!
even with repellant AND mozi bands we still got a few bites, but the plug in thing in our room that we used each night insured my children were not bitten at all (they were always in bed before the mozzi's came)
You cant buy it in the (very expensive) shop on site. Much better to buy it for a fraction of the cost in the UK. We also bought buckets and spades etc from poundland for £1 (not 10 Euros for the same thing!)
And although this has nothing to do with the hotel i will just review KOS AIRPORT.
The Airport is not great at all.
On our flight in (we landed at 10pm) it took over AN HOUR for the pushchairs to come. So all the cases came (not too long) then everyone with babys and toddlers was forced to just stand there holding their over tired children and wait for ages.
When you are leaving the island this is the procedure:
1) get off the coach and join the longest queue (outside) you have ever seen
2) get to the front of the queue and be directed to an actual queue inside (its boiling inside), to WEIGH your cases
3) Join the next queue to CHECK IN your cases
4) Join a queue for passport control / security
5) now you are in the departure lounge... This has a few chairs (not many) then its standing room only (I had to breastfeed my baby sat on the floor) . Its hot and unpleasant. The toilets are smelly. Yoy are crammed in like sardines.... there isnt really any room to stand, its just not good at all! (think busy london underground train!)
There is a duty free shop, and a cafe that sells water and ice lollies and coffee etc (1 euro for a big bottle, bargain!). We were in here at 11pm in May and it was so hot. I dread to think what it must be like to be in here during the day time or in the hotter months.
So just be aware of this, and if you were debating taking a buggy for a slightly older child bear in mind this airport part, and even if you dont use it in the uk or for the whole of the holiday, it would be worth having for this part of your holiday, so at least your child has somewhere to sit
And when travelling back make sure you take loads of bottles of water to get you through the hot queues. (the hotel as loads out by reception for you anyway as well as snacks etc)
- 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