Enjoyed 2 weeks with my husband, 2 sons (9 & 13) along with 2 other families of 4, each with teenagers 26th July-9th Aug'13.
Rooms: Ours was older (594) which had a slightly damp smell on arrival. The toilet was screwed on with wooden blocks - definitely not a great first impression and not to the standard we have enjoyed in previous hotels. However, it was ideally positioned away from any noise from bars / entertainment. Standard family rooms have essentially 2 rooms - one leading into the other. Ours had twin beds then through to a double which led out to the balcony. Our friends had a room overlooking the pools near the restaurant which was similar but went from a double to a twin then onto the terrace. Rooms available till 12 on day of departure but you can pay to keep them on if available.
Entertainment: We did bingo on the first night but learned our lesson! 10 euro's a strip - won the house and it was only 40 euro's! We didn't really watch the hotel entertainment in the ampitheatre as much of it was similar to what we'd seen in other hotels. We preferred to sit and chat (and have a drink) with our friends. Ampitheatre is a little anti-social we thought. Fire show was hotel entertainment at it's best. Najid and Bea were really pleasant. Zulu can be a little irritating but means well and the chief animator didn't speak to us in two weeks - he definitely seems more comfortable with the non-British guests. Thomas Cook girls Jen and Camilla were just lovely. Also recommend swimming lessons with Grace. We watched a few children really improve with her help and encouragement. For teenagers - pizza and internet night on a Monday night with the Thomas Cook girls is a must. 10 Euro's and they get to meet others their age.
Pools & Sunbeds: Some get up early but there always seemed to be beds available. They're all very comfortable. Towels available from reception for a deposit but most use their own. Pools are faultless. Kostas and Mattias in the bottom pool bar (complete with swim up bar) are great guys. Also must mention Chris and Daniel who both do a fab job. Much of the time we literally had the pool to ourselves. Definitely no overcrowding amazing for July /August. also a fish spa and massage area just next to the pool.
Beach: Quite small but pleasant. Sandy. Busy at times but meals time quieter and always beds available (free). Concrete wall has been built to break the waves so it's very calm and you can walk out. Great for the children. Lovely breeze.
Food: Not a single complaint from any of the 12 in our party - fresh pizzas, traditional Greek, Kids section nice selection of salads. Beautiful desserts. If anything could let it down, it would be the lack of variation on the snack front for those that don't want to venture to the restaurants for lunch or have missed breakfast. Literally just cheese and ham rolls / cakes every day. Asian Retaurant was amazing although we weren't too keen on the other a la carte restaurant. Can use each once during your stay.
The planes do pass over the hotel enroute to the airport and they can be quite frequent - however, when you do notice them, the noise is passed within 30secs and it really isn't going to spoil your holiday!
Stella village sits at the beach side of the hotel so you pass through the shared pirate pool / shop area to access the sea front. Stella Village is nearly all French guests.
Analipsi: About a 10 min walk to the centre of the village. Not much there really. A few shops and bars but enough to have a wander round if you need a change of scenery. Nearest shopping town is Hersonnisis 12-15 euro's in a taxi. Very busy main shopping rd so not recommended for those with young children - although you can get off it and that's more pleasant.. oh and there's a McD's there too!!! Overall, a great holiday. Beatiful hotel and lovely staff. Not the pull we've had back to other places but would definitely consider returning - particularly as the child price is to 17.
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