I stayed in Pavlina Beach for a week in July with my family, which includes two kids (primary school age) on an all-inclusive package. The hotel is located around 20 km from Patras harbor and Araxos airport, on a hill overlooking a small beach, surround by a few more small hotels. The hotel grounds are kept in an excellent condition (lawn and trees are regularly trimmed), and since the hotel is spread in relatively low and small buildings (1-2 storeys tall), it does not impose on the scenery. The hotel sports two pools (a small one for kids, depth 0.5 to 0.7 meters, and a larger one for adults and older kids, depth 1.5 to 3.5 meters), with a lifeguard on duty. Climbing down the hill (some stairs are unavoidable) there is a small beach which is technically not private to the hotel, but in practice only hotel guests are there. There is a small beach bar on the beach, a larger pool bar overlooking the sea and an indoor restaurant, as well as a few shops in the hotel.
This year the hotel started offering an all inclusive package, which is pretty comprehensive: three meals a day, various drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) in the bar and access to the sunbeds at the pool and beach are included. The hotel has managed to make the system work very well, something often tricky in hotels that were not originally built with that mentality. The food is of good quality, there are many choices for lunch and dinner and there are variations within the day and between days - I guess that within a week one will have seen it all, but it does not get repetitive. The restaurants are not crowded and the buffets are replenished regularly. A very nice extra is that you can have your lunch at the pool bar (there is no buffet there, but you can order from the buffet menu), so you can have lunch right after swimming. Also, while there is always something appealing and simple to kids on offer (including ice cream), there are more intricate dishes available and one can sample various Greek recipes. Finally, you never get the impression that the hotel is trying to rip you off with hidden charges (everything is included in the restaurant, even bottled drinks, and extra items on the pool bar are reasonably priced). So, well done to the hotel for living up to the all inclusive tag. The only drawback to the all inclusive deal, is that since sunbeds are not charged, some people leave their towels on sunbeds for the entire day (some even get up early in the morning to do this!), which makes locating a sunbed on the beach tricky - never had this problem in the pool, as the beach seems to be more popular.
Regarding rooms, the hotel offers some variety, but as it was fully booked throughout mid July to late August, I could not get a proper family room, instead settling for a bungalow with an extra bed, hence space was rather limited. While the bungalows seem odd, being covered with grass (the back side is underground while the front is at ground level, due to the slope), they were actually quite cool, and we did not have to use the room AC at all. Cleaning and housekeeping were quite good, but room furnishings and storage areas were sparse and the rooms have started showing their age. On the plus side, a minor problem with the plumbing was fixed in less than 30 minutes. Overall, the room was fair for the price and by discussing with other guests, it seems that an earlier booking would have led to a more appropriate room for families with little extra cost.
Regarding other facilities, the hotel has a token Internet room with two PCs, but not AC, so it's really hot. But with free WiFi and people having tablets and smartphones everywhere, the need for it was small anyway. There is ample parking space across the street (considering that at least half of the guests did not arrive by car), next to a tennis and basketball court which I never saw occupied (too hot I guess). There is a small playground next to the pool bar and a flat lawn for soccer next to that, so if you are sitting in the pool or the bar, you could have your kids playing within your sight (really handy for families).
The closest proper town to the hotel (Kato Achaia) is around 3.5 km away and it does not have anything interesting to offer, but conveniences like grocery stores and ATMs. There are indeed no major sights in the area (Olympia is 90 km away), it's mostly a coast with clusters of hotels every few km. If you have a car, I would recommend Kalogria beach, a little less than 20 km towards Araxos, a sandy beach stretching for kilometers, which is a nice change from the hotel's small beach. But this is pretty much it. If you have a family with small children, then you can spend most or all of your day in the hotel - the kids at least will not be bored, and you will not have to worry about anything. For couples, single travelers or families with teenage kids, the area can get boring.
Finally, congratulations to the people running the hotel for making the guests feel at home. Everyone is cheery, helpful and tries to make people happy. The hotel manager is nearly always around making sure things are running smoothly. Since the hotel is not very large (around 100 rooms), after a few days you get to know all the people in the staff and most of the people in the hotel, so this makes for a good atmosphere for families. So, overall, I was very pleased with the hotel, and would definitely recommend it to families with small children.
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