Stayed here in October 2011, 2 kids and 2 adults weather was great.. Booked the one bedroom apartment with corner sea view in Colna 1.. Living room was excellent with couch bed and sliding doors to bedroom..We had a huge double door balcony over looking the pool one in bedroom and one in livingroom to watch the sunset and a side balcony where u could watch the sunrise..Rooms were kept very clean and maids were just lovely..Food was excellent with plenty of choice and a kids food bar too. All meals were eaten here and cannot complain plenty of choice on offer usual kids stuff pasta, chicken nuggets, fish fingers etc..and themed nights too..Roast Beef, Fish, Chicken, Pork and Salad bar..Full english breakfast with proper sausages eggs made to order omlettes, srambbled egg, ceral, toasters. This hotel is well catered for familys with a great bunch of entertainment staff who made my two kids very happy, kids loved them all and and would definaetly recommend this was our first Holiday Village and must say after this experience i will only be doing holiday villages from now on..Led by Derek all the reps were just lovely and had great local knowledge of the area so lovely to the kids did make them feel special..Most of the daily entertainment is focus at the main pool side which has 2 pools 1 being a kiddie pool with varios games etc going on all day..Kids club was great too and staff so lovely..There is two pools at the slides area which was great as not too deep kids could run about and you could watch from the side, there is a deeper part where the flumes are. The other pool was deeper which was great for us adults plenty of sun loungers too.. Poolside snack bar offers burgers, hotdogs, toasties, popcorn, ice cream and drinks and is located at the flumes part..There is also a fountain splash area which was great for toddlers as the water drains away and they can just run about..There is another small pool in this part of the complex for little ones.. does have colna 2 if u want a more quieter scene which also has a lovely pool and is really nice, There is two restaurants in this part which i would advise to book on arrival, the bar here offers snacks like the poolside in colna 1 but also does chips too..and a small supermarket. The beach is about a twenty minute walk but the hotel bus will take you there every morning from 10.00 am until everyone is there for free and then come back for you at 1.00pm until everyones back. The holiday reps where just fantastic with Derek leading the team cant praise them enough for making my holiday hassel free and relaxing and always had a smile. We took a taxi from main reception to Alberferia old town took 10 mins if that and cost only 6 euros. Old town was lovely lots of fisherman houses and beautiful scenery restaurants and bars we went on a sunday morning shops dont open to 11.00 so was lovely and quiet..Beach there beautiful we did walk the full length of it up to the new town..Got a taxi from new town to hotel was 3 euros. We did the Zoomarine excursion with First choice which the kids loved can go swimming with dolphins there cant remember how costly it was but if its a special occasion then why not..or even get a photo with them 15 euros each, they did put on a good show with there poolside entertainment..Sealion show was good too and Bird of Prey excellent as i got pick out the crowd to take pictures of the birds as they flew over me and landed above my head..Kids thought this was great as i got picked..Parrot show too where u can get photos done too. All in all we had a great holiday here and would definately go back thanks Derek and all the team..
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