I visited the Blue Palace Hotel in early May with my husband and 1 year old son and had a lovely time. I had booked the hotel on a recommendation from a friend and was not disappointed. We booked a superior bungalow (as a package with Sovereign) - I think this is the most basic room time but it was lovely and plenty big enough for our needs with an enourmous double bed (possibly the biggest I've been in), a small lounge area where our son's travel cot was located, a big balcony and a lovely bathroom with seperate bath and shower. The term 'bungalow' is a bit misleading but if you look at the pictures on their website you get an idea of what you're getting. We spent our days on the beach which is big pebbles but really nice. You can bring shoes to get into the sea but there is also a pontoon you can go off. There is also a big pool by the beach which was really quiet and a smaller kids paddling pool. Both were the same temperature as the sea - a bit nippy but bearable and we took several swims every day. Before noon we were also allowed to take our 1 year old into the lovely warm indoor spa pool so we did this every day. We were on a half board deal so we used that to lunch in the beach restaurant every day. I'm surprised by complaints about the food in here as we thought it was delicious food - huge prawns, beautifully cooked chicken, nice pasta, delicious salads. We didn't have a bad meal in 7 days and the kids menu has about 8 dishes on too. The staff in the whole of the hotel were brilliant with our son. He was welcomed with open arms and given huge amounts of attention. There weren't lots of children there but the hotel is so spacious that you can pick and choose the areas you feel are OK for kids to hang out.
As other reviewers have said, the one negative about the hotel is the price of food and drink. It's even more ridiculous now that the Euro is so strong (if you are dealing in £s).
However, we went to the hotel knowing this was the case so made use of our half board at lunchtime and just went into Plakka every night to eat in the evening. Plakka is a lovely village - very chilled. There's a fab bar just as you arrive in the village and about 6 restaurants. We tried most of them and they were all nice standard greek fare.
It's a shame about the hotel prices. We loved going to Plakka but probably would have eaten at the hotel a couple of times if it wasn't so expensive. We spoke to lots of people who felt the same. We had a drink in the bar on arrival back from Plakka on one occasion and 2 glasses of wine was 14 euros. If it had been a little bit cheaper we probably would have done that most nights.
All in all, the hotel is beautifully designed and feels very special. If you go knowing about the prices and either be prepared to pay them or head to the village you won't be disappointed. We had a splendid family holiday and I highly recommend this hotel.
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- Escape to the wild beauty and unrivalled island style of a bohemian luxe resort with emblematic sea views, crystal clear waters, sparkling infinity pools, world class cuisine and bespoke services. All this combined with the resort's beach experience create a unique setting , where time seems to stand still. Blue Palace, a setting of wild grandeur. ... more less
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