We stayed 22-29 July '13. We went on the Azure promotion package and despite being a worrier all concerns were eliminated when our free private transfer was ready and waiting at the airport. Hotel transfer took 20-30 minutes and we were checked in quite a few hours early and had an arrival drink whilst the room was being inspected. Hotel reception were fabulous, went beyond level if expectation and super friendly just like all other staff in the hotel. ALL staff deserve much praise for excellent customer service, they really do serve quickly, know their menu's and hotel inside out and staff in Agliolio met our various fussy food requests and knew every ingredient! Great value for money- we ate here 5 times in all! Thank you!!!
Hotel facilities include a massive lagoon style pool, with sunbeds compacted close together due to the lack of pool side space in comparison to tourists, but beds always available, although hurt your neck as are at an akward angle when lying down. There's a separate quieter pool further on in the resort which is still a great size, and in between pools a quieter 'garden' area with sunbeds which are far more comfortable and quiteter again.
We had a self catering room which we didn't have to pay an upgrade for which meant we could buy groceries, there is a mini mart on site which is moderately priced, but of course consider Euro rates as is generally more expensive. I took a multi pack of Kellogs cereals with me! The kitchenette had loads of plates/bowls/glasses/cutlery/serving bowls and so on, a hob, big fridge, washing up sink. The bedroom had his and hers sinks, big shower/bath, bathrobes and toiletries- like an exec room in the UK. Sofa bed and mini bar and dining table also in room and balcony overlooking a quiet car park and fields, glad we didn't upgrade to pool side as noise from pools and bars etc., although was minimal.
Hotel is in the middle of Golden Bay, a very nice sandy beach where all the locals BBQ and gather at night, and bus route is right outside, and the North tour open bus also goes from outside round the corner to the left of the publc bus stop.
Bear in mind you need shuttles/bus/taxi to go anywhere as is a restricted location, but I prefer peace and quiet so was good for me away from touristic areas but with a couple of beach side cafes and stalls next to the beach/hotel you will not be stuck.
We went on the north and south open top bus tours, north was better and goes to Mdina, the silent village/old town, and we also went on a boat/open bus trip to Gozo, Camino and the Blue Lagoon which was mass tourism hoarding. We abandoned the boat trip and got a speedboat back with Oki Kokey company- which was amazing, really made our day, super fast and thrilling ride which lasted an hour for €15 each! They sit next to the boat at the Blue Lagoon if you too want to do this, otherwise if just doing lagoon trip they do mini 15 minute speed boat rides from there.
Finally... The sales meeting with Azure was fine, it takes 4 hours and they do try to make an effort to get to know you and seem very genuine. We did sign up however with all our questions we were there 8 hours in total, and paid €1100 fee, however we then backed out, causing a bit of upset to the team but the compliance team were empathetic and DID refund our fee, though we misunderstood and it turns out the fee was for a Pre-Paid non refundable week at hotel in the future- miscommunication between both parties- they were more than fair and did give us our money back, and we are sorry for the aggro or upset we caused but was settled and I thank Marion/Joce for their help and understanding. They DO NOT pressure you and are so helpful and informative and all above board. Thank you.
Overall Malta is quite a concrete island as is Gozo, but considering how cheap flights are, and the amazing promotion we got with Azure this was an amazing value for money holiday on the beautiful resort of Radisson. We were more than accommodated by Azure with a comp breakfast and dinner vouchers, free lunch and drinks, and can't thank them enough for that.
Well done Radisson & Azure for a seamless and brilliant service and opportunity to visit Malta and the Golden Sands.
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