We recently stayed here for two nights with our children (aged 6 and 9). The apartments are arranged in three blocks around a courtyard area. Within the courtyard is a small, unheated swimming pool, seating area and hot tub. The apartments look modern but also feel very crammed into the space and facing each other meant a distinct lack of privacy for most people.
The biggest shock for us staying at this "resort" was a very large backpackers directly behind the rear block - the noise was unbelievable on the first night (a Friday) and continued until 11pm. I was disappointed by this because I had specifically mentioned I needed a quiet room.
The areas next to the apartments are pretty dire - our views were mainly of the back of a dilapidated old house, the back of Alfrescos restaurant and a car park, the side of another apartment block, with a small view of the sea between them.
The apartment itself was fine - quite small but had a clean, well equipped kitchen. The rest of the apartment didn't feel as clean and was a little grubby in places.
Another thing I thought wasn't right for a 5 star resort was the lack of service. The rooms aren't serviced until after the third night of stay, or you can pay extra if you want service before then. This amazes me when I compare it to all the places I've stayed in New Zealand.
Overall I feel this is an ok place to stay - but definitely not 5 star and vastly overpriced. I won't stay here again or recommend it (we saw plenty of other apartments in nicer surroundings further along the street) but if you do want to stay here, the best apartments are on the first and second floors at the front on the side away from Alfrescos, which gets quite noisy at night.
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