Arrived on the 3rd June at about 11pm, no champagne reception but if you arrive in the day time you do get this. Check in was quick and was able to grab something to eat and drink before bed. The room size was really good, we booked a sea view and this was worth the additional cost as some rooms do look over a building site, having said that there was no noise during our stay. The pools are great, there is a main pool, over 16's pool (this is quite small), and two additional pools also, there are plenty of sunbeds but people do get up at a stupid hour of the day (6am) to put towels down???? There were still beds available at 10am and plenty on the beach also, there is also a jetty which leads out to a sun deck (this has a bar on too).
There are plenty of places to eat and the variety of food is excellent. The main restaurant is open at lunchtime but by the main pool is a food court with 5-6 different food huts, pizza, fried chicken, salad bar, pasta, kebabs, pancakes, waffles, ice cream. The white bar is also open and this is waiter service, pasta, burgers, fish and chips, sandwiches etc... At 4pm (ish) there is a BBQ on the beach :)
The main restaurant has a different theme each night and at certain times is does get busy and the staff are hard pushed to get the tables cleaned for the next people, we tended to go down about 8.15pm and it was more clam at this time, we ate outside every night. The variety of food is vast, however as a vegetarian I did struggle at times and ended up eating a huge amount of salad (not a bad thing), there is something for everyone. The white and rose wines were drinkable, not fantastic but I manage to drink a few bottles. The cocktails in the bars were really good, the mojitos were great and I drank plenty of them :) the bar service is good, the staff friendly and chatty.
We ate in the Italian restaurant one night, I did tell guest relations that I was a veggie but on arrival they hadn't been told, however they quickly gave me alternate choices, be warned this is a six course meal, I was so stuffed afterwards I could barely walk! We were really well looked after in the Italian and service was fantastic.
You can hire a lodge on the beach (Canbana) for 40 euros a day, this was amazing, you arrive and have a bowl of fruit, pastries and a variety of cold drinks in a big ice bucket, the ice is changed a number of times during the day and drinks replenished, you also have a waiter that brings you drinks throughout the day, ice creams and champagne! we enjoyed it so much we did it two days on the trot.
At the pools during the day they do come round with various things, fresh fruit juice, sweetcorn (?), fresh fruit and ice cream. The entertainment team work really hard but are not in your face, there is water polo, darts, water aerobics, pool games and much more.
overall me and my mum had a relaxing week, the weather was great (25-32 degrees), the evenings warm, plenty of food and drink. Would go back again.
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