We stayed at this hotel from 18th - 29th July. We chose it because of the great reviews and the number of guests who choose to return every year. We found the hotel to be very lively with lots of entertainment available every day and night and it's true that the animation team work very hard and they are exceptional - a special mention to Nemo who is full of fun and all the team for encouraging guests from all age groups to join in the fun all day and enjoy dancing every night at the pool bar.
Restaurants: food was very good and varied at the divan (dont forget to take a look outside on the terrace as the chefs were also cooking some very good dishes every night) We tried 4 of the a la carte restaurants and enjoyed them all but went back for another visit to the Asian as it was so good.
I agree with a previous reviewer that service at these restaurants was inconsistent - some staff being excellent and others not. Taking plates away while other people at the table were still eating is a definite no-no. We sometimes felt rushed and attracting a waiters attention was very difficult sometimes.
The room was good with a nice comfy bed and quiet for sleeping. We were in the annex around the small pool which was nice.
We are animal - lovers so it was lovely to see the cats wandering around and we visited the cat house too - well over 40 cats all looking very well cared for - great! We also had a walk around the beautiful gardens at night and saw some very big (and very fast!) hedgehogs. There was also an owl sat on top of the owl box during the day.
A couple of negatives:
Hotel rules....what rules?? I understand that the management do not wish to have loads of petty rules spoiling guests holidays but there were notices everywhere around the pool and even in the rooms about not reserving the sun beds, this was not consistently enforced so was ignored.The better ones were reserved every morning by 7.30-8am.
Dressing for dinner: again lots of notices asking guests to dress smartly (ie no shorts or pool wear at dinner) this also was ignored every night in the divan and sometimes even in the a la carte restaurants and never challenged. This is a shame in a five star hotel - we have stayed at hotels where a person (usually a lady with a charismatic personality!) would meet guests as they came into dinner to chat and she would comment on how smart - usually the man - was dressed. The ladies usually love to dress up for dinner so no problems there. If shorts were worn she would very politely ask that longer trousers be worn the following evening - and it worked!
All in all we had a great time- especially our teenage daughter who met and spent a lot of her time with new friends of all nationalities- she would love to return next year.
As a previous reviewer said - was it a great hotel? - yes. Was it the best we have stayed in for service/food/atmosphere?-no. Would we visit again ? - we could probably be persuaded by our daughter!
If you have booked a holiday at this hotel please don't be put off by any of the negatives I have pointed out - there are so many good things here too -enjoy!
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