I've been reading the other reviews with interest both before and after our trip to the papillon belvil.
On the whole I would rate this highly but I'll get the bad bits out of the way before I mention the good bits.
We travelled as a family of 4 with children of 3yrs and 21 months. We arrived at 4pm local time expecting our room to be ready which it was not and had to wait a further hour with very tired children before it was. If you read a few reviews back there is a review saying the initial room was like a cell. Well we also got allocated one of those rooms and believe me they are horrid. They are also located as far as you can get form the complex centre down a 1:4 gradient slope against the barbed wire fence joining the adjacent hotel.
Unfortunaltey we were not moved to a nice bungalow in the gardens. We were moved twice in 2 days but both to inferioir rooms in that same terrible location and without a bath for the children. Once again we knew of at least 3 other couples who had all been given rooms in that location and did get moved (one to a family room which we were furious about as they came in on our flight and complained after us). I could go on but I've just written a long letter of complaint to Cosmos so I'm a bit sick of it now.
Be assured that everyone we knew who was accommodated in a bungalow or hotel room were happy, so as long as you don't get allocated rooms 3935 or above you should be OK.
Right with that over I can say that everything else was wonderful. We've stayed at a lot of All inclusives and this is defintely a good one. The staff (apart from reception) are very friendly and they understood English well (apart from recption staff again). The evening entertainment was the best we've seen anywhere with lots of dance performances which the staff take really seriously and practice daily for.
The food was good. Food was available all day. Breakfast 0700 to 1000. Late breakfast from 1000 to 1100. pancakes and cakes form 1100 to 1600. Lunch form 1200 to 1500. Ice cream from 1400 to 1500. Donuts from 1600 to 1800. You get my drift. The buffet caters a bit more for the other nations and is a bit of a free-for-all but the A La carte's and pool and beach bars made a welcome change. The bars had a lot of variety with cocktails available as well as the usual spirits and also a baileys substitute.
The beach is brilliant with lots of sun beds and fixed shades and a boadwalk so you don't have to walk on the hot sand (note to parents - also very useful for getting small children off to sleep in a buggy).
We always saw free sunbeds around the pool and beach areas and towels were always available even if you had to wait for the afternoon delivery.
The gardens are pretty - not the best we've seen but pleasant enough.
I would go back but I would pay the extra for a main building room as these are more suitbale for a family of 4. Be warned the bungalows will be cramped if you're a family but if you have older children you'll hardly be there anyway. We did also hear of quite a few people with stomach upsets but we were all fine so my advice would be not to over-indulge too much at the beginning.
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