My partner & I visited Levante Beach along with my mum specifically for Sailing Regatta week which we also attended last year in San Agostino. I am a Mark Warner veteran having been to many resorts since the 90’s and seen Mark Warner develop their brand and move with the times.
Firstly a massive thank you to Charlie and Jo for a well organised and fantastically fun Regatta week. We raced morning and afternoon and I was quite exhausted by the end of the week but very happy. All the sailing kit was new and well maintained although they only had 2 Laser Radial rigs. They have a new boat called a Quba which is like a Pico only a little quicker and much nicer to sail.
The resort itself is brand new and as previous reports will tell you, not all Mark Warner accommodation is quite this plush. We had 2 rooms in the main hotel on the ground floor overlooking the main pool. Although the rooms are on the ground floor and I was assured they had terraces by sales staff when I booked, they did in fact have balconies as there is a lower ground floor below which houses the spa. Mark Warner includes beach towels and robes in the room as well as tea and coffee making facilities which are not available at many other resorts.
The resort is long and thin with the tennis courts at the top end of the resort behind the hotel and the beach at the opposite end. It does NOT take 10 minutes to walk from the hotel to the beach unless you are immobile. It takes 5-6 minutes at normal pace. The walk to the beach from the hotel is lovely as you pass the huge main pool followed by the adult pool and then the beach pool. The whole resort was kept spotless by an army of cleaners.
We spent our time around the beach pool as we had easy access to the beach for racing, and loved the beach bar (which is actually not on the beach at all) for a few beers after a hard day’s racing.
The main restaurant is situated in the main hotel. We had breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant. The restaurant would benefit from some ceiling fans in the covered alfresco dining area as it did get pretty warm. The choice of food was superb and I was delighted to see the head chef from San Agostino is at Levante this year. I am surprised by a previous poster’s comment about the lack of fish. There were at least 2 fish dishes every day and often more. Vegetarians are also magnificently catered for.
We opted for half board rather than full board. This was a good decision. If you opt for full board you have to go and eat in the main restaurant, or you can get a 20% discount on the Pan Asian restaurant lunchtime menu. With the full board option at £85 per week I did not think this was good value for money given that the lunch menus at both the pool bar and Pan Asian restaurant were good value for money in comparison to the full board charge. Pan Asian restaurant lunch portions were huge!
The resort shop opened from 9am until 10pm. It stocks most essentials and the lady who runs it is very helpful. The shop takes cash & credit cards but you cannot charge items to your room. This is also true for the Spa (which is unusual for Mark Warner) but I understand this is because it run by the hotel rather than Mark Warner.
We did do some tennis while we were there; Josh runs a great team of coaches. We joined social tennis on several evenings and it was great fun but if I had 1 recommendation it would be to move social tennis to either 5.30 or 6pm so it does not clash with the sunset challenge race or childcare pick up.
Thanks to Sue (Resort Manager), Richard and Mark Warner for another great week and a new resort which we hope to go back to in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FIVE STAR HOTEL ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Levante Beach Resort Rhodes/Afandou, Greece