My fiancée, 18 month old son and I are about to leave this wonderful place after a two week stay. We have really enjoyed our time here and would recommend it to anyone with children! I would suggest that the hotel is not appropriate for a couples holiday unless you love other people's kids, it really is a family hotel.
The hotel is kept spotlessly clean by an army of cleaners. The food was great, especially the Oriental restaurant! Entertainment is very good, and is done outside, weather permitting (Holiday Village, the sister hotel, had moved theirs indoors already).
Bottled water is unnecessary as there is a drinking water tap in the room's kitchen. (The water is drinkable in all of the main Spanish resorts, and throughout most of Spain in general).
The hotel is isolated & I would suggest all-inclusive really is the only way to go here. The hotel Mini-Supermarket does stock food & drink at fairly elevated prices (although it does import UK & even Russian brands which is a nice touch). There are supermarkets in town that are approx €12 away by cab.
The bar was good and I didn't feel that any if the drinks were watered down. House wines were a little rough around the edges, however. Sometimes there was a queue for the bar, but staff were always efficient & friendly!
The hotel itself and the animals were eye-catching and beautifully kept.
The beach club is heaven for kids, and has lifeguards keeping a watchful eye. The large rings attract a daily fee of €6 which isn't too bad but could mount up if you have several older children and go there most days. The walk down the hill to it takes 5-10 minutes and is very easy. Don't walk back up if you are laden with kids & equipment though, take the free bus that runs 10-6.
Wi-fi is €12 per device per week. On the face of it that may seem expensive, but it's very reasonable when you consider roaming charges. I downloaded over 5 gigabytes of data while I was here. Average speeds are approx 1Mbps.
I did feel as if they were winding down a little from the busy Summer period. The food at the beach club had stopped the very day we arrived. The fresh juice bar at breakfast disappeared after week one. It makes me wonder how many other things gradually wind down out of the main season.
Overall it was a great & incredibly well-priced all-inclusive family holiday & I can thoroughly recommend it. If you trying to decide on Polynesia or Holiday Village it seems that Polynesia has the edge on facilities out of season, restaurants & overall appeal (but Holiday Village is at the bottom of the hill).
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