We have just returned from a week and a half in Picafort Park. Having spent a similar time a couple of years ago in Hotel Savoy Gardens in Madeira, which had been our first Gold holiday with Thomson, we were looking forward to a relaxing break in the sun. We got the sun, but not the relaxation! The daytime entertainment was extremely loud and very intrusive - to be fair, you weren't pestered to join in the activities, but you couldn't avoid them. When we went out, we could hear the reps on the microphone several hundreds of yards away by the shops. All in all, we did not enjoy the 'holiday camp' type of entertainment and if we never hear the 'march of the mods' again that will suit us!
The restaurant food was quite limited in choice, and the quality not as good as we have had elsewhere. Although service was very efficient, sometimes the waitresses were over efficient and more than once we had our plates removed while we still had food on them ........... However, there was plenty to eat with several courses available and there were no attempts to hurry us out. They also need to do something about the flies in the restaurant.
We chose the half board option and we would advise people who are not sure to do this initially, rather than the all inclusive, as you can always pay the extra for the all inclusive if you decide that is for you. It didn't suit us because we thought it was very limited and not good value for us - but that is more a personal choice - provided you are happy to spend your holiday with a green plastic band on your wrist! The few drinks that we bought in the hotel were nowhere near the cost of the (almost) 17 euros per day per person of the all inclusive cost, and we enjoyed leaving the hotel and going for a (quieter) drink by the sea.
We had a third floor room with a balcony so small that we had to move the two chairs and table around to open both doors, or to get to the clothes line to dry out swimming gear. We were also not warned in advance by Thomsons that there were no lifts to the rooms, so we had to trudge up two flights of stairs each time we went to our room. The room was basic but OK, with towels changed daily even though we hung them up for intended re-use. We had a view over the lawns and pool, which was better than a lot of them at the back of the buildings, although this meant we had no sun on our balcony.
On the positive side - the pool was the best we have seen for a long time, and the lawns were lovely. There were always plenty of sun loungers and during October there was plenty of room for everyone. All the staff, including the Thomson reps, were very friendly and helpful.
We definitely will not be going back to this hotel, and probably not on another Gold holiday after this experience. If you like a 'holiday camp' style holiday, with lots of loud entertainment and people smoking anywhere and everywhere in the grounds, including the seating area by the bars, then this is for you - but definitely not for us!
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