Well here we go from the begining. I am not the sort of person who normally contributes but thought I would to put some perspective on the current Trip Advisor rating - it's wrong.
I asked a family friend in the travel business for somewhere new, great for the children and somewhere with few touches of luxury - it was a choice of HVR or Sensatori Crete.
I booked HVR (Holiday Village Rhodes) as it had a swim up room (similar to villa style holiday we normally do) in the activity area 2 months before departure. Then I started looking at "trip advisor". I was concerned to stay the least !!!
I shouldn't have worried it was all absolutely great. 4 Hours flight was a pain but the transfer was only 30 minutes by coach.
Reception area was modern and clean - even though slightly confusing as our coach dropped us off in the Relax area.
Food was good quality and varied - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks through the day.
Drinks were plentiful. Any choice till midnight, all local but decent quality ( the bar staff must take some classes on smiling - but then this is All inclusive and they didn't make any tips).
Room was nicely cooled, lovely beds, modern bathroom - just enough space (and cleaned every day)
The swim up part was the real winner ! in and out of the hot sun all day - we didn't see a cloud for 2 weeks.
The adventure slides, lazy river was like having your own aqua park 20 metres from you door. Needless to say my children loved it.
The hotel shop was fine with chocolate, lilos and daily papers.
The entertainment was the best I've seen for ages, Gavin & Dave made us laugh all the time and in fact the whole team were excellent.
Overall a deserving 4.5 out of 5 and best of all it thoroughly "exceeded our expectations". We have booked for next year - same time and same place only change is we are moving to Royal Deluxe area (hopefully Carl will read this and make good his offer - thanks Carl ).
PS - on a slightly negative note - Cardiff airport is an absolute joke - bad parking, bad check in (remember only 25kgs max per case - we had to buy an extra suitcase at the airport) - understaffed customs on return flight at midnight. Directors of airport be ashamed - go and look at Bristol airport and improve before you lose all your business !
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- Also Known As:
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