My husband and I stayed at this very pretty hotel for two weeks and came home
feeling relaxed and refreshed. The hotel is located in a quiet part of Kardamena, away from any noisy bars and nightclubs and yet still close enough to walk into town for a drink at Adams Bar (for great and inexpensive cocktails), for restaurants or just to look around the shops and small harbour.
The very swanky, recently refurbished hotel rooms containing super king size beds are quite spacious with plenty of storage space and a small integrated fridge where you are allowed to store your own drinks whether bought on site or not. An electronic safe is secreted in the fitted wardrobe and is charged at ten Euros per week, payable at reception. It would have been nice if this could have been included in the room rate instead, as most 4* hotels in which we have previously stayed do not charge extra for such things. The bathroom is well equipped with a standard type 1600 watt hairdryer which is operated by keeping a button on the handle depressed, a double-sided shaving mirror and plenty of clean, white towels which were replaced daily. There is a bath with shower over, but be very careful as we found on several occasions that the temperature fluctuated and we had to quickly step away as the water became exceptionally hot. Also, some mornings we had to wait twenty minutes or more for hot water to reach the taps after turning them on fully. Soap was provided regularly, but we were only supplied with two small bottles of body lotion on arrival and then two of shower gel towards the end of our stay so would recommend taking your own favourite brands of shampoo, etc. with you. Our cleaner was very friendly, but didn’t always notice badly smeared mirrors or other minor things.
We stayed in one of the much higher rooms facing towards the sea with distant islands and, to the side, surrounding farm land on which grazed sheep equipped with bells. This was quite charming when combined with the very well planted areas in front of the rooms full of hibiscus and the like. We enjoyed just sitting on our terrace in the late afternoon sipping wine whilst luxuriating in the wonderful views. It took just a few minutes to walk down to the main part of the hotel containing the restaurant, swimming pool, etc. and if we didn’t fancy walking back again there was always the option of catching the minibus (which we did only once because the views on the way up and down were outstanding and just too good to be missed).
The restaurant has tables both inside and outside, but bear in mind that the outside tables go very quickly at peak times so arrive early, particularly at dinner time, to guarantee your preference. It was wonderful though to sit outside for breakfast overlooking the pool and garden. Do remember to take your sunglasses with you to breakfast as the sun can be exceptionally bright in the morning and is almost unbearable without them. All meals were buffet style and the choice was wide and varied for breakfast, ranging from cereals and tinned fruit to bacon and eggs with much in between. The bread was freshly baked and the brown variety was really tasty. Coffee and tea is served by the waiters, although if you want milk you need to go inside and pour out your own as no small jugs are provided for this purpose. We just used a glass. Orange juice is also available inside and we thought this was quite good and not really watered down as some previous reviews have mentioned. Our only small complaint was that some days the waiters were very attentive and frequently asking if we would like more tea or coffee and other times, particularly if the restaurant was quiet, we couldn’t seem to attract their attention or else they were clearing tables and told us they would bring some in a minute, but often forgot and left us and others waiting for up to twenty minutes at a time. During these times we would have preferred to get our own. The choice of food for dinner was also wide and included plenty of different salads along with some hot dishes containing meat and vegetables. The only problem was that there were very few typical Greek hot dishes except for the Greek night once a week. This I found disappointing as I do love authentic Greek food and had hoped to have a tempting choice every evening. However, there are several family run restaurants in town which we did try. The hotel choice of desserts was huge and included fresh fruit, numerous cakes and pastries along with ice cream. Drinks can be ordered at the table, but you cannot charge these to your room (in the bars also) as cash only is accepted at the hotel. However, if you did not want any drinks at all, then one senior waiter in particular could be very rude because he knew that he was not going to get a tip for delivering them. His attitude was extremely uncalled for and temporarily tainted our stay there. Following our conversation with the restaurant manager regarding this, his attitude changed towards us (which resulted in him pouring more coffee and tea at breakfast when we had specifically told him that we did not want any more at that time). The rest of the staff though were fine.
The outdoor pool area was spacious and clean, containing many sunbeds and parasols. During our stay we never had a problem finding sunbeds at any time of day. The freshwater pool was very large although unheated and even in early September the temperature could take your breath away. There was also a children’s paddling pool which was used mostly by toddlers as the older ones used the main pool. During the day the very friendly and enthusiastic Animation Team arranged various activities including aqua gym, water polo, beach volleyball, darts, various fitness classes, lawn tennis and table tennis competitions. In the evening there was Greek dancing, music, bingo and quiz nights amongst other things.
The beach was across the very quiet road in front of the hotel and offered once again sunbeds and parasols at a cost though this time. The beach was sandy, but also contained stones and pebbles especially if you walked in the opposite direction from Kardamena towards the next resort area. Be aware that if you do walk in this direction you will shortly come across a nudist beach. We would also recommend having some form of waterproof footwear with you as it is quite rough underfoot at times and there is rubbish deposited at random along the way, so be careful. Eventually, after passing a couple of lovely clean and sandy beaches, you will arrive at the heart of the next resort (Porto Bello) where all sorts of water sports are available.
If you are interested in car hire then we would suggest that you shop around as rates vary enormously and although the hotel has its own car hire desk fronted by a very helpful English lady, we found that car hire in Kardamena town was priced far more attractively for the same cover and car types and they would still deliver to and collect their cars from the hotel.
Without hesitation we would return to this hotel for another relaxing stay although we thought that Kos itself was perhaps not as pretty as some of the other Greek islands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lagas Aegean Village is a hotel resort located on the golden sandy shores of the south coast of Kos Island, Greece. It's layout and use of space is characteristic of the distinctive Aegean architecture. Built on a slope, every corner offers magnificent views of the endless deep blue Aegean Sea.The main building lounges, restaurants, bars and facilities are located at the bottom of the slope, while all 330 rooms are situated on the hillside, which are accessed by the 24hour complimentary minibus service. It is worth mentioning that the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2011. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lagas Aegean Village Hotel Kardamena
- Hotel Aegean Village
- Aegean Village Kardamena
- Aegean Village Kos
- Lagas Aegean Village Kos/Kardamena