Returned to UK from the Akti Beach Club on Tuesday night so thought I would write a review of our thoughts on the place - hopefully in a reasoned way that will be useful to other potential visitors.
We travelled as a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids - 13, 7 and 5).
Location: the hotel is about 4kms from Kardamena and in the heat of the day (it was high 30's all the time we were there) it would have been a struggle to walk it for the kids and probably us as well. However, there is a free bus that goes about every hour right through into the evening into Kardamena and the same in the opposite direction. You can also get a daily bus to Kos town (€9 adults, €4 kids) which takes about an hour and this will also drop you off at the main waterpark if you want to go there). It was quite funny to see the driver picking all his mates up and dropping them off as we made the journey to Kos town, which is about 25kms from the hotel.
This is large complex of apartments basically centred around a main reception and restaurant. There are several pools - adult and kids ones - the entertainment staff centre around the large pool next to the main restaurant so if you like to join in the games go there otherwise go to the other pools and they leave you alone.
The apartment we were in was very clean and modern, 2 bedrooms although one doubles as a lounge, the aircon was good as well. The beds weren't particularly comfortable but no worse than others I have seen in the Med and the balconies are quite small so we didn't bother sitting out. All in all it was a decent apartment. The main thing that bothered us is the fact that you can't put toilet paper down the loos it has to go in a bin at the side..uuggghh!!!
This is a totally All Inclusive hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the main restaurant and I have to say that the choice, variety and freshness of the food was excellent. All the hot food was cooked in front of you and there were specific Grill, Chinese, Italian and Greek sections. Snacks are served at the various pool bars but these are very specific in what they do so you need to decide which stuff you like best. The beer was some local Greek one that I'd never heard of but it was passable and a number of the bars even allowed you use a self service beer pump (there are a couple in the main restaurant as well). Most of the pool bars had self service soft drinks and ice cream with cones. The main restaurant does get very busy especially on an evening and we found it was actually better to go a bit later when it started to quieten down a bit. The queues especially for the Chinese bit could be very long.
The staff work very hard and in the main are very friendly especially the entertainment and reception staff. Some of the bar staff lack a few people skills but not particularly an issue.
There is a show and kids disco every night in the theatre, which is set up like a mini amphitheatre just across from the centre of the complex. The kids disco runs from about 9 to 9:45 and basically does a couple of songs for each nationality there ie English, German, Dutch, French and the odd Italian and Eastern European one.
The main show starts at 10 and varies in quality from absolute rubbish to actually pretty good - always the same people from the entertainment team. They did a Madonna night while we were there which was really good, a Mamma Mia show which was ok and a cabaret night that was one of the worst things I have ever seen in my life!!!
Overall we had a really good week at the Akti Beach Club and I would give it an 8 out of 10
Hope people find this useful.
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- Also Known As:
- Akti Beach Hotel
- Hotel Akti Beach
- Akti Beach Club Hotel Kos/Kardamena