A lovely good value for money all inclusive hotel. Our room overlooked the main pool and was spacious, clean and modern with air con and TV which (50 euro refundable deposit for the remote controls). Fridge is useful in the room but remember it is only on when your key is in the electric switch.
Arrived at 10.30pm to be told at 11pm there would be snacks available, so we waited around but were offered only pancakes with chocolate sauce – which is not what we fancied so opted out and went straight to bed.
There are 3 pools, main pool is where the animation team were based, entertainment 10am – 1pm, then 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Music very loud and struggled to hear own iPod music so opted for the quieter pool for the rest of the week near the amphitheatre which was a lot more civilised and quiet, with pool bar which provided excellent service 10am – 6pm. Plenty of sun beds and shade under the permanent umbrellas around all 3 pools.
Daytime entertainment was varied and you were never hassled into taking part, the free snorkelling sessions are worth having a go, look out for the company in the main pool on certain mornings.
The evening entertainment was funny but only because it was so amateur. The animation team had worked hard on Grease the musical of which we saw the first show of the season.
The Fire Pool Show was excellent and well worth getting good poolside seat, good choice of music and varied show.
The food was varied, hot and plenty of it. Waiting staff were always efficient and salads being refilled. The Chinese food was excellent freshly cooked and tasty.
The restaurant manager seemed a particularly rude person, not to us as a family but on one occasion was completely out of order as he got into an argument with the bar maid who was in the middle of serving us and she had to pass our order on to another member of staff while they seemed to have this verbal slanging match in Greek. There was no need for this and he seemed to be lacking people skills.
The free courtesy bus was excellent – always on time (if not a little early) so arrive 5 minutes before departure time.
The pharmacy in Kardamena was English speaking and very useful when I had to purchase cough medicine and hay fever tablets.
The hotel does hire beach towels at a deposit of 10 Euros per towel, which is useful for those families wanting to save luggage space.
The only issue we had was the lack of communication to us about extending our room beyond the normal 12noon checkout time on day of departure. We booked our room till 7pm and they said no problem then when we came to pay they said that they had never guaranteed us the room. Many of the flights seem to be night flights, and you have to request you keep your room on for longer. They do not confirm if this is possible until the evening before you depart. You are not guaranteed your room and the cost is 20 euro till 6pm and 50 euro till midnight but this is no use if they say your room is not available.
The beach hut hire pedalos and sun beds free of charge on the beach. We went on the extreme activities which involved being pulled around on a speed boat while lying on what could only be described as a double mattress. 15 Euros per person and up to 4 people can go on it at once. The speed boat driver was brilliant, very funny and allowed one of our families to sit on the boat and take photos and video of those being pulled around. We had a good 15 minutes on the water, which was plenty. We wore lifejackets but strong swimmers would be recommended for this activity.
Overall a fab holiday which was as active or relaxing as you make it.
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- Also Known As:
- Akti Beach Hotel
- Hotel Akti Beach
- Akti Beach Club Hotel Kos/Kardamena