Context: travelling as two couples (never done this or all-inclusive before) for 11 nights.
Bathroom: there is a frosted glass door to both toilet and shower cubicle, behind a partition which houses the twin basin and a huge mirror. There really is no privacy issue - in fact, it was nice to be able to use the loo while the other half was showering for a change!
Sleep: Most comfortable bed I've ever slept in on holiday EVER! And I'm a rubbish sleeper. The curtains block out the light, the bed is huge and super comfy and no bathroom door with annoying extractor fan meant I didn't get disturbed when the other half got up in the night.
Food: excellent quality, as was the rose wine. My fellow travellers got fed up with the self-service aspect of the AI, but there were at least six stations of various dishes. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should say the food was repetitive, unless they picked the same dishes each day.
Staff: without exception, there was no member of staff who does not deserve the highest praise. Customer service is clearly this hotel's number one priority. You already know the names, but just to reiterate: Antonis - such attention to details for his diners; Flora - excellent bar manager and always ready with a smile; Rania (Apollo bar with Flora) - if you want to know the best local bars & restaurants, she's brilliant.
Location: we booked this through Thomson and we liked the idea of the private beach. We knew it would be pebbly, but both beach and the windy sea weren't to our liking (and not used as much as the grassed areas and pools). There were always sunbeds available at any point of the day. People complaining that this is a problem perhaps actually mean they couldn't get beds in a spot they would like...
Getting out: We met loads of guests who never once left the hotel. As a couple, we like to get out and about, so hired a car, a Harley and cycles. All these options are reasonably priced - however, most people didn't seem to want to go out much as they had paid for AI.
Excursions: Don't bother going to Paradise Beach on an excursion - the sunbeds are so tightly packed you can barely see the sand. Also, the Thomson boat trips are block-booked from the boats down at Kos Town, so go down there and pick one you like! We went on the 'Eva', which is a single-deck, genuinely Greek boat (all the others are Turkish or Egyptian made) and only carried 28 on our trip.
Hotspots: Tigaki beach - just down the coast. Lovely sandy beach and loads of space. You can hire mopeds, quads or even cycles (that takes about an hour from the hotel). Micki's Beach Bar at Tigaki - awesome Aussie gent who is massively hospitable and only uses great ingredients. Avro - restaurant in Kos Town (Rania tip) - lovely food, right on the beach, great ambience. We went there as a group of 4 then back as a couple we liked it so much. Mylos Beach Bar (another Rania tip) the other side of Kos Town - an expensive taxi ride and we were there a bit early. Amazing (huge) pizzas, right on the beach but this is probably better as a late night bar, although the lanterns and old windmill make it very atmospheric.
Overall: The hotel was brilliant. If you're happy with all-inclusive and don't like to venture out, then I couldn't fault it. As we didn't use the all-inclusive as much as most, and the beach wasn't up to scratch, I think it would be great if this hotel (and Thomson) were to offer a B&B option. This is also the reason for my slightly lower rating for value. Also, as for two of the party being business owners, they thought the wifi could be better (we're not complainers - we suggested this on our stay questionnaire along with the fact the safe should be free). The two men also moaned about the trousers at dinner rule, although I liked to see them dressed up. However, there's no accounting for taste and some guests' ideas of 'smart' would have made no difference if they were wearing trousers or shorts!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oceanis Beach & Spa is a four and a half -star “Couples - Adults Only" All inclusive holiday destination with Spa and focused on couples holidays. Ideally located on the outskirts of the quaint and graphic Psalidi area, the Hotel is designed to satisfy the highest quality demands of its guests, providing all comforts for a pleasant and unforgettable stay.At the Oceanis Beach & Spa comfort, luxury and style are celebrated each and every day. There is a world full of sun, sea and pleasure. There is a hotel where hospitality is an art…Concealed on a stunning 70-acre in Southwest of Kos Island, and just a breath away from the lively Kos town, our guests enjoy fabulous blue Aegean views and the ultimate resort experience. The Hotel offers: 382 double rooms, Suites and Junior Suites, 2 swimming pools, Spa, Gym, 3 Restaurants, 3 Bars, mini market & souvenir shop, surfer's shop, internet access (additional charge), sports animators, aerobics, live music, night shows, Greek evenings, car rental, complimentary lounge chairs and sun umbrellas by the pool and beach, complimentary pool towels, terrace solarium, private beach, and picturesque church for weddings. The hotel also provides two tennis courts, mini golf and beach volley. This All inclusive holiday destination combines Kos’ charms, unique hospitality and renowned levels of personalized service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oceanis Beach And Spa Resort
- Oceanis Beach Hotel Psalidi
- Hotel Oceanis Beach
- Sensimar Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort Kos/Psalidi