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Review of Sensimar Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort

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Sensimar Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Psalidi
Certificate of Excellence
Truro, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

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!

Room Tip: We emailed ahead and asked for a quiet block as I'm a poor sleeper. 2334 was perfectly fine - we...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

If you are going here after reading all the rave reviews about the hotel and staff, prepare to be amazed. As our daughter put it "the hotel, food and grounds are great but what sets it apart are the staff".

We went with our daughters and their partners to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We asked Thompsons if we could renew our vows and they said no. On the hotel website and facebook page they had wedding photos, so we emailed the hotel direct. General Manager Patty Aivalioti said they would be delighted for us to renew our vow and explained the costs and procedure.

When we arrived we were upgraded to a beachfront room with Jacuzzi, with sparkling wine, cakes and fruit waiting for us, We met Patty to arrange photos, flowers etc, and on the day of our renewal sat on the beach watching them decorate the gazebo. We had a wonderful ceremony (photos are on the hotel facebook page), followed by a lovely meal in the al a carte restaurant. For days afterwards all the staff congratulated us and helped make it the most memorable holiday ever!

The entertainment is low key, Dan the guitarist is great and we had a couple of lively nights when everyone was dancing most of the night. I understand guests near the indoor bars might complain but a couple of livelier nights in the beach bar a week would be great. We also asked Dan to play a special song (Nothing Else Matters - Metallica) for us on our anniversary, he didn't know it but 2 days later had learnt it and played it for us. How great was that.

I cant emphasize how great all the staff are, but for us personally Patty made out special day extra special.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

This hotel is amazing, there is nothing negative about this place, so much choice of food, room was gorgeous, staff so lovely and helpful, never had to search for a bed, place is spotless, I really could go on and on and on but I won't. All I will say is that if you stay in this hotel you will not be disappointed, you will have an amazing time.............Enjoy and relax

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

Where do we start? Me and my boyfriend went here for our year anniversary and from the moment we pulled up outside we loved it! It was beautiful and clean and very modern. Comfortable big beds and good size rooms with great working aircon and a shower you'll never want to get out of! We had a truly wonderful experience that we cannot flaw in anyway, from the staff to the pool it was perfect- we will be returning for our honeymoon some time in the future ;) I cant recomend it enough!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank benhoosonjones
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Manchester
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14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

This is a beautiful, spotless and modern hotel which caters very well for couples. The staff set this hotel apart from any other hotel we've stayed at - they are fantastic whatever role they play and they do it with a smile and genuine interest in ensuring you get the best from your holiday experience.

We thought the food choice and quality were excellent. You can eat in the Italian restaurant (a la carte) once each week of your stay - food is inclusive but drinks are not - food was very good particularly the range and quality of starters and we did not mind paying to have a choice of nice wines. Our second visit to the Italian restaurant was not as impressive as the first, as two of our main courses arrived 25 minutes later than the others (we were a table of 4) - a clear service faux pa which the maitre d was very apologetic about and gave one bottle of wine 'on the house' to try and make up for it. Unfortunately even that gesture didn't remedy what became a bit of a shambles of a meal.

The inclusive drinks range was good although we did get a bit fed up of the house wines and for some strange reason the hotel will not let you buy bottles of the nice wines offered in the Italian restaurant - they are missing a trick here as we'd definately have paid for better standard of wine. We did pay extra for certain cocktails which were always very good.

Psalidi isn't really much of a resort so when we reached cabin-fever at the hotel, there really was only Romeo's taverna within walking distance so we went there several times for drinks and enjoyed it - he really is such a lovely guy.

We got taxis (€10 each way) and the bus into Kos town, we went on a couple of trips and we hired a car for a few days from the Thomsons rep Nat - who was very good.

We did have a few 'gripes' which took some of the shine off but they are personal to us and may not have been an issue for others....
1. The outside bar and entertainment areas were horrendously smoky and (as non-smokers) intolerable to be in. Although outside, they have semi-enclosed roof areas which meant the smoke stayed put even when windy. This ruined our ability to use those areas and we found ourselves relegated like second class citizens to the indoor lobby bar without being able to enjoy the entertainment. It didn't seem fair that we had to exclude ourselves from full enjoyment because of this issue and it would be great if the hotel introduced partial no-smoking in those areas.
2. We were in room 3433 which was a very nice clean modern room with very comfortable bed. However there was no door on the bathroom and what with semi-transparent 3/4 doors on the shower and toilet this was not really ideal for us although we did sort of get used to it!
We had a constant echoing dripping noise within the plumbing system coming from the room (with the herd of elephants) upstairs - the hotel could not resolve this dripping and it disturbed our sleep (even with ear plugs) for the first few days until we learnt to fold up towels and put them over all drainage holes in the bathroom which somehow muffled the noise.
We had repeated issues with our safe not working, as did our companions.
The door locks caused us and a lot of other 'door slamming' people problems - your room will not be fully locked unless you pull the door tight after closing - we discovered this after about a week and this meant anyone could have just lightly pushed to open our 'locked' door.
3. The rules about not wearing shorts to dinner should apply to both sexes. It's really nice to make the evening eating environments smart, but somehow it didnt seem fair that women but not men could go to dinner in shorts (we saw some that were very scruffy).

We would come back to this hotel again, but probably only for a week next time - there's not enough in walking distance to keep you occupied unless you are prepared to brave the hotels smoky zones....

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Darlington
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

I will keep this short as I was so impressed I could go on for ages!

Hotel: lovely, clean and modern
Food: great quality and so much choice
Rooms: spacious and well equipped, beds very comfortable
Grounds: very well maintained with plenty of sunbeds
Pools: clean and good size
A la carte: food was just as good in main restaurant and wine was chargeable
Entertainment: what I saw was good
Staff: the staff are what really sets this hotel apart. Antonis the maitre d is a real asset to the hotel he makes running the restaurants seem effortless and always has time to chat with guests. He would always finish off our meals with what he called 'medicine' which was actually ouzo. Christina, Rania, Ellen and Edward to name a few are part of a staff that are always polite and helpful.

Only one slightly negative point was the spirits are not branded and the whiskey drinkers in our party were unimpressed with the taste.

Even though the hotel is All Inclusive please take a two minute walk to Romeos Bar as he is a real character and will make you feel welcome.

I would love to return to this hotel

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Bluedog47
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Durham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Just returned from a fortnight's holiday at the Oceanis Beach and Spa Hotel with friends and have to say that this hotel is the best one I have ever stayed in! The hotel is surrounded by beautiful well-maintained gardens edging onto a shingle beach. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with modern bathroom facilities and are kept beautifully clean and tidy by the hard-working domestic staff who enjoy leaving little surprises for the guests in the form of towel sculptures. Whether you prefer to laze by one of the two pools, sunbathe on the man-made beach or relax in the gardens, there is always plenty of space and lots of sunbeds to choose from: even though the hotel was fully booked, we never felt crowded. If, like me, food is a major part of your holiday, you will not be disappointed here. The hotel provides an international cuisine with Greek specialities as a major highlight; there is always plenty of variety and the quality is second to none. The main highlight for me, however, was the wonderful staff who went out of their way to be genuinely warm and welcoming to their guests. Antonis, the Maitre d'hôtel deserves a special mention; he runs the restaurants like clockwork yet still has time to chat to guests. Each evening he would join our group to find out what we had been doing during the day and to tell us stories about the mythology of the island. He makes everyone feel very special. Christina also deserves a mention: she seems to work everywhere - the dining room and several of the bars- and is very happy to share her culture and language with those who show an interest. I would like to thank everyone at the hotel for making our visit so special and so memorable and look forward to returning in the very near future.

Room Tip: Whichever room you choose you will not be disappointed.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Gill H
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Additional Information about Sensimar Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort

Property: Sensimar Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort
Address: Psalidi 85300, Greece (Formerly Oceanis Beach & Spa)
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Psalidi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Psalidi
#2 Luxury Hotel in Psalidi
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Psalidi
#2 Spa Hotel in Psalidi
#5 Family Hotel in Psalidi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sensimar Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 398
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

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