Returned from the Aquis Sandy Beach on 6th June 2014 with our daughter, partner and grand-daughter. Transfer took about 45 mins on coach - wouldn't have liked to drive it, very winedy and narrow roads to manoeuvre!
Check in was very quick - given room entry cards (also use these to get electricity in room) & a map of the complex and shown where everything was on the map, also given stickers with room numbers on and told to put on luggage as the suitcases would be taken to our room in the next 10 minutes. We were allocated rooms in block 5 - went to rooms and on entry you could smell a damp musty smell in there. We believed we were probably the first guests to use the rooms this season. We were not happy with the rooms so went to reception to complain - within 30 minutes we were both moved to block '1' which was practically next to reception, shop and just around the shop to the pool & pool bar. These rooms were fine - they were clean and well maintained. We had a 1 bedroom apartment (2 X single beds in the bedroom and 2 X settee/bed in the living room. Rooms cleaned every day & towels changed when left on the floor by the shower. There are NO 'self-catering' facilities in the room, apart from a fridge - so if you like a cuppa as soon as you get up in the morning, you'll need to bring/purchase a travel kettle.
The TV was nothing to write home about - English channels were 'Sky News', there was also 'Eurosport' in English but overspoken by German. Other channels were on there in many different languages - not sure what they were as we only had the TV on 'in the background' when getting ready to go out to eat.
We only used the pool by the reception so can't comment on the others - it was a nice temperature and clean. There are a number of slides on this pool which is great for the kids, they're not to high or scary rides - had a go myself!! We didn't get down to the pool until mid-day(ish) on a number of days and found it difficult to get sun loungers - not sure what it will be like n high season.
The bar next to the pool is pretty much the same as the other bar near the other 2 smaller pools. The spirit measures are good as was the beer. They also have a number of cocktails which you can choose from - my missus favourite was the 'Jellybean', made with Ouzo, some blue colouring liquid and lemonade(sprite).
The restaurant(s) is located halfway between the beach and reception - about a 5 minute walk in total. The food was good - some of it was really nice. They say that both restaurants serve the same menu, however after using both, we didn't believe this was the case - the larger one is better and has more choice away from the main menu. There is plenty of variety of meats to choose from as there is vegetables. The salads are also very nice, the Feta cheese is excellent! The desserts however were a bit of a let down - so the missus says. Very repetitive - but don't let that put you off - they were still very nice. They had 2 very similar tasting desserts pretty much every day - 1 was shaped like a 'snail shell' the other just in a block - they tasted like Christmas mince pie with cinnamon and some sort of sugary thick moistening liquid - lovely!!
As mentioned previously, the restaurants are about halfway between the reception and beach - if you want to get to the beach keep walking past the restaurants and you'll find it. Its not a big beach (we only used it once) but it was clean and tidy. There are sunbeds on the beach, but you have to pay to use these - we were also told that guests used the bottom 'pool bar' to take drinks out onto the beach.
The shop is pretty much a mini-market with normal holiday stuff on sale. If you want newspapers they normally arrive about 2pm daily in the mini-market, although that said when we arrived NO shops had newspapers for the previous 2 days and didn't get any in for the next 2 - was told that it was not just the area where the hotel is which was affected but the whole of Greece.
The entertainment is OK. The animation team work very hard and do try to encourage participation in the dances, etc. Although, there are many different languages spoken at the hotel and the entertainment tries to cater for this, a lot of it is visual which certainly entertains the kids. There is a kids club run by the hotel by the big pool which our grand-daughter tells us was really good. There are also the normal hotel activities (beach volleyball, football, boules and table tennis) which the animation team try to get you involved in. The magic show is quite good also.
We ventured into Corfu town for the day and caught the bus from inside the hotel grounds - there is only 1 per day that comes in the complex. It leaves the hotel at 1020am and leaves the bus station at the other end at 4:30pm - I believe it cost about 5 euros return - 2 singles (can't remember exactly). If you miss these buses there are other bus options but this will entail quite a lengthy walk to the main road out the front of the hotel - there is always the taxi's of course, but wouldn't know how much these were as we didn't use one.
If you come out of the rear of the hotel (beach entrance) and turn left, you will pass a number of restaurants and shops. Newspapers seem to be here a little earlier than the shop on site, although not much earlier. We used a number of the restaurants/pubs for a variety of reasons - sports coverage (football & boxing), WiFi and of course eating and the Greek beer - Mythos. Both Zooplas (about 1/4 mile up on the left side of the road) and a sports bar (can't remember its name but just before Zooplas - but on the beach side of the rood) were very good for sport on TV, WiFi and of course Mythos. We didn't eat in these places so can't comment on that. We did however eat in a restaurant called 'Sunset' which is on the beach side of the road about 2-3 establishments before the sports bar. The food here was excellent as was the welcome. It is run by a Greek fella and his English wife - nothing was too much trouble. If you do go here you have got to try the homemade apple pie and homemade custard - they are lovely!! It also has a nice sea/beach view from the garden terrace.
If you need to use an ATM you will only find one next to a mini-market called Anna's which is a good 15 minute walk from the hotel. Anna's is situated past Zooplas, you go about 200 yards past it and take the 1st left turn - Anna's is situated about 200 yards on the right side of the road.
All in all a very enjoyable holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aquis Sandy Beach Resort acquired by Aquis Hotels and Resorts from the summer 2009 onwards. It is an extremely family friendly property, located on the sandy beach of St George South West, Corfu. Apartments will be refurbished in order to achieve the highest standards of hospitality and comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquis Sandy Beach Hotel Agios Georgios South
- Palm Beach Corfu
- Hotel Aquis Sandy Beach
- Palm Beach Hotel Corfu
- Sandy Beach Resort Corfu/Agios Georgios