We arrived at the Alva really late in the evening but received a friendly welcome. Our 1 bed apartment was on the first floor and on arrival the noise from the Love Boat seemed really loud and I did feel disappointed. There wasn't another room available that night so we fell into bed with the plan to resolve things in the morning. On getting up and opening the curtains the view of Fig Tree Bay was lovely and we decided that this made up for the noise from the bar - a good nights sleep certainly helped. The apartment was clean and well appointed with microwave, toaster, 2 electric rings, fridge, hair dryer, air con in bedroom. The only comment I would make was that our shower head leaked everywhere and flooded the bathroom every time we had a shower but we learnt how to stop the water escaping so resolved this. The cleaner came in 5 times a week and was very thorough.
We had opted for the bed and breakfast option but personally wouldn't do this again. The cooked breakfast was okay but the fruit juice tasted watered down and there was only full fat milk for cereals. There was tinned fruit and yoghurt but the yoghurt wasn't chilled so I didn't go for it. I chose in the end to buy cereal and milk from the local shop. My husband had breakfast each day so maybe I'm just fussy.
The apartments are located at the bottom of the strip in in close distances to all of the bars and restaurants. Fig Tree Bay is just over the road and is beautiful. The Parko cafe (at the front of the Alva)had great deals on cocktails as do many of the local bars. The icecream parlour next door is fabulous!
The pool is not huge but it never felt too busy with people often going to the beach as an alternative. The pool was cleaned every day and I though it was well kept. The snack bar I felt was a bit sad with empty shelves and no real atmosphere. Not many people ate there so this could do with a refurb (which we were told is planned).
The reception staff were always really friendly and helpful and assisted us in booking trips and finding local shops etc.
I would certainly stay at the Alva again. It can be noisy if your room is on the side closest to the love boat and the corridors are very echoey.
We had a great holiday so would definitely recommend.
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