We had read lots of reviews prior to our holiday 18th-25 October 2011 but have learnt from other holidays that you have to make your own mind up and some people are simply very fussy or expect to go abroad and only english people be there!!!! ( all nations have holidays FACT)
The hotel (Royal) belevedere was for us more than expected and our family room was very spacious, we had our 3 children aged 2,7&8 years and they loved everything about the hotel and its choice of 7 swimming pools :O)
The room was very spacious and are cleaned everyday and the cleaners always set out the kids Pj's nicely, the bed are a little on the firm side for my wife but fine for the rest of us. The t.v has sky news which was good to watch for updates back home etc but didn't go away to watch telly so wasn't to bothered that it was the only english channel. ALL the staff were very,very polite throughout the complex so please ignore previous comments although this may reflect end of season and may only of been around around 300 guests appose to 2300 peak season and lots of impatient holiday people... ... Even though there was less guests all pools and restaurants were available including the Imperial facilities which was on the same good standards as our own restaurant. The food varried every day with good breakfast selection for all nationalities but we prefer the continental styles so suited us down to a T. The only negative with B-fast time was the toaster lol it was like a merrygo round as the heat was not high enough and had to put through 3 times to make nice toast but for me this was very minor point. Plenty of fresh juices at all meal times with local beer and wines too.
The only negative with the drinks was they were in small plastic cups so we just ordered 2 at a time which again was ok (not eco friendly but obviously safer around pools etc) In the evening i took a pint size plastic cup with me from a coffee shop trip off site and they were fine filling that for me and had a joke about it too as i had the biggest cup (top tip get a pint cup) we also used the self service for our babys milk and jucie cup with no hassel at all. We saved a empty water bottle and used it daily to top up at breakfast for babies bottles which saved us a small fortune buying milk, same with jucies we kept bottles and took juices to our room and left in fridge for kids at night time etc and filled daily.
The all inclusive deal was A***** for us and our 3 children, drinks both still and fizzy on help yourself for the kids, coffee,wine,beer and spirits (local brew) for adults and hot food from 10am-1800 pool side including chips,toasties,pizza,popcorn and many flavours of Ice cream all day every day at all the pool side bars.
The pools were very clean and everthing you could ask for to keep kids occupied the only negative with the pools was the water was freezing cold but didn't stop my 3 kids as they were on holiday and simply wanted fun and certainly got it.
With regards to the steep hill..... there is 1 but there is also a mini bus provided 3 times to star beach and 4 times for returning from star beach (timings at reception). Other than that we walk through the complex down the various step avoiding the hill and coming out neaer to the bottom. When we say hill the time it takes to walk from main reception to the bottom is around 5-6 mins with 3 kids alittle shorter when you walk through the complex via pool side steps. The good thing for our kids was they loved the Donkeys,goats and birds enroute and never really complained when we walked outside the mini bus times.
Other than the great facilities onsite the only other places we went to were the local harbour which is about 45mins to an hour walking with 3 kids with odd stop in shops and worth the views once there,Lots of shops and taverners enroute and cheaper to buy than at hotel shops in complex.
STAR BEACH was the wow factor for us all with numerous facilities and free entrance in total a 15 min walk maximum shorter if no children and only 4 mins on the bus which we used 3 times during our stay. Identical kids set up but on a much bigger scale and thats free all day everyday, water slides are 8 euros but worth every penny from 11.00-17.00 at the time of season we went probably longer peak season. The slides are awesome A**** and a definate must,must,must even daddy had a day pass and was the highlight of my holidays when it came to the fun and family time factor. The age limit is 5 years upwards for insurance purposes so under 5's allowed. We got loungers by the bottom of kamakazie slide and used beach too with no charge. The beach was also fab but could imagine manic peak season with a charge of 3 euros per lounger 2 euros for parasol witch we paid for once but due to end of season the rest of the time we went it was free. The loungers by the water park slides are all free just on the beach but it was a one off payment and you could sit anywere along the beach or simply put your towel down for free. Lots of other water sports on offer with varrying prices including banana boats and jet ski's.
Many other shops and beach bars including fish therapy spa shop and arcades etc,
All in all a fab holiday and would highly reccommend to any family looking for a relaxing and funfilled holiday.
A big thank you to all the staff and Manos the barman at night your the best and my kids loved your cocktails
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