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Fantastic Oceania Club Resort
Have just returned from a 2 week stay at the wonderful Oceania, had been a bit nervous due to some of the negative comments posted but don't think they could have been referring to the same hotel. From start to finish nothing was too much trouble, food was exellent, room really clean and nice touch with refilling the mini bar. The staff were really helpful and so friendly, can't wait to go back.
wonderful stay at oceania
We have just returned from a week at the Oceania Club and I have to say it is one of the best hotels we have stayed at. The service is superb with your every whim catered for, as we had booked a Junior Deluke suite we had use of the private pool and bar which were both excellent, the beach is a mixture of sand and shingle but is very clean.
The restaurants were of a very high standard with the main restaurant 'Thalassa' having a huge selection catering to all tastes, and in response to earlier comments about them offering burgers and sausages this really is a tiny section of the restaurants offerings and appeared to be there more for the children.
In the evening the bars offer a very relaxed atmosphere, the two big shows while we were there were Cats and Starlight Express which were both good.
We did a trip to Mount Athos which we would highly recommend and we took the hotel shuttle bus into Nea Moudania to have a look round, it's not much to look at yet but I think that will change in the next couple of years.
Overall this hotel provides a clean, safe and relaxing enviroment for families looking for a break in the sun.
Stayed at the Oceania Club for 1 week in early September and had a great time!
The hotel is very modern and has great facilities. Our room was excellent and very clean (the cleaners did a very good job).
We were in block 3 on the second floor and had a sea view, but only just as block 4 was in front. If you are on the lower floor you would have no view! I would say that you would get a view from any floor on any other block though.
We found the beach to be ok and not as bad as some have said. The steps down to it were also not too bad. The loungers are more comfortable than around the pools.
The local town is a no go area. We walked there in 10 mins but didn't really like it at all. There is a supermarket, bars and shops. Would not waste my time making the effort.
The hotel staff and their service was great and they had a smile! Nothing was too much trouble for them and all spoke English. The hotel manager was always on duty supervising which was good to see.
The variety and quality of food in the main restaurant was good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We loved the Italian and Asian restaurants but weren't to impressed with the Greek Tavern. The drinks were all good apart from the beer.
The nightly entertainment was quite good. The musical/dance shows were good, but very loud. Didn't enjoy the comedy shows which were not funny.
The treatments in the Spa were more expensive than you'd pay in the best salons in central London. As a result we didn't take advantage of it. The gym though was good.
Wonderful two weeks in brilliant hotel
Just returned from 12 days at the Oceania Club hotel. We travelled with our two children, 12 and 10 years and one grandparent, so can comment across the age range! We self-booked our trip, direct with the hotel, and were very impressed with their service and communication both as we planned our holiday and then again from the moment we walked out into the arrivals hall - where the hotel had a sign with our name held up and we were immediately taken to two waiting taxis (provided free) and driven to the hotel.
On arrival check-in was simple and efficient. They even took a few moments to ensure that our return trip was correct (so they could organise return taxis). Whilst we checked everyone in we were all given a drink, before we were shown our rooms. We were upgraded from a junior to a regular suite on arrival and the hotel also ensured that Granny was in a room very close to ours.
Food: We agree wth the other reports that the main restaurant 'Thalassa' was excellent, their salad bar was extensive, it varied from day to day and their was an extensive supply of fresh fruit. Main meals were fresh and varied and we could find easily find something for each of us at each meal. The cooks were very friendly and cooked in front of your eyes. At breakfast a special mention should go to Maria who cooked omlettes to order for all comers. Other offerings included fruit, cereals, breads, cheese, cold meals yoghurts etc.
We ate all of our lunches in the Greek taverna, pelagos, or took a hotel pack lunch when we went exploring. The menu here was again varied with 3-4 choices of hot dishes, fish, turkey, vegetarian each day plus the inevitable spaghetti for children! We often used just the salad bar and were very happy. Drinks are brought to the table by very friendly staff.
In the evenings we tried all of the a-la-carte restaurants, Pelagos Taverna (twice); the Itailan (twice) and Asian (once). Service was immaculate in all of them. Gloria the restaurant manager is efficient and very freindly and was very keen to ensure that we had an excellenet meal. We had a few problems organising a time to eat (we ate very the first day at 18:00), but then booked times for all our other meals at these restaurants in advance during one call to Gloria. For interest, the restaurants were never full, and this may be a choice to maintain their service levels.
Service: The staff at the Oceania Club are amongst the freindliest and best trained that we have come across. We have travelled both for holidays and on business extensively withinn Europe and in America and have never come across a hotel with the uniformity of excellence in customer care anywhere else and that includes other 5* hotels in UK, Europe and USA!. Nothing is too much trouble. Our daughter is alergic to milk and has to use soy milk. On our first morning a Sunday, none was available and the managers were really apologetic and offered her lots of alternative drinks and food. After then the hotel ordered soy milk specially for her and brought it to our table each day at no additional charge. The staff work long hours and incredibly hard with the sole aim of making your holiday special.
Pool: The infinity pool is clean and the temperature is cool but pleasant on a warm day. There are sunbeds, but getting 5 was a challenge however, having said that we tended to spend our time at the beach using the pool in the early evenings on our way back for a quick swim to cool off after walking up the 70 steps from the beach!
Beach: The beach is great with plenty of sunbeds, but the sand is sharp and not the best for sandcastles. Either take some shoes to go into the sea or be prepared to step quickly over about 1-2 metres of pebbles and rocks. However, once over this the seabed is sandy and shallow for a long way. The beach is clean and well kept, it is serviced by the staff based at the Beach Bar (Almera) who again are very friendly bringing drinks to you on the beach or serving you directly. Special mention should go to Olga and Kirsti who knew that we just wanted lemon and soda and provided a constant supply of cool drinks for us. Even to the extent that when we came back from swimming there was a cool drink waiting for us near our towels.
Kids Activities: The hotel runs three children's clubs 4-7; 8-12 years and one for teenagers. All three seemed to have very enthusiastic staff and full programs. Given the fact that our children had finished school early there were no other English speaking children at their age-group club (they were mainly German and Russian), but the staff were multi-lingual and all coped well. Having said that our children spent most of their time with us and only attended the club on 1-2 occasions. The kids club facilities are amazing, covering most of one floor of the hotel. The activity programme included indoor and outdoor activities and was well managed.
Sports: Beach volleyball; petanique; football, water polo; walking trips, water aerobics were amongst the activities on offer each day. Tina the sports entertainer worked long and hard and included everyone.
Water Sports: Pedalos and canoes were freely available for loan.
Windsurfing and Sailing are available from Regina (Totally Surf) who is a superb teacher - she taught our daughter to windsurf over a 5-day period. This cost 190 euros and includes the examination fee for the basic licence, but was worth every cent in terms of the enjoyment gained from this activity. We also went out with Regina in the Hobbie Cat for 1 hour (50 euros), if more time had been available we would have taken the sailing course as well!
Scuba Diving: Free lesson in the pool was fun, but the PADI courses are run off-site at the Sani Hotel a 20-25 minute drive away. Be aware that the 4 day open water course can be covered in 3 half-days! Great if you are able to progress quickly but can be a little disappinting if you were expecting to use 4 days!
Entertainment: The hotel has a cinema which shows a film each night (we never went); but also runs a live show each day. These ranged from musicals such as Mamma Mia and Starlight Express; through plays such as Dinner for one to Comedy Night and a Pool Party. The entertainment staff worked and these shows were very well presented and provided a fun evening.
The location: The nearby town Nea Moderna is OK, but nothing special. The countryside on the Kasssandra and Sithonia Peninsulas is stunning and well worth exploring. We hired a car and toured round ourselves.
In summary, we had a wonderful time and will be back.
We stayed at this hotel for the first two weeks in July but will not be returning. In fairness to the hotel, it was clean but this was to be expected as it is new and only opened last year, and the staff are helpful. Don't bother to learn Greek because you will be lucky to find any Greeks in this hotel. Most of the staff are eastern Europeans but we were told that the head chef is Greek. The staff on the on the main reception were not very competent in the language department and we had a lot of trouble trying to make ourselves understood. If you are multi-lingual then you may not have a problem. The hotel was swarming with children of all nationalities which we wanted to get away from - hence the time we went. Some of the food was not what you would expect from a five-star hotel e.g., chips, burgers, savaloys, chicken nuggets and pizzas. The daytime entertainment was mostly water/sport orientated. For example, here is the programme for 11th July - 9:30 Bike Tour, 10:15 Easy Step, 10:30 Beach Volleyball, 11:30am Aqua Aerobic, 12:00 Water Polo, 3:15 Aqua Power and Squash Tournament, 4:00 Pentanque, 4:30 Beach Soccer and Stretching, 5:00 Table Tennis. So if you are not sporty, don't go there. Lastly, the evening entertainment was absolutely abysmal. One evening the most they could lay on was piped music, another evening was a piano player who also sung. When the entertainment team did put on shows, they did not always sing and were often miming. Out of the fourteen days, we could count on one hand how many acts/shows were worth watching and still have fingers left. Never again this hotel and certainly never again the Greek mainland which seems to be not all traditional compared with the islands.
Great hotel but poor resort
We stayed at the Oceania in June this year and had never booked all inclusive before. We were nervous after reading some of the previous reviews.
The hotel was fantastic, the food superb and the service excellent - if only you could pick it up and put it somewhere more traditional and picturesque.
The town is a complete disappointment - only a handful of restaurants, none of which I would have risked, and a few bars along a grotty harbour. The locals have obviously been shocked into tourism and really aren't there yet with the basics and the look of the whole town is that of an industrial workplace rather than picturesque greece.
Each morning I went walking for an hour trying to find somewhere new to go but 30 minutes in either direction brings you to industrial landscape.
If it hadn't been for the hotel it would have been our worst holiday yet and we travel to greece every year. The different restaurants are well worth booking, the breakfasts superb and loads of choice for evening meals. As per previous reports the entertainment was extremely poor so we didn't bother. I'm glad we only went for a week as we would have been really bored for 2 weeks. The beach is lovely and the service from the beach bar fantastic - we didn't need to move to get continuous top ups of anything we wanted. There seems to be no limits on the all inclusive list. Clean beach towels were provided daily and the rooms were cleaned with new towels and linen every day. We paid for a junior deluxe suite and it was worth every penny - we shared a seperate pool with others in the suites and there were hardly any kids. The main pool was manic, loud and boistrous so we paid for a little peace and quiet with great views and our own bar.
Would we go back - definitely not - in future we'll be sticking with the smaller islands which are far more beatiful and a far better reflection of traditional greece.
First, our situation, we are a family of 6, four kids aged 16, 12, 9 and 8.
We visited the hotel for 2 weeks on an all inclusive basis on the 20th July 2006.
The hotel itself is modern and very clean, I would not say I would rate it as five stars - more a good four star, the staff are great, could not do enough for you. I did sometimes feel a little sorry for them, they tend to be eastern European and are watched over constantly by the management and many times we were to witness them being told off if they had not 'swooped' down to take your plate as soon as the last morsel left your fork!!
What I did not see in any brochure was reference to the location of the hotel and the fact you needed to be either pretty fit or a moutain goat to get around.! The hotel is built on a steep cliff, the main part of the hotel is 6 floors, you enter reception at floor 6 (which is in fact from the front the ground floor), it's only once inside that you realise the rest of the hotel is down the cliff across five floors. There are lifts but are slow and in peak times you can spend alot of time waiting. The accomodation is in blocks, there are five blocks, we were in block 2 which was one of the nearest the the main building but to get to the restaurant it was 72 steps each way, to the pool 90 steps and to the beach 165 steps!!!! I think we increased our fitness quite a bit!
The rooms were tidy and clean, nothing special but not shabby at all, we had to update to suites to accomodate our four children in one room (with us in a separate room) and these had the usual you would expect in any business hotel.
The pool areas were great, lots going on all day and although you were asked if you wanted to take part in the entertainment, you were not harrassed if you wanted to be left alone.
There is a kids club and they seem to do quite a bit, the times on their notice board were a little out sometimes, 10 oclock start could sometimes mean 10.45 but the kids were provided with quite a few things to do.
My eldest was fine, was entertained in the day with various activitives and at night there was a night club. One thing I was impressed with was the vigilant way the bar staff kept an eye on the alcohol consumption, I had to give my authority for my 16 year old to be allowed a few beers, whilst this proved annoying to my son, I felt quite reassured he would not end up face down in the pool!!!
Restaurants were great, there is a main buffet style with loads of choice and of a high standard, in addition there were three specialiality ones, Asian, Italian and Greek, all were not bad, the Greek probably not much different to the main restaurant. One thing that is usually bad in all inclusive type hotels is the wine, but I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised. All the alcohol seems to be major brands and the bar staff are able and willing to make you anything you fancy.
The town of Nea Moundania is not good, very scruffy, lots of tatty shops and a suicidal traffic system. We walked in a few times and went the the harbour which although had a few quaint boats, also contained several container ships which regularly arrived!!!
The final area would be the beach and unforunately that's what lets this resort down, The beach is at the bottom of lots of steps and not good once you arrive. The sand is very course/sharp and difficult to walk on. The sea is almost impossible to walk into unless you invest in some kind of wateproof footwear, they had put some sandbags into the water for people to be able to get over the stones and rocks and into the safer water which was sandy so they obviously recognise there needs work here. The beach bar was not good, service very slow, sometimes you could wait 45 minutes for them to bring your drink.
Overall and to summarise, nice hotel, great staff, good food, lots of entertainment, great pools, bad location, bad beach.
Would we go back???? No
Did we have a bad holiay???? - No, just not a really memourable one.
Top notch hotel
Lets be clear here about what you are getting. If you are looking for a top notch hotel with impeccible service, food and facilities then book the Oceania. If you are looking for a hotel in a busy resort then steer clear. This is an high standard all inclusive hotel - why go out and pay for food and drink elsewhere!
We went with our two kids (6 & 5) for a week in August and stayed in a Deluxe Junior Suite. Room was fantastic, maid service exceptional (they changed the towels and filled the mini bar at least twice per day) and the food was really good. By booking one of the deluxe rooms you get to use the private pool which is fairly large with its own bar - drinks brought to your sun loungers all day! The sea views from the whole hotel were stunning.
Bearing in mind we went in August, there was never a problem getting a sun bed. How refreshing it was to not have to put towels out at 7am! Sometimes we did not get down to the pool until nearly lunchtime but there were still plenty of spare beds.
In the main buffet restaurant, wine and beer is available with your meal. If you go to one of the three specialty restaurants then you can choose a bottle of wine from the menu.
I really could not fault this hotel. I accept that the location was not the best but if you did pick this hotel up and put it somewhere else, I am sure the prices would more than double!
loved the oceania
i am a travel agent and never read reviews before i travel i like to make my own opions. having read the reviews on my return i dont think i stayed at the same hotel as some of the guests. i have stayed in many hotels over the years and found the service here to be one of the best we have experienced. the food was excellent offering something for everyone. the town was typically greek, not full of tacky souvenir shops what a joy. ok it was a walk down to the beach but we could all do with some exercise with all the lovely food and drink on offer. my only criticism would be the entertainment, what we saw was fine but some evenings there was nothing at all not even live music in the bar, however we would certainly return again as would most of the guests we met during our stay.
We are a family of four, and stayed in a junior suite for 1 week. We had a great time. There was a kids club, which gave us a break from the kids for a couple of hours everyday. The room was very modern and roomy. It was cleaned twice a day. The bathroom is supplied with top notch products. The staff are very friendly, and your every need is catered to. There is a large selection of good food, and the bevarages are good labels, not house wines etc.
On the down side, we didn't really like the beach, and did not find the beds comfortable.
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