More about Aquis Sandy Beach Resort
Absolutely amazing holiday
3 of us stayed at the Palm Beach Hotel for a week in July and it was one of the most fantastic holidays we've ever been on. Not only was the hotel stunning, the beach was a 2 minute walk and the pool was divine. Even though the food was not amazing, it was still fine to eat (and if you arrive 10 minutes early you beat all the queues). Also, we found the staff to be very friendly. Beautiful surroundings and a beautiful island. What an amazing experience!!!
Don't listen to the bad reviews, the rooms are on a hole very good very clean, nice little touches such as flowers being left in the room. Maid service every day. Pool area clean tidy enough sun loungers to go round. Its right on the beach as well which is a bonus. The food is also very nice, but it is true that you only have an hour to eat it. Also some of the staff seem as though they don't want to be there. However some are all to happy to help, as i found out on the first night. We arrived at gone 11 at night but were greated and taken to our room by one of the staff in his van to save us from walking we then found out that they had saved us food from the buffet not bad at all i thank them once again for this. For the money i highly recommend this hotel it may not quite be 4 star but its pretty close and i found it to very good as did the rest of my party. But i will say that if you like watching television on holiday then unless you speak german or like the news you will bw dissapointed, but as its only a short walk from many bars and resturants im sure you won't want to sit in all day/night. And if you ever get a taxi driver called Yanni say hi from stuart, dan claire and sophie!
My friend and I stayed for a week at the Palm Beach and won't be going again. The hotel is large with self catering and half board options, the sea is very close, but you'll need to pay for loungers. There are two pools, the larger one close to the sea, with a shallow and deep end (2.7m+) and large enough for both kids and adults to use. The half board option is good, but little variety and queues could get really long and tedious. The food didn't blow me away, but didn't make me ill either - so I'm grateful for that. The rooms are a decent size and cleaned daily. We didn't have to pay for the use of our fridge as other reviewers have said. Cover the drain in your bathroom floor with a towel to prevent the most unbelievable creepy crawlies from joining you. Rooms have a balcony but the mosquitos like it there too, so we didn't use it. Take anti mozzy stuff with you - they are everywhere. There is a mini market on site which does actually have lower prices than outside the hotel, though the pool side bar is quite pricey: 2 euros for a flat, warm, small cola compared with 50 cents for a cool can of lemonade from the shop which is just as far from the pool.
My main issue with this hotel is that, although we had no problems, it wasn't what I was expecting. I booked this holiday online where it was described as a 4* superior class hotel in the unspoiled village of St George. Well, this is absolutely not a 4* hotel, 3* at a push. I went to Sharm el Sheikh in June this year and spent 2 weeks at a really fabulous 5* for just £150 more. The level of service and facillities reminded me of a hostel or Butlins type of thing. The other disappointment was that we didn't feel like we were in Greece. The resort is small but none of the architecture and culture you'd associate with Greece. A boat trip to Paxos is worth doing, because at least then you feel like you've seen a bit of Greece. Also, the nightlife was very quiet. We went out at midnight on a Friday hoping to dance but very few people were out, apparently because people were watching the Big Brother eviction.
To round up, this is a basic hotel - if you're looking for sun, sand and a relaxing holiday this place is fine for you. If, however, you're expecting a 4* holiday in Greece, book somewhere else. Good luck.
Readers be wary
Before you begin to read this review I would just like to say that please be wary when reading reviews on sites like these I did allot of research on the net before I went to this holiday and I was left with mixed emotions as what to expect before I left (turned out to be a mix of fact and fiction) please remember that these reviews are subjective, at the end of the day a holiday is what you make of it.
With that said onto the review,
The hotel was as many people have suggested not quite a 4* superior more like 3*. The rooms however were well furnished and cleaned every day. TV is as reported only two channels while I was there so im well up on current affairs but who goes on holiday to watch TV only wish they wouldn’t advertise it as satellite TV in rooms. Air conditioning was great at no extra charge as was the fridge (no extra charge). Only ate at the hotel a few times which turned out to be 25% good 75% bad maybe just not my taste but one you have tried some of the local restaurants you will not eat at the hotel full stop. In particular I would like to mention San Carlos grill restaurant, had the best meal of my life there and the service and setting on the beach was superb.
Facilities at the hotel were not bad, couple of snooker tables, table tennis. The pool was great not ideal for young children as there is no kiddies pool but for adults and 8+years brilliant nice and big and cleaned every day, however this does cause the pool to be shut very early at about 6.30 not a plus point. You should also be wary if you like a little shade at some point by the pool, if it is windy you will not be allowed to open up the parasols so are just left to fry and trust me it was hot 40^C. Night time entertainment is non existent and the prices in the pool bar expensive just buy from the on site supermarket.
The resort has a major plus and major minus depending on what your looking for my self went with a small group of 25-28year old lads so this may give you little more insight into why I have reviewed it as so.
The beach of St Georges was superb, top notch one of the best I have been too with loads of water sports and sun loungers. 45 euros will get you 15 mins on a Jet Ski great fun and 50 euros will get you parasailing with eagles for 3km and dipped in the sea.
The nightlife however is where the resort just died and I mean died, I know what your saying 25year old out looking for mad parties, which is not far off the truth but that’s why we stayed within travelling distance of Kavos 35 euros in a taxi. But the resort would have been to quiet for my 75year old Nan. There are loads of bars and even 2 clubs but was there ever anyone in there NO. Not a soul, in a club that could hold 800 people not one person in there. Even kids and families need a few people about to chat too in the pubs etc but no one, I have seen more action in an Iraqi bar on a nighttime than in the bars in this resort and please don’t think im exaggerating. Perfect thought if you’re after a very relaxing holiday with nothing to do on a night, not even any entertainment, bed is about the best thing to do after dinner.
Boat trip to Paxos was brilliant well worth doing as was hiring a car although the idiots in the retal place couldnt organise an prayer in a mosque, use one of the smaller rental outlets and avoid the hastle.
Airport on this island was dismal a right old cow shed. Cost 40 Euros to get to resort by taxi.
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Having booked a late deal at this hotel before reading the reviews I was oncerned at some of the negative comments. Should you find yourself in a similar position read on and do not worry. The rooms are lovely - spacious and Air - conditioned. The pool is great, beautifully clean and well maintained with plenty of comfortable sun beds. You did not need to be out booking sun beds at the crack of dawn. The food was vey enjoyable. There was a good choice at all meals. The fish and meat dishes were very good and the restaurant itself was spacious and tastefully decorated. Personally, I was delighted to have separate sittings for the evening meal and enjoyed the relaxed feel of the second sitting after young families had been through first.
The staff were friendly and the maid service excellent. The only complaint I heard was from one other guest who complained that there weren't enough chips for the children. There was also a lack of alphabet soup and chicken nuggets. Torremolinos a possibility next year perhaps?
We really couldn't understand the criticisms in the reviews. I suppose the inevitable 'Meldrews' are more predisposed to write and whinge. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday in a pleasant, quiet hotel across the road from a superb beach then the Palm Beach is a good choice. I recommend Costas's boat trips and there are good bars and tavernas in the village.
Regimental to say the least !
We arrived at the Palm Beach Hotel lunchtime on the 8th August. Our passports were requested for check in and we obliged. When we requested our passports back we were told we could not have them back until the following day and that most people left their passports until their return home and that they would be safe. Unfortunately, this set the tone for the attitude of the majority of the staff who in the main were surly and did not appear to want to be there.
The room was very nice which was a saving grace. I don't exactly know the point of the television as there were only 2 channels we could watch.
The food was very non descript neither unpleasant or great. Edible.
Be warned, the complimentary shower consists of a large room next to the supermarket which anyone can walk into. There are 2 showers, 2 toilets and no privacy. Indeed, I was stood there in my underwear when a Frenchman walked in. We politely asked him to remove himself whereupon he started gesticulating, in the end we told him to get out as we had the room booked.
All in all whilst not the worst place to be it was certainly not the best and does not warrant its rating. I would rate it at 3 star plus at the very most.
First of all I will say go with an open mind. I was so worried after my boyfriend and me booked this over the internet with all the bad reports. Please do not listen to them.
When we arrived at the reception they do ask for your passports but they do this at most hotels in most countries and you can collect them the next day. The staff that were on the reception when we arrived were very nice and they explained clearly where our room was and all the extention numbers should you need reception or the utility room. You do not have to pay a deposit for the TV and air conditioning remotes which is a bonus. Be warned you do have pay 13 euros for the safe key and only get 2 back but if want to know you valubles are always safe then it is worth it. Yes the TV does only have 2 English channels but what do you expect. Not many hotels do have lots of channels in English.
The room was lovely. The little touches do make a difference and they get cleaned every day. If you have a shower on a night do have it before 6:30 PM as most the hot water is used up. Also and please do not be freaked out by this but do not drop any food on the floor as ants will find there way into your room.
The swimming pool is very nice and clean. For a sun bed and umberella you do need to get down there before 11 am.
The beach is so beautiful and when the sea is calm you can see the sea bottom very clearly. You can even see some little fish swimming around. Yes you do have to pay for the sun beds and umberella but is 6 euros for all day is worth it plus I have never been to a beach where you do not have to pay.
The dining room is very nicely decorated and very relaxed. Yes you do have to queue most times but if you get there for 8pm it is not too bad. The food could have been a bit better but they do cook things differently to us. The staff in the resturant were also very friendly.
The pool bar was a nice place to go after your meal to have a drink before moving on to the taverns. Yes they are a bit dear but you do get table service and some music to listen to.
There are plenty of places to go for a drink on the night and I did not see one close and we went back to the hotel at 2 am.
If you want a relaxing holiday and do not want to do too much then this is the place for you. My boyfriend and me loved it and plan to go back again soon. So please enjoy.
Didn't want to come home!
I have just returned from the Palm Beach Hotel after staying there for a week with my Mother and my Son and I have to say that we enjoyed it so very much we didn't want to go home! We were greeted at the main reception very warmly and then introduced to a very nice chap with a little van who took us and all our luggage to our room. This was very clean and spacious and just a very short walk from the restaurant, pool, bar, shop, and of course, the beach. The food was great, the staff were so friendly and pleasant we couldn't fault any of it. Two days into the holiday my bathrobe went missing from the room, as it was white towelling I assumed the maid had accidentally picked it up for washing thinking it was a hotel towel. I reported it missing to the main desk and they constantly kept me informed until it was found the next day and returned to me washed and pressed and packages neatly up. We all enjoyed the entertainment in the pool bar, from the live Greek music to the dancing with the pretty young girls whom my Son thought were "the hottest chicks ever!" especially when they were bellydancing! The beach was fabulous, my Son and I spent almost all of our time in the sea, the water was warm and lots of little fishes always around our feet, and we so looked forward to seeing the amusing old guy who sold doughnuts on the beach every day, his basket with the sign 'SEXY DOUGHNUTS' and they came in bags that said 'VIAGRA SEXY DOUGHNUTS!' We called him over often as they were so delicious.(the chocolate ones) The boat trip to Paxos and Antipaxos was fantastic where the waters were so turquoise and clear it was like the carribbean! Next time though I will take something warm to wear for the trip back as it was quite chilly with a LOT of sea spray showering you most of the way! The village had a nice atmosphere and we have to say that we saw not one single drunken lout or felt unsafe at any time. There were no noisy clubs and the only thing that kept me awake at night were the inconsiderate couple in the room next to us who were very vocal at their intimate times and played loud music very late at night, but someone else must have complained about them as the next day a notice went up on the restaurant door asking people to be considerate at night. This must have done the trick as after that we heard them no more. (or perhaps they left) I can wholeheartedly reccommend this hotel for families and couples who want a quiet relaxing holiday and I just hope the resort is never ruined by the 18-30 clubs as it was just perfect for my ideal kind of holiday!
Palm Beach - great place to stay
Having just returned from a week at the Palm Beach in St Georges, Corfu, I couldn't wait to write up my review. I read some of the reviews before I went and was a bit concerned by the negative comments so here's a more balanced review.
I went with my mother and daughter and we were looking for a relaxed holiday where we could chill out in the sun. We did just that. The hotel is right on the beach and has a lovely pool with plenty of sunbeds (no charge). they do charge for sunbeds on the beach, but you'd expect that. The room was spacious and clean. The food was OK, maybe could be a little better, but the waiters were friendly and helpful. If you have a late flight home, ask reception for a late check out room the day before you leave.
The resort itself is small and fairly quiet but quite a few good tavernas and bars. I would recommend Almyra and Evergreen for a nice lunch. Good watersports on the beach.
Some reviewers have queried the hotel's 4 star rating, I think its a 3 star plus aspiring to 4 star. Improving the cuisine a bit more and doing something about the queueing in the restaurant might help. But all in all a good place to go, hope this helps!
Great Family Holiday, excellant location
Our family spent 1 week at the Palm Beach. We travelled with our 18 yr old son, 13 yr old son and 6 year old daughter. The pool was fabulous, plenty of sunloungers (no charge) never seemed crowded. Bar by pool excellant though service a little slow. Rooms were spacious, very clean, tv was missing when we arrived and ac not working - both were rectified immediately. Nice touch was sprigs of lavender placed around the room on day of arrival. Breakfast plentiful, cooked breakfast if required, or croissant & fruit. Coffee needs alot to be desired! We went for dinner early in the evening as we tended not to bother with lunch, so all hungry by 6.30. Did not feel rushed at all and food was again plentiful and varied. Nice to visit local tavernas in the evening, and hotel entertainment, not everyones cup of tea but my daughter loved it! The boys, played snooker, table tennis (take own balls) and tennis. We only stayed 1 week but left wishing we were staying longer. We would certainly recommend the Palm Beach for a family holiday were you want to chill out and relax. Could happily of stayed another week. Only negative was that we paid extra for side seaview rooms, although we were aware that the sea was only 20metres away (we could hear the waves) we could not see it. That extra cost was a waste of money.