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loved kos beach
booked last minute holiday to kos aqua beach hotel, then read reviews dont know why they were so negative myself and daughter have just returned from a week stay everything was really very good, staff, food, cleaniness the only down side we would say was the germans though all entertainment is german orientated they were miming along to english music. food was varied and plentiful, rooms cleaned every day majority of staff very friendly. the manager of the hotel was also visible at all times which was a plus for us as we had a problem with retaining a room due to early morning pick up he resolved it immediatly superb. one thing we wouldnt do is book with hotels4u.com again they were completly rubbish. saw rep on arrival then never again took us over a day to get through to office to confirm flights as no one on office, pick up was over half an hour late and we had to ring emergency number to find out if we were actually being picked up very poor.
we would defo recommend this hotel for all but be aware it is a hour walk to nearest village tigaki if you dont want to go by bus or bike, buses quite good we used them several times to get into kos town. overall for a late deal very impressed.
avoid booking at all costs
Just returned from my holiday in Kos and would like to warn everyone against staying at this hotel - if you are English you will probably lose you money during peak travel season. My family of four and 5 other families chose this holiday last September (2006) as it met our group requirements and booked this immediately. After reading reviews of overbooking 2 weeks before departing on 8th August 2007 we re-confirmed that our party booking would be honoured and received this in writing from our tour operator.
Just 36 hours prior to our departure we were advised that the hotel had massively overbooked by 160 rooms and that we were being moved to alternative accommodation. We were given a severe downgrade as the only option - it was either that or cancel. Basically the reason the hotel is full of Germans is that the hotel manager has been double booking and reallocating English tourists to a small group of three hotels in Kardemena. It's rumoured that these hotels would be empty if it wasn't for the overbooking and we are in the process of reporting this.
As a goodwill gesture the hotel manager at Kos Aqua Beach Club laid on a daily free bus for those wanting to use it's facilities. But be warned the pools were very overcrowded and without spare sunbeds so with a group of small children 3 under age 4 we were left in the open sun all day, sitting round the bar area. For an after noon nap this was taken on a leather settee in the middle of reception..... Is this somewhere you would like to take your children.
For those reviews previously complaining about the food - that one day was a godsend compared to the food we endured. Sandwiches, pizza, cakes, ice-creams and self serve drinks all day replaced our usual basic cheap options, this was the only plus side. We could only go the one day due to having small children, it was simply inappropriate to let them burn in the open sun.
The wave pool in the day time only operated twice, but the older kids enjoyed some of the water slides. The beach was cordoned off by what looked like barbed wire fencing which was also rusty - not what you would expect. Accommodation looked good compared to our allocated 'B' Class. The restaurant wasn't too bad considering the size of the hotel and had lots of food choices.
Think seriously before you book - we considered 11 months plentiful to secure this accommodation and had our whole holiday turned upside down. We have lost a lot of money, not just in the downgrade but in the additional food and drink from eating out due to our own poor food options.
Had A Great Time
Myself, husband and kids, aged 10 and 7, stayed at the aqua beach club for a fortnight from sept 5th 07.
Initially we were a bit worried having read some awfull reviews but thankfully are worries were unfounded. We arrived at the hotel (via taxi costing 32 euros) at 9 p/m. Checking in was quick and a simple map showing our accommodation was given to us. The reception staff were friendly and advised us to grab something to eat before going to
our room as the resturant shut at 9.30p/m. We found our room easily
(even in the dark). We were expecting to all have to share a room but
were pleasantly suprised. We had 2 bedrooms each with a balcony. The children's room had a single and a double in it and ours had a kingsize bed...heaven! The air conditioning was free and came on when
the electric came on (using a card on the door keys) This could be turned off using a remote but the nights were so humid we left our on
all night. We couldn't sleep with windows open as the crickets were so noisey! The room had a great jaccuzi bath which the kids loved and
a large fridge. The down side was there was no kettle for coffee or tea.
The pools were great, clean and safe, and there were plenty of sunbeds. The onsite shop was adequate selling drinks, snacks, papers,
cigarettes, floats, clothing, post cards etc We only went on the beach once as we found it very pebbley, and as it was the windy side of Kos it was a bit rough at times.The beach at Tingaki was great, 10
euros by taxi each way, and the harbour at Kos Town, again 10 euros each way, is also worth a visit. The best shops are at Kos Town and you must do a 3 island cruise.
The food at the resort was varied and enjoyable.
The only downside to the holiday was it was very much geared towards the German tourists. The kids entertainment was mainly German so we didn't bother with the kids clubs or disco. Also for some strange reason the hotel does't have much money to cash in travellers cheques
and they charge 2%...Its free at the bank in Kos town. Kos is a beautifull island and we would definatley visit again but proberly not at this hotel. It is abit out of the way and so you iether need to hire a car or rely on taxis or the infrequent bus service. For families it is ideal but a bit remote for the younger crowd.
As good as it gets
We have just returned from a 15 day holiday at the Kos Aqua Club and after reading some of the reviews I was a bit sceptical but was pleasantly surprised. We have been too many AI in Greece and this I must say rates pretty highly. The accomodation was probably one of the best, food average but what can you expect when trying to cater for 1000 people, there are only so many different varieties of dishes one can offer and yes you must take your majority guests tastes into account but if you went hungry it is only you to blame. Aqua Club is probably advertised very well in Germany and Holland or they may get better rates as 90% of the guests were from there. Though this did not matter that much as if I wanted all English speaking I suppose we could have gone to the likes of Benidorm (no thanks). I found the Dutch very friendly and always willing to try and communicate in English, more then we can say or do. The children did not find the language a barrier, on a evening I would find a group of 10 -15 teenages (Dutch, German and English) sitting together and they certainly looked as if they were having a good time. So lets accept that this resort is mainly German but so what, your holiday is what you make of it. Perhaps if we English speaking guests stopped harping on the language barrier and give the resort the credit it needs it just may attract some more English speaking guests. I found all the pools to be clean and my daughter enjoyed everyone of them. We went on a few excursions but these were not booked through our holiday rep as we were warned it was more expensive, so on our 2nd day we took a taxi ride into Tigaki and went to see Louise at THEOKRITOS TRAVEL, where we booked all excursions. If you email Louise beforehand she will kindly have a brochure delivered and waiting for you on your arrival at the resort. [--]Paradise Beach / Bubble beach was great and highly recommended, especially if you enjoy water sports, take lots of money with, specially if you have a daughter and husband like mine, once they have been on one ride they can't stop. The crazy sofa and Flying Fish being their best. We often went into Kos at around 6.00pm and was back at 9.15pm a very short bus ride. No4 Bus at the top of the road. Kos Old Town was my daughters favourite for shopping, all the clothes and jewelry shops. All in all we had a wonderful time, the weather was great and returned with a good tan to a cold and wet UK.
Beautiful hotel, fab waterslides, just ignore the germans!
Like anyone reading this, I always check the reviews to see what others say. Although there seemed to be initial problems when the hotel was first built, I felt that the hotel being on the beach plus the waterslides and wave pool would be ideal for my family (4 & 7). I wasn't let down and we all had a great time in the fabulous clean pools, although some of the paving around the slides needed some attention! The beach was a bit of a let down, although in a great location with views to Turkey, it wasn't the sandy beach I was hoping for and it was very rocky getting into the sea and sometimes dangerous (when windy). We solved problem by turning left out the hotel and walking down the path to a small and lovely isolated beach. The hotel was very clean and well organised. Although as per other reviews the night reception staff were very grumpy, we were also starving when we arrived in the early hours and on hearing we couldn't have anything to eat we were extremely preturbed. Anyhow Stephanios sorted us out with a pizza against receptions wishes! The hotel food was plentiful and something for everyone. The entertainment staff as also mentioned only spoke to the germans and were poor performers. We weren't worried about our children being excluded the mini club as they were having such a good time in the pools. That with trips out on bycycles, bus and hire car, we kept very busy and had a great time. The hotel was a bit remote, we would have preferred to be nearer any sort of town/shops to wonder along in the evening without having to take cabs etc. Nevertheless we made our own holiday and had a great time and I think if the hotel made more of an effort with the English it would become very popular with the british.
There are better
Why nearly nobody rewiews the sea? Why you are going to the Greece, Kos? To stay by your swimming-pool? No, you should stay by the sea. And that was, unfortunately, very bad. Peebles, hedgehogs, the beach not very broad, with only a few umbrellas for so huge hotel capacity. The hotel situated nowhere. 4 km from Kos, 4 km from Tigaki. Around only cows, donkeys and sheeps. Yes, it has tobogans and nice hotel service, it is clean and so on. But that is. I like sand. Tigaki, Marmari are much better ideas ...
Had A Great Holiday
We didn't arrive until gone 5am and we were met by a rather grumpy receptionist man although we never actually saw him again throughout the holiday. He gave us a very simple map so we strugles to find our apartment in the dark!
Once we found the room we were pleasantly suprised, we had a one bedroomed apartment so also had a sitting room type area with two beds in it. The room wa spotless and also quite spacious. The maid came every day to clean the room so it was kept clean throughout.
The food was very nice, the restaurant staff were superb in their organisation, the food was kept full all the time. There was alot of choice but it was pretty much the same every day bar a few specialities so we got a little bored toward the end.
You held yourself to your drinks in the restaurant, there is a beer and wine keg, a fizzy drink machine, fruit juice machine and a hot drink machine. So this was very good. The main bar in the reception is also very nice, however Andreas seemed to have mood swings! The staff at the pool bar are alot friendlier however the drinks are alot stronger!
Were fab and I'd say they are a great selling point for the hotel, They were kept clean and were never overcrowded. The waves came on every hour without fail. There are plenty of sunloungers around all of the pools, we never struggled to get one. You will however struggle to get one in the shade (the good old towel syndrome).
We did struggle to actually see any sand on the hotel beach and entering the sea was rather dangerous to to rocks but there were plenty of people in the sea so it must improve after a short while. We walked about 2 minutes to the left of the beach and found a beautiful sandy beach with no stones! There is also a man selling drinks and stuff there in a little hut.
If you have booked to go here, ignore all of the bad reviews, it's a great clean hotel. OK there is not too much today but Tigaki and Kos are only a short trip away.
Alot of the reviews mention problems with the germans and entertainment being in german, this is due to overbooking and our rep assured us that this is due to go back to normal come September.
Please contact me with any other questions etc
we stayed at this hotel from the 22nd aug -5 sept 07, had a fantastic time , hotel was spotless however the pools were not cleaned daily which was a bit of a letdown this needed to be done daily as there was always lots of gardening etc going on during the day and with the beach nearby it created alot of scum around the pool , the slides were good to but only used the wave pool once as the waves were not on that regulary .the grouds were fantastic and well kept , the food was ok but nothing to rave about , the hotel is too far out and not really walking distance to anywhere and no street lights so you were ok daytime but do not attempt after dark . we went on a few day trips but not booked through the hotel but through THEOKRITOS TRAVEL( LOUISE) in tingaki and the prices were great too and very helpful , The hotel is a german hotel and english are not really catered for in the way of entertainment which they could really do with but it did not bother us at all the holiday is what you make it and we had a great time but would not go back due to location but would definatley try one of the other aqua beaches on another greek isle
Fun for the kids
This hotel is not as bad as all the other reviews make out, I went in sep 2007 with my mum and I had so much fun. We only stayed a week and i wanted to stay longer! That said, this hotel is definitely for kids, at the age of 20 I admit I am a big kid and thats probably why I enjoyed myself! The beach is man made and there are huge pebbles when going into the sea so you definitely need shoes on, there are always sunbeds available, but bear in mind I did go in Sep when all the kids were back in school. There is a small pool for young toddlers, a wave pool which was amazing! Theres another smaller pool and there are some slides!! Okay i was the biggest kid on the slides, but i didn't care! Parents can go down the slides with kids which I thought was good and theres smaller slides for the toddlers. There is also a shop located near the slides which sells food, clothes, just general supplies. The pool bar was okay, nothing amazing and served icecream which dripped everywhere! The food was okay, standard food you would expect when you go abroad. The rooms are very spacious and modern, with a balcony and air conditioning which works! The harbour is a bus ride or taxi ride away and there are lots of shops there and even a mcdonalds. Overall I think it is mainly for the kids, but also to let parents enjoy the sun while the kids are happy. Another thing I want to mention is the entertainment, it was all in german and I didn't understand anything! Apart from that I really enjoyed this holiday and hotel manager needs to put a smile on his face!
Loved this extremly clean and friendly hotel
WOW, ignore all the bad reports on this fab hotel, just got back from a fantastic week. 2 adults and 2 kids aged 11, pools are brilliant fun for all ages. The foods nice and varied. The hotel is under new managment and is spotless! They clean constantly.
There are lots of Germans there but plenty of English people 2. Onlyslight bad thing is the lack of evening entertainment BUT they are working on it. The entertainment staff are a fantastic bunch of lots of nationalities and they really try hard to include everyone. Kids club is brilliant for little ones, even thou no one can get bored at this hotel, plenty of sports going on throughout the day. The hotel beach is naff, stoney and seaweeds!!!!!!!!! go onto the hotel beach and turn left, about 200 yrds is a nice beach and its quiet!!!! heaven. Hire push bikes and ride to tingaki about 15 mins nice cycle, beaches are lovely and worth a visit. There is a bus stop outside hotel which goes to Kos town every hour about 2.50 euros return, taxi 10 euro each way! You 'll love this hotel if you have kids.