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For over a week now the "full time holidays" are on and already a first lesson learnd: No plan is a a 100% sure unless it is fullfilled! 3rd of September was "the official leaving date" to Costa Rica fixed and settled for months...now it is the 28th! An offer to go sailing in Montenegro should not be rejected!
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... it's another, both aster and I have come down with a cold despite going mental with vitamin c. Hopefully we'll be able to find some more cold and flu meds before we get on to our little boats. Anyway we're about to get off the ferry so I'd better go! J ...
... road often had a sheer drop off the side without guard fencing. As stated earlier, a very hair raising experience!! In a couple of places within the small villages, the houses on the main road were so close together that the bus had to edge between them very slowly with its mirrors pulled in so as not to clip the buildings or gutters on both sides. At times there would have only been 100mm clearance on both sides.
Today we went to Corfu and we were going to have a lazy day at a beach somewhere. We only got into Corfu around lunch time so we quickly got off the ship and hopped in a taxi that took us to a beach called gaflada. It was so beautiful there, the water was crystal clear and the sand looked like cinnamon. Along the sand there were lots of sun beds and umbrellas so we hired two and set up our things. After quickly applying sunscreen I ran down to the ...
Woohoo a free day!!!! After contemplating hiring a car the day before, we decided just to follow Jess and jump onto the 10:10am bus into the main city. The public bus arrived on Greek time 15 minutes later while we stood in the rain then piled in, half of us sitting on the floor due to the extremely full bus. We enjoyed the day looking around the city, attempting to speak Greek, eating and ...
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Ermones Beach Hotel - No Quite What We Were Expecting!
Having recently returned from a weeks AI holiday at the Ermones Beach Hotel it would be an understatement to say my husband and I are disappointed. We have travelled to various parts of the world staying in anthing from 2*-5* accomodation so we know roughly what to expect and this hotel could by no stretch of the imagination be classed as 4*. The rooms were of adequate size but very basic and damp and in need of a total refurb. The first room we were allocated smelt very strongly of septic sewage which we refused to stay in. The second room allocated (which was directly next door) smelt a little sweeter - but only just. On the first full day of our holiday we found out why the rooms smelt when our bathroom and hall/wardrobe area became flooded due to the inadequate and antiquated plumbing system. The food was boring and very poorly cooked and presented with many of the dishes being aimed at the German clientelle (which made up approx 75% of the guests staying). The soup was obviously out of a packet and the majority of the vegtables out of tins. The beer and wine were both weak and tasteless and to our surprise we found that despite having paid for an AI holiday we were expected to pay for bottled water and mixers ie if you wanted a G&T you had to pay for the tonic- something we had never come across before on an AI holiday. The entertainment was supplied by the staff employed to look after the children during the day - and it showed! As for the rest of the hotel staff - we found only one receptionist who generally greeted us with a smile everyone else employeed we found to be very unhelpful and at times abrupt. Whilst from a distance the beech looked lovely when you actually got down to it there was very little in the way of sand and you had to battle your way through yards of seaweed before you could get to swim! All in all the only good thing about this holiday was the view from our balcony which we have to be honest and say was beautiful.
We went to Ermones Beach hotel in March 2005. We booked as a last minute holiday. Getting it cheaper than the brochure price. On first arrival at the hotel. The views were fabulous seeing all the way across the sea. The fact that it was on a hill side put us off abit due to us having two children one of 15 and one of 10. But there were railings. and our minds were rest assured. The food in the hotel was definatley 5 star. Having a range of meals every night. From Spanish Dishes to English. With friendly and polite staff there to help. The entertainment was excellent. Never having to leave the hotel at night was a bonus. And the children were amused all through the holiday. The two kids clubs are not to miss. And entertained all of the children staying at the hotel. Anyone planning to book this holiday i would definetley reccomend it. And i would visit again without fail.
My family and I stayed here for a week at the beginning of last July (husband-47-myself 39, twins aged 4 and toddler 16 months).We had a fantastic holiday.The rooms were very 'Butlins chalet' (I knew this before we went);but they were cleaned daily and no shortage of clean towels daily too.It had an air-conditioning unit which was a must as it was very hot. All the staff were very friendly especially the receptionist who acknowledged us every time we passed the desk. NO LIFT between reception and first floor, so we had to carry the buggy up the stairs (not a problem really for us but would be for older people and people with mobility problems-the hotel is totally unsuitable really if that applies).The stairs were to the pool and restaurant so could not be avoided. The pool was excellent with a large childrens area contained within and plenty of sunbeds around. The animations team were first class (especially Marco-what a star) and I trusted my children with them in the Kids Club, the likes of which I have never known. Children aged from 4 could go 10.15-12.30, then after lunch 2.15-4.30. They would take them to children's table for their tea at 5pm returning them at 6.30, and then take them again 7-8.30pm allowing us to dine in peace! There was also a show nightly at 10pm performed by the animations team.The FOOD was some of the best I have ever eaten. The choice and quality was superb.There is a grill, a bufffet area and also show cooking some nights, desserts to die for and ice cream. I never ventured to the gymnasium so cannot comment and we did not eat at the beach but did enjoy a beer there. The cable car took some mastering, sometimes you could be in there for a while trying to get to the right floor! I would recommend the hotel, just bear in mind the room style and lack of lift.I never left the hotel for the week we were there so cannot comment on the immediate vicinity (reason being we hired a car and spent the next week in a villa in Kassiopi, the opposite side of Corfu).
Right we booked the holiday one week before, and didnt know what to expect. We arrived by taxi which took about 25 mins (great),we were welcomed by a the receptionist and shown to our room. The rooms are a bit on the small side but very comfortable and clean, with it being on the side of hill the views from the rooms are wonderful.
I wouldn't say that the rooms are a 4* but the hotel layout, activities, ect definitely are. The food in the hotel was exceptional something different everyday and they cater for all taste, I am a vegetarian and a fussy eater, but I was totally happy with the food all week, anyone that says the food wasnt very good must have no taste at all.
This was the first time we had tried all inclusive and we thought it was so much better than self catering or half board, there is so much food and drink that you don't have anything to spend money on. We had been there for three days and only spent £6 (on water and beer for our room) it's brilliant.
The pool is a nice good size but is totally freezing, the pool area itself is nice, plenty of sunbeds chairs and tables. They have a great Kids club which was a help and is very safe to leave your little ones for an hour or two. The staff were great with the exception of a couple of bar men.
We hired a car which is a great way to see the rest of the island. The best beaches we went to were in Paleokastritsa which is not that far away and is totaly breath-taking. We also went up in the mountains and saw a different side of Corfu little tiny villages gorgeous views and millions of Olive trees lovely.
The hotel is definitely aimed at the German market and they are a funny lot, they ignore you if they know you are British or Greek or Irish or French or Italian ect, you just get used to it and ignore them. Saying this though we met some really great people over the week who made our holiday even more enjoyable (hi Jackie,Paul,Paddy,Shane, Evelyn,Frank and Marie). If you are going to the Calimera Beach Hotel you are sure to have a lovely holiday.
Just wish we were there now,
We were very disappointed many of the features were not on offer (end of season) no cocktail bar (end of season) no pedelos (end of season)no diving (end of season). The rooms were sparse not a problem but they were damp which was. A balcony collapsed when my children were on it the staff were not concerned about the welfare of my children just the damage to the balcony. We looked around at the complex and found that most of the balconies were crumbling. The staff started to dismantle the place whilst we were still sitting there. Will i recommend it? Will we ever go there again? NO they have had their season. One saving grace is the view.
Not 4* status
This hotel was pleasant, but definitely geared towards German speaking guests. Whilst some of the staff understood English, sometimes it was difficult to be understood - most tour guides and information notices were in German. When we arrived at 03.30 the desk staff barked at us to leave our cases outside the hotel without explaining that they bring them to the room for you. We had to find our way to the room in the dark with very little guidance from the night staff. Consequently we could not go to bed until they had been brought, which was about an hour later.
The food was good, but varied very little over the week we were there.
We underestimated the number of steps we would have to walk up every time we left our room - there is a funicular but it only holds 18 people at a time. The hotel is remote, with very little to see around.
This aside, the pool,restaurant and all hotel facilities were exceptionally clean. The activity staff were good and in the main, friendly. Due to the location of the hotel, the views were lovely. It was a very relaxing holiday, in pleasant surroundings, but I would not recommend the hotel - it was the least accommodating of all the all inclusive holidays which I have had.
We had a brilliant holiday. We went on 6th Sept.2004 for 2 weeks. The food was lovely,plenty of choice,beautifully presented and piping hot. We enjoyed the shows each evening,which were,contrary to what we had heard,mostly in English. The rooms were spacious and kept very clean. Yes,they could do with updating but this is only a minor niggle. This was definitely a value for money holiday. If you want a relaxing holiday with good food,comfortable accomodation and spectacular views then this is the place for you.
My wife and our 2 children aged 14 and 10 travelled to corfu on 03 sept 2004 with our friends and their two children.
We stayed in the bungalows of the hotel which lead down to the beach,they were a little dated on outside but very clean inside.
The views from hotel and pool are stunning.
Food was excellent and large variety.
Beers,cocktails , childrens cocktails and drinks all great.
Entertainment and team was very good and they work very hard.
staff friendly and helpfull.
sports facilities at hotel are excellent ,also quad bikes for hire(driving licence req).
Only 3 bars closeby and hotel shop,but being all inclusive this did not bother us.
All in all we all had an excellent family holiday and can not understand this hotel getting any bad reviews,especially about food which was as good if not better than many 4 star super family hotels we have stayed in.
would definately return.
All i got was the runs!
water sports! 2 peddle boats and a canoe! for hire!
terrible food, had better bathroon experiences squating over a hole in the ground while backpacking through outer mongolia!
this was the first time i have done an all inclusive deal! and is definatly the last, cheap beer, cheap wine, cheap badly cooked and presented food. cheap experience. too far from anywhere so turned out to be expensive just to go to a half decent place to eat! the only persons i tipped where the chamber maids, as they at least kept the rooms clean. obviously this is a team effort as the entertainment is sooooo bad it isnt even funny! miming to madonna tracks! I really dont know how this place gets 1 star let alone 4, feel cheated and very diasappointed. the tip i would would give is invest some money back into the excuse for a resort and start looking at giving a quality service, and gym! room full of broken equipment ! why even bother.
Stayed at this hotel with my partner and 2 boys, 5 and 6. The setting is stunning situated on a cliff overlooking a bay. Staff are friendly, and the food and drink is varied and plentiful - be sure to try the cocktails. A large German clientele but contrary to what I had heard they did not swipe all the sunbeds! The rooms are clean, a little basic maybe but they serve their purpose. Animation team are great, putting on a good show 6 nights out of 7. My only word of warning would be that the hotel rooms are accessed by a cable car/fenicular. If this breaks down (as it did when we were there) the only way to get to your room is via flights of concrete stairs and spiral staircases which in the corfu heat can be VERY hard work, as it can for young kids or the elderly . All in all, we had a lovely holiday and overall we were very happy with the hotel.