Holiday Village Kos piles on a whole host of fun and games, with things like kids’ clubs and an activity pool. On top of that, it’s grabbed a top spot right by the beach.
Holiday Village Kos is a real all-rounder. As well as a hat-trick of pools, it throws up a huge list of sports and activities, and restaurants that tick off Italian, Greek and American food.
This place gets top marks for its location – there’s a sandy beach footsteps away, and a 15-minute walk will put you in the centre of Marmari.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Themed evenings. Snacks and sandwiches 10.30-17.30. Coffee, tea and cakes 16.30-17.30. 1 dinner per stay in the Greek and grill and American diner themed restaurants.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including draught beer, house wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee 10.00-24.00.
All are included except where indicated.
This Holiday Village has a First Choice Kids’ Club that’s split into age groups. There’s Little Stars for 3 to 5 year olds, Super Stars for 6 to 8s and Mega Stars for 9 to 11s. They’re open 7 days a week and most activities are completely free. There’s also a Twinkle Stars crèche manned by qualified UK staff.
All with sunbeds, towels from the beach bar and parasols.
Our First Choice team have put together a cast of highly trained entertainers, offering an exciting and diverse range of shows, fun and activities. The programme includes themed and party nights, pop shows, bingo, kids' entertainment, karaoke, cabaret and colourful shows.
These double rooms are decorated with a modern and stylish feel. Outside you’ll find a balcony or terrace for that extra bit of space. Plus there’s a TV and air-conditioning available from May to October. You’ll have room for 4 with 2 sofa beds in the bedroom.
As a first time visitor to this Holiday Village and as traveling as part of a family group of 9, ages ranging from 75-7 years of age, I will try and provide as much information and insight as I can to help you if you are thinking of booking or visiting. Location A bus ride away from Kos town which cost 2.20 Euros each way. The bus is very frequent and stops right outside the village. The beach is a few steps away from the Holiday Village entrance and across a very small and quiet road. You can walk along the beach front or small roads to Marmari Kos (the main village/town near the resort). It takes 20-30 minutes to find a few shops/bars. Also very near (15 mins away by taxi), the Lido Water Park which whilst small is well worth a visit. Beach Beautiful beach with very pretty backdrop. Sun beds and umbrellas are free to use and never overly busy. When we were there the sea was wavy great for the older children but not so good for those bad on their feet or younger children. Sand was great, beach had walkways, changing screens and showers available. Pools & towels Four pools to cater to everyoneâs taste. Take care as some of the surfaces can get slippery. Never seemed to be a shortage of beds and if saved prior to 8am towels would be removed. Free towels can be changed at the beach bars and spa and were of good quality. Rooms Our group all had double rooms with sliding doors. These room types run effectively the length of the complex, so some look out at the kids splash park, some the volley court and some the quiet pool. The rooms were modern and air conditioned. The bathroom has a frosted glass door which initially felt a little exposing if sitting on the toilet. The walk in shower was great with a large powerful shower head. There were TVs in both areas, although we never turned these on, a fridge, free safe, tea and coffee making facilities (just need to purchase milk) and for the first time ever, plenty of hangers in the wardrobes. The room is divided by the sliding doors which are great for those with younger children but would not in my opinion provide enough privacy or quiet for older children/teenagers. The screens do not reach the ceiling so do not block out sound or light. Rooms were very clean modern and comfortable, with a super king bed. If I had to be picky my one niggle would be that the bedding appeared to be king sized and not fully fit the bed. Food It would be hard to go hungry. The main restaurant had a childrenâs area, pasta station, carved meat station, 3 meats in sauce dishes, grilled meat/fish, rice, veg, soups and various potatoes every evening. With full range of ice cream, desserts and cheese and biscuits. A lighter version was also available at lunch time. Food quality was good. There was also an American snack bar which during the day offered toasted sandwiches, pizza, chips etc. â was pretty much the same each day though! During the stay you can dine at the American (burgers/steak) and Greek (meze starter and traditional main and sweet) restaurants for a change of scenery and both meals were good. All the dining is fairly informal (trousers not required), with only a paying Italian restaurant appearing to be more formal or worthy of dressing up for. Drinks Water in the fridge on arrival and readily available throughout the resort. Usual selection of drinks and local branded spirits included. The cups are small so some took larger pint plastic glasses and kidâs holders but personally felt the size was sufficient. My only recommendation would be a small tray if you want to get more than two drinks as the plastic cups sometimes used outside are very flimsy and hard to hold fast without spilling. BIG hit with the kids was the included slushes â became a game finding which bar had them ready, as they run out as quick as they were readyâ¦.often the beach bar won!! Entertainment Good range of clubs, sports and entertainment â not for everyone but there if you want it. The entertainment was run in the outside amphitheatre which was good for everyone being able to see but less practical when trying to make your way to seats midway into a row. Accessibility Some of the access routes in the village make this difficult for less mobile/wheel chair users and I imagine pushchairs. The public toilets are down two sets of stairs and the doctor/village shop is also down a steep slope and stairs. A visit to Kos also proved difficult with a wheel chair and I would imagine again pushchairs due to the paths having tree cut outs in the middle of the paths, cobbles and steep curbs â not impossible but something to be aware of. Airport The low point of Kos has to be the airport, you queue, check your bags in....then have to join another queue to get your luggage placed through ONE temperamental scanning machine. Which at busy departure times meant queuing for 60-90 minutes in organised chaos. Sadly due to flight delays we also got to see how dirty and tatty the airport was. With no information given or airport staff around when we were delayed for hours without any explanation. The First Choice representative mentioned refurbishment is on the cards for the airport, and this is a must, as it most certainly would be a negative factor for me when considering returning to Kos. Holiday Village as a whole Overall a very clean and well looked after complex. Staff seemed to fade into the background quietly doing their job, yet helpful when asked. Staff are not driven by a âtip cultureâ. The Village is compact enough that children can move safely between pools and activities and still remain in sight. Nice little shop and doctor on site â very helpful if anyone is poorly or you need basic supplies. Overall would recommend.More
Well what can I say, the rooms where always clean and tidy, the food was good in the buffet and the hotel staff where friendly and very helpful. The food in the Greek and the American restaurant was good we would recommend it! One disappointment was when the slushy machines where ready 1 hour a day and no one knew what hour that was. The beach and pools where a delight to go to. The only let down for us was the holiday reps.More
We just had the best holiday ever. The facilities are excellent but what really stood out for us was the staff. There are more than enough activities to keep you and the kids occupied all day or you could lounge by the many swimming pools or the magnificent sandy beach all day. There are 4 types of restaurants and a choice of bars so you will not be short of choice on the food and drink side. The staff are constantly there to be at your service and nothing was too much trouble. This is a result of excellent management and training, I have been in the tourism industry for a decade and it was apparent the these people are well trained. Maria from the bar, Dionysia from reception, Giorgos, Dimitris, agapitos, from the restaurants, Niki from the beach bar are some bright examples. What I have to add is the care that we received when we needed a doctor and was available within 10 minutes. Will not think twice going back again and again. Btw, the island is first class, rent a car, get some tips from the staff and explore it ð Claire and TonyMore
Hot hot hot holiday in August no issues it runs like a well oiled ship very good sorry to hear tho that it's only open 6months of the year may -October . Family rooms perfect all v good condition doubles massive beds ! Food good Greek all good too beach v close no wrist bands to wear ' plenty fresh towels daily no silly rules some hotels like to try and enforce loved it here ! More
Went with wife, 6 year old, 3 year old and my in laws. A typical day...... The beds business is a nightmare, having to get up and lie on a sunbed at 7.15am until you get "clearance" around 8.15 is an absolute pain, myself and my father in law took turns so at least I could lie in every other day. Breakfast is decent enough with everything you'd expect though very annoying that you have to get your own drinks including tea and coffee as any other all inclusives I've visited you're served these at the table. The 4 pools offer different days with the lively activity pool with music, quizzes and entertaininment all day if you like that sort of thing. The family pool has steps to walk down and is not too deep unlike the relax pool which despite 2 decent little kids pools is really deep and hard to stand in, I was ok as 6 ft 3 but lots struggled. The splash pool is fun with 3 slides but is incredibly dangerous with no lifeguard (there is apparently 1 covering all 4 pools but we never saw one in 11 days) and kids come down the slide together and in batches plus many were blocking them or walking up the wrong way (where were the parents?!) I ended up having to do lifeguard duty myself when my kids were on to ensure they didn't get hurt but I heard of a number of injuries whilst we were there. Lunch wise you can visit the main restaurant or go to the American Grill which has toasties, pizza, chips, salad and usually 1 other option, plus ice cream. We preferred this to the main restaurant which was very samey and again the drinks situation is frustrating. Ice cream is available but often big queues with kids trying to serve themselves and taking for ever. Bar wise during the day you need to take a big plastic cup or buy one there as there little cups are a joke. The beer is tasteless and watered down I believe as I drank the same beer at a trip to Zia and it was far more flavoursome but spirits quite generous and okay. Few decent cocktails on offer. The slush machine rarely works, very frustrating.The one at the beach bar (it's actually in the hotel car park and not on the beach!) usually works but is quite a walk from the pools. Bottles of water sit on side so aren't cold, have to get ice which melts in minutes. Kids club is well run and the staff are great. Loads of options. The football academy is great and though you have to pay is worth it with the 2 boys running it great guys. The evening entertainers work really hard and though it's pretty cheesy it is quite good fun with a quiz on the stage at 9 every night. At 9.30 an act comes on. We were lucky to have a Robbie Williams impersonator (Dan Budd) who was brilliant and I don't even like Robbie Williams! Evening meals are okay but we just found the food repetitive and not particularly inspiring. Not enough simple stuff for kids either especially when it's a kids based hotel! Again no table service so having to queue for your drink, again wait for ice cream if you wanted that for pudding. The American Restaurant gave us our best meal by far with the Burgers and Steak excellent and great service. The Greek one was dire, tasteless and poor service, we arrived at 7.12 for a 7.15 table and were told to come back in 3 minutes despite all bar one table being free! Not sure what else to say. Housemaids really good and double rooms are fine. Reception are great if you have any issues. Fridges in rooms but these are only stocked with water on arrival and never refilled, have to do yourself. No beers in there, can buy bottled beer but not included in all inclusive. Air con fantastic and very very nice. The Doctor is great and free (if you go in the morning) and any prescriptions are at reception within 2 hours as they have an arrangement with a pharmacy locally. Sam's shop is pricey but he's a great guy and has all the things you forgot and a great range in inflatables! Kos Town worth a visit and only 2.10euros on the bus. We ate at Museum which was lovely and not too pricey. Zia by night a decent trip with amazing views and loads of restaurants (avoid Oromoderon, something like that) Overall kids enjoyed it which is the main thing but average at best is all I would say and we would definitely not come back.More
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