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.
Based on 618 reviews
The ultimate family holiday
- Clubs for 0 to 11 year olds, run to UK standards
- Meet-and-greets with the Widgets
- Expert-run swim, stage and football academies
- Outdoor activities including archery, Water Walkerz and raft-building
- Child-friendly buffets and at least 2 à la carte restaurants
- 'HV Live' entertainment, exclusive to Holiday Villages
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
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.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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First Choice Kids' Club
First Choice Kids’ Club caters for 3 to 11 year olds – so brothers and sisters can join in the fun together. And most of it’s completely free. It runs 5 days a week and – outside of peak season – there are parent and toddler sessions for under 3s, too. For your peace of mind, all First Choice Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times. Plus there’s a strict sign-in and out system.
3 outdoor pools
All with sunbeds, towels from the beach bar and parasols.
Evening entertainment programme
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.
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superior double room
Superior double room sleeps up to 3 with a double bed, an extra single bed, flatscreen satellite TV, mini-fridge, iPod dock, Playstation® at deposit, bathrobes, espresso machine and safety deposit box.
superior double room with sea view
Superior double room with sea view sleeps up to 3. You'll have a double bed or twin beds, mini-fridge, flatscreen satellite TV, Playstation® at a charge, free Wi-Fi, iPod dock, espresso machine and safety deposit box.
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Came here to get married with our 3 children. Transfer was quick and so was the check in at reception. Got to room to find champagne, red wine, fruit and couple little surprises. Room very modern and plenty of room for the 5 of us. Food was good, different things most nights, kids loved the 'kids corner' for their evening meals. Even my fussy 5 year old didn't go hungry. Pools were cold but never stop my kids being in them everyday. Kids entertainment was great, never seen adults entertainment though as kids needed their bed by that time. Wedding, We had the most amazing perfect day. Don't think it could have gone better. Out wedding planner was there when ever we needed her before the wedding, and on the day she made sure everything was perfect for us. It really was the best day ever. Couldn't have asked for anything more, you also get a few little surprises from the hotel after the wedding which were lovely. Definitely enjoyed our time here :) More
Having read all the positive reviews on here we had little hesitation booking our October 2014 week away. Booked as a couple with Thomson on an all-inclusive basis. First impressions of the hotel were very good. Flights were smooth and transfer to the airport was quick and efficient. Check in was very efficient as we were first off the coach and we were quickly allocated to our room, 252, which is at the back of the resort away from all the pools and restaurants. The room was very pleasant with a large comfortable bed, flat screen TV and modern dÃ©cor and, as it transpired, being away from the main hotel area was a blessing. The room was cleaned daily to quite a high standard I think that's possibly where the good points ended.....I cannot see how this hotel has received so many good reviews. Although the following might come across this way we are not a pair of miserable old farts, we are a fairly young newlywed couple and we do enjoy a good time! On our first night we met up with another like minded couple who turned out to become good friends and we spent pretty much the rest of the holiday in each others company. The worse part about this hotel is the noise. We thought that booking outside of school holidays would have offered some peace and quiet. What we didn't consider were the large number of pre-school children and those that chose to book in term time. The noise levels from screaming kids was often unbearable. There is an area of the pool that is marked on the map as a 'relax area' yet it's impossible to relax as, despite the pool being 1.6m deep in this area it was crowded with young children. There is a fantastic kids pool further into the resort. Why is the so-called 'relax area' not reserved as an adults only area? It is a similar story in the evenings. The sunset bar is over run with children. There is a separate adults bar in reception but it offers very little in the way of ambience, no entertainment and was practically empty. I should just add that the ladies that work in the Sunset bar are amazing and have added a star to, what would have been, a 1-star review The hotel beach, which is actually across a small road, was very disappointing. Dirty, seaweedy with broken sunbeds. The sea comes in very close to the shoreline so the actual beach is quite small. We only went in the sea here twice, both times late at night after a few drinkies (naughty) The food was very uninspiring. To give some context, my wife and I have travelled fairly extensively even though this is the first time I have offered a review. We have stayed in a number of all-inclusive resorts in both Europe and the Caribbean, as well as self catering in Asia. this one being the worst by distinct margin. The majority of the food was lukewarm at best, the selection available was not too bad, but nothing was done particularly well. The highlight of evening dining was the live pasta station. At home, pasta would not be in my top 10 favourite dishes but I managed to have the pasta carbonara on 3 of the 7 nights we were there....purely because it was the only dish that was hot! It would also be fairly easy to section off an adults only area of this restaurant and it would make a much more pleasant dining experience for those that are travelling as couples. The absolute worst thing about the actual canteen (it shouldn't really be called a restaurant) was the manager, Stelios. On two separate occasions we witnessed him shouting and verbally abusing the restaurant staff. The second time this happened we were sat less than a few feet away and you could see the young lady crying as he shouted and waved his arms around. I won't stand by and watch people being bullied so I challenged him as to whether it was appropriate to be treating staff in this way in front of a 'restaurant' full of people. He 'claimed' that the young lady was having personal problems at home and he was helping her.....I think that sort of help she could probably do without. As this wasn't the first time we had witnessed this we asked a few of the other staff about him. Most were happy to admit that he is a bully. It was this particular incident that prompted me to write the review. The absolute best person in this place is Marcos, the Trust Car Hire chap. Why is he the best? Because he provided us with an escape vehicle so we could get away! For 28 Euros a day including full insurance we managed to hire a car and get out. He's also a very friendly chap and we did share some laughs when the opposition car hire company blocked in our hire car as I'd accidently parked it in 'their' space. They refused to move the vehicle that was blocking us in and it took some very precise manoeuvring and some help from the gardeners in 'bouncing' the back the end of the hire car around to get it out of the parking space. Thanks fellas for your help! When you do manage to escape the island itself it's lovely. If you head back down towards Kefalos you'll come across Paradise beach. The sea here benefits from some volcanic activity on a neighbouring island and has bubbles that come up from the sea bed, much like a natural Jacuzzi. The beach bar at the top serves Mythos beer and the paradise burger was absolutely amazing - hot food! The guys at the watersports hut were great, we hired jet-ski's from them on two days and had a ride on the inflatable sofa attached to the back of their boat. The inflatable sofa is something everybody should do at least once, well worth the 10 Euros! In summary, if you're travelling here with children then the kids will love it. If you're travelling here and you're hard of hearing then it will be tolerable. If you're thinking of travelling here as a couple then I'd strongly recommend looking elsewhere. We relied on the TA reviews and didn't read carefully enough to realise that most of the positive reviews come from parents. It really has very little to offer for adults without children. The whole experience has put is off travelling to any other holiday village resort and has made us think twice as to whether we should stay away from European all-inclusive resorts all together.More
Dave2014TA, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
More a 3 star
Came here for 2 weeks as a group of 8. The room was clean and modern with the sliding door and cleaners came in everyday. Entertainment was good however as others mentioned it is quite dangerous and people were constantly smashing glasses which is considerably dangerous as no one was around to clean up. The bar nearest the pool has a horrible musty smell and the lady in the main bar was very rude. The food was a serious let down! Snack bar and kids dinner in main restaurant was the SAME for 2 weeks. Most of the dinner was cold, swimming in grease or just horrible and once puddings were gone that was it. The onsite shop was ridiculously overpriced and the lady follows you around like your a thief. Some of the children's entertainers looked like they would rather be somewhere else. My son was also very ill and we ended up paying 100 euros plus 70 for medication! At 1am when he wAs called out reception confirmed we could pay by card however the dr became quite cross and agitated that we didn't have the cash and phoned reception and was shouting at them while my 3 year old was screaming in pain and my 6 year old slept which was not acceptable!More
No idea where all the positive reviews are coming from????
I stayed at this hotel 1st-15th October with my husband, nearly 4 year old son and 10 month old daughter. It is worth mentioning that this is our third Holiday Village (so our expectations were not unrealistic) having previously stayed at the HV Turkey (very good) and the HV Costa Del Sol (ok). Kos is supposed to be better on paper and according to Trip Advisor reviews. Upon arrival at the HV our immediate first impression was one of enormous disappointment, a rather unimpressive hotel frontage and reception area, and a very 'luke-warm' welcome. Our main gripe however was the central building which houses the main restaurant and bar etc. It is in desperate need of a refurb. The restaurant was fine for breakfast and lunch, but not dinner. Think 1980's school canteen. It was simply an awful environment to enjoy an evening meal. Hazard tape placed at every step, drinks machines that were in dire need of replacing on tables with curtains around the bottom, marble effect ancient formica tables inside, Ikea-like plastic tables and chairs outside, unflattering florescent lighting, lukewarm food, paper napkins and no drinks service. The whole restaurant screamed naffness. It was so tired looking, felt dirty and had an unclean smelling odour. Surprisingly the food was fairly good on the whole, but never hot. Thankfully none of us were ill. The al la carte restaurants were no better than the main canteen but not as bad as some of the reviews have stated (although my husband wasn't at all impressed - and could not be persuaded to return... and he will eat anything!). Thank goodness for the Artemis restaurant in Marmari, which we went to 6 times during our 14 night stay. The main bar is essentially a massive sports bar with the dÃ©cor consisting on football shirts and scarfs, huge tv screens showing only football, zero atmosphere and moody staff who ignore you if one of their 'mates' are waiting to be served. The outdoor bar was a much nicer environment but everything was served in flimsy plastic cups. All public toilets with the exception of the reception area were shocking. I won't say anymore. There were positives but they were always let down buy something - comfy, spacious rooms but with no bath, great splash pool for the kids which was freezing, nice kids club but the sessions were too short, lovely pool areas with mouldy sunbeds and faded parasols, good evening entertainment but it was way too loud....I could go on and on. The hotel has potential and with a bit of TLC and attention to detail it could be quite good. The bricks and mortar are there but the finish simply isn't. It would be unfair to say it was the absolute pits as our son loved it, but bottom line is if you like a bit of class, good service and to relax in a pleasant, well maintained environment then this hotel is definitely not for you. That being said, if you smoke and swear in front of your kids you'll fit right in......hmmmm food for thought. We still had a good holiday but that was more down to the fact that we were spending precious time together as a family. Our disappointment came from our expectation of the 4*+ rating from First Choice and from the positive reviews on this site. We accept that people have different expectations and different standards/or maybe not a lot to compare it to, however, on this occasion it seems that the more average/negative reports on this site are actually more accurate. A 3* at best in our opinion. Don't waste your money going here. Luckily we paid a reasonable price but I would be thoroughly peeved if I'd paid Â£5k during peak. As the title says I just cannot see where these amazing reviews are coming from. It is truly baffling and obviously we will not return.More
HelBel1979, Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Nice but really let down by dire food
This is a lovely family resort but is really let down by the food. Only meal that was in any edible was in the Italian which is extra. Burger in the "American Diner" has probably never seen a cow. It is such a shame as the staff are really friendly and the rooms lovely. Pools a bit cold but we are at the end of season. More
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