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 482 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 ice-cream for children 14.30-16.00. Snacks and sandwiches 10.30-17.30. Coffee, tea and cakes 16.30-17.30. 1 dinner per stay in the Greek taverna 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, 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, an extra single bed, mini-fridge, flatscreen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, iPod dock, bathrobes, espresso machine and safety deposit box.
TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »
Okay, but nothing special. Could be improved.
We had an enjoyable stay here, but felt it could be much better with a few improvements. There are definitely better places to stay elsewhere. The complex itself is vast, with plenty of activities to entertain children. Whilst ours didn't partake in any of these, from what we could see (e.g. football coaching, swimming lessons etc) they looked well organised and the kids seemed to be having fun. We (2 adults, 2 kids) stayed in a family room with sliding door. Whilst initially we thought it was small, it was fine. It was clean, fairly modern, with decent storage space - albeit most of this was located in the area where the children slept. There were two TVs, which had plenty of stations to amuse the kids. The safe was free to use - just get a key from reception. The resort itself is very close to the beach, which is long and slim. If you hate crowded beaches then you will love it; you could always get a sun lounger, and it felt very relaxing. Be aware though the sea can be very rough, which is a good or bad thing depending on your preference! The complex was just across the road from the beach, and there was a drinks hut just near the complex exit - very handy. The swimming pools and splash pool were nice, but try getting a sun lounger after 8 am...the first day I went out at 8.15 am and I think there were a handful in decent positions. So the following few days it was up at 7 am or so. The situation was ridiculous, and in the end we gave up on the pools, preferring the (much nicer) beach. The TUI rep said they had tried everything to stop this madness, but nothing had worked. There are plenty of places to top up on drinks and snacks, and the complex had a nice feel. We had a room near the edge of the complex, which I'd recommend as it could be noisy if you're close to the entertainment areas. The complex staff were lovely...very friendly, chatty, and helpful. The Thomson rep we spoke to regarding excursions wasn't overly helpful, and the introduction on the first day was brief to say the least. We've had much better at other resorts (including other Thomson ones). The entertainment - at least what we saw, usually between 8.30 - 10.30 pm - was bad. It generally seemed to consist of poor renditions of songs from the last few decades, and boring, predicable quiz games. The children (age 9 and 12) were bored, as were a lot of the adults by the look of things. The amphitheatre (the venue where the entertainment was held) was rarely more than half full, and the whole thing just seemed embarrassing. Having been to other Holiday Villages, this was really disappointing. The other big let-down was the food. Breakfast, cold food like salads, fruit etc were fine, and the vegetarian selection was pretty good. The meat and fish were absolutely shocking. Stringy beef, poorly cooked chicken, and the worst cod and salmon I've ever tasted. Really, this is not good enough. We tried the American restaurant (you have to book), and honestly thought about walking out. The most disgusting looking burger (not cooked properly) and cold, microwave standard fries, apple pie that was actually a sponge ... it was actually quite funny, except when you consider the resort wasn't exactly cheap. We noted lots of half-eaten plates being taking away, so other people thought the same. One of the guys in the restaurant who had been there over a week, said to me the food wasn't good, and wished me "good luck"! Overall, the resort is nice, but just be aware some of the major downsides. With different entertainment and better food, it could be much better.More
nick_brewer, Telford, United Kingdom
A lovely 2 weeks but definitely room for improvement
My family and I have just come back from 2 lovely weeks in Kos - this is our 4th all inclusive holiday as a family - two previous Thomson holidays in Rhodes and Bodrum (both fab, particularly Bodrum), a Club Med in Hammamet, Tunisia (not great) and now a First Choice. My girls are 7 and 5 and my simple rule is that if they are happy, then I'm happy. Nothing makes a holiday a challenge then poorly or unhappy children! And to that end the Holiday Village ticked all the right boxes. A good mixture of pools, including a great splash pool with fun slides, a well run kids club with lots of activities, the aerial adventure, Razzamatazz stage school, and evening entertainment too. My kids loved this all and really enjoyed themselves. From an adults perspective, we had fun too. The Entertainment's team there worked really hard and did some good shows. Helen, Ross, Kara, Dee and Stevie G were always great fun and very friendly and approachable. The daytime entertainment was enjoyable too. For me, no other race treat tourists as well as the Greeks do - they look after you, they always have a smile on their faces, and they genuinely seem happy to do things for you. I have yet to be ripped off in Greece unlike other places I have visited! So I was very pleased with the service here. There are definite areas for improvement here though - firstly the food was distinctly average. There wasn't enough variety, it was often cold and it seemed they were trying to make Greek food for the British palate rather than making good Greek food as the Greeks would want it. The Greek a la carte restaurant wasn't great, funnily enough the American diner a la carte was better. Secondly our room didn't always have hot water, and despite asking twice for the air con to be fixed, the unit is our room never actually cooled the room (thankfully the unit in the kids' area was fine). And it would have been nice to have the option to pay more for premium cocktails - the cocktails definitely felt watered down, but that was ok given the heat. At other resorts we've been to, we were able to get Mojitos for example, even it it meant paying extra for the privilege. Finally, the wifi was just awful. It was worse than no wifi - it was supposed to be available everywhere, but you only ever got a connection in the bar area, and even then it was the dark ages of dial up. They would have been better off making it only available in one area, but making it good there, rather than spreading it so thinly. It took me 20mins to download a newspaper - it takes me 20 seconds at home! Overall we had a lovely holiday but there are definitely areas for improvement. More
mazzawazza, London, United Kingdom
Good Overall, but maybe some improvements could be made.
We booked as a last minute deal for a week (Â£1200pp) during the school holidays, to join friends who were out there for two weeks. Let me first point out that we travelled as a couple, but were joining friends with young children. Had we been travelling on our own, this was probably not have been our choice. Purely for the fact that it is solely aimed at families, a fact that we were fully aware of beforehand. Rooms We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a 'superior' room in block 7. This is closest to the sea, so a lovely breeze on the balcony, but the access to the beach was at the other side of the resort so just bare this in mind. Room was spacious, clean and had everything we needed. Large kingsize bed, plus two singles ( but we just used these to put our suitcases on), separate toilet and shower, twin sinks etc etc. Our friends had the family room with partition located in blocks 5 and a standard room in block 2. These are closest to the reception area, and while they are the furthest from the pools, it takes less than 5 minutes to walk from one end of the resort to another so this really isn't an issue. You could tell the difference in standard between these and the superior rooms but they were perfectly acceptable. Restaurants and bars I have to be honest. I am not a fan of buffets, and whenever I book an all inclusive holiday I always look at what other a la carte options there are, and how often you can visit them. The staff in the restaurants were lovely, but I quickly became bored with the selection, adn sometimes the standard was a bit hit and miss. I heard great reports about the 'make your own pasta' station but everytime I tried to try this, there was a 20 or so minute queue. This is obviously popular so really there should be an additional chef. Greek Restaurant - starters were still of the buffet variety. Mains were good (I had the chicken). But staff were very slow to top of drinks etc (once the whole meal). Yes there are machines you can go to use, but the whole point of a la carte is having someone wait on you. American Diner - Better experience than the Greek, but as this is a snack bar during the day it takes the shine away a little and you are tortured with Eastern European Kareoke. Staff were much more accommodating though. Yes the bars during the day give you plastic tumblers, this is common sense really, most people head straight to the pool. As for them being small - it was 40 degrees when we were there, personally I do not like warm drinks and that is what they would end up being if in larger tumblers. If you want a glass you will get it in the evening at one of the bars - obviously not the pool bar because it would be all to simple to break a glass, and small shards fall into the pool. For any of those that have complain about this the Sunset Bar is only 75m away - are you really that lazy that if a 'glass' meant that much to you, you couldn't have walked? The adult bar isn't really an adult bar. As it is closest to reception it is always full of people waiting for airport transfers. The hotel needs to address this as it there is no where to go if you just fancy a quiet chill out. Pools and Beach Didn't use the Relax (didn't look very relaxing) or Splash pool. Activity pool is just that, full of activity. If you want peace a quiet this isn't the place for you. But great for people who like to be entertained throughout the day and lots of things on offer to keep the kids amused. The small family pool was the most peaceful and we were able to get sunbeds here at 8.30/9am. Some of the sunbeds are looking a little worn, so this could maybe be addressed. If you do want peace and quiet, my suggestion is the beach. You can wander up at lunchtime and still get a bed closest to the water. Just be aware that on some of the days we were there the water was very choppy with high waves and parents would need to be vigilant with children of all ages, as although there is a lifeguard tower he seemed to have the week off when we visited. Entertainment Wasn't really our thing, but the kids loved it and that is the important thing at a family hotel. Other stuff We went our for dinner two evenings into Tingaki and Kos Town. Highly recommend Kos Town, but head into the smaller streets in the old town for lovely, homemade, traditional food - much better quality than the tourist trap parts. Overall, we had a really great week and would highly recommend the hotel for families. Yes it isn't perfect, but as with everything it's what you make it and some people seem more bothered with finding something to complain about than actually enjoying themselves.More
LittleMissIrish2014, Essex, United Kingdom
Happy happy happy :-)
Hi we've just got back from a week in this amazing hv :-) we travelled in a group of 9, age from 3 to 65! Not one of us could fault this place!! Food exceptional, drink selected amazing, clean, friendly, staff well what can I say FANTASTIC :-) always happy & that's so unusual. This hv is beautiful, kids clubs are the best we've seen, just asked my daughter who's 7,what can I say about our hol & her reply was, best pool,best food,best kids club,best team members :-) that's from a fussy eater & we've never seen her eat so well, this hv is very safe & I could really relax knowing that, we went to a 5 star 2 yrs ago & this tops it's by a mile, kos town not worth the trip as our kids (3,7,11 ) just wanted to stay at the pool, we found it scruffy so got a taxi back, STEVIE G your amazing you made us giggle but then made us cry with how stunning your voice is, get yourself on TV we need you!!all the singers were fab & OMG they worked there butt off day & night, & always smiled said hello & made us feel special! Could do on & on,,, we will be back keep up the amazing work & thanks for the best hol ever!!! 1last thing ,, do not listen to the bad reviews, my sis is a complete snob & she couldn't praise this place enough ( sorry sis lol) love love love u hv kos xxxxMore
Excellent holiday,kept waiting for the negatives.....but they didn't happen
We've just returned from a week's stay at the Holiday Village Kos,please don't listen to the bad reports. It's a fantastic place. The rooms are lovely and are kept spotless,the grounds are kept clean and well maintained, the food and drink is buffet style and very nice, entertainment team are great and all of the hotel staff are helpful and friendly.The pools are lovely and the sunbed issue is a problem, but we always managed to get beds. Sadly that's the British mentality, nothing to do with the hotel. Maybe it would be a good idea if the hotel did put up signs saying no reserving sunbeds as happens in other hotels. Can't say enough good things about the hotel, we would definitely return.More
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