This village-style hotel complex is all about the water, with a choice of pools and only footsteps from the sea.
The Marmari Palace ticks off 3 restaurants, 4 tennis courts and 6 bars. But the pools – all 5,000 square metres of them – are the real stars of the show.
There’s a stretch of sand on the doorstep, complete with its own beach bar. A regular bus stops just 50 metres away – it takes 25 minutes to get to Kos Town, the island capital.
- Lifts: 2 in the main building and 1 within the bungalow area
Honeymooners get wine and fruit in room on arrival and birthday celebrations get a bottle of wine on the day.
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. 1 dinner per stay in the Italian and Greek & Grill à la carte restaurants - reservations required. Snacks. Ice-cream.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 24-hour drinks in the lobby bar. Water in room.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
Facilities► View all
6 outdoor pools
All of the pools are close to one another and great for both swimming lengths and chilling out. A swim-up bar and sun terrace are available.
Offering buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chefs prepare fresh dishes at the cooking stations and there's a big terrace with views over the Mediterranean Sea. There's also a Green Fit Corner with healthy, wholesome food.
For local soft and alcoholic drinks as well as coffee and ice-cream.
Rooms ► View all
double room with limited sea view and balcony or terrace
These contemporary double rooms come with a balcony or a terrace with an inland view. And you'll also find essentials such as Wi-Fi*, air-conditioning, and a TV included.
suite with balcony or terrace
These suites cater for 4, they're spacious with double bedroom and 2 sofa-beds in the lounge. You'll also have a balcony or terrace.
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MAGIC LIFE IS MAGIC
Just got back from the best inclusive holiday we have had . Our room was big and clean . The bed so comfortable . The food was great so much to pick from . salads soups pastas fish meats chicken rice potatoes and the best selection of sweets we have seen . 6 pools plenty sunbeds no rushing to get one . Great drinks any spirit you wanted plus on tap tea and coffee . The animation team were very friendly .We played boccia with Tim and my husband did archery with Wolfi . also darts .We would like to thank you all for such a great holiday . We hope to see you all next year Dave Gwen .More
Amazing food, beautiful pools and grounds, poor evening entertainment (no variety)
On a couples holiday with my girlfriend. In summary, most of it was fabulous, exceptional food, lovely layout to hotel grounds, but very limited evening entertainment. But more on that later... By the way, we went to Club Magic Life Fuerteventura last year, so it might be useful to compare here and there... Buildings / Rooms / Grounds: The grounds are large, clean and beautiful. The pools are better in our view than the CML in Fuerteventura, as they are all different shapes, set over several levels and linked by little man-made waterfalls and some nice architecture. The main buffet restaurant overlooks the main pool areas, and has a couple of large outside areas (perhaps 50 tables in total I'd guess). The main terrace is set over 2 or 3 levels just a few metres wide each, so at the top you have the 24-hour 'wonderbar', then a couple of levels of tables, down to the main pool area. All very nice and close together. For entertainment, they have numerous great options (that unfortunately aren't used very well...) - there is an open area on the main terrace near the main pool where the entertainment cabin is, there is a stage on the other side of the pool, and there is an amphitheatre a short walk away (say 3 mins max). Rooms themselves are typically comfortable and functional, with free safe, widescreen TV, fridge (only filled with water and soft drinks, and only on arrival, but useful to have the fridge itself there to use yourself). We try to spend very little time in the room, so as long as you can comfortably wash and sleep there, that's all we want. Our only issue was incredibly loud crickets keeping us awake many nights, until we dug out our ear plugs. Sounds a bit pathetic I know, but you wouldn't believe how loud they were! That was room 2002, in case that helps anyone. We also had 'Oktoberfest' happening outside only a few metres from our room one night, that was incredibly noisy until midnight, but it didn't bother us, was actually quite nice to hear everyone continuing to enjoy themselves after we'd gone. :) Food: Without doubt the best food I've had at this price-point, even better than the Club Magic Life in Fuerteventura, which I thought was amazing last year (well, buffet better - I'd say the A La Cartes were better in FV). Some really great cuts of meat (entrecote cooked very rare, tender veal, lots of perfectly cooked roast meats, not overcooked like most hotels catering for the British...), plus some things rarely found in 4* hotels such as sundried tomatoes, protein pancakes and a good assortment of nuts etc. Also a huge array of spices, sauces etc to 'customise' your meal if you wish - I particularly enjoyed the 3 sauces at the far end near the fish - oil with chilli / lemon / herbs, they were great on anything.. We also tried the 2 a la carte restaurants, but preferred the main buffet. The Italian was very nice, the Greek was a meze with no menu to choose from, and we felt the meat was less special there. 'Snack food' here means chips and gorgeous kebabs (made for you or DIY, as you wish) near the pool - a nice treat every few days... Overall, I'd just have a couple of improvements I'd suggest for the buffet: Firstly, unlike in Fuerteventura, in Kos it was only waiter service for all drinks - I prefer to have the option if I want it to help myself - when I want another glasss of wine, trying to catch someone's eye over the space of 10 minutes is so pointless if I could just go and get it myself... Let those who want to be waited on be waited on - the very best hotels are those that give the customer the choice... Secondly, contentious I know, but with so many outside tables, my girlfriend would have liked a smoking area (if not eating and smoking, at least a smoking area very near to the tables so she didn't have to walk so far). I know lots of people don't smoke, hence I'd suggest 90% of the restaurant remains non-smoking, but providing some tables right near the edge, or a seperate area altogether for smoking diners, would have been better for us. Overall though, I honestly couldn't possibly expect any more from the food at this price-point, much better than the two Turkish hotels and the one Cuban hotel I've visited in the last 18 months at similar prices, truly excellent. :) Beach: This was a minor disappointment to us to be honest. In front of the hotel, the immediate beach is full of sunbeds, then suddenly it shelves very quickly, after which it is only about 1 metre to the sea. There is no long wide stretching beach. We walked 45 mins or so in either direction, there are nicer bits and more interesting bits in either directions, but we didn't want to go so far each day, so we never spent much time on the beach. Not that it mattered for us on this particular holiday, as the hotel grounds and pools were lovely. Local areas / towns: We walked to Mastichari along the beach (maybe 40 mins) and also got a bus to Kos Town (about 30 mins, about 3 euros each way per person). To be honest we weren't that impressed by either. Mastichari is a little fishing village with a few bars. Kos Town is obviously a bit bigger and with more going on, including the old town streets with restaurants and bars etc, but no more so than any similar resort. The beach is horrible - as you reach it from the port area, for the first 10 minutes of walking you can barely see any sand as it is rammed with tatty broken old sunbeds sitting outside numerous run-down beach bars. The whole area looks like it was a big thing 20 years ago, but has seen very little investment since. Might look better in high season when it's busy perhaps. And my girlfriend, who is more interested than I am in historical sights and archaeological ruins etc, was disppointed by those 'sights' of Kos Town. None of them looked as though anyone cares or looks after them. So whilst we enjoyed the hotel, we didn't particularly enjoy Kos itself, personally (but that's fine, as we went for a relaxing break more than anything else). People: Guests are quite a mix - mostly German, then a mixture of Brits and a few others. I'd say far fewer Brits here than in Fuerteventura (decide for yourself whether that's good or bad... :) ) I'd say people here on average are a better class than I normally encounter in the Caribbean in this price range - I don't think we saw anyone embarrassingly drunk or causing trouble etc the entire time we were there, and personally I love mixing with other nationalities. Restaurant and bar staff were great - particular mentions to a few people: Maria in the pool bar, so friendly and genuine. Maria and Thomas who are servers in the top outside section of the buffet restaurant - they are always laughing and playing little jokes etc, they make the meal fun, not stuffy and overly formal. Plus the restaurant manager Leifteris (?) - I watched him a few times, I love how he is willing to get his hands dirty and help clean tables etc when needed, great attitude. Entertainment: This was the biggest disappointment for us, though to be fair it was in line with the CML model, as our experiences were much the same in Fuerteventura. Daytime is excellent - not just the normal things like boccia and volleyball, but more obscure things like nordic walking etc. And archery, run by Wolfi, was incredibly professional, with him providing 1-2-1 tuition throughout the session. We really felt like we were learning how to do it, rather than just trying for fun. However the evening entertainment provided by CML hotels remains the poorest entertainment programme I've seen in hotels of this standard. It's basically just dancing pretty much every night. After mini-disco at 8.30, nothing happens between 9pm and 9.30pm - they could do a quiz or a game or just something rather than dead time nothing. Then there are normally two possibilities - 1. They have a dancing show at the amphitheatre (9.30 to 10.20) - which we really enjoyed - then afterwards they encourage everyone to dance on the terrace; 2. No show, just encourage everyone to dance on the terrace. I think they see this as successful if 40 or so people are dancing, but it's the same 40 or so people every night! Meanwhile the other 1,500 guests in the hotels are sitting bored bemoaning the lack of variety. You might ask what else they could do - well here are some recent examples: - In Turkey last year, they mixed up the dancing shows with guest participation shows (games etc), acrobats, break-dancers, sketch shows, providing a bit of variety. - In Lanzarote last year, there were always 3 choices of entertainment at the same time - the main show, followed by dancing for those who wanted to stay, a separate area on a terrace that played ambient music and sometimes had a live band, then a third area that had a saxophonist, violinist or karaoke twice per week each. 3 might be excessively expensive, but I think all 4* hotels should have 2 forms of proper entertainment running together in different locations from 9.30 to 11.30, and the cost in many instances is minimal (a two-piece band, maybe 250-300 euros a night max, and karaoke would be pretty much free, just need one entertainer to run it). - In Cuba as well as the main shows, they had a separate bar that 'got going' about 9pm, and was a mixture of DJ playing music, plus karaoke if people wanted and if it was 'that kind of night'. That flexibility really showed how great they were as entertainers, and we enjoyed mixing up the two options of the main show or the other bar. We did ask the entertainers if we could break it up somehow by having karaoke one night, but they said it was too noisy. Yet the 'Oktoberfest' night had a full band with tremendous amounts of noise going on until midnight just a few metres from our room, so that's clearly nonsense. By contrast, when I asked with some other friends for karaoke in Turkey last year, the Ents Team there put it on especially for us in a different part of the hotel to the normal entertainment, it was absolutely rammed and many people said it was the best night of their holiday. We really felt the entertainers in Turkey genuinely wanted to make the guests happy, whereas in CML they are always just there to push dancing (which gets wearing when you've been asked about 10 times every evening...) (By the way, I know some people hate karaoke, but I'm suggesting it as a separate entertainment some nights, so those who dislike it would still have the 'main' entertainment to enjoy / observe). Finally just one more thing - Mondays are always the entertainers night off, so there was advertised 'Live Music'. This consisted of a man playing CDs on the terrace, pretty much the same CDs as they play all day, without moving or saying a word (he had no microphone). That's the first time in my life that I have ever seen simply playing music CDs classed as 'live music', and for a 4* hotel that is an absolute disgrace (that I intend to raise with First Choice). OVERALL: However we never let the lack of evening entertainment spoil our holiday - we began every day with a smile, ate fantastically, spoke to some lovely people, enjoyed the sun and the pool mostly, had a few drinks most evenings, enjoyed the 3 stage shows that were there during our week, and generally had an excellent time. Hence unless the entertainment weaknesses bother you, I'd thoroughly recommend CML Marmari Palace as an excellent choice. Happy to answers any queries anyone might have if you message me. :)More
Just returned from 2 weeks at this hotel all staff friendly and helpful hotel was spotless and with 6 pools and a nice long sandy beach u cud always find somewhere to sit and there were plenty of empty sunbeds pre - towel reservation of bed not allowed!! 1st time anywhere in world it was easy to get a bed the food was good u wd have 2 be very fussy not to find something to eat Thomson trips were gd and not 2 pricey and Kos town a 20min ride on the bus Hotel had so many activities u name it they did it but only if u wanted to join in weather was gd but a bit breezy at times but recommend this hotel and they seemed children friendly well dun Tui MagicMore
Suzanne W, 190741
Amazing, special hotel xxx
I can't speak highly enough of Marmari Palace, its just simply wonderful !!! I was the one who chose the hotel for our stay in July 2015, It totally exceeded expectations - we all had a wonderful stay. When looking to chose our hotel for 2016, we kept comparing places to Marmari Palace and for the first time decided to return to the same place!! It was the best decision we made! It was like returning home - we were made so welcome, drinks and food on arrival and management there to say hello again (special mention to wonderful Dio xxx). The hotel itself is immaculate, lots of areas to relax, in the sun or in the shade. Although hotel was full, it never felt overly busy and no issues with getting loungers at all :-) The view from the Wunderbar out to the sea never failed to make me smile - breathtaking is an understatement :-))))) Food is fabulous - so much choice, different place to eat when you want it - I loved the beach bar and the view is beautiful :-) Loved the midnight snacks too - although this year too much spaghetti lol - would be good to have snacks such as hot dogs etc :) Pools - well nothing to say there except spectacular, lots of them but the best is the main pool with the swim up bar - loved our sun downers each day :-) Entertainment/Sports/Bar Staff were just exceptional - the staff this year were lovely, we made wonderful friends, smiled lots and just can't praise them high enough - special thanks to Lucas, Emma, Martello, Sinem, Kathy, Elpida, George, Liza, - thank you all xx Finally the management team, truly special people who are now friends than staff - thank you for everything - Dio, Eleni and Andreas, you should be very proud of such a wonderful hotel, can't wait to come back in 2017 !!! Love Fran & Nathan xxxMore
Fran C, 504171
We had such a lovely time when we visited in 2015 that we decided to go back in 2016. This is the first time we have ever returned to the same hotel. The decision was simple really as it ticks every single box; staff are wonderful, rooms and general grounds are kept in excellent condition, swim up bar, food is fantastic. Some nice touches when you first arrive, drinks and something to eat if you arrive late at night. There was also a fruit basket and wine in the room. The evening entertainment is great and there are plenty of activities during the day to keep all the family busy. The location is excellent, only a 20 minute transfer from the airport and the views of the nearby islands is great. There are numerous pools to sit around and plenty of room for everyone. No need to put your towels out early to ensure you get a sunbed. We were in a family group of 8 and the restaurant staff went out of their way to ensure we had a big enough table every night. I can not speak highly enough of the staff and the management team. There were a small number of British guests which is fine - we see British people 50 weeks of the year! All the guests were friendly and could talk English. We are so smitten with this hotel that we are looking at going back for 2017.More
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