For the last few years every time we’ve booked a holiday we’ve checked out the reviews of the places we’ve stayed on trip advisor, and have always threatened to add our own on our return, We never have, until this year. I’ve just submitted this review or our stay at the Zorba’s Beach Hotel in the resort of Tigaki on Kos, Greece.
We’ve just returned from a one week break at the Zorba’s Beach, and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Reception: We arrived and my first though was woo this is hot as the reception area isn’t well air conditioned but we soon became acclimatised and it was ok during our stay even though the out side temperatures reached 36degrees some days. I was concerned however with the glass topped coffee tables – when coming in from outside and a little sun-blind these could be lethal you just couldn’t see them, I more than once saw someone clattering into them – including my son who drew blood on his shin.
Rooms: We were a group of 5 in 2 rooms near the back of the hotel which were we’re clean and well maintained. We only had cause to call maintainence once when the wheel fell of a bed due to wear and tear, but it was dealt with incredibly quickly and didn’t cause a problem – the interiors were what you would expect from a all inclusive four star hotel – comfortable with the basics like fridge, hair dryer, safety deposit box and essential air conditioning, My only complaint was the shower was hand held and not wall mounted – I like a good shower and this was left a little lacking for me.
On site entertainment: There are 3 pools – a family pool, a quiet pool and an adult only pool. We mainly used the family pool as my 12 year old son enjoys taking part in the activities and of course our holiday favourite Water Polo. It was always kept clean – and was as you’d expect full of kids and could get loud – but that’s what the other pools were for if you didn’t like that. We used the quite pool one day – which is used by families but away from the entertainment – it over looks the sea and there is very little shelter when the sun is up high so avoid if you like to sit out but in the shade. We didn’t use the adult only pool at all.
Onsite there was also table tennis, football pitch, volleyball, tennis court, basket ball all of which we saw being used but didn’t join in as it was way too hot! ( and we’re too lazy)
The entertainment team I have mixed reviews for they were brilliant with the kids but I felt at the beginning of the week when we first arrived more effort could have been made to include new families in the pool side activities. But in saying that they worked HARD – with an entertainment programme starting early, running most of the day and then the same team putting on the evening shows. I’d like to give a glowing review of their performances jut for effort alone – but the jury is still out for me after seeing the musical evening – which consisted of what I can only describe as karaoke club remixes of your favourite musicals Dub Step Sound of music anyone? it was most definitely not for me.
Food and Drink: All Inclusive food and drink was exactly as I expected buffet food, snack bars and local drinks finishing at 11pm – There wasn’t as much choice as in some all inclusive resorts I’ve stayed in but there was enough to keep me happy – the salad bar was varied and plentiful and my son made short work of trying one of everything on the deserts most evenings.
There was a Greek dish on offer most days which was lovely, I always despair when I read food reviews that say “there wasn’t enough English food” – I was in Greece and I wanted Greek fair – If’ I’d wanted fish chips and mushy peas I’d have gone to Blackpool.
We used the Al a Carte restaurant one evening , which alternates from Italian to Greek and we timed it to sample the Greek food – it was lovely and as with the main restaurant the staff friendly and incredibly hard working – you’re welcome 😉
The only down sides for me were the snack bar – pancakes, hotdogs, burgers and cakes – there were no healthy choices, but the ice cream on tap was a plus point in the heat we experienced – and the pool bar, we sat by the pool bar a few evenings away from the main bar and the entertainment but the speakers still blared out the audio from the main bar, it would have been nicer if this was switched off – especially as it’s situated behind the stage so you can’t see what’s going on anyway.
Location: Zorba’s is located a little way out of the resort of Tigaki – a good 20 minute walk which I wouldn’t attempt in the midday sun, there is a bus that stops right out side the hotel that runs through Tigaki and onto Kos Town but read the time table carefully. At first glance it looks to run hourly both ways- but that’s not the case in the middle of the day 1hr 15 mins we ended up waiting for a return bus from Kos as I’d misread the timetable. Bus fares to Tigaki €1.80 and to Kos €2.00. We did get a taxi back from Tigaki one evening which only cost €6.00 and could be more cost effective for small groups.
The beach directly opposite the hotel is tiny – and I mean tiny but turn right out of the doors and 2 mins up the road is a wider quieter beach, turn left and 10 mins away is the main resort beaches with all the associated activities you would expect.
Excursions: We booked with Tigaki Tours as opposed to the reps on site ( as regular trip goers while on holiday we find you always get the same trips but cheaper if you book yourself locally) . There was a good choice of excursions but we opted for the 3 island cruise, which at €35 per adult (half price for children) including transfers and dinner was good value – and worth doing for a relaxing day.
Overall we were very happy with the hotel and our holiday and would happily recommend it to friends – and keep your eye out for sunsets over the bay, they’re stunning.