Thomson Holidays Aegean Village
We've just come back from a family holiday to the Aegean Village near Kardamena in Kos and had a lovely, relaxing break.
The weather was hot and sunny, the sky was blue and the sea was crystal clear. We couldn't have asked for a better week to be honest!
RoomsOur rooms were spacious, immaculately clean with nice big balconies and much more luxurious than most package holiday resort rooms. The rooms all had flat-screen TV, lots of fluffy, clean towels every day and plenty of toiletries. The beds were lovely and comfy, the rooms were nice and quiet and very importantly with the amazing Greek weather, the Air Conditioning was spot-on!
FoodBreakfasts were brilliant with a huge choice. The fresh, warm pain au chocolats, croissants and scrummy pancakes deserve a special mention. Plenty of fruit and delicious creamy Greek yogurt with honey and 'Cooked Breakfast' if you wanted it but also lots of different breads, cold meats and cheeses. Ans as important as anything at breakfast, the coffee was good, hot and the waiters topped you up as often as you wanted.
Dinner wasn't as good as breakfast but there was still a vast choice every night. Plenty of good starters and the Tsatsiki was probably the best we'd ever had. So good I think we all had it every night! The girls and I thought the mains were a bit 'sloppy' and 'samey' but the boys were less fussy and couldn't see why we weren't as enamoured as they were. The desserts, on the other hand, were fine with lots of sweet chocolatey puddings, delicious ice-creams and simple bowls of fresh cherries to mention but a few.
StaffThe Reception staff were courteous and efficient when checking us in. We had a problem the second day (which I don't want to go into as it doesn't seem fair now it's resolved) and the management dealt with it quickly taking a full report. They called us back for a follow-up conversation a couple of days later and offered us all complimentary rooms for check-out day until we left the hotel. This was a fantastic bonus as we weren't flying until 3am on the Sunday and were meant to have checked-out by 11 on the Saturday morning. It meant that we actually managed to have a shower, a civilised meal and even got our heads down for a little sleep before flying home.
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The restaurant staff were always there when we wanted them but weren't hovering annoyingly all the time. It's a fine line but they never crossed it. We have no idea what the people looked like who kept the resort so immaculate as we didn't once see them. They were like fairies and elves who busied themselves cleaning and tidying by night so that everything was spick and span quite literally all the time. I swear we didn't see one piece of litter the entire holiday and restaurant spillages and empty bar glasses were 'disappeared' before you could say 'WTF!'
Animation Team & Children's ClubThe Animation Team were a friendly bunch of international, young and very eager-to-please people.
If you prefer to spend your evenings in peace then the main cocktail bar is the place to go. Our group kind of alternated evenings between the Pool Bar where the entertainment was and the main hotel bar although we did go out for one evening to Kardamena and went on the bus to Kos on another night. A definite 'must-do' visit!
Swimming PoolThe main pool was big, clean and had varying depths so was good for either swimming or messing around. There was a separate fresh-water pool for the little ones too so if your child doesn't like too much splashing or lacks confidence then it's perfect.
Sunbeds & ParasolsThere were absolutey loads of these and even though there were 6 of us, we always managed to find enough. There wasn't as much of a problem as usual with people reserving sunbeds with a towel although it did happen. Quite a few times we were down early for breakfast and consequently early at the pool so we could see how many beds were reserved where nobody turned up till after 11. I am more than happy nowadays to remove towels and take the sunbeds for my own family if I feel people are abusing the 'sunbed situation'! Perhaps the sunbed Mafia thing didn't feel as bad as usual though because there really were plenty of sunbeds. Even down on the beach there were more than enough sunbeds to go around. A The 3 Euro charge down there was a small price to pay for comfort and shade on the lovely clean beach.
Best ThingsThe rooms, the pancakes at breakfast, the lovely views and of course the glorious weather.
Worst ThingsThe fact that we had to pay cash every time we wanted to buy a drink. Because of the whole Greek economy crisis the hotels in the area are reluctant to take credit cards at the moment.
Given the opportunity we'd all go back to The Aegean Village tomorrow though if we could and that must surely speak volumes. An all-round brilliant holiday!
The Crawford Family went on holidays to the Aegean Village with Thomson Holidays in August 2012.
by Kathryn Crawford