Travel operator: Sunshine Holidays
First impression of our family room in block 14 up the hill was disappointing due to the lack of privacy and storage space for the amount of people it could sleep. It had 2 single beds pushed together which were rock hard, a set of bunk beds with a TV and dressing table in one room and a fold out bed by the front door. The bathroom had a good sized walk in shower however at times the water seemed inconsistent; hot in the morning but by the afternoon it could be lukewarm although this wasn't a major problem. There was a drainage hole in the middle of the bathroom floor which annoyingly kept flooding if all of you had showers one after the other or rinsing the swimming clothes out in the sink. The air con worked well though so had no problems there.
The food was hit and miss, some days were better than others, real chicken breast and beef that fell apart on your plate on offer one day and then fatty turkey, fish and cauliflower the next. Forget waiting for the toaster at breakfast, even after 3 goes my bread had no colour just turned hard and warm. You certainly won't starve as there is always something on offer that's edible however you would refuse to pay for the quality of food on offer if you went self catering.
The hotel does have football and tennis courts at the top of the hill but they were not used. Why not? There were plenty of lads that I'm sure would have loved a game of 5-a-side in the early morning or late afternoon when the weather was not too hot. Neither the hotel or entertainment team organised anything for this area which was a shame, it would have given lots of kids something to do other than hang around the pool and crowding round the only pool table that worked costing 2 Euro a time.
The Entertainment Team arranged water polo, volley ball and killer pool really late in the morning which were popular but clashed with lunchtime when people wanted to go in for lunch but couldn't because they were wet from the pool! They then disappeared leaving music on play all afternoon until they returned for the kids hour at 8pm. Kirsty constantly loved to promote the Camelot Bar which opened after the all inclusive finished at 11pm. It seemed if you went up there at night you all ended up chums with the Team round the pool the next morning. We never heard any noise from the bar and to be honest had had enough of the poor entertainment at night that we couldn't be bothered to go to check it out.
The Entertainment Team seemed popular with the children under 10 who had the stage for an hour in the evening with things like musical chairs and dancing. The adult entertainment included bingo and the usual cheesy singing and dancing and some nights offered quizzes.
Unfortunately we learnt the first day of the holiday the usual sun bed hoarding goes on like every hotel abroad. The pool was busy as it was August and if you don't get the bed then someone else will. People are around the pool early straight after breakfast and will stay all day. I noticed there didn't seem to be enough umbrellas for beds and I wanted one to escape the fierce heat of the sun. Any later than 7.30am though and you can forget getting a decent bed around the pool to watch the kids if you are there for the day.
Mosquitoes are everywhere here, I felt lucky at first, we escaped the first week with nothing but got bit during our second week leaving our holiday with just a handful of small red spots. Some poor sods were absolutely covered in them! I used Jungle Formula plug in, Boots Repel wipes, Jungle Formula body lotion and Repel roll on.
However despite the mosquitoes I would visit Sidari again but would choose self catering. I feel we would have enjoyed our break more having the flexibility to come and go as we pleased and not felt tied to the hotel having to put up with poor food and poor entertainment being all inclusive.
If you have already booked then go and enjoy, we didn't expect the works for what we paid but I wanted to give an honest account for our holiday from what we experienced. I really do think if you have children aged 10 and under then you will enjoy the hotel and your holiday a lot more than others.
Location to rooms on a very steep hill so if you have any health problems please dont go! I felt very sorry for some of the older people they struggled and also young children could not walk this steep hill - not good at all.
Entertainment very bad - same thing evey night.
I have been to Corfu a few times this was the worst hotel I have stayed in. Will not go back to this hotel but will go to other hotels again in Corfu. Bar worst I have ever had - poor.
The room was damp including the bed also made clothes damp it was like staying in a tent.
Location is ok but very dark at night when returning back from town. Hotel staff were helpful waiting on staff and bar staff were the best. Entertainment is ok for children but lacks for anyone over the age of 16.We would never visit this hotel again.
Travel operator: on the beach
Rooms fine but basic, shower smallest I've used and no hot water after 5pm as everyone goes up early to get ready for the evening meal. Most apartments are at the rear of the complex up a very steep hill so be warned if you’re not fit you will be by the end of your stay, they do provide a mini bus to and from your room if needed.
Meals basic but always found something to eat and enjoyable even with a fussy teenager. Usual full English or cereals for breakfast (sausages different to ours but I liked them). Other meals choice of salads or the usual meat selection all self-service buffet. Sometimes may have to queue on an evening as dining area is small, we only had to once and it wasn't for long.
Bar opens 10am till 11pm for all your free drinks and snacks, snacks are usually cheese and ham sandwiches, cheese pasties and sausage rolls, and as much ice cream as you want (except brand names).Drinks after 11pm you pay for in the Camalot Bar (which is half way up that hill), which shuts when the last person leaves.
Entertainment is poor during the day and finishes around 2pm then starts at 8pm with kids hour followed by bingo or quizzes, then a song and dance show by the staff, so every other night went into town which is a slow 10 mins walk, same if you want to go to the beach. Note some of the way back on a night is not light so if nervous like the wife, take a small torch. Staff all very friendly and spoke good English.
Over all if asked would I go again or recommend it I’d say yes.
Travel operator: co-op travel
Travel operator: Holidays First
staff all great bar staff good english and if you speak they try to interact .entertainment team best weve had on all inclusive comps round pool during day kids disco 8-9 bongo or quiz 9-10 then a show musical nature dancing they are good. bar finishes 11pm then up to camelot which does have happy hour 11-12 half price lager and cocktails about
Travel operator: direct holidays
Travel operator: Otbeach
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