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Aldemar Olympian Village Hotel

4 out of 5 from 1 review
5 stars
Skafidia, Pyrgos, Ilia 27100, Greece
There are a range of activities including volleyball, tennis and watersports and children are very well catered for. Rooms have air conditioning, fridge, safe, satellite television and balcony or veranda.

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12 years 8 months ago
We were met at Kalamata Airport by the First Choice Representative who pointed us in the direction of the courtesy bus provided by the hotel, well considering the hotel is all of six years old - the bus was more of an antique!

The transfer time stated in the brochure was one and a half hours, well whoever timed this trip must have been Speedy Gonzales because being a Sunday and there was no traffic on the roads it took closer to just over two hours to get there. And the same amount of time on the transfer back to the airport for the journey home.

It is advisable to take a bottle of water for this journey as it gets quite hot on the bus even with all the windows open.

When we reached the Olympian Holiday Village we were driven down a rather impressive driveway which opened up into the main car park.

Eventually we reached the reception area which was huge and a stained glass atrium in the centre with lots of sumptuous seating and tables and was very comfortable and airy. After a little wait we were transferred to our bungalows with all our luggage via a hotel buggy - it's the closest thing, I'll ever get to sitting in a lamborghini!!! Our rooms consisted of two rather large single beds and a sofa with television and mini-fridge for our convenience. An enclosed terrace, handy for when you have a rather lively little one who likes to run everywhere.

The terrace was big enough for a patio table and four chairs and although sunny in the mornings it was shaded for the best part of the afternoon. It was screened off on both sides for that extra bit of privacy.

The bathroom consisted of a bath with shower over and a large vanity unit with basin in the middle and toilet with a large sign over the top asking that the toilet paper be placed in the bin to the side and not down the lavatory because the Greek plumbing was not to be trusted with the digestion of such objects!

Also in the bathroom was a large magnifying mirror with lights so you could do a horror show and frighten yourself to death if you so wished and a hairdryer. The hotel had thought of little things that come in handy on holiday and presented them in a small wicker basket on the vanity unit in the bathroom. Things like, a shower cap, sewing kit, nail file, cotton buds, shampoo, soap, shower gel and tissues.

In the bedroom there was a large bottle of mineral water and a small bottle of white wine made especially for the Hotel and a corkscrew, two bright yellow beach towels and two pairs of towelling flip-flops bearing the name of the hotel chain. The safety deposit box was situated in the main wardrobe and although it was stated that we would have to pay a small charge for the keys - when we went to the reception we found out that this service was actually free of charge and you only had to pay if you mislaid the key.

On our first day we had lunch at one of the many hotel paying restaurants (the one where we ate our breakfast and evening meal was included in the holiday package) and a sampled Greek lunch which consisted of two Gyros, a Club Sandwich and three soft drinks the total sum for that simple snack came to a grand total of 39 Euros and 80 Cents.

After lunch we then wandered around the village at our leisure and found the mini-market which was on-site and loaded up with bottles of mineral water and chocolate supplies. We ventured into the main dining room at about 7.30pm and were taken aback by the amount of food on offer, as there was so much to choose from. There were soups, starters, hors d'ouvres, so many main courses to choose, and as for the puddings, need I say more - these were to die for!

After dinner we sat at a table around the entertainment stage ordered our drinks from the Apollo Bar and watched the Italian Animation Team progress through their paces with a dancing competition in which the audience participated.

Upon arrival at the restaurant for breakfast on Monday morning once again we were astounded by the large array of breakfast foods on offer to us, these included cereals, full english, continental, toast, crepes, yoghurts, honey and jams. If you could name it I think they had it!

The Village has two Mini-Clubs for children aged between 4-12 and these are run by some members of the Animation Team. Both have childrens paddling pools and play equipment. Each evening at the entertainment stage the Animation Team put on a mini-disco especially for the children - many of the Mums and Dads join in too!

The rooms are cleaned everyday the towels and sheets are changed every day. The floor is mopped daily using anti-bacterial cleaning fluid.

Would we go back to this resort? Yes in a couple of years or so to visit the places we didn't see this time.

There are a couple of things that did not quite go to plan - but you never can tell when you are on holiday. EUROCHEQUES - These are NOT accepted at the Hotel. After being advised by the Travel Agents in the UK to take them. Two days before coming home we ran out of cash and decided to cash some of the EuroCheques that we had purchased in the UK, but to no avail and the Banks were closed until the following Tuesday morning. Was even advised by a Bureau Exchange Person in Kalakoto that many hotels in Greece will not exchange Euro Cheques because the commission rate is virtually nil - they prefer Sterling Travellers Cheques instead.
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