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Antalya (Turkey) 03/11/2002

Phasalis Princess Hotel, Tekrova, nr Kemer, Turkey

Antalya (Turkey) This is a reviewof a package holiday to Phasalis Princess Hotel, Tekrova, nr Kemer, Turkey. Booked through JMC - two weeks all inclusive in Jul / Aug 2002 16 of us in the party (aged 5 to 75) The Phasalis Princess is a modern five star hotel right on the Turkish Med. The setting is fantastic with Mount Tahtali Dagi rising 2,375 metres to the West, the lush gardens of the hotel, with its palm trees and other greenery then splendid azure of the Med to the East. We didn’t expect an Art Déco interior, but Art Deco we got – right down to the cocktail sticks in the Lobby Bar. The main building is four storeys and we stayed in a ground floor room in the two storey annexey thing. The hotel has all the facilities you could wish for. The centre piece is the large irregular shaped pool with its central bar, where you can actually sit in the pool whilst supping at one of a range of drinks on offer. There is a smaller children’s pool in the same area, but on the East side of the hotel is a separate children’s pool complete with flumes and a waterside. There are a variety of bars all over the hotel – the popular “Captain’s Pub” is a themed pirate ship overlooking the children’ pool. Sports are well catered for with free use of tennis and volley ball courts, a free first diving lesson on offer in the pool, fitness room, aerobics, table tennis, darts, banana boat. There are also charged (at very reasonable prices) ...

Lanzarote (Spain) 03/11/2002

Lanzarote Princess, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Lanzarote (Spain) This is a review of a package holiday to Lanzarote. 5 * Lanzarote Princess, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote We paid £737 each for two adults plus £367 for one child for 11 nights HB at the end of April , 2001. We travelled with Airtours and booked through a local high street travel agent. Flight and Transfer Our first trip to Lanzarote, in fact our first trip to the Canaries. It’s four hour flight, we had an hour’s delay at Gatwick but apart from that the journey was fine. Usual delay getting on the bus after arriving at Arrecife but we arrived at the hotel within an hour or so. Lanzarote is not pretty in the conventional sense. The landscape you would see from the bus looked something like a cross between a moonscape and a building site. Water must be at a premium because “lush” is not a word you will be needing. The odd cactus is about much greenery as the island can muster. Hotel The Lanzarote Princess is a modern five star hotel. You get everything you would expect of a hotel of this calibre. Our room was large, we were on the ground floor and had use of a patio. Everything worked including the a/c which is a must this time of year. Meals The food was really good. Buffet meals , huge choice and good quality. Staff were very child friendly. One of the waiters lead my daughter to her table each evening and she felt very grown up about it all. The hotel has a couple of pools, one of them heated. At the time of year even the heated one ...

Majorca in General 03/11/2002

Ca's Puers, Soller, Majorca

Majorca in General This is really a review of a stay at a specific hotel called Ca's Puers in Soller, Majorca. http://www.caspuers.com/ We booked the hotel direct (they speak good English) and bought flights / car hire separately. Ca's Puers is in Soller in the North of the island. There are two bits to Soller, Port de Soller which (as you've guessed) is on the coast and Soller itself which is about ten minutes drive or ten minutes in the tourist train from the beach. Once you're on the coast , the bay is enclosed from the rest of the Med and is therefore very calm, making it perfect for young children. We stayed for eleven nights in September 2000 paying Ptsa 250,000 (about £100) a night for the room which was certainly big enough for the two of us and our daughter, plus £111 each return air fare (no discount for the nipper) plus car hire. This hotel is just off the main square in the town. It's a lovely hotel, very posh. There are only a few rooms, about seven I think. A restaurant / dining rooms and courtyard where you can have breakfast or dinner. You can see the old train station from the courtyard when you're having breakfast so you can catch a glimpse of all the early birds making their way to islands capital, La Palma by train. As you would expect (for £100 a night) this is a very luxurious hotel. The service was very good and all the staff very friendly. The waitresses / maids are very chatty and made us feel very welcome. The décor is fantastic and the whole place ...

Protaras (Cyprus) 03/11/2002

Tsokkos Gardens Hotel, Protaras, Cyprus

Protaras (Cyprus) This is a review of a package holiday to a specific hotel in Protaras rather than an overall review of the resort. Seven nights HB at the 4* Tsokkos Gardens Hotel, Protaras, Cyprus October, 2002 Through Goldensun - booked over the internet. We paid £844 each for two adults + £292 for one child. Our first visit to Cyprus Flight We flew with Eurocypria on the 10.10pm out of Gatwick arriving at Larnaca in the small hours. There was no in flight entertainment at all so don't forget your Walkman or a large paperback. The journey was a bit of a trial, fortunately our five year old slept on the plane which made life a bit easier. The final transfer from the airport to the hotel seemed to take ages, dropping off at about four hotels before finally arriving at the Tsokkos Gardens at about 6 am local time. The hotel… The hotel itself is fine and certainly deserved its four stars. We loved the huge irregular shaped pool. Ankle deep at one end, a full two metres at the other. There are a couple of bridges in the middle to amuse the kids. Plenty of sun beds and this time of year no need to bag them. The pool is unheated and it was just about warm enough to swim. There is an indoor heated pool too, so we used the outdoor pool for a bit and then popped in to the inside one to warm up a bit. We were pleased with our room, big enough, clean and nicely decorated. It even had a sea view (just about) which we didn't pay a supplement for. Everything worked including the ...
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