It's not just for family's I went with my husband and we both enjoyed are selfs would go again didn't want to come home
July 3, 2014
excellent family holiday in kos
we had a excellent holiday at the zorbas beach hotel in kos Greece..8th may -22nd may 2014...we travelled as a family of 7....4 adults 2 teanagers & a 5yr old...the entertainment team made our holiday complete...hotel & rooms are lovely & clean...food good...pool areas excellent & spotlessly clean....would recommend this hotel to all ages....thanks for the best holiday we've had...
June 8, 2014
Much better than expected!
We've just got back from a week at the Zorbas beach hotel, stayed 22-29th May 2014 (half term week) as a family of four (kids aged 7 and 4). I was a little concerned before we went, due to some less than positive trip advisor reports, but there was absolutely no reason to have been concerned. The hotel itself is lovely, very nice open and clean reception and bar area, buffet restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, 3 pool bars, 3 pools (main pool including a kids paddling pool, a children's pool and an adults only pool), lovely clean bedrooms, mini supermarket, mini golf course, tennis courts and a small children's park. I'll review each area separately to give an idea of the pros and cons.
The room - we stayed in a 2 bedroom room, which consisted of a twin room for the kids, a large double room for us, full bathroom with shower and bath, and a double balcony (opened from both bedrooms) looking on to the pool. Positives - the room was lovely and modern, TV in each bedroom, working and effective aircon in each bedroom, v large double bed, plenty of wardrobe and storage space, safe available to hire, fridge in double bedroom, maid service was fantastic - the kids loved seeing what they'd done with the sheets and towels each day. Negatives - the beds are quite hard, the hot water was a bit hit and miss in the bathroom, the shower could do to be upgraded, any rooms facing the pool will experience a lot of noise on a night from the evening entertainment.
The pools - all excellent, the main pool is large with a small paddling pool at the shallow end, at the front of the hotel there's an adults only pool and a kids pool both with lovely views of the sea. We never had a problem getting sun beds even though we often didn't get to the pool till 11am. Pool areas very clean.
The bars - There's a pool bar at the adult pool, one at the main pool and the main bar in the hotel reception area. Wine and beer is self service in the main restaurant. I've seen a lot of people on trip advisor complaining about the bar queues and the quality of the drinks. I'm not really sure why! I never queued for more than about 10 minutes for a drink, and mostly didn't queue at all. My husband assures me the beer was fine. The wine wasn't the best I've ever had, but was perfectly drinkable. I never tried the pre mixed cocktails. The vodka certainly didn't taste watered down to me, and the measures poured were very generous. The bar staff were all lovely. The all inclusive drinks do finish at 11pm, but that's quite common in AI hotels, and certainly didn't cause us a problem. Bar staff had no problem with you collecting a larger round of drinks just before 11pm. The drinks are served in plastic glasses (like the ones you get from a water cooler) at all of the pool bars. This seems sensible as people are drinking by the pool where kids are running around. The "glasses" don't split and I had no problem carrying a few at a time. Drinks from the main bar and the main restaurant are served in proper glasses. The soft drinks aren't branded soft drinks, but you wouldn't expect them to be. The lemonade is similar to bitter lemon, lemon and lime more like "our" lemonade - bit like sprite. The coke and diet coke taste like panda pops - perfectly drinkable. Fruit juice available was apple, orange or grapefruit I think.
The restaurants - breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the main buffet restaurant. Breakfast is 7am - 10.30am, lunch 12.30 - 2.30pm and dinner is 6.30pm - 9.30pm. In between meal times there is ice cream, hot dogs, pizzas, toasties, cakes etc served at the pool snack bars. There is an a la carte restaurant which alternates daily between serving Italian and Greek food, it needs booking (and food ordering) the day before, and is shut on Sundays. The buffet food was fine, and exactly what you'd expect at an all inclusive buffet. I like "real" food rather than processed rubbish, as do my kids, and we had no problem finding really nice meals every day. Breakfast consisted of fresh bread, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, ham and cheese, warm croissants and pain au chocolat, freshly made pancakes and fried eggs, bacon, sausage, omelette, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, french toast, potatoes and tomatoes. No, the sausages and bacon aren't "british" sausages and bacon. But if that's really going to make or break your holiday, maybe you should stick to Blackpool! Lunch there would always be a very good salad selection, fresh bread again, at least one kind of meat being freshly cooked on the grill, chips, and plenty of vegetable / pasta / rice / meat dishes in the buffet. Evening meal was similar, but with the addition of 3 trays of "kids buffet" chip / nugget type stuff. I found the food to be varied, tasty, and always served hot. A good choice of desserts available every day, as well as ice cream. The feta cheese was delicious. We never queued for a table. The restaurant staff were lovely, and I'm not really sure why so many reviewers weren't keen on the restaurant manager, as he seemed pleasant enough. The only suggestion I would have is that an occasional theme night wouldn't go amiss in the main restaurant, just to vary things a bit more. Sadly I wasn't impressed at all by the a la carte restaurant. We went on the Italian night, which was possibly a mistake. The food was significantly better in the buffet, and service was painfully slow.
The entertainment - the evening "shows" were exactly as you'd expect in a family oriented all inclusive resort in Greece. Very cheesy, but the kids absolutely loved it all, and the entertainment team work very hard. During the day there are aqua gym sessions, water polo, team sports, quizzes etc happening.
The kids club - my kids have never been to a kids club before, but absolutely LOVED it. It's available 10am - 12.30 and 3-6pm. It's run by the hotel, not by Thomas Cook. The girl who runs it is a delight with the kids, the club doesn't need booking in advance, you just turn up, and it's free. They play games in the "hut" where it's based, go on walks around the grounds collecting butterflies, play in the pool together go get ice creams together and generally have a great time. There is the option to book for your kids to have dinner or breakfast with them a couple of times a week, but we never used this. The kids club is closed on Sundays.
The beach - the beach area outside the hotel is very small and pebbly, but there are a few sun loungers out there if you want them.
Location - The hotel is a short walk from the resort of Tigaki. As an adult walking alone, it took me between 15v and 20 minutes walking to the centre of the Tigaki. Obviously this takes longer with kids. There's no footpath by the road, but the road isn't very busy. My kids were fine walking down the side of the road, but if you have toddlers you'd probably need to take a buggy. You could walk most of the way along the strip of sand leading to the main beach if you wanted. Tigaki beach is lovely, nice gentle sloping beach with shallow water for the kids to play in. A little bit pebbly in areas, and some seaweed in the sea. Tigaki itself is a small resort with the usual strip of bars, restaurants and tourist shops. There are a couple of travel agents there who can arrange reasonably priced trips.
The staff - without exception, all of the staff that we came into contact with at the hotel were absolutely lovely.
Thomas Cook - we saw our rep once, when we arrived at the airport. Never saw anybody from Thomas Cook at the hotel.
In conclusion, we had a very lovely holiday here, and would all gladly go back again!
June 1, 2014
terrible food, no entertainment, far far away from other hotels venues ect
the hotel was well presented and clean, the pools were lovely, there was quiet pools or the more lively pools for the children, the cleaning staff were very hard working and all staff were very happy to help, the biggest problem was there was no entertainment no music nothing to do on an evening, there was poor street lighting making it hard to walk on roads as there was also a lack of pavements, it was to far to walk for my partner who has mobility problems, the food was poor in quality and flavour, the bars were under staffed as was the snack bars with a lack of variety also,
May 16, 2014
Have just returned from a weeks staying at the Zorbas Beach Hotel, with two friends. We booked last minute, 2 days before we travelled. Got a great price!
Landed in the early hours of the morning, so we couldn't see the surroundings until we woke the next morning. Breath taking views of the mountains, lots of greenery too!
Rooms spacious and clean, unfortunately, the mattresses were hard, when we complained it was dealt with, and we were provided with top mattresses, which improved our comfort somewhat.
Rooms were cleaned to a high standard, room maids friendly. Self service restaurant good, varied choices.
Pool areas lovely, but water very cold!!!
Short walk to nearest village, nice.
Beach lovely, views amazing, hotel beautifully placed.
Kos town lovely, and Zia, a mountain village, a must!!!
All in all I would highly recommend this hotel/location. Of course spending it with good friends is the icing on the cake to any holiday.
We had a good laugh, rest, ate, drank, and read a couple of books a piece.
P.S. Free Wi-Fi never worked.
May 13, 2014
Last minute booking
The holiday turned out to be a great success. We travelled to this resort blind on what it was going to be like, we had booked our flights the night before. We asked for a sea view, which was given. My family are quite selective on what they eat, and they loved all the food provided! All the staff were very helpful and kind on service! Cleanliness was only marked down as we had a small proper with ants, but that was sorted as soon as we reported it! You could go with young children, teenagers or just as a couple, and have a pool that suits your wants and needs. I wasn't a fan of the entertainment but the rest of my family loved it! There is a small shop just across the way where you can buy any necessities. A taxi into Kos is very cheap, and the taxis are called in by reception! All in all, it was a fantastic holiday and can't wait to go again!
January 2, 2014
Great holiday n hotel
Great holiday best we have had by far don't no what people moan about on some reviews, really good place, entertainment brilliant can not fault anything with it would go back again next year
June 20, 2013
Rooms and pools good but restaurant very poor - undercooked chicken and suckling pig and lack of variety over 2 weeks.
Pleased with room and room service. Pool areas good and kept clean, although sun loungers awful. Entertainment dire as was choice of food. Had to complain about undercooked chicken and suckling pig. NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR 4 STAR hotel. Staff in restaurant tried hard but seemed miserable most of the time.Reception area nice and staff helpful. Would not recommend. Said there was free Wi-fi but it never worked. Fuse box in room kept tripping off but nothing done about it.
May 28, 2013