This is my last post about our Mark Warner holiday to Lakitira in Kos. I’m rather sad to see these blue sky photos disappearing from the blog. (Don’t worry, I’ll squeeze in a cake recipe to cheer us all up soon.)
Anyway, I thought I’d give you some tips in case you’re planning to visit Lakitira and also tell you about our favourite parts of the holiday.
Top Tips for Travelling to Lakitira with Children:
- Beach towels are not included, they are €7 per person per week (and you can change them as often as you like for the same price). Worth spending the €28 for a family in my opinion, but just to remember in case you fancy packing your own towels.
- I wish ‘d bought some beach/sea shoes for the children to take with us as the walk into the sea is quite pebbly. The beach itself isn’t, but there is a strip of stones to walk into the sea which they were not keen on the feel of at all. They do sell them in the resort shop, but they didn’t have the sizes we needed and they were quite expensive.
- Depending on the age of your children and if you’re using the night time listening service, I would ask for a room close to the MiniClub building. Carrying two sleeping children back to our room was a workout! If we’d been much further away (or they’d been much heavier) I think we would’ve had to wake them.
- Morning childcare sessions are much busier and in demand than afternoon ones. We went for afternoon anyway as we liked not having to rush about to get them there in the mornings. Just worth being aware of when booking your holiday.
- I wish I had packed a small gift to take as a thank you for the amazing childcare staff at the end of the week, something to give them a taste of home perhaps.
- We couldn’t seem to find any children’s TV channels in our room (and there isn’t WiFi in the rooms) so for those moments when a spot of quiet time is needed, it’s worth packing a tablet or iPad with some downloaded kids programs on.
- When booking, as I mentioned in my last post, bear in mind that the Lakitira Suites are across the road from the main hotel. We stayed in a Village Suite (which is part of the main complex) which is next to the main hotel, perfectly situated for the restaurants and kids clubs.
Shall I get the negatives out of the way first? Of course these are tiny things and didn’t detract from the absolutely amazing holiday we had in the slightest. Just some suggestions perhaps..
The Not Quite As Loved Bits:
- There’s only WiFi in the main reception and bar area. This is absolutely fine when you’re having a holiday away from the online world. But when I did want to check in in the evenings, the WiFi was incredibly slow as obviously everyone wants to use it at the same time.
- In the same way that there’s an adults only beach, we did think that perhaps having one of the restaurants as specifically for adults may be a nice idea. It would just mean that there’s choice for people who want to have a break from all of the kids over supper whilst making use of the pyjama club.
- I think it’s a slight shame that for a hotel of this quality beach towels are not included.
Now onto the best bits, these are the reason I’d tell my friends to book a Mark Warner holiday at Lakitira..
Our Favourite Bits:
- The brilliant staff working for both Mark Warner and Lakitira. Every single person we encountered was friendly, polite, well trained and welcoming.
- Fantastic fresh food, with mountains of choice.
- The children’s high tea at 5pm, means no need for grumpy unfed children at 6pm or us having to eat super early.
- Choice of a large pool or a kids pool (with lifeguard) and two fantastic beaches.
- Amazing childcare (cost included) from well qualified British nannies in a spotless setting.
- The evening childcare.. Happy children? Adult conversation?! Glass of wine?! The dream.
- The chance to try your hand at heaps of activities with the cost included.
Do you know what my absolute favourite part about the resort was? The fact that almost everyone is there with children. That means that you’re not the only one shouting “don’t run!” with an ice lolly stuck in your hair, whilst taking a toddler for a wee. You feel totally comfortable, kids and all, which ultimately, means really being able to really relax.
Thank you so much for the most wonderful week Mark Warner and lovely Lakitira. For family holidays full of memorable moments, we can’t recommend Mark Warner highly enough. We’re already looking at the ski brochure. Winter, we’re ready for you!
PS. If you missed our video of our week, here it is…
Mark Warner kindly gave us a discount on our holiday for the purposes of this review. All views are our own and we were in no way required to write a positive review. We just loved it!