As you’ll know if you read my first post about our trip to Lakitira Resort in Kos, with Mark Warner (it’s here in case you missed it: Our Week at Lakitira, Kos with Mark Warner) we had the most relaxing family holiday we’ve had for years. If you’re thinking of visiting the resort or booking with Mark Warner, here’s the nitty gritty…
We stayed in a Lakitira Village Suite. The resort is made up of rooms in the main hotel, The Village (where we stayed) and the Lakitira Suites (which are across the road with separate facilities). The Village area is right next to the main hotel and restaurants, but as the name would suggest it has more of a village feel. Individual rooms and suites in The Village have their own front doors, gardens and balconies.
Our room was absolutely huge, a downstairs bedroom, bathroom and terrace for us, with a staircase leading to another large bedroom for G&H, plus another bathroom and a balcony with a beautiful view to the see. They loved standing there in the morning sunshine and spotting the boats in the distance, whilst we slathered on the suncream.
These rooms have been refurbished in recent years and everything is utterly spotless. The little touches in the rooms were super useful, integrated snazzy blackout blinds (hurrah for sleeping children), good sized fridge, tea/coffee making facilities (why have lots of hotels stopped including these in rooms?!) and mountains of storage space (including an excellent under the stairs cupboard that was used as a den all week).
We’ve been lucky enough to stay in some amazing hotels around the world over the years and we were both amazed by the size and quality of the space at Lakitira Village for the price we had paid.
I never ever thought we’d visit a place and (whisper) not leave the resort. We were so very well catered for at Lakitira, that we were too busy concentrating on relaxing to feel the need to explore. This holiday was about family time together and switching off from life and there really is everything you need in the resort to do that.
The hotel is set on a corner of the island, meaning that there is a beach on either side of the resort. It’s cleverly split so that there’s one for familes and also an adults only beach, perfect for building sandcastles and also sometimes having peace to read a book.
Food and Drink:
There are 3 main restaurants and a snack bar at Lakitira. We had upgraded our stay to full board so all meals were included in either The Terrace Restaurant or Trattoria. There’s also a beach snack bar if you’re staying half board,
One of the ingenious things that the hotel provides to cater for children is an additional mealtime at 5pm especially for kids. So, they would finish Mini Club in the afternoon and we’d take them straight for tea to hear about their afternoon and the adventures they’d been up to. We’d then pop for a sneaky ice cream by the beach before bathtime. There was heaps of choice for children, including purees in case you were weaning, how thoughtful is that?
The Terrace Restaurant
Breakfast and dinner are served here every day in a buffet style. There are indoor tables and also some on the balcony outside with views over the pools and beach. I was really dubious about buffet style food at every meal, however I was pleasantly surprised at every supper time. There was a huge selection of fresh, delicious, Greek food, clearly prepared with much care in the hotel kitchens. Each evening there was something being served to order by a chef on hand, slow roast lamb or authentic chicken gyros. The most delicious Greek salad was there at every meal along with fresh breads and plenty of vibrant vegetarian dishes. But the best part? The puddings. Homemade delicate tarts, light as air mousse cakes and tray after tray of baklava. OH THE BAKLAVA!
Similar to the fayre in The Terrace but in a quieter setting and with a slightly more Italian flavour.
This lovely little spot in the courtyard of The Village rooms is open for breakfast (included in half and full board) and dinner each evening (available at a supplement). We ate here most mornings, the selection available was slightly smaller than the main restaurant but there was a chef on hand preparing fresh eggs cooked to order and the outside setting is so beautiful. A really lovely little oasis of calm to start the day.
Drinks are not included in the stay at the hotel but are really reasonably priced. Bottles of quite drinkable local wine start from €15, a mojito €6 and a large bottle of water €1. There’s also Prosecco served by the glass – whoop!
3 – 5 Year olds have a place in Mini Club included in their holiday price. This is 6 half day sessions (9:00am – 12:30pm or 2:30pm to 5:30pm) during your stay. You book the sessions in advance when you book your holiday.
I wasn’t sure how I (or they) would feel about leaving us for the childcare sessions. They are such different personalities, H is so bold and excited to be anywhere new but sometimes she’s so in love with her Daddy that she doesn’t want to leave him. G is sometimes a little more reserved about leaving either of us, he needs to find one toy or activity or person that really captures his attention and then he’s off like a rocket.
From the very first session they joined at Lakitira, they were so engaged and made to feel so welcome that they honestly didn’t give us a second glance. Each morning when I asked what they’d like to do that day, they answered “go to Mini Club with Rachel!” I wasn’t sure whether to be happy or offended!
The staff were absolutely amazing. So friendly, professional and experienced in dealing with children in a new environment. The Mini Club room itself was a huge, cool, space, spotlessly clean and filled with incredibly well planned play areas, perfect for all of their games.
Each day their itinerary would be written on the chalk board so we could see what they’d be up to and sneak a look at them learning to sail or windsurf.
The other childcare sessions that really made a huge difference to our holiday was the evening pyjama club. At 7:30pm all of the children go to Mini Club to get cosy and watch a film, then can then get into their own snuggle sack provided and go to sleep. We’d then collect them after dinner and carry them home to bed.
For parents without a ready supply of babysitters at home, being able to enjoy a grown up dinner together, knowing that the children were having a whale of a time just in a nearby room was such a treat. They loved the adventure of staying up late with their new pals and watching movies and we were so impressed by how well the whole service worked.
A special thanks to Rachel and Chloe at Mini Club. They were absolutely wonderful and we can’t thank them enough for helping all four of us to have a really wonderful trip.
If you’re in the market for an active holiday, there is so much to do at Lakitira. Sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, aerobics classes, cycling and a whole huge tennis centre. You can just dip your toe in (boom boom) or get down and serious with a course of lessons.
We were not half as active as we could’ve been. I did go for a run and do some aqua aerobics (trying to work off all of that damn Baklava) but I had VERY important relaxing and book reading to do… Mr TT did a spot of kayaking and also had a go at scuba diving (which he’s been talking about trying for the last 10 years!)
I’d like to think on our next trip we’d be tempted to do some more. Maybe, maybe not. There’s no pressure to do anything, but it’s there if you do fancy it.
I did also visit the spa, does that count as a resort activity?! It’s a small spa, not incredibly plush, but the treatment rooms were comfortable and the “Post Traveller” treatment I had was really something special. One of the best massages I’ve ever had.
Now I’m going to ‘fess up. Lakitira was not my first choice. The Mark Warner resort we had wanted to book was not available on the week we needed to go. I booked Lakitira as a last resort with a little trepidation as the photos on the website really do not do the place justice. I am a so pleased that all of my fears were proved totally wrong. The place, the staff, the service, everything exceeded our expectations.
I hope that’s helpful if you’re thinking of booking with Mark Warner to visit Lakitira. I’ll be back tomorrow with my final post about our trip, with top tips and our best (and any could be better) bits.
If you missed our video of our week, here it is…
(Read my first post here: Our Week at Lakitira, Kos with Mark Warner)
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!