Lakitira Resort and Village4.0 out of 5.0
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Plenty of sporty things to do whilst at the resort. Main activities being Tennis, Sailing, MTB trails. You can do as much or as little as you like. Lovely rooms with great views across to small mountainous (volcanic) islands. Breakfast and evening meals have a great selection of courses... no rush as plenty of food for all. Staff all very friendly and helpful. Wine 3.5 beer 4.00 euros.
Great for windsurfing which is our main reason for being here. Unfortunately, there is loud club music every day which seems quite polar to the Mark Warner experience we had in Levante (last year). Every time I go to my balcony to relax, it is not long before very loud workout music begins. This is also the case at the beach, meaning the peace of a hundred people is disturbed for the sake of a few people doing ab workouts. There are also many planes overhead but I cannot say they ever bothered us much. Overall I could not say it was a bad experience but I was surprised with the music issues. I've found it very hard to find enough peace to read a book for any decent amount of time. It's like having a mini Butlins inside what is otherwise a wonderdul resort. Would most likely rate 4-5 stars if not for this, relaxation is key on holiday. Would recommend the Levante resort over this, despite preferring the more private site layout here.
Just had a fortnights holiday at Lakitira and our group of 8 included under 10s and adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 60s! There are not many holidays that could keep that range of people happy - but for two weeks in Lakitira we all had an absolutely brilliant time taking on new experiences and using the full range of activities available. The Mark Warner staff, the hotel team and the Italian Animations team were consistently helpful, happy and a pleasure to be around. Personally I loved trying out new watersports - especially the sunrise SUP - stunning sunrise and great for pics if you have a Go Pro, sailing a Catamaran with some of the family and a group snorkelling trip to Kefalos. Patrick, Tom and James were all great teachers and built my confidence. I really enjoyed the fitness classes - Amy was a great instructor and I really liked how she adapted the music and approach to make the sessions fun and inclusive. Tried Zumba for the first time and aqua fit was brilliant fun. I took a few trips to the spa where I had the amazing Elemis Couture treatment twice (it was so good the first time!), an Indian head massage and shellac nails which endured the water sports. Ellie and Grace were both lovely and are exceptionally good at what they do. The entertainment in the evening was fun - we joined the music quizzes, the karaoke, the pool party .. and the team running all of this had great enthusiasm and really encouraged people to join in - the music quiz involving all nationalities staying at the resort was very funny. We also spent some evenings sat at the Barefoot Bar looking out to sea - live music night was really well done. We would also sit in the Stars Bar and play chess - with my 8 year old nephew receiving great tuition from Vasilias the barman who was brilliant with him. The food was all good - definitely recommend the BBQ evenings as worth the extra 10 euros for the quality and set up of the evening. The Taverna option for breakfast was a great alternative to the main restaurant - prettier, quieter and the scrambled eggs with zucchini was amazing. Also in the main restaurant the staff were great and the lady making omelettes was fab. The rooms are nice - the view from our balcony was exceptional especially at sunset. The cleaning staff are great - very friendly and helpful. The beds were really comfortable. Finally the bike ride, bus, taxi or walk to Kardamena was a nice way to break up the day and see more of Kos - some great little shops and recommend a stop off at The Garden for an iced cappuccino and a look around the glass workshop at the back for great gifts. We all had different highlights of our two weeks - and all of us had the kind of holiday we wanted. Well done to Mark Warner and the Lakitira Resort for creating such a great holiday experience and for employing such brilliant customer focused staff who are a credit to you.
I have never travelled with Mark Warner before but it's safe to say I am now completely hooked. Don't really do many reviews but saw that someone had bizarrely awarded this 1 star and had to provide some balance (I suspect they visited as a non-Mark Warner guest and therefore missed out on all the activities and childcare). Booked a week in Lakitira semi-last minute for myself, wife and 3 year old daughter. First thing I want to mention is the Mark Warner factor, as soon as you arrive in Kos you are looked after by the nicest, friendliest bunch of young English staff imaginable. A truly lovely bunch. They are responsible for all the activities/sports and the fab childcare. My 3 year old was in heaven and spent her days kayaking, sailing, swimming etc. with the MW team while my wife and I did guided mountain biking tours, running, circuits, sailing and tennis, all run by highly professional and fun instructors. At night the young children are whisked away again to watch a supervised movie together while you have a grown up dinner and socialise and you go round to pick them up, asleep, at 2230. Food: The food is buffet style and excellent. I suppose you could complain if you all you want is greasy fish and chips but if you are interested in a wide variety of well prepared salads, meat, Italian food etc. you will be very happy. Accommodation: The room was fine, nothing spectacular but you aren't there for the room. Everything was clean and worked fine. Wifi was effective. Air con worked well. Staff: I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Emily from the childcare team who was so caring and professional. James and Dan running the cycling activities were a treasure. Katherine who led the circuits, running and aerobic classes was amazing (only downer for the whole week was her colleague Amy who was a bit miserable most of the time). In summary: it's more expensive then a traditional holiday but well worth every penny. Can't wait for next year.
The worst hotel I have ever been to!! It starts with an unpleasant employee at the reception. the reception supervisor is the worst one never smiling talking to the visitors as sub humans that are here only to butter him. he is the most unpleasant and unpolite person I have ever met! The water in the showers changes from hot to cold (extremely) every 10 seconds something that can drive you crazy! The hotel is located far away from every civilization if you don’t rent a car the only way out is one bus that is going to the city in the early morning once a day, if you miss it you are a prisoner in the hotel (and this hotel really feels like a prison). I can continue forever with the malfunctions and reasons why you should not come here. My recommendation is get as far as you can from this hotel, it is for sure the worst one in Kos island Greece
We are a family of 4 with children aged 10 and 8. This was our first Mark Warner holiday. All of the Mark Warner staff were brilliant and there are so many of them! My children loved the Kidz and Junior clubs and the variety of activities on offer from sailing, windsurfing and kayaking to games in the pool to performing little shows and playing games such as 21 Dares and Capture the Flag. The 10-13 year olds had an opportunity to have dinner together every night followed by another activity such as tennis or a quiz. They can dip in or out and do as much or as little as they like. The Mark Warner staff were very hot on child safety, with strict procedures to sign in and out of the clubs and insisting that children wore hats at all times and had proper trainers rather than flip flops or Crocs for any activity that involved running about. My sporty husband made the most of the sports on offer - mountain bikes, water sports, runs, exercise classes etc. I spent a lot of time reading my book by the pool so we were all happy. There are two pools - one for adults only and one for everyone plus a paddling pool for toddlers. I think in high season it would have been good if there had been another pool as it did get crowded in the main pool and its surrounding area - you had to put your towels on the sun beds in the time honoured fashion to be sure to get a spot. The main pool also only has a small shallow end - most of it is over 2 metres deep - fine for us as we all swim well but if my children were non-swimmers or not confident in the water, that would have been a problem. As for the resort itself, the setting is stunning. It is on the headland of the coast with a private beach that wraps itself around the resort so you can see the sea wherever you are and with direct access on to the sand. The public areas are spacious and the gardens are beautifully maintained. Everywhere is spotlessly clean and the Latikira staff were all friendly, attentive and helpful. Contrary to some reviews, we found the food to be good, varied and what we expected from a 4 star hotel. The Italian guests ensured great fresh pasta. I highly recommend the barbecue by the beach on a Friday night as that was delicious and very special. The hotel is in the middle of nowhere so I missed being able to walk into town to escape the resort for a bit. We hired a car for a day and I would highly recommend a trip to Kos Town for great ruins, bustling streets and a good lunch. The rooms are a little dated and tired and small for a family of 4 for a fortnight. However, it was very clean which is the most important thing and we didn't spend much time sitting around in the room as there was so much else going on. We had a ground floor room which had a nice terrace but was quite dark inside. We appreciated the fridge in the room and the air con. It's also worth adding that free wifi is available throughout the resort. So all in all, a good holiday where you can do as much or ask little as you wish.
I'll keep this one quick. Great beach (walk further away towards the windsurfing for sandy shores and sand in the sea you can stand up in) great staff, amazing water sports tuition but if you don't like being under a flight path, you really won't like this. Pollution must be bad as they're only a few hundred metres above us. Engine noise so loud my that nearly falls off! Kids play spot the airline! Not too bad in the day, as the noise drowned out by the guests, but at night and in the mornings at 7am, it's a bit much! I think Mark Warner should be more truthful about this. Rooms basic but clean and well looked after. Bathrooms are tiny for a big room. Can barely move with more than one in there. All in all, a good all round resort. The kids are so well taken of. The restaurant staff are lovely. Still a few days to go...
Travel company questionnaires never seem to ask the right questions so hopefully this is more meaningful and useful. 2 adults and 2 teenagers (14 & 17) stayed at Lakitiri Resort & Village in August 2017 booked with Mark Warner. Busy and enjoyable week learning to sail and no complaints. No sign of July’s earthquake or migrants despite Turkey looming on the horizon but we stayed in Kardamenia area and things may be different in Kos town. Suggestions for improvement included at the end of this piece. The Lakititri complex is an easy 15-minute transfer from Kos airport. It is under the flightpath so you will have planes passing about 300m overhead. However, this is Kos not Heathrow so after a handful of planes (B737, A320 or smaller) there could be a break of an hour. They didn’t bother us at night with windows closed and aircon on. Lakitiri Resort has hotel rooms on the southern side (handiest for cycling, tennis and the southern beach) and suites on the northern side (handiest for kids clubs and the eastern beach). The suites are in groups giving them the ‘Village’ name. Inland is Lakitiri Suites and along the coast is Helona Resort which seem self-sufficient in pools and dining and not as handy for water sports or children’s activities – maybe why they are adult only. Clientele were mainly British with Mark Warner or Italian with Veratour. We stayed in the village area in a duplex Village Suite. Ground floor was double ensuite including patio and small fridge. Upstairs was twin ensuite and balcony. Upstairs had its own room number and key but is only accessible from the staircase within the suite. Accommodation was spacious, contemporary and well maintained. Double and twin had separately controlled and effective aircon but both stop when you remove the room key from its holder. We got a spare key for €20 deposit. The hotel has a reasonable sized main pool varying from 1 to 3m deep and a smaller paddling pool. I couldn’t tell if the pools were heated but the temperature was comfortable except on the last day when it was windy. Presumably de-salinated water given the slightly salty taste. The pool was also used for try dives and water polo and there was always a lifeguard during the day. Mark Warner ran adult (14+) water sports from the southern beach and children’s water sports from the eastern beach. Seemed to have enough equipment including Pico, Quba, Laser, Argo and some cats. Beach is sandy turning to shingle at the shoreline and stony in the sea. Lots of grazes after a week so water boots to protect feet and legs is a good idea. We had offshore breeze (green flag) first thing, switching to steadier cross shore breeze (Blue flag) mid-morning and stronger offshore in the afternoon (red/blue flag). We took RYA level 1 over four mornings under green and blue flags but strong wind at the end of our stay (enough to blow your drink over at the pool bar) stopped our practice. The main restaurant provides breakfast, lunch (included in full board) and dinner. Buffet style and good choice although repetitive. Lots of different salads, pasta option, vegetarian option, a roast or grill and a special, e.g. Asian, Mexican, fish. The Trattoria (pasta and pizza) is an option for lunch and dinner but have to book for dinner. The Taverna in the village area is a quieter option for breakfast and dinner but additional cost for dinner. Apart from water and juice at breakfast all drinks are extra: beer €4/pint, wine around €19/bottle, soft drinks €2/glass. There is a little shop on site selling swimwear, flip flops, sweets, tourist stuff, etc. It also sold 6x1.5 litre packs of water for €1.9 to replace the two free bottles in the fridge at the start of the week. There are no other shops, restaurants or bars within walking distance. Kardemena is 15-20 minute cycle away. Mark Warner had 28 bikes but only had 6 small enough for my 14 year old daughter and they don’t provide bikes to younger children. There is an hourly bus in the morning and late afternoon (€1.8 each way) or taxis (€10 each way). Some niggles for Mark Warner to improve its otherwise good service: Germania - The A319 from Gatwick was 10 years old and operated by Germania’s Bulgarian Eagle subsidiary - budget Bulgarian charter. Choice of hot food for lunchtime outbound flight was limited and the pasta dish I had was overcooked and dried out. The plane smelt of fumes and I had a headache by the time we got to Kos despite drinking a bottle of water and no alcohol. Neither outbound or inbound crew could get the video safety briefing to work. The outbound crew resorted to a manual demonstration which is fine but the inbound crew left it running with no sound and German subtitles. Room servicing - Five out of six days so we had to make our own beds the penultimate day. Took two days to get fresh coffee cups and the water glasses which were used regularly in high 30’s temperatures were never cleaned or replaced. Sailing courses: With more than one course marked out the many yellow buoys became confusing. Could we have some other colours please?
We're just returning from a week's holiday in this resort. Any fears I had about whether this type of holiday would suit us (we are sporty, but tend to travel independently as a family) soon faded - we soon found ourselves packing our week with windsurfing, mountain biking, snorkelling trips, vollleyball, cardio tennis, but were left with plenty of time for sunbathing and messing around in the pool. While the rooms aren't ultra modern, ours were in a great location and we found this to be a very well run resort. All staff, whether Mark Warner or Lakitira, were extremely professional and helpful. We didn't have any issues or concerns during our stay - other than to request feather pillows. The buffet selection in the evening was a really pleasant surprise, great variety throughout the week - particularly the salads. Breakfast was more than adequate but a greater selection of chopped fruit and danishes and the ability to order a cappuccino or latte would enhance it even further. The kids were also after maple syrup with their pancakes - but seemed happy to settle for a honey! Our boys haven't done kids clubs before and weren't down for them on this trip. However, their 3 morning windsurfing course provided the perfect balance for us as a family, enabling my husband and I time to try out a couple of activities the kids couldn't do with us like mountain biking. The remainder of the time we were able to paddle board etc together. We got to try so many sports in the week, yet are returning home relaxed, refreshed, and ready to book our next MW hols as this formula really works for us. Many thanks to the excellent waterfront team in particular!
We had a great time at Lakitira Resort, we're a family of 5 and were staying in one of the villlage suites. We used many of the facilities at the resort including the sailing at the beach, scuba diving, cycling, fitness and the Indy and Mavericks club. The sailing instruction was superb, me (14) and my 16 year old brother completed level 2 and we had lots of fun. I completed my PADI open water course with the diving team, the whole course was professional and very well taught and the whole experience of learning something completely new was great. The fact that there was only me and another boy made the course more intimate and special. The cycling was always well attended and you got to see some beautiful sights around Kardamena and beyond as well. The fitness was instructed very well and it included a range of challenging exercises with easier and harder options so everyone could get involved. The Mavericks club was attended by my 11 year old brother, there was great range of activities in and out of the water and he made loads of friends. I went to the Indy club with my 16 year old brother for a few days. The activities were scarce compared to the younger groups and a lot of time was spent sitting by the pool or at the breeze bar which was kind of disappointing. All the staff as a whole were very supportive and helpful and the accommodation was pretty good, however if you have a sofa bed, ask reception for the extra sponge mattress as otherwise they are rather uncomfortable. Kardamena was a really nice town, lovely view of the sea we recommend the "Pelagos" restaurant and the "Avli" for some great tasting food and charismatic staff. The evening activities varied in enjoyment, and there were many evenings where there wasn't much to do which was why being able to go into town was such a bonus.We did have an enjoyable holiday overall and were glad of all the courses and classes on offer as an alternative to the kids clubs.
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