This is a comfortable resort in a quiet location. There is a free shuttle bus to the busier parts of town which runs in the morning and late afternoon/early evening and just outside the resort is a stop for the little tourist train.
There is a large swimming pool surrounded by a plentiful supply of comfortable sun beds where you can easily find sun or shade at any time of day and a poolside bar . For me this was the best thing about the resort. There is also a small indoor pool and a children's pool.
The hotel restaurant offers an excellent buffet breakfast which I thought very good value, but I only tried the evening buffet once and was not impressed. There are other restaurants within walking distance. I was particularly impressed by the restaurant next to the hotel, the Expresso.
I stayed in a one bedroom apartment, which was comfortable and spacious. It had a well equipped kitchen and new televisions offering several English channels. However I do not think it would have been adequate for more than two people. There were only two chairs on the balcony and indoor seating needed an upgrade......which it may get now that the resort is under new management
The main thing that I would criticise is the housekeeping. The maids came into the room every day except Sunday but did not do much of a job. Most days they didn't bother to put the fancy pillows back on the bed and didn't make much of a job of straightening the bed. I was particularly put off by their grubby habit of refolding used towels and rehanging them, presumably to make guests think that they had been given clean towels. The only toiletries provided were in two dispensers near to the shower and not easily reachable from the hand basin. These both contained something thin and smelling of apples which I did not use. There was a piece of soap but it didn't appear until I had been there twelve days
The other staff were all very pleasant and helpful.
You do need to check your bill at the end of your stay. I found an item for over 120euros on mine which was never really explained but was removed quickly and politely as soon as I spotted it.
Overall I had a very good holiday, but the grubby housekeeping would make me think twice about returning
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