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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?
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- Also Known As:
- Lakitira Beach Resort Mark Warner Hotel Kardamena
- Lakitira Hotel Mark Warner
- Lakitira Hotel Kardamena
- Lakitira Resort & Village Kos/Kardamena, Greece