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Episkopiana Hotel – Episkopi – Cyprus

This hotel is ideal if you are hiring a car. I was using the local buses & a new timetable was in early stages of being revised. This caused some confusion but the reception staff were very helpful.

When one bus failed to turn up they took us to the centre of the village where we could catch another bus to save us waiting two hours or having half hours walk. The hotel has a bus to take you down to the beach which people were finding very convenient.

The rooms were clean & comfortable & as long as you wanted a quiet evening the hotel is fine. I prefer it this way as you can always get a taxi to the noise but if you stay in a hotel with noisy entertainment sleep can be an issue.

All in all, an affordable package holiday. I would return to this hotel again.

Pernera Beach Hotel – Protaras – Cyprus

We love this hotel, it is in a quiet cul-de-sac at the end of a road. It is the kind of place that if you wish to be in the hustle & bustle of the resort you can be, but at the end of the evening you will be glad to know it is very very quiet, oh & you can sleep.

I would highly recommend paying the etc to upgrade to sea-view, the views are exceptional, otherwise it maybe a view of the car park!

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Terraza Mar Suites – Puerto Rico – Gran Canaria

We stayed here with our 18 year old son & we thought these apartments were great. They were spotless & very friendly. The balcony was massive & the living space was ample-looking around I think we made the right choice. We have visited Gran Canaria a few times but we normally go to Melonares which is very low key, Puerto Rico was an eye opener-very lively, we enjoyed our stay & was perfect for a week.

We ate out every night & would recommend MURPHYS KITCHEN, the food was really nice & homely & the staff where first class, we went to a few nice restaurants & paid about £70 euros for the three of us but had a nicer meal at MURPHYS & it was as cheap as anything. All in all we had a great time, I would recommend these apartments you wont be disappointed.

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Read mixed reviews on this hotel before leaving so went with an open mind but after staying a week there I can honestly say it has put me off ever returning to Lanzarote.

I have been to the island 4 times & enjoyed previous visits. The hotel is set back away from main area with wasteland surrounding you. First impressions were it’s quite nice – reception spoke excellent English & were very helpful.

Room was very basic & didn’t have the sheets changed at all in the week we were there, towels were only changed 3 times & cleaning staff just popped in gave a quick sweep & were gone again.

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Bought a package holiday to the Plaza Regency and here’s what we thought. Hotel cleanliness was OK but it has to be said that the rooms were a bit dull & in need of some refurbishment ie stains on carpets, skirting boards & doors varnish eroded.

It appeared that some rooms have been going through some updating with new brighter wood doors with key card access. I think these were the rooms with full sea view so the majority have had no updating.
There was some work in progress with new doors to the restaurant as well so there looks as if there is a plan to continue updating.

Food: Breakfast was the usual fayre juices, cereals, cooked breakfast or cold meats/cheese, breads tea or coffee. Everything was edible but I wasn’t too keen on the cereals (low quality) and I could only find skimmed milk which I personally don’t like.

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When we first arrived we were put in 600s & I had asked for 100s, anyway, they moved us within a few hours, so we just got changed & went to the beach. After two hours, we had been moved to 100s :-)

The room was beautiful, jacuzzi in the garden, outside bathroom which was great, very comfy bed & everything was just perfect :-)

The food was out of this world & there was never a time when there wasn’t something there you would like, a lot of cooking stations where the chefs were cooking the food fresh in front of you.

You do have to pay for food at the Asian restaurant, but they do have special offer evenings which we went to & the food was out of this world. One of the best restaurants we have eaten in. Perfect package holiday overall.

Grand Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is their flagship resort. Standard in the package that are extras at other Bahia resorts are things like room safe, 24 hour room service, unlimited a-la-cartes, internet access with wifi & branded spirits.

If you know the Bahia resorts already, it’s as if the whole resort is a Golden Club/Don Pablo upgrade. There are 194 rooms in total which makes any early morning rush to grab a sun lounger unnecessary.

The best rooms to go for (IMHO) are the superior junior suites which are located in villas dotted around the island. The mini-bar is topped up daily with two beers (Presidente), Pepsi, 7Up, & Fanta along with miniature whisky, vodka & Barcadi bottles.

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