An Oasis 2 kms from Loutraki

Trip Start Sep 12, 2012
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Thermal Springs

Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Wednesday, September 12, 2012



Our Stay at the Resort

Loutraki is only an hour’s drive from Athens and we came here a little after 11:00 am.

Reception: The staff was very polite and we were immediately made welcomed. Even the guard was there for us and he was the one who showed us to our bungalow and even carried our two bags from the parking lot! Zeta was the lady who gave me the first pieces of useful information of the round area but Yianni was the one whom I got to know better during our stay. He is a happy smiling guy ready to help, positive and knows well how to treat the guests. Roulla and Alexandra are the other two of the team of professionals.

Resort: The resort is really huge, set on an amphitheatric slope covering 150 hectares of surrounding gardens, offering great accommodation with a choice of amazing villas, bungalows, suites and studios with prices varying depending on the location and amenities offered. The gem of the resort is the new wing called "Esperides"where elegant suites and villas offer breathtaking views with 17 of them offering private pools. Great attention is given to the authentic Greek style, -white washed with wooden features and grey stone-tiles all in an amazing design, simple lines but so elegant! It is obvious that the creator had an artistic feeling. Even pathways are designed with hack value.

Room: We had the panorama villa #118 a bungalow overlooking the Gulf of Corinth with the most amazing sunsets I had ever seen in my life, furnished with modern facilities, a wooden floor and pieces of furniture matching in colour. The room was spacious and nicely decorated, simple and at the same time elegant. We used the mini bar to store some water and fruit like always. There was a safe and unbelievable storage space –a niche with shelves wardrobe by the side entrance plus a set of shelves and a mirror on top matching with the bed which had an iron frame. The ones who dream of soft mattress beds will be disappointed because our bed was hard just like I prefer it to be. Only the pillows were fluffy! On the opposite side there was a nicely designed wooden clothes-horse with three small cupboards at the bottom. The satellite TV set had plenty of channels to choose from but with this stunning view we only switched it on to watch the news once. No coffee facilities in the room but I had brought my own as always. It was a corner bungalow so the balcony was huge with a bamboo set of chairs matching with the small round table and reclining chairs.

Bathroom: It was roomy with a huge mirror making the room look double, included a Jacuzzi, robes, beach towels and a magnifying corner mirror. Bath towels and robes were white ok, but heavy and at times threadbare – some need renewal! Toiletry products varied –Top Star brand which is Greek. Once we got (Skin Essentials, but also an Italian product (One for You) body lotion. With regret I noticed that for two persons they give 2 shampoos and only one bath gel and no salts or anything extra for the Jacuzzi but I asked the lady to replace shampoo with bath gel at least! I recommend that guests should ask for some extras in case they need them instead of complaining.

Restaurant: We only tried the Amphitrion Restaurant this time where we had our breakfast and dinner each day. American breakfast is offered each morning from 7:30 to 10:00 am and a continental one after 10:00 am. This means that if you get after 10:00 you won’t find the variety you might expect to find so you should better know about it. Breakfast was adequate with various things to choose from but surprisingly I found the cakes hard each single morning just like other guests commended negatively on their reviews. It is better not to be out there, however butter and cinnamon biscuits were ok. There were plenty of seasonal fruit, yoghurt, cheese and ham, eggs and sausages, different jams, freshly cut cucumber and tomatoes and nice hot strong coffee each morning.
The staff, -a bunch of youngsters seemed a bit tight-assessed due to their supervisor Mr. George Tsoupas who is alert checking with the needs of the restaurant going here and there all the time and calls the waiters to do this and that. They are efficient however, very helpful and know well their job. George looks quite tensed himself and never smiles which is negative. He is a nice person though if you talk to and my husband suggested one or two vegetarian dishes for one of the nights since it was the Day of the Holy Cross - a big Orthodox day for Greeks and Russians who might be fasting. George approached my husband the next morning telling him that he has already talked with the chef and vegetarian dishes will be included that evening as well.

Cuisine: It is ok I can say, but honestly I expected a better presentation at least and a bigger variety and better taste out of a 5* hotel. Of course with the economic crisis and the state of the economy in Greece right now I would say that the food was adequate, and since accommodation stay is so low we, the guests should not be that demanding. We should be more fare with these people and give them credit –the owners are under these dreadful circumstances the country is into and still trying to give the best they can to offer good services. Have in mind that I don’t judge the hotel as I would have judged it if the situation had been different. I do justice with the management at this moment and I am sure the majority of guests who are out here might have never had the chance to book in this specific resort if the situation was otherwise. You see, the H/B packages are unbelievably low contrary to what the hotel demanded some years back before the crash. So, guys -and I refer to the ones who are always nagging for this and that, please have the above in mind and be realistic and more fair.

Fitness Centre and Spa: It is located on a separate building at the very end of the resort close to the Volley-ball and basket-ball courts. Christina who is the lady in charge of the different treatments is a qualified professional. She showed me around at first and I had the most comforting relaxing body massage and a face treatment which I highly recommend. She used the gold facial mask which is so refreshing that I could feel this change on my face hours later.
A heated pool ideal for the cold winter days and nights is also available on the other end of the resort. Unfortunately the hotel might remain closed during winter this year though!

Swimming-pool: The swimming pool is nicely designed and it looks even more beautiful in the evening with the lights on. The two round fountains on both sides beautify the whole area at night. The music coming from the bar of the main building opposite the swimming pool is so loud that it is disturbing. Some guests were telling me that they avoid the pool because of the noise. They are here they said for the beauty and sounds of nature but they could not stand the loud banging of disco sounds that early in the morning. I certainly agree with them.

Gardens: Villas and bungalows are spread among amazing gardens, decorative pathways with illuminated pillars in the evening, romantic spots to sit and watch the stunning sunsets. There are huge palm trees, lots of pine trees, kalmias and oleander bushes, bougainvilleas, jasmine, night flowers, several kinds of cactus, and many more. I am sure that if you get here you will not want to leave the premises even with so many places of interest around! This is at least how I felt because I had appointments all three days and places that I had to visit for photos for my guide. For a moment I thought it was so unfair to be outside for that long and I thought to extend my stay to one more night at least. I wanted so much to have the time to enjoy my stay. I promised myself that the next time I come here I won’t leave the premises at all.

Children’s club: There is a supervised mini club for kids, -another dreamy spot for the little ones. The playground is opposite the main restaurant under huge pine trees equipped with attractive facilities –a children’s oasis indeed.

Chapel and the open air theatre: There is a chapel in the resort’s grounds for wedding venues that take place out here and the most amazing open air theatre ideal for opening ceremonies -a remarkable venue area. Just above there is a restaurant and café bar with the most amazing breathtaking views of the Gulf. (I found it closed at this time of year in my attempt to climb up all those steps but the view paid for the climb.

Amazing coasts: The beachfront is really worth every penny out here. There are several different coves ideally designed to meet the demands of every guest. These private little coves are hardly found in other resorts some with pebbles others sandy, with lots of sun beds in beautiful shady spots and plenty of umbrellas. The very last coast on the right behind the pier -my favorite one, was the one with the negative comments because of some sea-urchin (echinus) found on rocks. Here the waters have the clear crystal turquoise color and the presence of such creatures is a guarantee of the purity of water. With 7 other coves in the resort I find it stupid to comment negatively about this specific beach as if there is nowhere else to swim. Personally it was my piece of cake, and the one I liked most.


OVERALL IMPRESSION: A resort that has it all.

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