Need To Know
300, including 70 suites and 39 villas.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £287.80 (€327), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually include generous breakfast (buffet and American). Children Cots are free for under-2s; one extra bed (for under-12s) can be added to most rooms for free – a second bed is charged at 70 per cent of the room rate for each guest. Use of the kids club (4–11-year-olds) is free. If you’re staying in a suite or villa between 15 April and 7 July, or 29 August till 3 November, you’ll automatically be a member of the hotel's Premium All Inclusive Club. The club includes daily breakfast service at Ocean Restaurant, daily lunches and dinners, unlimited drinks and signature cocktails from the bars, one bottle of wine from the specially selected list with every lunch and dinner, free 24-hour room service and minibar spirits. Little Smiths will get a welcome gift and unlimited ice-cream, soft drinks and healthy juices at the pool and beach bar.
Any of the spa treatments can also be enjoyed from the privacy of your room or villa.
At the hotel
Private beach, water sports, scuba diving centre, sailing and motor yacht rental, spa, yoga, swimming pools, tennis courts, gym, gardens, three restaurants, two bars, crèche, kids club, hairdressers, beauty studio, boutique, DVD library, guest computers, WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, WiFi, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, slippers, bathrobes, Apivita bath products. Villa residents get a host of extras: an allocation of sun loungers and a gift (water and fruit) at the beach, a bucket and spade for little ones, goggles for older ones, preferential bookings at the spa and restaurant, a pillow and aroma menu (with six choices), and a 100ml bottle of olive oil to take home.
Our favourite rooms
The two- or three-bedroom Family Villas each have a private pool and come kitted out with all the parental paraphernalia you could possibly need: bottle sterilisers, children's crockery and cutlery, cots, baby monitors, a pushchair, a highchair, a changing mat, a potty, a toilet seat for tots, stair gates and pool gates. The Standard rooms are big enough to fit a cot and have a pretty, sunny terrace or balcony; active types will like the Wellness Villas, which have a Finnish sauna, Technogym treadmill and oversized round bath tub. It’s worth noting that the higher the floor, the windier the balconies are. Rooms in the 100s benefit from all-day sun (when it’s sunny, that is).
The glittering saltwater infinity pool surveys the bay: if you tire of notching up laps, you can slope off down to the sandy, child-friendly beach. All the hotel’s pools are unheated. Kids are welcome at the main pool (though it’s unsupervised); there’s also a special kids' pool for little ones. Private pools can be fitted with pool fencing on request (pools in Family Villas are already gated); private pools can also be heated to 25°C (€79 a day in suites, free in villas) on request, if you want warmer waters.
The glamorous spa has bright blue ceilings, sleek wooden furniture and a tempting spa menu whose treatments feature salt crystals, essential oils, fruit extracts and ‘pearl essence’. There’s an indoor saltwater infinity pool with sea views, a second pool with hydro jets, a Finnish sauna, chromotherapy showers, a hairdresser’s and a beauty studio.
Bring your iPod, a few favourite DVDs, binoculars for the ruins and your helicopter licence, so you can arrive in style at the hotel’s helipad. (The hotel also offers a private jet and helicopter service and has a fleet of limousines and chauffeurs.)
Babysitting needs to be booked at least a day in advance. Spa treatments and restaurant reservations should be arranged at check-in.
Small, well-behaved dogs can come too, at no extra charge. Owners are expected to keep them under check.