Told a day before arrival that the hotel would be opening, so we I’ll be staying in the Blue Domes hotel. Not a huge issue, but upon arrival, was told that we wouldn’t be staying in the blue domes, we were going to the Norida! Furthermore, the room type we’d booked wasn’t available (we booked a pool room), so ended up staying in the blue domes, but in a lesser room. Put simply, the hotel had blatantly over-booked and were desperately trying to make it work. On one hand, I get it, but it’s not really the time to start playing around with occupancy levels etc. Service not great, but the staff worked hard within very difficult conditions (masks in 30+ degree heat is not something that’s ever going to be easy). Ended up moving to the Norida on day 3 of the holiday, accepting a drop in quality for an increase in space and service. Overall, we had a good holiday, but it was more about what we made of it, than the hotel itself. Visually, the hotel was beautiful (mountainous backdrop, sea views from pretty much everywhere), but lacked some of the little touches Couple of points to note:
- Blue dome pools are saltwater - our kids really struggled with this
- post covid all inclusive is very different! No serving yourself (for obvious reasons), but this does have a knock on effect on wait times etc.
- the beach is lovely, but make sure you bring aqua shoes!
- book the a la carte way in advance!
- 5* in Greece would likely not stack up against other standards worldwide.