Mastichari, Mastichari, South Aegean, Greece
"We booked this on the Tuesday and flew on the Saturday, for a much needed holiday of rest, sun and relaxation after working throughout the pandemic. The entire holiday did not disappoint. Most definitely a 4* resort. Cleanliness was absolute top all the way from reception to the pools to the gardens to the restaurant to the rooms. It literally shone clean. The staff throughout worked so hard, they were exceptionally friendly but professional and the crew in the restaurant worked morning and night and worked so hard, they were amazing. Thank you to every single one of them. The food at breakfast and dinner was buffet style (we were half board) and the choices to eat were very varied. All food was quality, well presented with loads of choice. In the evening you could eat different each night, likewise at breakfast there was that much choice from fresh fruit, yoghurts, smoothies, freshly made crepes, an array of cooked items, biscuits, cakes cheeses, and plenty of lovely coffee!!! The drinks were extra obviously with plenty of choices to drink at, pool bars, restaurant, beach bar etc. And again served very professionally, good prices and plenty of choices. Cocktails especially nice, and a good size serving of Greek mataxa if that's to your taste, as it was mine! The pool areas as beautiful, plenty of sunbeds, clean, and surrounded by the most lush gardens. The entire resort is very lush, very well kept beautiful gardens. Its stunning. The resort is on the beach, again which is lovely. We used the horizon surf centre just along the beach for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, again good prices, professional friendly guys who ran it, with plenty of equipment to go round. The sea is so clear and was a good temperature for swimming in in October. The sun set over the sea, stunning skies from the beach and from our balcony. We had a garden view, but could actually see the sea as well. The view was stunning. The room plenty big enough for 2. It was 2 single beds pushed together which was a shame, but again they were plenty big enough. Plenty of wardrobe space, a fridge, a tv, and a good size bathroom with bath a good shower. House keeping every other day, changed towels, sheets and thoroughly cleaned. Only downside was no kettle so couldnt have a coffee on waking! Apart from that minor issue we could not fault this hotel. Plenty to do, stunning, clean, excellent service throughout, would highly recommend."
"This was our first time in Kos and we travelled with Jet 2 holidays. This is a new resort for Jet2. The hotel is very close to the airport, just 10 - 15 mins away but not near enough to be bothered by aircraft noise. We arrived quite late at night and the hotel had added picnic bags in our room, which was a really nice touch. Check in was efficient and a buggy took us to our room with our luggage. The resort grounds are really beautiful, really well maintained and clean. We were positioned near the Oasis bar 2 pool, which was a great position as it was near to reception, the restaurant and two of the pools but also only a couple of mins walk from the beach. The paths to the rooms and facilities are on a slight incline. There are paths everywhere that are easy to use. They are expanding the hotel and there are new pools plus a new restaurant. We generally used the Oasis pool 2. The service was great here, the lady who served us was very friendly. There were plenty of sunbeds and the pools consisted of a separate child's pool and a large pool, with the deeper end separated by a rope. The pool was very clean and warm enough to swim in. Towels can be hired for a few Euro each, they are not the best towels and had to be changed at the beach within set times, which was annoying. It would be better to also have a towel swap at the pool too. The beach was nice and good for swimming, the sea was warm. Sunbeds can be rented for 3euros each per day. The room was very clean and had most things we needed. There is a mini market which had everything you could need for a holiday. Water could be bought here and then the room had a fridge. There was also a gift shop and a car hire outlet. There were three restaurants. The main restaurant is used for breakfast and evening meal.The Taverna restaurant is open during the day, we ate here a few times and the food and service was good. Food from here can also be ordered to the pool bars, There is a new burger restaurant just opened which also offers sandwiches, The meals at Taverna were all quite large, it would be good to have more snack options for lunch. Breakfast and dinner could get quite busy. Breakfast choice was extensive. The juice was not very nice. Dinner could get very busy at the buffet. The food was average and was the only thing that let the resort down. A few of the dishes were very nice but overall was not great. After 3 nights, we had definitely had enough of eating there. It would be good to have alternative restaurants open at night to have a better choice. Other restaurants etc were around 25 mins walk away. Rooms have a safe, which you can use for an additional fee. Overall we would recommend this resort, it is a beautifully maintained resort with great staff and good facilities."
"We stayed at Horizon Beach Resort for 4 nights. The hotel is predominantly German. So much so that we were on more than one occasion asked how we got there and did, at times, feel out of place. Staff spoke English no problem however but bear in mind all entertainment etc will be in German. The hotel is situated very close to the airport, only 10-15 mins away with no aircraft noise. Ideal for a short trip. There’s little else going on in the area, very quiet aside from Tam Tam a lovely yoga property with a bar and restaurant and other hotels you can access from the beach. (We visited Casa Cook for a drink one afternoon, highly recommend). There is however a bus stop directly outside the hotel that takes you to Kos Town in about 30 mins for 3 euros. You can pick up a timetable at reception. Kos Town is beautiful with much to see and do. There’s also a shop located just outside the hotel where you can pick up food, water, sun screen and lilos etc at a cheaper price to the on site hotel shop. The hotel is being renovated (at no inconvenience to guests, we didn’t see any work whilst we were there) and we stayed in the new part of the hotel. Our room was beautiful with an incredible sea view. The best part of the stay was viewing the sun set from our balcony. We were taken to our room by a buggy which was a nice touch and they collected us and our suitcases like this at check out also. Minor points about the room; we were not provided with body lotion or conditioner so remember to bring your own. Limited English channels on the TV also so bring a laptop/HDMI cable if you want to watch anything that isn’t the news. Other than that it was lovely! The hotel itself benefits from 4 pools, 2 brand new, so there was never a shortage of sun beds. Two pools look directly over the ocean which is beautiful. Towels are available for a few euros. The hotel also benefits from a private beach however you have to pay extra to use a sunbed on the beach (3 Euros per person per day) which I personally think is disappointing considering the hotel advertises itself as a beach resort so you would assume this was included. As such, we stuck to the pool and only went for walks on the beach. The sea was choppy when we were there but settled for our last day and many were swimming in it. Water sports were available and there was a local surf centre. There are also other activities you can participate in during the day time. The aqua aerobics was particularly good and the staff member who facilitated it made it great fun. Again however this was all in German so at times difficult to follow with no translation. There is also a spa on site but it was small and over priced. To use the sauna/steam room it was 15 euros for 30 mins. There was no indoor swimming pool. The gym was small however had an ok amount of machines. The half board option takes part in the main restaurant which I believe is new. The breakfast buffet is extensive with fresh fruit, cooked breakfast, cereal a"