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What a fabulous week - from the meet and greet at the airport, to the organisation of activities, the friendliness of the staff and the superb location. Everything was exactly as we wanted, needed and dreamed it would be (our last visit here was in 2006). As for the yoga classes - Elise is superb. I will hold that relaxed feeling with me for a long time to come. She has a superb teaching manner, is approachable and knowledgeable. She will go far! Thank you Elise.
Review by Caroline North
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 4 August 2012
This was our first ever Mark Warner holiday and I wish we'd started years ago!!!
I was apprehensive about travelling on my own with 2 young children but I needn't have been! The staff were all exceptionally friendly, the childcare second to none and the resort facilities excellent. Yes, the buildings are a little tired, but the resort is absolutely spotless.Food was great (a little too good as I ate far too much) and there was a really varied programme of events throughout the day if you were so inclined.The tennis coaching (particularly Jen) was marvellous.
All in all we had a wonderful wonderful time. I can see why its the most returned to Mark Warner resort and feel so sad that its potentially closing.
Review by Vicki Boyton
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 28 August 2012
We though the resort and facilities were fantastic. The accommodation was good quality basic and spotlessly cleaned everyday. Two minutes to the beach or bars and a perfect location. Food was great and plenty of it. The watersports facilities were very good with provision for a wide range of all abilities. Our 14 year old son had a go at water skiing (loved that ) and wind surfing (loved that too)!. We enjoyed the sailing which was quiet in the morning rising to a steady brisk breeze, quite challenging for most.
The staff, under the local management of George, were very good, worked long hours but always very warm and willing to help.
Warm evenings by 1 of the 2 bars was always welcoming and relaxing. Perfect for unwinding.
We loved it and would recommend San Agostino to all.
Review by Jeff Maidment
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 4th August 2012
The resort far exceeded our expectations. Beautiful location, and an excellent range of activities to suit most peoples tastes. The food was exteremely good and I would thoroughly recommend going full board. All the staff were friendly and helpful and well overseen by George.
I agree with others who say that the accomodation is a bit dated but that shouldn't put anyone off going as you'll find you will spend very little time in your rooms with so much going on. The rooms are in fact clean and comfortable and really all you need for a holiday of this type.
We would definitely go back.
Review by bob beechen
A wonderful first visit to San Ag. Fantastic sailing with an enormous beach front and multiple boats. Beautiful long,sandy and almost empty beach. Great food with a wide selection to suit all. Rooms cleaned and spotless each day with fresh towels. No need for flat screen TVs/wifi etc when you are sailing/sunbathing and relaxing! Wonderful sea view room with balcony to sit on . Fabulous childcare if needed and extremely helpful beachfront staff. My 5th Mark Warner holiday and without doubt the best ever ..especially the sailing facilities,location and the food! PLEASE Mark Warner keep this resort open.It may be basic in some respects (eg rooms) but it makes up for it in so many other ways.
Review by Tessa Jane
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 4/8/12
What a fantastic holiday! This was my first holiday on my own with my daughters (14 and 11) since being widowed a year ago and needed it to be a good one – I was not disappointed! The staff were all amazing and really looked after us above and beyond the call of duty (special thanks to Emma, Lucy, Elise, Tim, Adam and Effie). The girls had a great time at club and made lots of friends – it must have been good to get my ‘Indie’ up for a 9am breakfast every day! I had quality ‘me’ time but we also had great family time and met some lovely people. We had a bungalow which was perfect for us - the rooms were thoroughly cleaned and towels changed every day with night clothes and teddies laid out beautifully! We went full board and were really pleased we did – the food was great, a really good variety to suit all and ensure it did not get ‘samey’. I really hope MW decides to renew the lease – yes, the resort would benefit from a refurb but not one that ruins the friendly ambience and puts the price of the holiday out of reach of many of the families who currently enjoy it so much. On a holiday as good as this, you spend very little time in the rooms anyway! We really hope that George and his team are still there in 2013 so we can come back!
Review by Samantha Wells
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 28th July 2012
Just got back from a fantastic week at San Ag. We have been to a few Mark Warner resorts and this is definitely our favourite, for its beautiful location, away from roads, and its laid back atmosphere. The staff were all great, in particular the waterfront staff who caught my boat in the roughest seas and always had a smile. The rooms are basic but very clean, equivalent to about a 3 star hotel. If you like marble bathrooms and gold taps, it will not be the place for you (I heard one guy complain he didn't have a television in his room!). But if you like a completely chilled holiday, with all the sports and activities that you want, great food and friendly staff, you will find it all here. My two teenagers already want me to book for next year!
Review by Jenny
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 28/7/12
This was a last minute deal. I was a little concerned about some of the earlier negative views but I should not have worried. The food was excellent with plenty of choice to accommodate all tastes. The accommodation is a little bit dated but the rooms are very comfortable with excellent air conditioning and are kept in immaculate condition by the cleaners who do a fantastic job. It seems that everyone of all ages enjoy this holiday. I was travelling alone and Lucy arranged a dinner for other solo travellers. What an excellent idea to meet other solo travellers or even single parents who were travelling with children who found themselves "alone" as their children were kept very busy with the club activities. I would definitely recommend this resort - it has a very friendly happy and welcoming atmosphere.
Review by T Campbell
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 7/7/2012
I really loved our holiday there and met LOADS of great people. I was in indy's and thoroughly enjoyed it. Jenny,Emma and Kat were great leaders and everyone was really nice.
Review by alicia clarke
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 14/07/12
This is the review I was trying to put on Tripadvisor but at the moment they aren't allowing it, hopefully they will soon!
I, similar to others I met last week, had booked and then read reviews on here. I was definitely concerned when I read the negative ones - even to the point of emailing Mark Warner, who promptly replied and put my mind at ease with contact names should I encounter any problems.
But honestly what are these people who complained going on about?
Yes the hotel is dated, but that's it. It was clean in every respect. The rooms were spotless every day, always plenty of clean, fresh white towels, the showers were exceptionally good and no shortage of hot water. Air conditioning worked fine and the doors had fly screens on so you could have fresh air without the bugs (what few there were) at any time.
I was only on half board but would definitely go for full board next times as the food was amazing. There was a massive selection to choose from and a great variety. The night where there was fresh lobster tail and whole sea bream was superb.
The staff were fantastic and always helpful and friendly.
The water staff went above and beyond. I went to learn to sail and my instructor Alex was brilliant. The section managers were always on hand to make sure all staff were looking after anyone that wanted to learn, try, play and all the equipment was excellent.
I honestly can not think of a negative to this place - possibly if you are going to search for one the flights were not the best as far as on board service goes but that was a very very small part of the whole trip that was not 100%.
Mark Warner has developed a great holiday spot for singles, couples and families and George and Stephen in charge at the resort are doing a first class job. I hope MW gets the lease again because it would be a crying shame if this resort was closed. I will absolutely be going back, I only wish I could have stayed.
Everyone got a feedback form in their room at the end of the week and if you bothered to read the MW notices in the lobby you would have seen that they welcomed feedback. They also said don't wait until you get home to complain but see someone there so they could fix whatever was wrong! You can't ask for fairer than that.
Thanks to everyone for making it one of the best holidays I have had.
Review by Jo Adams
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on June 2012
Just back from our 2nd family trip to San Agostino. We had a fantastic 2 weeks. Kids (aged 10, 13 and 15) had a ball and the childcare staff are absolutely wonderful. Food was great, buffet works well for the kids who can see their food before they choose and it encourages them to try things that they wouldn't if they had to choose from a menu.
The accommodation is a bit basic but it is kept very clean by friendly cleaners and the connecting bungalows we had were close to the beach and with a shady grass area for when the sun got too hot.
Waterfront staff are excellent, friendly and helpful. Watching and hearing the kids on the sea when they are in their groups sailing, windsurfing and mucking about was for me what makes this holiday so good for families - the kids are screaming with laughter, singing and shouting and having such a good time - this is what a holiday should be and this is where Mark Warner gets it so right at San Agostino. It may not be a glossy 5 star resort but the friendly atmosphere and relaxed ambience are why so many families return year after year.
The kids (and us) are sad to hear that San Agostino may not be a Mark Warner resort after this year. We and other families would love to return next year. George and his team do a great job and we really really hope that they will still be there in 2013 so we can come back again.
Review by Susan
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 29/06/2012
This was our 4th time at this resort. We have been to others too, including Lakitira but this is the best! The flights are a pain with awful times travelling out but the resort more than makes up for that, hence we keep returning despite having to travel to Gatwick from Scotland. That says it all really. The accommodation is good though not top class but it is clean and spacious with good air conditioning. It is the people and the place that make a great holiday and this is fantastic. The staff are excellent and in this resort the guests mix and socialise to a much greater degree than other places. With a huge number of regular returning guests we also get to meet up with old friends. It really does have that MW factor.
The facilities are great with a fab range of activities as well as tennis and watersports. Tennis is really an early morning and late afternoon/evenings activity as it is too hot for large parts of the day. Watersports are great with consistently flat water in the mornings with light wind (great for skiing) building to some really nice conditions in the afternoon for experienced sailors and windsurfers. I understand that MW may not have this resort after this season. Yes the accommodation is a bit dated but they should remember that what brings back guests is the service and atmosphere - and this place would be 5 star plus if rated on that basis. We hope that we can return!
Review by Mark Richards
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 30 June
Brilliant, went with low expectations and was amazed. Hotel was a little dated, but the rooms did what they needed to do. We had family room, separate room for kids (7 & 6), with bath/shower room. Food buffet style was good, kids could eat to their hearts content, with healthy options, if you could get the kids to eat them. Staff where exceptional, friendly, helpful and just could not do enough to please, always with a smile and never saw them treat anyone rudely. Would highly recommend and would happily go back for another two weeks, but understand Mark Warner may be closing it after this summer, don't know why, seems they believe Family's want 5 star hotels, most family's I spoke to there disagree and though San Agostino hit the right spot in terms of price and service. Come on Mark Warner change your mind, we have already told a number of friends about the place and they are looking to book up.
Review by Peter L
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 16th June 2012
Booked the week at San Agostino at short notice and it couldn't have been bettered. Our room in a bungalow had a view of the sea thro pine trees, totally peaceful. Rooms much better then usual for Greece. Spacious, good quiet aircon, good bathroom, loads of storage space. All Rooms seem to have three comfy single beds so can be used in a variety of configurations. Good, quality linen, generous changes. Only the hard pillows not quite to my satisfaction. Fab food at every meal, loads of choices, all good quality. The chefs deserve commendations! House wine very drinkable and well chilled, daily cocktail special happy hour. Rooms had fridges so the balconies were nice for a tipple too. The child care and child facilities were super, so children and unaccompanied adults didn't impact on each other. The site is completely flat so great for pushchairs, being spread out it keeps things relaxed and quiet. Great watersports availability, lots of equipment, tuition available and lots of free access too. Beach is so long it's really peaceful if you can bear to miss the activities. Elise will keep you fit and flexible with all sorts of land based exercise...she's brilliant even in 40C temps. Only a very short airport transfer so the holiday gets off to a great start once you've survived the early and cramped flight. Just grin and bear it, it's worth it! Wish I was still there! Keep up the good work team, hope this resort continues next year.
Review by Lynette Ranson
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 09/06/2012
Our 3rd holiday at this resort. As always a fantastic holiday. Sailing and Tennis excellent for my husband. I especially enjoyed all the fitness classes taught by an extemely excellent instuctor. Fantastic Mark Warner staff as always making you feel instantly on holiday the moment you arrive! Food fantastic choice and plenty of it! This is a fabulous place to holiday where you can be as relaxed or as active as you wish. I think the fact we have returned 3 times now, and on talking with many other guests who have visited the San Agostino previously just says it all! It ticks all the boxes and more for just the best holiday. We will be back. Thanks to all at Mark Warner.
Review by Karen Davis
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 9th June 2012
A really excellent holiday here in the first week of the season.Couldn't really have been any better. A young friendly and very professional Mark Warner staff, a quality waterfront set up , great activities - water polo, volleyball,etc, coupled with tasty food and chilled wines . Fantastic weather too. The rooms are fairly basic, but convenient and very well cleaned and comfortable. Loved it - want to go back !
Review by Jonathan Stephenson
who travelled to San Agostino Beach Resort on 26 May 2012
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I chose San Agostino as it offered a whole range of watersports activities but it was particularly for the windsurfing that I was looking to try for the first time. I signed up for 3 taster sessions, taught by a very experienced and knowledgeable instructor in a small group. San Agostino is a fantastic resort with a long sandy beach and has great facilities for both adults and children, offering an excellent range of sailing and windsurfing equipment for all abilities. There was a great variety of food each day to choose from, always freshly prepared and they can even cater for most dietary requirements if required. A very enjoyable holiday that I would recommend to anyone. I'll definitely be going back!
Review by Jas-Ming Oh
who travelled to San Agostino on 01/09/2012