November 24, 2004
When we holidayed here, it was an attractive, clean, and new apartment block offering four-star facilities with some terrific views. We were well chuffed as it meant our last-minute booking was a terrific value.
Our apartment was extremely roomy with an opulent feeling to it. We entered by a lobby hall and went down a short well-lit corridor into a very pleasant lounge/kitchenette. The large double-bed room had a queen-size bed. The apartment was well decorated and had some very tasteful pictures hung throughout-nothing expensive, but it gave a feeling of being "lived in." The air-conditioning was standard and the TV had a few channels, but enabled you to buy additional satellite channels if you wished (who has time to watch TV whilst on holiday?). The kitchen was also well equipped-you could have easily prepared a three-course meal if you wanted.
The balcony, overlooking the pool area, was very spacious and provided us with a great sunbathing spot with comfortable chairs and a drink’s table.
The pool area had two large swimming pools with a separate child’s pool and was enclosed by extensive terracing with sun beds and parasols. Out of season it was great, but if you’re without children, I would be inclined to give this place a miss. I reckon it will attract families and a large amount of shrieking and other ribald activity.
There was plenty to do if you tired of the pool (not that we did!), as the hotel had its own gym, Jacuzzi, and sauna. It offered hairdressing and massage services, and there was a small decent shop for essentials.
You would have no reason to starve at the Ocean Palace, as the poolside snack bar was open from dawn to dusk, keeping guests supplied with drinks, ice creams, and the standard snacks of chips, pizza, and burgers. Main meals could be purchased from the restaurant, although from our point of view, it was a bit expensive and seemed quite clinical (it really was a large cafeteria).
Each night the hotel put on entertainment and a happy hour from 10.00pm. We did go a couple of nights but we felt the quality of the shows was poor to indifferent and the bar lacked ambience. However, the drinks were cheap!
From journal Two weeks in the sun