on December 6, 2012
There is so much on offer to do at this hotel during the day - for children, adults, sporty types, couch potatoes - something for absolutely everyone. This continues into the evening too - there are evening shows for adults and children, lively bars, a disco and plenty of quiet places to just relax and have a drink and enjoy the warm evening air.There are numerous bars dotted around the hotel. The main indoor bar has a DJ playing chill-out music most evenings. We were particularly taken with some of the seating at this bar - enormous 4 poster type beds, where you could lounge with your drink. Very unusual and great fun.Outside there are several more bars. There is a piano bar - the indoor area with the pianist is for adults only. The resident pianist plays every night and is sometimes joined by a singer for part of the evening. There are seats outside where you can hear the music and families can use these. Beside the piano bar is the disco/nightclub - again obviously for over 18 year olds.There is a very cool and trendy champagne bar, just beyond this is the Ocean Bar. This was one of our favourite places. It overlooks the ocean, has lots of unusual seating too - from the conventional tables and chairs to other swinging chairs and more. It is a lovely setting, and every evening at about 9.15, there was entertainment for about half an hour. On our first evening it was 2 couples dancing - one couple were UK champion ballroom dancers, the other was a Latin dancing couple. The rest of the time it was singers from the resident cast.The main "square" area at the back of the hotel is called the Plaza Atlantica. There are lovely places to sit and have a drink all around the square and huge fountains in the middle. Every evening, at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm the lights dim, the fountains stop for a couple of minutes, then the dancing fountains show starts. This is lovely - a mixture of dancing fountains, music and lights.For children there is the Playhouse Live show every evening (except Fridays). This starts at 8.00pm in the main theatre indoors. It is fun, frantic and lively. They have dancing, a resident pop band, a zany presenter, competitions etc.. This lasted about an hour.Later on in the evening, in the same theatre as the children's show, there is a show at 10.00. It lasts about 45 minutes. The shows were mainly West-End type shows performed by the resident cast. Every show we saw was excellent. The cast are very talented, the costumes were spectacular and the stage sets were wonderful. It was all extremely professional. The only slight problem was our 9year old tended to fall asleep before the end of the show - a 10.00pm start was just a little too late for him.The shows included "Wickedly Broadway" a show with songs from famous musicals including Wicked, Phantom, Jersey Boys and Les Miserables. This was our favourite show. We also enjoyed Rocket Man (a tribute to Elton John) and the Take That Masquerade Ball. We were there for 14 nights and did not see the same show twice.A couple of times a week, they fly in tribute acts from the UK - we saw a very good Michael Jackson tribute show. There were also classical musicians and other contemporary acts. We watched the most amazing Chinese acrobats and a wonderful tenor. Again there seemed to be something for all tastes.In the Plaza Atlantica, between 7pm and 10pm every evening they opened the "Family Lounge." There was an area for parents to relax with a drink, children could use the bouncy castle, climbing wall, watch a movie or join in with arts and crafts.Both weeks we stayed at the hotel, on Thursday, they had a little market in the main square in the early part of the evening. There were about 20 stalls with local people selling craft products, wines, local foods etc.. It was very nice and quite good.So, just like in the daytime, the evenings in this hotel meant you were spoilt for choice - everything from a glitzy, glamourous show to chilled out nights listening to music under the stars.
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