Review: TUI resort on the Greek island of Kos is a little taste of paradise
The man walking past me at the all-inclusive buffet remarked to his friend, “This is how I imagine what paradise will be like.”
I’m sure he also meant the location of the TUI Blue Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort as well as the endless supply of fantastic free food and drink on offer. Without forgetting the radiant sun and the breathtaking views.
The hotel, with its stretch of golden sand, is in Psalidi on the eastern side of the Greek island of Kos with lovely views of the Turkish coast across the water.
We intentionally booked an adults-only hotel with TUI (the company tailors holidays for different groups – see fact sheet) as we wanted a peaceful and relaxing holiday where we wouldn’t be woken up early by the noise of over-excited children by the swimming pool .
However, they also offer a wide variety of family resorts in Kos and elsewhere.
The Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort is an ideal starting point to discover the island life of Kos and visit the many archaeological sites that surround it.
Kos town is about 15 minutes away by taxi or bus (we took the bus as it seems as difficult to get a taxi there as here). There are many shops and restaurants to visit where you can buy gifts such as hand painted ceramics and jewelry as well as locally made honey and olive oil.
If you are a history buff, a trip to Kos will be a paradise for you. Be sure to visit the 14th century Neratzia Castle at the entrance to Kos Port and the Tree of Hippocrates, under which the father of Western medicine is believed to have taught his students.
A short distance from the city you will find the Odeon, a Roman theater from the 2nd century BC. BC and the Asclepion, temple and sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of medicine.
Be sure to download the TUI app as it makes booking excursions easy and I found them quite reasonably priced. Although you can benefit from a rep at the hotel, it was so easy to choose and customize excursions on the app, from wine tastings to island tours and cruises.
Taking the boat trip to the volcanic island of Nisyros, you’ll visit the 3,000-year-old Stefanos crater, which served as a filming location for the James Bond movie Moonraker.
But there’s so much to do (as well as eat and drink) at Oceanis Beach that you don’t need to leave if those ancient sites and a few shops aren’t on your to-do list.
Psalidi is incredibly popular for paragliding, boat trips and a range of water sports. But if you’re more than happy to just soak up the sun, you won’t be disappointed. During our week in early June, temperatures stayed around 31°C.
Oceanis Beach, set among quiet, secluded gardens, is one of TUI Blue’s crown jewels with three restaurants, three bars, a cafe, and two outdoor pools. You have to get up early to nab a spot by the pool, but there are always lounge chairs available towards the beach.
We still preferred to sunbathe there with the view and the gentle breeze. With servers on hand throughout the day, it was rude not to take advantage of the free cocktails and stare out to sea with a pina colada in hand.
On the catering side, during the day, you will always find something to satisfy your appetite. The day starts with a buffet breakfast, offering a wide variety of food from freshly made omelettes to pastries, cereals and fruit with a buffet lunch offering an amazing range of salads, freshly made pizzas, pastas, meat and fish dishes as well as Greek and Asian. specialties.
If you’re still feeling peckish, you can get pancakes or toasted sandwiches at the cafe as part of your all-inclusive package. Trust me, you won’t go hungry.
During a one-week stay, you also benefit from a visit to one of the two à la carte restaurants included. We used ours to enjoy an Italian dinner at Meltemi.
After helping yourself to the buffet all week, the à la carte experience is a real treat. So much so that we paid (only €30 more per person) for a second à la carte dinner. It was for the timeless Friday evening dinner at the Mediterranean-themed Culinarium restaurant where we were lulled by a saxophonist all evening.
As part of the all-inclusive package, the drinks list is excellent with an extensive selection of cocktails as well as spirits, wine, and beer.
Be sure to try the local Ouzo (a dry aniseed aperitif widely drunk in Greece). Raise a glass and raise the usual Greek toast of “stin uyeia sou” (steen ee-YEE-ah soo, meaning for your health).
If you fancy burning off all those excess calories (most of us obviously aren’t on vacation!), there’s a well-stocked gym on site or you can take a long walk along the beach. sand. On site, there is also a spa, two tennis courts, a beach volleyball court and a mini-golf course.
Our accommodation for the week was a sea view room with a balcony where you could sit in the evening watching the sun go down and enjoying a glass of Greek wine (this was my first time trying it but it was really good).
If you want to splash the cash, there are a range of other rooms, including suites with their own plunge pools.
But with any stay at TUI Blue Oceanis Beach, you will feel like Euphrosyne, the Greek goddess of good humor, joy and cheerfulness.
TUI Blue Oceanis Beach offers
Departing 17 September 2022, for 7 nights, all inclusive from £1079 pp (Junior Suite with Garden View, Balcony and Jacuzzi).
Next summer: Departure on September 13, 2023, for 7 nights, all-inclusive from £839 pp (double room with garden view and balcony).
Included in your vacation:
Direct flights from Dublin to Kos;
Transfers to your hotel and 20kg luggage;
Transfer time from Kos airport — 75 minutes.
More information about TUI Blue at www.tui.co.uk/holidays/tui-blue
BLUE TUI FOR ALL
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These stylish properties are intended exclusively for adults 16 and over, designed for two – couples, siblings, friends and parents. They emphasize relaxation, reconnection, and time spent together in a peaceful atmosphere, so you’ll find them by the sea and in other scenic locations. Here too, experiences are designed for two, think Bali beds and massages for two.
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These hotels are designed to spend time together as a family, whether babies or teenagers, parents or grandparents – families can participate in joint activities, have fun together and strengthen their feeling. of unity without sacrificing the service and comfort of the hotel. Fitness classes for the whole family, professional care in the Baby or Kids Club and a spacious, family-friendly design are part of the package of these hotels.