As regular readers will know, we recently spent a week at Mark Warner's Levante Resort on the beautiful island of Rhodes, Greece. Being newbies to Mark Warner and indeed package holidays in general there were a few things that we didn't know before we went, so here is my set of pre-holiday questions and the answers that we found during our stay in May 2015.
What essentials should we pack for our Mark Warner Levante Resort holiday?
Two pin socket adapters.
Waterproof closed-toe footwear is handy if you are planning on kayaking or taking part in any water sports.
A lap top / iPad with films on is something we wished we had taken. There is tv in the rooms but the tv reception wasn't great.
If you have young children pack a couple of rash vests as it does get hot as the day goes on and it's an easy way to help protect them (with sun cream obvs). Ours were from Sunuva and they balanced protection with 'looking fun' for the kids nicely.
Can we hire a car at the Mark Warner Levante Resort and how much does it cost?
Yes you can, and we did this as we wanted to see a bit of the island during our stay. The car hire firm in the resort is a separate company and to hire a car you will need to pay them separately to any hotels bills. We hired a small car for 30 euros a day, bear in mind that prices may rise in peak Summer times. The car hire chaps we fab and available in the mornings and evening, located in the hotel lobby. We didn't have to pay a deposit when hiring a car and can't fault their service. Having been stung by car hire firms on holidays in the past with un-returned deposits it gave us real peace of mind hiring the car 'on resort' from people that we could access every day.
How much money do we need to take on our Mark Warner holiday?
Once at the resort, the food, drinks and activities all get charged to your room, you settle the bill before you leave. The car hire and spa are run by two separate companies within the resort and you will need to pay these separately for their services should you choose to use them. Bigger towns have cash points but Lindos when we visited didn't have a working cash point despite the sign stating it would be in use at the time of year. We took plenty of Euros and used the leftover to part-pay out outstanding resort bill (the kids cocktails are a must they really are as are the milkshakes at the beach bar!)
When should we book our watersports / tennis activites for our Mark Warner Levante Resort holiday?
Always refer to the Mark Warner Levante watersports section of the website for the latest information. We booked a two day Scuba diving course before we left the UK but being May we could have easily waited and booked watersport activities whilst there. However in peak times of the year, the summer school holidays especially I would recommend booking in advance where possible where possible or otherwise heading straight down to the beach to book when you arrive on the Saturday. The Watersports staff at Levante are happy, polite and informed and if you spend any time around them you really do find yourself wanting to try things that you didn't really consider before going! More on Watersports at Levante later in the week...
Is there a shop at the Mark Warner Levante Resort?
Yes there is. It sells a good range of snacks, beer and spirits along with some toys, sun hats, sunglasses and the like. NB: They don't sell swimming costumes. Just down the road at Kolymbia there are plenty of local shops selling clothes, beachwear, swimwear gifts and alcohol.
What is the childcare like at the Mark Warner Levante Resort?
Having not been on a package holiday that offers childcare before we were very apprehensive about leaving the children in childcare at all. We were very much of the 'a family holiday is just that - a family holiday' and that we wanted to spend the time together. But childcare at Mark Warner is just superb and after just one morning Kitty and Ozzy were begging to go back. In the end they spent just under half the week in childcare, alternate days worked well for us a family.
At pre-dinner drinks with some other parents to children at the same age group in Kids Club I chatted to the other parents about their thoughts on the childcare. They felt as we did, that Mark Warner childcare is not like other childcare, the children have a superb opportunity to try and experience new things that they might otherwise not try. Sailing a boat themselves, jumping from that boat out into the sea, windsurfing and not to mention making new holiday friends. We can't fault the childcare at all - it was simply brilliant. And as I said before, that comes from parents who really weren't keen on the idea of childcare to start with.
What is the beach like at the Mark Warner Levante Resort?
Mainly sandy with a few stones. Down at the waters edge it turns pebbly and closed-toe swim shoes were a godsend when it came to kayaking and going on 'The Crazy Sofa'.
How can we see more of the island when staying at the Mark Warner Levante Resort?
Hire a car from the hotel or see the boards in reception for details of boat excursions. are the easiest ways.
If you have a pre-holiday question that you want to ask feel free to comment below or email me at email@example.com and I'll answer. More on our Mark Warner holiday at Levante later in the week!