Daios Cove *****
75€ voucher to be used on food and drinks during the stay
Nicolas, dad of Philippa (6 years old) and Stanislas (2 years old), from Brussels
At our arrival, we discovered and extraordinary and impressive site. It is a small enclave surrounded by steep hills, much like a Greek fjord, with slopes reaching down to the turquoise-blue sea on which green shrubs share the space with numerous rocks.
The layout of the hotel is vertical. The main building is at a high-end of modernity: 5 floors, dominating the site, in a way, just as if it were an eagle nest, mostly because no other construction can be seen around. As you exit the creek found between the two pieces of land forming arms, we could discern an island a few kilometres away, just as if it was closing the bay, giving the feeling of staying within a protected area, a small nature haven, embraced by the hills and the sea.
The buildings and the villas of the hotel were built with traditional dark grey and ochre tiles, yet in a contemporary style.
As soon as you arrive there, the place makes you feel relaxed: lounge music, delicate scents, large glass windows letting the light through, wide sofas and footstools ideal for relaxing, design furniture, shaded terrace with a pergola mixing wood and white fabric. In other words, elegant, refined but not cold, modern and unpretentious.
The Daios Cove is quite grand. I do think that the hotel was almost full, which could be slightly felt while going to the swimming where long chairs would be had to find, but also in the main restaurant during the evening where noise would reach certain levels in the area reserved for families. Yet, the site is vast and the available infrastructure (the gym, for instance) were spacious enough not to feel overcrowded. The bar service and the restaurant catering were on point.
Just as in ski stations, a funicular would take you through the 5 levels of the hotel: the main lobby, the Pangea level with the kids-club, the Kepos level with its spa and the fitness equipment, the restaurant, the pool and final stop: the beach.
I will start with the Pangea level. For the youngest children, the hotel proposes a crèche and a free kids-club for children aged between 4 and 12. It offers a theme per day: Greek day, dinosaurs, colours, sciences, and so on. From the baking of a green cake in the shape of a tyrannosaurus and the painting of dinosaurs’ paws, our daughter had stars in her eyes!
Regarding the Kepos level, the fitness centre that can be found there was very satisfying, I especially appreciated the fact that the treadmills were orientated to the sea. It is always pleasant to jog with a great view. Sportspeople will be delighted with the possibility to subscribe to an intensive BXR type training for a part or the entirety of their stay. I could sense that the atmosphere was excellent.
The swimming pool looks gorgeous, an infinity pool of an emerald colour offering a view that overlooks the sea. A smaller area is dedicated to adults only, while the bigger pool is for families.
Finally, at the last level, the sand beach spread from the hotel to the sea on 80 metres. Sunbeds and parasols are well laid out and are placed every morning to welcome holidaymakers.
At the end of this stay, I bear in mind the wonderful bay that opens onto the sea. The hotel successfully managed to tame the inhospitable landforms and to organise itself on a verticality which, surprisingly, is easy to move through with a stroller and children! I really appreciated the design and the atmosphere of this place. During our whole stay, we ate at the buffet (breakfast and dinner) and at the beach restaurant which is the easiest option to go for with children. For a next time, we must go to the à la carte restaurants that, as we were told, are worth the try
Thank you, Little Guest, and have a nice trip!
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