We have recently returned from our first family All Inclusive holiday at the Hotel Polynesia and what a fantastic holiday it has been. Up until now we have always opted for self catering which is great especially when the children are small, however our most recent holiday has probably been the most relaxing holiday we have had as a family.
We booked our holiday through TUI in January to take advantage of their “Free Kids Places” offer. We weren’t particularly concerned about the location but just that we wanted to give All Inclusive a go. Based on previous reviews, the rating and proximity to the airport we opted for Hotel Polynesia which is owned by Holiday World Resorts.
Flight and Transfers
We flew with Norweigan Air from Gatwick and the flight was unfortunately delayed by a couple of hours on the way out but the service on the flight was great. The hotel is about 30 minutes from the airport and the transfer to and from the airport was fairly straight forward.
We arrived at the hotel just after 1am and were welcomed by reception who had kindly filled the fridge in our room with some food.
The morning after we arrived there was a welcome meeting put on by TUI where we were given some pool inflatables and information on local attractions. There are lots of trips available from a visit to the water park Aqualand, an excursion to Gibraltar, Morocco, Seville or many other options. If you decide to go on one of the trips available or simply want to head out for the day the hotel will organise a picnic for you that you can order the day before.
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Our hotel room was fantastic and was one of the reasons we chose Hotel Polynesia. We had a Junior Suite with a balcony which consisted of a bedroom with 2 double beds, a living area which had a mini kitchen, a lounge area and dining table, a balcony and a bathroom with an amazing shower, a bath, double sinks and toilet.
A couple of things to be aware of is that there is no iron or ironing board but you can borrow an iron in exchange for a 20 Euro deposit, and there is a safe in the room but there is a 3 Euro a day charge.
Wifi is available at 12 Euros a week or 5 Euros for 5 hours.
Pools and facilities
The Hotel Polynesia had one large pool and one small pool and we spent most days in the large pool. They could have done with a few more sun beds around the pool as it did get very busy and you had to get down early to guarantee yourself a lounger. If you couldn’t get a lounger you could always sit in the bar area at the pool which we did most days as it meant the children could play games or do some colouring when we weren’t in the pool.
The pool had regular games, activities and zumba classes every day.
There was also The Beach Club which was part of the resort that had a number of pools and splash parks including slides with inflatable rings and a wave pool. You could walk to The Beach Club or there was a mini bus which ran from 10am – 6pm every 15 minutes. There is a restaurant at The Beach Club where you can have lunch and it needs booking the day before as there is limited seating.
We loved playing on the mini golf course at The Hotel Polynesia, it can get very hot so I would advise playing at the beginning or end of the day.
Golf clubs are available at reception for a 30 Euro deposit.
Other facilities include a kids clubs, spa, a gym, a shop, a games room, table tennis and pool, a play ground and other sports facilities avialiable at The Beach Club
Hotel Polynesia Bars and Restaurants
As this was our first All Inclusive family holiday I have no frame of reference but I thought the choice of food at Hotel Polynesia was fantastic and was available from 7:30am – 10pm giving you the flexibility to eat when it suited you.
There are 3 restaurants:
The Maeva was the main restaurant and serves all 3 meals as a buffet where you help yourself which my children absolutely loved, especially the desserts. The choice of food was vast and it varied each day.
- Breakfast 7:30am – 10:30am
- Lunch 1pm – 3pm
- Dinner 7pm – 10pm
Ahima’s is a Polynesian A la Carte restaurant that we had dinner at once during our stay which was included in our All Inclusive package. The food and service were good and it was nice to be waited on, however the children unsurprisingly preferred the buffet style where they could go and choose what they wanted.
The Ahima’a was open every evening 6:30pm – 9:30pm and requires booking on the morning of your booking between 8am – 11am.
Uru Wok is a Chinese A la Carte restaurant that we didn’t get a chance to visit but again one dinner per stay is included in the All Inclusive package and we had heard really good things about it.
There is a bar at the pool serving drinks and snacks during the day from 10am – 6pm. The snacks consisted of hot dogs, jacket potatoes, toasties, burgers, salad and chips which you could help yourself to.
There was a piano bar which had regular live music in the evening
Stage and bar
We spent most evenings at the stage where there was a mini disco every night at 8:30pm followed by entertainment until 11pm consisting of either live music, a disney show or a magic show. There was a bar that served drinks, a trampoline and a park secured in the corner with only one way in and out of it giving you peace of mind.
In summary the holiday was superb and a wonderful way to spend some time with the family. This is definitely somewhere I would recommend and we are definite All Inclusive converts.
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