Hello everyone, I hope you’re all well. As I’m sorting out the photos, and collecting my thoughts to write this post, I’m experiencing a serious case of holiday blues. But yes, this post is going to be sharing the details of my wonderful week away holiday in Kos with my boyfriend – a week of sun, sea, relaxation, stunning views, and all the food and cocktails you could wish for.
First things first, where did we stay?
We stayed at the Kiproitis Panorama Hotel & Suites – a five star hotel located in Psaldi – just two miles away from Kos old town, and around a 4o minute transfer time to the Airport. We stayed there for seven nights, on the All Inclusive Plus package – with everything at our fingertips to enjoy. The hotel itself is in a small cluster of the Kiprotis sister hotels, located on a beautiful hillside setting, with views of the Aegean Sea and the Turkish Coast – with Bodrum being literally in sight. The hotel has a laid back and relaxed atmosphere, and well suited for couples like we were.
We had a Junior Suite, which was nice and spacious of views overlooking the sea and the Turkish coastline. Each hotel floor had amazing panoramic views, so our balcony was a perfect photo spot. Our room had everything we needed – plenty of space and storage, a mini bar, towel robes and slippers, and balcony furniture.
The pool area was lovely and relaxing, there was plenty of sun beds to go around, two good sized pools, and a pool bar serving drinks all day, all night.
One day we decided to sunbathe on the hotel beach just a two-minute walk down the hill, and we also went back one evening for a beach walk while the sun set – which was beautiful. The beach was blissfully quiet, with gentle waves, the sea temperature was warm enough for a nice swim in, and there were plenty of loungers and umbrellas. The beach was open to all hotel guests, but the all inclusive package included free access to the sun loungers so we were sorted.
The only let down about the beach, compared to other hotels I’ve stayed at, is that there was nowhere down there to cater for food and drink. There was a mobile, van type thing that served drinks – but it wasn’t the beach bar type situation I had hoped for. But it was no big deal, the rest of the hotel was a two minute walk away with constant supply of all things delicious, so we were hardly going without.
The hotel had three bars – the pool bar open day and night, the main bar open until 1pm, and a roof top sky bar with beautiful panoramic views. While the sky bar wasn’t included in the all inclusive plus package, it was something that couldn’t be missed. The views from the seventh floor were stunning – we could see the corner of the coast of Kos town, and the coastline of Turkey and the Aegean sea – and to sit up there for to watch the sunset was stunning.
Aside from the bars and the main buffet restaurant that served breakfast – three variations (early riser, normal, and late continental), lunch, dinner, and late night snacks, there were also three A La Carte restaurants. Our all inclusive plus package included three dines in the A La Cartes of our choice, but we only got around to eating at two – the Pizza, and the Fish. The booking system for the A La Cartes was great – you just booked in the day before at the main restaurant, and you could eat there for lunch or dinner. I’ve had it before in hotels where I’ve attempted to book only on the second day into my holiday to be told that it’s already fully booked. So the day before system here was great, meaning that there would be a chance you’d get a reservation.
The A La Cartes were small, intimate, and overlooked the pool area. I really liked that they were smaller, it felt really relaxed, and I feel it really helped with excellent service – we were well attended to. We both agreed that the service in these restaurants was of a much higher standard than that in the main restaurant and pool bar. It definitely made a different in shaping our lovely experience when we dined in the two restaurants. Not forgetting the food was absolutely delicious in both. We ended our holiday in the Fish A La Carte which felt the most fancy, so it was a really nice end to our week away together.
One day we ventured into Kos old town which was a taxi drive of less than 10 minutes, and less than 10 euros. We even decided to walk the two miles back that day because it was close enough, and the walk is a beautiful and simple walk along the coastline – no hills, no confusion, just a relaxing walk taking in the views. In the old town we explored the shops, the harbour, and had an obligatory ice cream.
We also returned to the old town on our last day – we weren’t able to get late check out, and our transfer to the airport wasn’t until later in the evening, so we decided to make the most of our day and head back to the town for a meal which was lovely. As lovely as the hotel was, I always like to dine in the local town at least once, to get a feel for the culture and enjoy the vibe of the town.
And that wraps up our week, a lot of sunbathing, taking in the views, enjoying delicious food and drink, and most importantly – relaxing in great company.
Have you ever visited Kos before?
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