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Mark Warner Holidays - On Arrival It's Information Central

When we arrived in Kos the joy on all the faces of the people leaving the plane was awesome to see. Children that have been there more than once had met back up on the plane and were busy chatting about the week ahead and previous holidays. Kyd was listening in and getting more and more excited as they listed the cool stuff they do at Kidz Club. He was also getting hot though and weren't we all. It's amazing how that heat can hit you with such force when you leave that beautifully air conditioned plane.

Here is a run down on what happens when you arrive at your Mark Warner Resort....

From the airport to the beach...

As we boarded the bus the rep gave us a little sign in sheet and a time table of meetings that we should attend later that day and announced it was a short 15 minute journey to the resort, which sounded like music to our ears after that long plane journey. Our room numbers were given as we signed in with the reps on the bus and our bags were automatically placed in our rooms after we arrived, giving us time to get a drink and relax. It was a dream. So organised and professional, we were very impressed.

The Resort...

We were greeted by the beautiful sights of the bright blue sea as we walked out of the Reception area. It really was breath taking. Lakitira is surrounded by 2 separate beaches, one for the kids and one for the adults and water sports. The sand isn't exactly the softest but it's still lovely to take a stroll on. The tide is always quite far in, so it is easy to keep hold of the tiddlers and Rocky has fallen in love with it already. There are 2 pools too, one for everyone and one child free one. There is also a tiny shallow pool for the tiddlers too which has made Rocky very happy. The tennis courts and park etc are also very close by, which makes getting about very simple. There is a little shop which sells the essentials such as wash stuff, snacks, baby stuff and sun cream but it doesn't sell small bottles of water or cans of coke etc, you need to get them from the bar which caused quite a stir amongst some guests. It does sell sandals, hats, swimwear etc too so if you've forgotten something then don't worry *coughs* Kyd forgot his sandals, what a div *coughs*. There is also a 24hr kitchen available for Baby Bottles etc, where there are sterilisers and UHT cows milk available. The laundry room isn't too far away either, which is handy as Rocky has gone through 3 pairs of shorts in 24hrs, I need to get some tokens from the reception desk.

Our Room...

Our room is a spacious nicely decorated family room, a short walk from everything on resort. It consists of 2 beds, 1 large walk in wardrobe with safe, 2 TV's, 2 fridges, 2 toilets, 1 bath and 1 wet room shower. The layout means we have a shutter to divide the rooms and 2 balcony's too, which is great for when the kids are asleep in one side and we want to chill out in the other, we don't have to be so quiet. I really like it. Of all the family rooms we've had this is by far the most spacious and the best set out, it is going to make toddler tantrums much easier to deal with when we have somewhere to take him away from Kyd, as he's a growing lad, he needs his sleep.

The Toddler & Kidz Club Meetings...

For each arrival date they have welcome meetings for all booked into any of the onsite childcare. Here you meet with the childcare team and the children's allocated team member. They explain what the children will be doing and what they need to pack each day. They all need their own sun cream with them and t-shirts that cover their shoulders. The older children will need closed toed shoes for sports and swimming stuff for all wet activities. The younger children need their change bag essentials, nappies etc as well as all their swimwear, swim nappies, any comforter they want and dummies etc. Water and fruit are provided for the children and sun cream will be regularly applied throughout the day.

A form needs to be filled in with all the child's details and needs. On this you will provide a password that will be needed each time they are checked out by the parent. A separate form is needed for all things medical.

Kyd is booked in for a special SEN assistant throughout his stay. We met with both the Kidz Club manager and the over all Childcare Manager who took me over all that would happen throughout the week. Kyd's assistant is called Kyra and will be with him throughout, including the evening entertainment. I sat with them for 10 minutes and ran them down a list of his medical stuff and nothing I said phased them. I was expecting to have to do a full on briefing and yet they understood everything and repeated and noted all I said. I forgot a few things so I had to keep popping back to them but again it was no biggy for them, they were happy to help. This has made the start to our trip a breath of fresh air and I genuinely have no fears about anything, which is a first.

Welcome Drinks with the Manager...

Later on the manager provides welcome drinks at one of the restaurants. A lovely glass of wine and fruit juice for the kids, this is a time to find out all about the week ahead. Representatives from each section of the resort are there to greet you and explain what is on offer and when. Activities include water sports, diving, cycling, fitness, tennis and a relaxing spa and hair salon. The manager and his whole team are a cheery bunch and very easy to speak to, I may have booked myself into the spa... it is my anniversary after all.

Dinner and Drinks...

There are 4 restaurants and 3 bars in the Mark Warner Lakitira Resort. They range from busy buffet's to snack time menu's. They are all walking distance from both the pool and the seafront and with stunning views. The food also varies from traditional Greek cuisine to everyday favourites like Pizza and chips.

When it came to dinner time we were so hungry we could have eaten the whole buffet dry but we didn't because we didn't want the others to go hungry, we're nice like that. It was really tasty. We had a great variety and Kyd's plate looked like a taster session for everything on the menu by the time he'd gone round the cart.

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Sleepy time...

We are all cream crackered. It was an early start and a very long day. We have a big week ahead so we are hitting the hay early tonight. More to come tomorrow!