The Mitsis Blue Domes Hotel in Karadmena, Kos, Greece is like something out of a brochure (or, on triangleswimwear's Instagram account!) it was breathtakingly beautiful...
My boyfriend Ben had booked the holiday with Thomas Cook and kept the location secret, I have never been so excited! I could talk about my holiday and the hotel for hours on end, so I will try and keep this short and sweet! The Mitsis Blue Domes Hotel, sits on a backdrop of rocky Mountains and overlooks the sea and is situated just 20 minutes away from Kos airport, 30 minutes away from Kos town and just 10 minutes away from Karadmena, a walled town full of bars and restaurants, with a boat filled marina.
The hotel itself was pretty darn fabulous. Let me start by saying, I have never had the pleasure of staying in a hotel, that has functional swimming pools, that are just for show... that’s right, pools that sparkled in the sunshine undisturbed. The complex had many large outdoor swimming pools that although a little chilly, you can take a dip into (and we did!), surrounded by decking, pretty gardens, bridges and many sun beds. In fact, there was never a rush for a sun bed, no need to be a sun bed reserver and there were no mosquitoes, as the pools are salt-water pools. The beach was pebbled and very pretty, with a bar serving drinks, ice cream and snacks. Water sports and beach massages were also available.
The complex was beautifully decorated and every little detail had been very well thought out. It’s a large hotel, but it was never crowded, or loud. I cant fault the staff, they were professional, friendly, and welcoming. The animation team wasn’t too in your face and although the lip-syncing was a little questionable, we stayed through a whole performance of Mamma Mia and actually quite enjoyed it!
The hotel has 10 restaurants; the main restaurant is a buffet style and had the most beautiful outdoor seating area overlooking the sea. There are also 6 smaller restaurants around one of the larger pooler areas, that all serve different food such as, burgers, pancakes, ice cream, greek cuisine, german cuisine and fish. And not forgetting the 3 restaurants on the sea front which you had to book; Italian, Mexican and Greek. The food was really nice and Ben’s beer often came in a frozen glass in the main restaurant (the little things)! It's probably worth mentioning we went all inclusive and boy was it worth it.
Every evening, bar one (no pun intended), we sat in the main bar (open every evening until 1am) where I drank a few piña coladas and Ben drank a few beers. There was always a bit of a queue for drinks, but nothing like my local Weatherspoons! However, a waitress would come over and take our order and we found that was much quicker than queuing. We met some lovely people whilst on holiday and spent most evenings in the bar with them laughing and chatting away. The Wi-Fi was only free in the bar and it was pretty poor. But myself and Ben left our phones back in our hotel room and all things considered it was a breath of fresh air not being connected to everything and everyone. It was just what I needed.
Unfortunately I have no pictures of our room (so you’ll just have to take my word for it!), but the room was spacious and beautifully decorated, with a wooden ceiling, marble flooring, a balcony overlooking the sea, a mini bar (that was refilled daily), two showers, a bath, large sink area and super comfy beds - probably the best I’ve ever slept in! My only negative comment would be that the hairdryer was pretty useless, but in all honesty I didn’t expect anything different! Have you ever been abroad and had a decent hairdryer?
So much for keeping it short! But all in all, (minus the delays on both our inbound and outbound flights *cough* Thomas Cook *cough*), I have never really wanted to visit the same hotel twice, I have a list longer than my arm of places I want to visit and like going to new places. But I would make an exception with this hotel and Ben has said the same.
Take me back...