Advantages Excellent rooms, service, food, entertainment
Disadvantages Communication could have been better and too many machines requiring euros that kids bugged us for.
We have just returned from the first holiday abroad in ten years and a fantastic fortnight it was too. We stayed in sunny Costa Blanca in Benidorm at The Flamingo Oasishotel. It is an entirely all-inclusive hotel and a pleasure to stay in.We arrived after an hour's coach journey from Alicante airport to a beautifully spacious reception at around 7.30pm and we were seen pretty much straightaway by the friendly, English speaking staff. Check in was a simple and quick procedure, followed by our photos being taken and produced onto our all-inclusive cards, which you are meant to carry with you at all times for spot checks. Our daughter, who is only 2, really didn't want her photo taken and the staff were kind and patient, settling on a photo of her being held in my husband's arms
After waiting a little while for a lift, (which proved to be a continual pain) we dumped our cases into the rooms and returned downstairs to explore and have dinner. We found the restaurant easily and waited at the doors for staff to seat us. The restaurant is billed as being two restaurants but really it is just an extremely large one split by a hanging sign on the ceiling. We were amazed at the sheer size and variation of food on offer. There is a chef's special everyday, usually along the lines of roast beef/pork or salmon, or something like beef goulash and this was always extremely tasty. The beef was cooked beautifully and practically fell apart on your fork it was so tender. Alongside this were food types to suit everyone, even my father-in-law who is a bit fussy with his food. My love of sweet things was indulged to the maximum too with at least four different types of cakes, jellies, mousse and pastries, as well as mountains of fruit and cheese and biscuits. The other meals were just as fabulous, with cooked breakfast everyday or pastries, toast and cereal. There was a long time allocation for each meal, with a half hour closure in between before re-opening for snacks.The pool area outside was amazing. The pool itself is shaped like a huge splash, with lots of different circular areas to it, the largest of which, starts very shallow at ankle depth, slowly getting deeper as you go in. The older kids jumped straight in as soon as they got an opportunity but the more reserved of us, gently got used to the water, which was extremely cold when you first enter. You soon get used to it though and as the heat of the day progresses it warms it nicely, although it is still a shock first time in. There are masses of sun beds round the pool area but despite warning signs about not reserving them, people still do and you will not get a bed poolside if you come down later than about 8.
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