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My review is more of generally how we were treated rather than the resort, Lakitira, which was fine. Fine rather than good.
Our outbound flight was 5 hours later than scheduled which was already 2 hours later than when booked, i.e. completely different to what we booked, and missing a complete day.
We were not given any food on the flight, and we arrived at 4am.
We were not even given a concession of £30 lunch bearing in mind we missed breakfast (and our holiday cost £4,500).
On the way back we missed another day as the flights were brought forward. In effect, two days off our 7 day holiday.
I had asked the operations manager on site if she could book some assistance at Gatwick for my wife who is heavily pregnant and having trouble getting around. This was not booked, and as the rearranged flight back was into North Terminal and our car was parked at South Terminal this had a massive impact.
I am certain however that the operations manager concerned and Mark Warner in general do not care in the slightest, so long as they got all the money they could from us.
Overall we felt we were treated badly, and the attitude of local staff and Mark Warner was one of saving money rather than reasonable treatment.
We spent a week in Corsica recently at San Lucianu and have to say we had a fantasic holiday. The hotel has had a makeover, and the food was excellent!! Great choices from the "all you can eat" buffet. The breakfast, lunch and dinner were all great, with red, white or rose wine, juice or bottled water all included. The staff were more than helpful and really friendly.
The childcare was superb, and the nannies were lovely and excellent with the children. The ratio of staff to children was really good too. We made use of the baby listening facility each evening as we had dinner, and were confident to use it. The nannies sit on each floor and the hotel is pretty small, so they can hear if any children waken and cry. They'll then walk through the restaurant and beach bar to find the parents. Babysitters can be booked as well, but this service is quite limited.
There are loads of organised activities and you can choose to take part or not - I tended to not bother and just relaxed, though I did partake in one of the aerobics sessions. My husband learnt to windsurf and loved it.
Mark Warner has obviously heeded the previous bad reviews and have made the necessary changes.
We'd go back tomorrow if we could! Excellent!!
Some trepidation about booking a holiday after reading some of the reviews here but glad I did! Just returned from a wonderful holiday at San Lucianu. Hotel is old but clean and situated by a lovely beach. Great food, friendly staff and superb childcare. Particularly liked the 24h kitchen with unlimited milk for babies. The creche is also fantastic and well laid out. Lots of activities from watersports to tennis and aerobics. Highly recommended!
We have just come back from Kos Lakitira in June for two weeks with Mark Warner, and we had an excellent time! The weather was great, and accommodation and food, again excellent! We met some really nice people who we are keeping in touch with. This is my third time booking a Mark Warner holiday, having tried Palm Beach in Turkey and San Agostino, and we are now thinking of trying a ski holiday with them! Just to say we booked our holiday through www.traveleconomy.com and they gave us an extra 5% discount off Mark Warners price, even though it was a special offer, so it shows you that it's not always cheaper to book direct. For the price we paid, including full-board and wine, we would definitely recommend it
Just got back from a week there. The food was not up to motorway cafe standards. The highlight was the 'prize the meringue from the plate' competition. It had us laughing for ages. Portion control gone mad on the a-la-carte (too small). Also, descriptions on the menu were vastly over stated. I still call instant mashed potato with chicken and gravy exactly that. The buffet was not exactly inspiring either. you could eat adequately if you chose carefully - but only just. Even the pizza was plain tomato / cheese ('Kids wont eat anything else' I was told)
But - if you want to dump the kids for a week, the staff are excellent - not sure it was worth the thousands I paid for the week though.
After a fantastic holiday with Neilson at one of their beach club resorts last year, we decided to give Mark Warner (the supposed market leader) a go. Mark Warner provide 'all inclusive' holidays including many water sports and childrens clubs to keep kids away from adults. We went to San Lucianu in Corsica which was describe as a 'modern air conditioned resort'. In reality it should have been described as an old rundown hotel, with air conditioning.
The exterior was badly in need of redecoration and the interior was not much better. Door frames were rotten, lamp shades were missing, carpets were stained and walls marked. Our room had many faults and was possibly the worst hotel room I have ever stayed in. The list of faults is too long to mention, but include; balcony doors that wouldn't close properly, lamp shades missing, handles missing from bedside cabinets, cracked tiles in the bathroom, mould round the bath and on one wall in the bedroom, grime on the bathroom ceiling, bare holes in the walls and in the tiles. Many of the room doors had the numbers written in crayon as the original numbers had long since fallen off.
What was most surprising was the number of staff who were prepared to talk about the state of the place, off the record. They could not believe the state of the hotel and were ashamed by the way Mark Warner were prepared to treat their customers. The general perception amongst the staff is that so many people put up with the shabby state of the hotel because they are just so happy to get rid of the kids for a while. One manager also made the comment to me that 5 years ago Mark Warner were good holidays but he felt that they had been neglecting the hotels and just riding on their reputation for a few years now.
We were also told by the staff that many of the other resorts were no better and that the resort in Sardinia was in a very bad way and was getting regular complaints and compensation claims.
The food was not of the best quality either. The brochure talked of healthy options being available, however everything seemed to be covered in oil or mayonnaise. The hot option tended to be pizza and chips at lunch. The evening meals were ok when it was buffet night as you could be a bit more picky, however on 'a la carte' nights the portions were very small indeed. My partner has a very small appetite and even she felt hungry after dinner. The best way to describe the food is 'cheap ski chalet food'. Wine was included, but at 1euro a bottle from the supermarket it wasn't exactly adding much to their costs
In conclusion, if you want to get rid of the kids for a week then I guess you may be able to overlook the state of the place, however if you like clean modern accommodation and any kind of value for money there are other companies out there that can provide better food, accommodation, watersports tuition and child care for a very similar price.
We will never go to Mark Warner for any kind of holiday again. That was £1400 per person very badly spent,
How many of you have ever been on holiday when you've had to do everything yourself, cook, washup, find your way around, organise transport, find a decent place???? Imagine all the hassle??? well take all that hassle away and you've got mark warner. All you have to do is book it then opack and get on aplane evrything else is done for you. Mark Warner is a company set up just before club med. Basically the run resorts allaround the world where poeple stay for as long as they like. Everything is organised for you. The cook every meal. Take your bags to your room. Pick you up at the airport, etertain your kids, give you things to do, entertain you at night take you to the local village when ever you weant to go......... everything is there you do NOTHING. okay ill start off with the activities. There is a whole range of water sports available. The will teach you how to sail, how tyo use a catamaran (fun I advise it) how to water ski, and even take you out joyriding in one of the speed boats. For those of you concerend about saftey they make you were life jactes and have a huge tower with lifgaurds on it. all you have to do is signal them and they come rushing to your help withing seconds. on land theres loads to do, you can lounge around by the pool, go into the town by a minibus which runs shuttle runs all day, play tennis, volleyball and socialise. In the evenings theres always something going on whether it be a party at ther main bar or the staff show its all good fun. The resort standards are impecible. AS maid vistits your room every day and cleans it throughly, and a doctor vistis the hotel each day. The kids are all entertained as well, they can be put into groups according to age from 1-17. But don't worry these arn't ets play games and look like idiots kind of groupd, the groupsd generally stick together they make new mates, go out drinking together eat togthere you'll probably never se
e them for the resto f the holiday. Anyone looking for a great holiday then go here. The only let down is the price of everything. But its worth it. Mind you, you better book now cos it fills up pretty quick.
Mark Warner specialise in water-based sports holiday, within a club environment. I went on one a few years back and had a blast, even though I can't stand doing anything overly energetic. Hubby won some Mark Warner holdiay vouchers in a work competition, and we decided to go to Club Barbati in Corfu. ACCOMMODATION. The brochure pictures looked great, and when we arrived, were suprisingly accurate. Set up on a cliff, it had wonderful views over the rocks and sea. There was a lovely, but steep, walk down to the sundecks which was always busy, and the bar was well stocked and clean. The rooms were nicely furnished with the basics, and there was a maid service to do the beds and generally clean up the bathroom. Good sanitary arrangments meant that we didn't have to lob tissues in a bin, and could flush them away. A major bonus. We had a balconey with a great sea view, and our own little lizard we called Larry. There was one thing, and seeing as how hubby won't be reading this, I'll tell you.... There was a party of 3 rather gorgeous young blondes who arrived. Tummies were spontaneously and immediately sucked in by men on sight. They had the room next door to hours, and one night during a sudden coughing spasm, my hubby broke wind very loudly (a moose coughing is a good comparison). The girls next door started to howl with laughter - so, remember that the walls on these places are very thin! The main lounge area had comfy seats, tables, a pool table, a bar and the obligatory wonderful views. At night the floodlights were switched on, and the sea looked fantastic. All meals were taken outside on the balcony. Large tables were stocked with the most marvellous cooked food, (she was an English girl called Jane and what a culinary star she turned out to be), and it was set up as a buffet style event. The food was always fresh and of a really good quality, and lots of familiar products as w
ell as the traditional food was available. Still one of the best Mousakka I have ever eaten was cooked there. Usually a member of the staff would join each group at the table and it was always funny, friendly and very informal. STAFF The staff were great. Very friendly, very helpful and very athletic. I hated the way most of them could bounce pennies off their ironing board stomachs, but I forgave them because they were all so nice. They were always game for a laugh and really helped make the evenings into something interesting, rather than everything petering out in a drink induced stupor. ACTIVITIES Now, this is where I have to be brutally honest about things. There was waterskiing on offer. Boating. Sailboarding. Aerobics on the Sun deck and a myriad of other things to do on the site. Did we do them? Did we heck! Neither of us would have booked a watersports holiday because we're always too busy just chilling out somewhere to be bothered. Every day we got into the car and drove off round the island (See op on Corfu in General - Frolics in Corfu), leaving the other guests leaping up and down, running on the spot, jogging in the grounds, or generally skimming very fast across the surface of the water and sweating brick-sized beads of perspiration. Not for us this life of healthy living and exercise, oh no! At the end of our two-week stay, there was a big do in the evening where medals were presented to the most improved Waterskier, the best sailor, the most humourous accident etc etc, and hubby and I were presented with our own set of medals for the couple who did Bugger All all holiday. A proud moment indeed. The night times usually had some kind of activity arranged. A visit to the local bar "Kinda Lingers" (yes, yes, yes, that is the joke of it) happened weekly, as did the entertainments evening when the guests had to provide a turn or two. Hubby and I took part in a k
araoke singing session, while others did their version of the balloon dance with condoms borrowed from the nymphomaniac guest (she had brought two cases full of sex toys!). There was also a games night, and party night in Ipsos and then themed food and drink events usually took up the other evenings. SUMMARY Mark Warner's Holidays provided a memorable fortnight, with excellent food, accommodation and great staff. I don't imagine it was cheap, so I'm sure that price wise you could find more competitive prices with something similar, but I'm not sure that you'd be able to beat the experience. Water lover or water hater, this is a club that prides itself on being able to give you a good holiday, whatever your reason for being there!