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Like kids in a sweet shop! Emma’s clan goes to Gloria

Filed Under: Blog, Luxury Family Hotel Review

Posted on 02nd Oct 2014

“The Gloria Resort has been one of our best sellers this year, so it was my turn to go and see what all the fuss was about. I went open-minded. Two of my fellow Tots Too team had been previously and had come back like over-excited kids in a sweet shop.

I went, as I always do on a Tots Too holiday, with a critical hat on, looking for flaws and failings (not the best way to approach a family holiday I know but I can’t help it!) one of the most tense moments is always making sure the transfer is there waiting and more importantly, visible. First tick. The car had the correct car seats fitted and the right number; it was spacious, comfortable and had a table full of sweets. Another tick. Our driver was even friendly, spoke English and made the kids laugh.

We arrived late at night where the hotel’s lobby area becomes a bar lounge and its busy and buzzy. We were shown to some sofas and offered some drinks during the check in process so the kids could let off some steam and gorge on bar snacks. Check-in completed, kids semi-fed and key cards in hand, off we went to our room. The Family Suites are the most popular area for our clients and offer self-contained facilities which make being in a large resort easy. The rooms either overlook a large pool or the gardens and offer a small a la carte restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. You have the Gogi Fun Jungle and its amazing playground right behind the restaurant and a golf buggy pick up and drop off area.

The room itself was a great size with large open-planned bedroom and living area separated by a TV and mini-bar area. Separate twin bedroom and bathroom for the kids and lots of wardrobe space! The balcony (our room overlooked the pool) is a great size and was to be used for night caps for the duration of our stay. Extra beds or cots can be comfortably fitted into the living area if required.

There is so much to say…..it goes against all my nature to keep things brief but I will try to encapsulate a fantastic two week holiday at Gloria in a couple of paragraphs.

Highlights; The food. There is so much choice and for such a large resort producing food on a huge scale, the quality was surprisingly good…great in fact. Family Suite guests have the added luxury of a more civilised a la breakfast and lunch with a small and manageable buffet. The only downside is in the peak months, the small kitchen (and staff) get overworked and you need to adopt a degree of patience in waiting for your order. Those who want more choice than you can shake a stick at should definitely head down to the buffets but do allow time to walk round and explore all the options. Lunch choices are almost too good and even over a 14 night stay; we couldn’t get bored of the offering. Dinner reservations in the al la carte restaurants are a little harder to secure unless you are a VIP (a benefit attached to the villas) so a bit more patience is required here but again, the variety of cuisines and settings are varied enough that you don’t mind a little extra effort to secure one. I think the biggest usp is the fact that all-inclusive really does mean exactly that. There are very few exceptions meaning you could literally lock your wallet away in the safe and then blow the dust off it when you leave.

Gloria caters for kids of all ages. My four were all in their element, whether it was at the amazing Gogi Fun Jungle, the kids club or the water slides. Had we been more adventurous, we could have tried out the paragliding, the bowling alley….the golf course….. it’s rare that two weeks never seems quite enough. We felt very comfortable in our routine, established around day three ( it does take a bit of time to get your head round the sheer scale of the place.)

The evening entertainment (which admittedly I had expected to be a bit tacky) was very good. The shows kick off in the Gloria Arena at 9.30pm and ranged from a Chinese trapeze act (really good) to a take on Dirty Dancing. Whether it’s one of their expertly arranged Beach parties, or low key live music in one of the lounge bars, the action continues long after the restaurants close down at 10.

I have tried to keep this short. I haven’t even got round to mentioning the lovely beach with its Ibiza style jetty , the 24-hour all-inclusive room service which served us a treat, the lovely girls at the kids club, the best long-island teas ever served at the Family Suites pool bar and how spotlessly clean the resort is kept.

The Tots Too style is to keep our reviews honest so it’s important I mention the negatives and this I can keep short. It’s a big property with lots of staff. Some are great whilst others don’t understand a word of what you are saying. It is frustrating if you experience a problem, its takes a great deal of effort to sort out BUT, things rarely do go wrong because the hotel is run which such efficiency. If it’s a small intimate boutique hotel experience you are seeking, then do not choose the Gloria but if you want tremendous value for money, very happy kids and don’t mind bringing home a few extra pounds around your waistline, then the Gloria is a must.”

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