Review of Mark Warner’s Lakitira Beach Club on Kos, Greece
Why go? For the sunshine. For the ten tennis courts. For the childcare-on-tap. While our nearly-two-year-old daughter Molly was in Toddler Club, and Amy was on the beach, I was remembering that not every backhand has to be sliced (hello my old friend, topspin down the line).
That is not to say that is a families-only tennis holiday, a refuge for parents with rackets; the childless also played, creating a mix on the courts of mums, dads and singletons. Go for the Academy coaching course, which includes group sessions and a private lesson, because you want to improve your tennis. Or go for the tournament, because your competitive urges aren’t sated by reading by the pool.
There is also plenty to keep the tennis widow, widower and orphans occupied, with windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and mountain-biking, plus the swimming pools, and the two sandy beaches here on the island’s south coast. Or go because your child wants to dance: Molly’s highlight was the daily 6pm post-spaghetti kids’ disco by the beach. Go because you want to leave rested, sun-buttered and playing better tennis.
Tennis facilities. As well as the coaching, there is also what David Cameron calls a ‘Clegger’ (a ball machine with a high-velocity feed). After an hour and a half of tennis each morning, against real people, I felt as though I had learned a great deal about doubles strategy and movement, I was getting a little bolder with my backhands, and I didn’t feel so guilty about the amount of food on my plate at lunchtime.
Other facilities. The hotel has a creche for babies, a Toddler Club and a Mini Club, plus drop-in childcare facilities in the evening – your child sleeps, reads or watches a film while you eat and drink. In the evenings, guests can choose between the buffet-service main restaurant, an Italian trattoria and a Greek taverna (only open in high season). You can also ask the hotel to organise a private barbecue on the beach, or walk up the hill to a Hilton. Those with energy to burn can organise beach volleyball, or learn to dive in the pool.
Rooms. We stayed in a junior suite, with a sliding door between our section and Molly’s smaller bed. There are also large suites available, plus houses in the ‘Village’ area of the hotel.
What else can you do? Our boat trip to a nearby island – on a passenger ferry – will be memorable for how Molly’s stomach reacted to the choppy water. Best to go when the weather is calmer.
Prices. From around £1700 a week for two adults and a child.
More information. http://www.markwarner.co.uk