This is a Marmite destination. It is two star, and very basic. This is a beautiful Island with wonderful people. They are always helpful and you need to get to know them. I have been travelling here for 20 years, so clearly it is very pleasant. You can relax and enjoy peace and tranquility here. Do not expect to have night life there is none. Expect quiet sunshine and warm water simple food and a paradise.
Go and enjoy the local culture and make the most of being away from the life you have to live at home. I will keep going as long as there is a travel company going there and as long as i can afford it.
Only available through the Thomas Cook group (panorama, going places and my travel) if i had a choice i would never use any of these, however you always get there and back. It can be done independantly but is more of a hassle in a way.
I first visited the island in 1992 and it has not changed that much, if you are expecting the same as you would find in most package holidays you will be very disappointed.
For a two star resort it is great, and once you get to know the island you will want to go back.
Great for sun peace and quiet and relaxation, but dont go during ramadam.
This was the best holiday I have ever had. The hotel was wonderful and all staff were friendly and helpfull. I didnt know little slices of paradise like this existed and will be returning next year without doubt! Freddies sunset cruise and sea picnic well worth going on, really lovely local man. Not a bad word to say about this resort. (Ipswich)
I've been going to Kerkennah for over 12 years and feel I need to balance the view of the island portrayed on this Website. The hotel is basic but very clean. The hotel does tend to get a lot of kids in the school holidays but by avoiding these weeks you can get around the problem. There are many regulars who have been going back year on year to this resort and many have then chosen to retire on the island. So can it really be as bad a suggested in the other reports?? There isnt much to do although there are trips to mainland sites of interest. If all you are after is a quite beach holiday this is the perfect place. For children with the free kids club and shallow sea its great. If you want to avoid them then dont go in the school holidays. Most importantly the island is very safe. Regulars will tell you that if you get something stolen its one of the other guests not a local. This is not a 5* hotel and not advertised as such, but it does provide a excellent break away from the stresses of work. You may have already looked at www.************.com and seen comments. These are generally from the minority low life, which unfortunatley the island does attract. Like the kids they can be avoided but do at times add to the holiday entertainment!! One final thing, if you love seafood there are three fantastic restaurants on the island where prices are very cheap (bottle of wine about £4). All 3 are right on the beach. You can sit with a bottle of wine and a plate of wonderful garlic prawns and watch the sun go down. The restaurants are called The Kastile, The Cernina and La Sierne. ( Kent)
When we booked this holiday, we were aware that the hotel was the only one on the island,that there was not a resort there, which was why we booked it. We wanted a family holiday, without the children seeing lots of attractions and doing nothing more than argueing about where were we going for the day and what we doing. The location of the hotel is perfect, its right on the beach, the sea was like warm bath water where you could walk out for 1000 metres and it was still only waste height. What we found there was lots of holiday makers that return there year after year. I would say the food was the course of much amusement among the guests but nothing more than that,why is it that we expected the same foods that we would find here, the whole point of being on holiday is for us to experience differences,so we had no complaints of the Grand hotel, and yes I would go there again. We did the 2 day safari trip which included a shopping trip to a local market on the main land, ridding camels in to the sahara desert at sunset(wonderful)visiting the cave dwelling people in the hills( sat tv in a cave!!) these familys have lived there for generations.
kerkennak is a small island that is marketed as an idael hideawy, unfortunately they forget to tell you that it will be full of kids and you cant get away from them at all as ther is no-where to go. They only had one tape that was played repeaetedly, if i ever hear Nick Cave again it will be too soon!!!
Fortuanately we were onlt there a week and we transfered on a 2 centre holiday to Port-el Kantaoiu - what a contrast!!!Great if you wanr to eay mediocre food, be surrounded by kids 24 hours a day and like bingo and kakeoke!!!
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