It is coming up to a year ago, my partner and I had our first holiday together 💖
We hadn’t been together too long and we were stuck deciding whether to go for a week or two weeks, imagine we didn’t get along 😹 so we compromised and jetted off to Kos for an 11 night stay at the Hotel Platanista!
We booked through Thomson and the hotel is rated 4* plus, Platinum! We chose Hotel Platanista based on its location and it’s pretty turrets and archways, making it look like a castle 💜 the reviews all seemed to be great too!
We arrived quite late in the evening, the hotel looked beautiful in the dark as they light up all the archways! Check in was simple and we were given spa vouchers (unfortunatly we didn’t make use of these).
We headed off in search for food (which took us a while)! Top tip walk to the end of the road and turn left, there are a few restaurants on the way to Kos Town! We chose to eat in a lovely Turkish restaurant!
For a 4* Platinum hotel, the room was nothing special. We were on the 1st floor overlooking the fountains.
The room was spacious with a very big, comfortable bed, TV with a few English channels, aircon and a balcony. The room was always kept clean thanks to the maids 🙂 The room was always quiet, despite overlooking the evening entertainment, we had no complaints other than it was a bit basic.
Food and Drink:
This is where the hotel excels itself. There is no option to go All Inclusive, therefore we paid for Half Board. At Breakfast and Dinner there were always tons of options, the best I have ever seen at a Half Board restaurant. I am vegan and always managed to find lots to eat and my partner particularly liked all of the desserts!
At lunch time, one can buy food at the pool bars, we did find this a bit pricy and preffered to eat out at local restaurants where the food was of a higher quality for the same price! The staff are amazing at the pool bar however and will remember your usual drinks!
In the evening there is an outdoors bar, the drinks are reasonaly priced, I think a beer was around 5 euros and cocktails 7/8 euros. We were served quickly and the bar men were great.
The hotel has a fab location. We often walked into Kos Town which took us around 30/40minutes each way or there was a regular bus which took less than 5 minutes.
From Kos, you can catch a ferry over to Turkey in around an hour.
In the opposite direction, one can take a bus to the Therma hot springs in around 30 minutes too!
You can walk to the sandy beach from the hotel in a few minutes!
There are 2 large pools, I didn’t spend much time in them as I found them cold 😹 but my Partner loved them! There was also a Jacuzzi pool and a swim up bar.
We never struggled to find sun beds and the atmosphere around the pool was nice and calm.
During the day there was the usual Aqua fit, yoga, volleyball activites. We didn’t take part in these but they looked fun!
In the evening there were various shows such as a magic show, pop quiz, comedy and singers. The only one that stands out to me was the magic show. We often went out in the evenings as the entertainment finished early.
There is a small hotel gym in the basement. It was ok for what we needed but there was no air con so working out was quite hard in the heat!
The Thomson rep lady is fab we booked lots through her including: The Volcano Tour, Zia by night (best sunset ever), Paradise beach and a day trip to Turkey!
If you are looking for night life, Kos is pretyy dull nowadays and I would suggest staying nearer to Kardamena.
I’m not sure if this was an Adults Only Hotel but there were no kids here, I would recommend this hotel to couples and not families. It is a calm relaxing hotel, not overly lively!
Rating: Overall I would give this hotel a 4/5, the location was great and the food was amazing! Staff were nice and there is plenty to do around Kos!
I wouldn’t return soon as I feel like we experienced everything we could but I would recommend to other people as we had a fab first holiday together ⛵️