Beach Hotels Reviewed

Club Hotel Riu Paraiso

The hotel was only a short drive from the airport. It is a big hotel with 2 main buildings and a few bungalows in the grounds. There were three main swimming pools although it wasn’t really the weather to venture in. The rooms were as you would expect from RIU spotlessly clean and spacious. Although rooms on the other side of the hotel are not so good. Food was excellent and varied.

Sandals Grande Ocho Rios

This review will highlight all the areas where we feel we were let down by Sandals but will also compliment the areas and the staff that met or exceeded what we generally consider acceptable.

Sands Beach Resort

What a fantastic place to stay…… clean and nice with fantastic pools a total of 7 to choose from. You have a pool outside your villa and a 2 minute walk down to one of the finest beaches in the world with deep blue seas, kid friendly, that is quiet, serene but well serviced to meet your every desire. The kids can enjoy eating from candy and chocolate bags as part of the menu at the resourt hotel.

Villa Pallero

Me and my friends stayed at this villa during low season and managed to get it for the week for a very good price. The villa itself is very luxurious, and the surroundings are extremely pleasant.

Semina Hotel

This is our second time here. The hotel is a nice small family run hotel of 30 or so rooms. Its located in the village of Archangelos, which is the biggest town on the island.

The Golden Corner

The Golden Corner was the first bar we visited on our first night in Puerto del Carmen. We were in quite a large group of people and it seemed unlikely that they would be able to accommodate all of us comfortably. However, they more than exceeded our expectations, and not only did we find the sleeping arrangements lovely, but the lay out meant that noise from other guests was minimal, and they went to great lengths to ensure that we could, when we wanted share a large table in the dining area.

Merit Crystal Cove Hotel & Casino

A very fine 5 star hotel by Turkish standards but not by ours, but do not be put off. The hotel was very clean, the rooms very large and the all inclusive included very good Turkish foods and drinks as well as a good assortment of both European and Russian cuisine. The only drawback was that smoking was allowed inside the complex, which we found to be quite shocking and anti-social.


We stayed just outside Spoleto, at a hamlet called Rubbiano in the middle of lush countryside. We had access to local beaches, local cafes and local markets. In fact the variety of places to go to in and around the village kept us occupied for days and we had no need to even visit Spoleto, except to pick up sun tan lotion.