Preparing for your first Mark Warner holiday

Mark Warner Levante Resort
Mark Warner Levante Resort

As regular readers will know, we recently spent a week at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort on the beautiful island of Rhodes, Greece. Being newbies to Mark Warner and indeed package holidays in general there were a few things that we didn’t know before we went, so here is my set of pre-holiday questions and the answers that we found during our stay in May 2015.

Mark Warner Levante Resort
Mark Warner Levante Resort

What essentials should we pack for our Mark Warner Levante Resort holiday?
Two pin socket adapters.
Swim wear
Euros
Waterproof closed-toe footwear is handy if you are planning on kayaking or taking part in any water sports.
A lap top / iPad with films on is something we wished we had taken. There is tv in the rooms but the tv reception wasn’t great.
If you have young children pack a couple of rash vests as it does get hot as the day goes on and it’s an easy way to help protect them (with sun cream obvs). Ours were from Sunuva and they balanced protection with ‘looking fun’ for the kids nicely.

Kids at Mark Warner Levante Resort
Kids at Mark Warner Levante Resort
A day at Lindos
A day at Lindos

Can  we hire a car at the Mark Warner Levante Resort and how much does it cost?

Yes you can, and we did this as we wanted to see a bit of the island during our stay. The car hire firm in the resort is a separate company and to hire a car you will need to pay them separately to any hotels bills. We hired a small car for 30 euros a day, bear in mind that prices may rise in peak Summer times. The car hire chaps we fab and available in the mornings and evening, located in the hotel lobby. We didn’t have to pay a deposit when hiring a car and can’t fault their service. Having been stung by car hire firms on holidays in the past with un-returned deposits it gave us real peace of mind hiring the car ‘on resort’ from people that we could access every day.

Traditional Greek Woolen Slippers
Traditional Greek Woolen Slippers

How much money do we need to take on our Mark Warner holiday?

Once at the resort, the food, drinks and activities all get charged to your room, you settle the bill before you leave. The car hire and spa are run by two separate companies within the resort and you will need to pay these separately for their services should you choose to use them. Bigger towns have cash points but Lindos when we visited didn’t have a working cash point despite the sign stating it would be in use at the time of year. We took plenty of Euros and used the leftover to part-pay out outstanding resort bill (the kids cocktails are a must they really are as are the milkshakes at the beach bar!)

Mark Warner Levante Resort beach bar
Mark Warner Levante Resort beach bar
Enjoying a milkshake at the beach bar
Enjoying a milkshake at the beach bar
Mark Water Levante Water sports
Mark Water Levante Water sports

When should we book our watersports / tennis activites for our Mark Warner Levante Resort holiday?

Always refer to the Mark Warner Levante watersports section of the website for the latest information. We booked a two day Scuba diving course before we left the UK but being May we could have easily waited and booked watersport activities whilst there. However in peak times of the year, the summer school holidays especially I would recommend booking in advance where possible where possible or otherwise heading straight down to the beach to book when you arrive on the Saturday. The Watersports staff at Levante are happy, polite and informed and if you spend any time around them you really do find yourself wanting to try things that you didn’t really consider before going! More on Watersports at Levante later in the week…

Watersports at Mark Warner Levante
Watersports at Mark Warner Levante

Is there a shop at the Mark Warner Levante Resort?

Yes there is. It sells a good range of snacks, beer and spirits along with some toys, sun hats, sunglasses and the like. NB: They don’t sell swimming costumes. Just down the road at Kolymbia there are plenty of local shops selling clothes, beachwear, swimwear gifts and alcohol. 

Childcare at Mark Warner Levante
Childcare at Mark Warner Levante

What is the childcare like at the Mark Warner Levante Resort?

Having not been on a package holiday that offers childcare before we were very apprehensive about leaving the children in childcare at all. We were very much of the ‘a family holiday is just that – a family holiday’ and that we wanted to spend the time together. But childcare at Mark Warner is just superb and after just one morning Kitty and Ozzy were begging to go back. In the end they spent just under half the week in childcare, alternate days worked well for us a family. 

At pre-dinner drinks with some other parents to children at the same age group in Kids Club I chatted to the other parents about their thoughts on the childcare. They felt as we did, that Mark Warner childcare is not like other childcare, the children have a superb opportunity to try and experience new things that they might otherwise not try. Sailing a boat themselves, jumping from that boat out into the sea, windsurfing and not to mention making new holiday friends. We can’t fault the childcare at all – it was simply brilliant. And as I said before, that comes from parents who really weren’t keen on the idea of childcare to start with.

Mark Warner Levante Resort, Rhodes
Mark Warner Levante Resort, Rhodes

What is the beach like at the Mark Warner Levante Resort?

Mainly sandy with a few stones. Down at the waters edge it turns pebbly and closed-toe swim shoes were a godsend when it came to kayaking and going on ‘The Crazy Sofa’.

Rhodes
Rhodes

How can we see more of the island when staying at the Mark Warner Levante Resort?

Hire a car from the hotel or see the boards in reception for details of boat excursions. are the easiest ways.

If you have a pre-holiday question that you want to ask feel free to comment below or email me at hello@anniespratt.com and I’ll answer. More on our Mark Warner holiday at Levante later in the week!

 

0 replies on “ Preparing for your first Mark Warner holiday ”
  1. Stunning pictures. I really like the idea of this sort of holiday. I know we could have a lot of fun there. We always take something to play our own films on – many a holiday evening have been spent with a twin headphone adapter and a bottle of wine.

  2. Sounds like you all had an amazing time. I like how thoroughly you have answered any questions I may have. Is there a socket for my straighteners near a mirror though?

  3. Your photos are beautiful, I loved following this trip with you.

    Great tips – I think I’d be panicky about no cash machine so it’s good to know in advance to take plenty of cash. The car hire costs seem quite reasonable too – remember to take your driving licence I guess though!

  4. You photo’s are truly stunning Annie. It looks like an amazing place and I can not wait to hear more.

  5. It looks like you had an amazing time – we feel the same way as you about kids clubs on holiday but the kids disagree and like to spend as much time as they can with their new found friends.

  6. Beautiful, beautiful photos of what looks like a relaxing holiday with the perfect mix of action, fun and culture. Was it really hot when you went or was it still bearable? I don’t really do heat…

  7. That looks like the prefect holiday. I visited Lindos when I was a teen and it is so beautiful. Some really great advice for the perfect holiday and I love the Sunuva sets too

  8. What a concise and very helpful report on your holiday. It sounds like you all had fun and that is the best family holiday really isn’t it?
    Loving the photos and I really hope you did give that scuba diving a second go …. did you?

  9. Lovely photos and super-informative post. Sometimes you just need to know the important stuff in advance to make sure you can relax as soon as you get there!

  10. What fantastic photos, and really great post as well – some good questions for us all to answer before we decide where to go…the pictures really make me feel like I can reach out and touch the sea and the sand. Really wish I could in fact…

  11. oh wow what gorgeous scenery , i would love to visit, maybe when all my brood have left the nest and it doesnt cost so much

  12. You went on the crazy sofa…………..Alison had a heart attack on there and we were trying to signal the boat to stop and they just went faster lol

  13. Looks beautiful! We visit Greece every year and I love it so much there. So much useful info about the resort here too. Like you, I have never considered childcare on holiday before… and I’m still not sure I’m quite ready!

  14. Oh that really does look seriously relaxing. The car hire sounds great value and I love all the activities on off. have never been on an all inclusive holiday but am wondering if it is actually better for the budget. Am off to review a villa in Portugal next week and costing things separately works out expensive. We must try all inclusive. Your resort looks lovely. Fab pics of the kids.

  15. I’ve wondered if a Mark Warner hliday is for us as we (as adults) are nto very sporty but the kids love it all so I suspect it woudl be. Great advice, Mich x

  16. Great informative post – glad the kids enjoyed the childcare – like you I tend to think holidays are for spending time as a family – but equally if they are having fun it would be lovely to have a few hours as a couple too! Loved Rhodes when I visited- such a beautiful place x

  17. I’m glad you were so taken with your first package holiday Annie – MW really cover all bases and alternate days in Kid Club is a good idea – wish I’d thought of that! X

  18. I was really surprised that we didn’t feel the need to leave the resort AT ALL. In the past, I’ve always wanted to go out and about, exploring the area around our holiday base. Our children (2 and 4 at the time) are younger than yours, though – having everything on tap at Levante made the experience so much more relaxing. Perhaps next time we’ll actually get to Lindos, though!

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