Review of our family holiday at Mark Warner Levante Resort, Rhodes, Greece

The holiday

Mark Warner's Levante Resort, Rhodes, Greece
Mark Warner’s Levante Resort, Rhodes, Greece

We stayed at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort for a week mid-May, in school term time (so not the school holidays). When I say ‘we’ stayed, I mean myself, my husband and our two children, Kitty aged 7 and Ozzy aged 6. 

Our thoughts before we arrived

We had not been away on a resort or package style of holiday before, preferring to book things separately. We hadn’t been on a holiday where we had left the children in any sort of kids club before either and we were both apprehensive about doing so, thinking that a family holiday is all about, well family. We had read reviews on other blogs and spoken to friends who had been on Mark Warner holidays in the past which helped us, the children especially loved looking at this series of blog posts from Mummy Daddy Me as her photographs helped them gain a sense of familiarity before they arrived.

The accommodation

The bottom image of those above is the view from our balcony. We were situated in a block away from the main building, towards the beachfront, next to the Adult Pool. It was a really nice position. We stayed in a Deluxe Suite which is suitable for parties of up to 6 people. The Deluxe Suite has two large balconies or terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious master bedroom with king size bed, open plan furnished living room with two single bed beds and a separate bathroom with walk-in shower.

Room facilites include: 
Air-conditioning, bathrobes and slippers, satellite tv, mini-fridge
Tea-making facilities
Safe deposit box
Hairdryer
Shaving/Make-up mirror
Complimentary toiletries
Complimentary beach towels
Complimentary WiFi (throughout the hotel)

Our room was cleaned every day, towels replenished, all the usual things that you would expect from good housekeeping.

The pools

Main swimming pool at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
Main swimming pool at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort
Main swimming pool at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
Main swimming pool at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort
Main swimming pool at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
Main swimming pool at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort
Main swimming pool at Mark Warner's Levante Resort by night
Main swimming pool at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort by night
The beach bar pool at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
The beach bar pool at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort
Above: Toddler swimming pool at Mark Warner's Levante Beach Reosrt
Above: Toddler swimming pool at Mark Warner’s Levante Beach Reosrt
Children enjoying the pool at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
Children enjoying the pool at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort
The indoor pool at Mark Warner Levante Resort
The indoor pool at Mark Warner Levante Resort

The pools were a real hit with Kitty and Ozzy and the perfect place to cool off. There are plenty of lounger seats around the pools if soaking up the sun is your bag or indeed want to keep a close eye on the kids in the pool without actually getting in yourself. The indoor pool offered a nice escape from the sun at hotter times of the day.

The beach

The Waterfront beach notice board at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
The Waterfront beach notice board at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort
Kitty explores the beach at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
Kitty explores the beach at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort
Boats lined up on the beach at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
Boats lined up on the beach at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort
My beach bums (loving their Sunuva swim gear here)
My beach bums (loving their Sunuva swim gear here)
Mark Warner Levante Beach Lifeguard Watch Tower
Mark Warner Levante Beach Lifeguard Watch Tower
Boats lined up on the beach at Mark Warner's Levante Resort
Boats lined up on the beach at Mark Warner’s Levante Resort

The beach at Levante Resort is mainly sandy with some pebbles. As you get further down to the water it gets more pebbly, as you can make out in the photo above. I struggled with my flip flops so bought some waterproof shoes from the resort shop, you know the all in one neoprene style ones. The kids on the other hand bombed about in their crocs and didn’t batt an eyelid!

The activites

I really liked how we could tailor our holiday to our likes, adding classes and activities before we left and whilst there. You really can do as little or as much as you like be you sun worshiper or sporty bod.  For details on the water sports  please see my post Watersports at Mark Warner, Levante, Rhodes. Levante also offers Tennis, Mountain Biking and Fitness Classes. We chose to stick to the more water based activities – the Kayak Safari I can recommend as amazing!

Days Out

The Acropolis of Lindos
The Acropolis of Lindos
View from the Monastery of Tsambika
View from the Monastery of Tsambika
Rhodes, Old Town
Rhodes, Old Town

We hired a car for the day from the Car Hire company situated in the resort. A small car cost us 30 euros to hire for one day, prices may increase in the peak school holiday times though. We recommend the company on resort as there’s no deposits to pay and in the event of a problem you can speak to someone in person every morning and evening and they offer a really helpful and friendly family service.

The food

Chef at Mark Warner Levante Resort
Chef at Mark Warner Levante Resort

Overall we were really impressed with the food at Levante. We chose to dine with the kids on all but two evenings at the dinner serving that begins at 7.30pm  in the main  restaurant, Amalthia. The staff here were all incredibly helpful and friendly and always smiling and happy. The waiters were very attentive, but never ‘quick to jump in and take plates’ and always talked to the children too, making them feel included. One lovely waiter was only too happy to help me with my request of ‘How to say ‘thank you’ in Greek?’ By the end of the holiday both Kitty and Ozzy were saying ‘Thank You’ and ‘You’re welcome’ fluently.

The food was varied, with a different theme every night. Alongside the themes were a range of salads, fresh fruit and salads, desserts, breads and cheeses. Kitty ate olives and feta every single night before anything else and loved it.

The only disappointment food-wise was the childrens dinner menu, and the reason why they only dined early two nights of the seven. There was all the usual children’s fodder, plain pasta, bolognaise sauce, fried chicken, chips, peas, sweetcorn, but the variety day to day was minimal, which was in stark contrast to the adults menu. Whilst I appreciate that this menu is aimed at younger kids I do think the addition of some cubes of feta and maybe a moussaka would be a welcome addition, at least giving children the chance to try a bit of the Greek food culture. 

What we did in the evenings

First night intro evening at Mark Warner Levante Resort.
First night intro evening at Mark Warner Levante Resort.
Live music poolside at Mark Warner Levante Resort, Rhodes.
Live music poolside at Mark Warner Levante Resort, Rhodes.
Ozzy orders a mocktail at Mark Warner Levante Resort
Ozzy orders a mocktail at Mark Warner Levante Resort
Happy face!
Happy face!
Milkshake for the little lady
Milkshake for the little lady

On the first night there’s a welcome evening, where you can enjoy a juice or fruit punch and listen to Sue the manager and her staff explain what’s on during the week. The staff are all very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable and have got the balance between being fun and polite and respectful down to a tee. This informal get together is also a nice way to get to know other holiday makers and for the children to make some holiday pals.

We aren’t really the ‘relaxing in the sun’ type of people so our daytimes were all relatively busy so come the evenings we enjoyed a few drinks as a family before dining .The children’s mocktails were a real treat for Kitty and Ozzy, they loved selecting from the menu – a ‘Harry Potter’ was Ozzy’s tipple of choice and a ‘Baby Colada’ for Kitty (when she wasn’t slurping milkshake!) All served with umbrella and sparkly bits they both commented on how special they found them. Boy oh boy were they ever grumpy to come home to find orange squash in the fridge!

Cocktails & Mocktails at Mark Wanrer Levante Resort, Rhodes
Cocktails & Mocktails at Mark Wanrer Levante Resort, Rhodes

Childcare at Mark Warner, Levante

Kids Club sailing at Mark Warner Levante Resort
Kids Club sailing at Mark Warner Levante Resort
Jumping from the boat into the sea with kids Club sailing at Mark Warner Levante Resort
Jumping from the boat into the sea with kids Club sailing at Mark Warner Levante Resort

As I mention at the start of this post, we we were rather apprehensive about putting the kids into childcare before we arrived at Levante. Not because we questioned the quality of childcare but because we felt that a family holiday meant time together as a family. Kitty and Ozzy spent one full day, two half days and one evening session at the childcare and LOVED it. As a parent, once I saw the standard of activities that my children were offered and how much they enjoyed it I realised that my initial thoughts were rather hasty. With the childcare at Mark Warner Levante the kids were able to experience fun new activities, like sailing out to sea, whilst my husband and I had some quality ‘us’ time. This left us re-charged to enjoy that quality family time that we were so looking forward to.

Kitty is a very shy child and, as expected, cried when we left her at childcare the first time, despite being with her brother. The staff were considerate and supportive and next thing we knew we saw her walking down to the beach front with her group, laughing and giggling. When we picked her up that session the first thing she asked was could she go back that afternoon!

Both Kitty and Ozzy made some good memories whilst at childcare at Levante. Ozzy was so proud to go back to school and tell his class that he ‘sailed out to sea and the jumped from the boat into the water’! Priceless.

More on the childcare at Levante here.

Our thoughts before we departed

The first thought was ‘do we really have to go?’  We felt like by the time the holiday ended we were just beginning to really embrace relaxing. Having not stayed on a resort before we weren’t sure how we would take to it, this might sound a little harsh but as a rule we like our space as a family and being surrounded by other families really isn’t our idea of fun. We visited Levante out of school holiday times so it was naturally quieter than the peak season, and this time suited us to perfectly. We were invited to pre-dinner drinks by parents of children who were at the Kids Club with Kitty and Ozzy and that was a really enjoyable evening. Families that we met were friendly and lovely – and it made the return flight all the easier for Kitty and Ozzy having some new holiday chums to play with. All the families we spoke to, both on this evening and in passing, were full of praise for both the activities and the childcare.

We were glad that we took part in activities on resort and also spent a little time off-resort exploring the island. For us the ease of being able to hire a car at the resort and find information on where to visit was most valued. After all, if you never leave a resort then you really could be anywhere hot in the sun, two days out and about really helped us get a feel for Rhodes and I felt it was an important part of the holiday for both us and parents and Kitty and Ozzy as children. We didn’t visit in school holiday time, we took our children out of school for this holiday and so it felt appropriate to show the children some of the islands history alongside the activities and experiences on-resort. And do ask the Levante staff, both Mark Warner staff and the locals who work there for advice on places to visit, boat trips and so on – they are all really knowledgeable and so happy to help.

Would we return? Yes indeed, we are already looking at the Mark Warner Sardinia resort as a consideration for next years holiday!


Mark Warner Summer 2015 and 2016 Holiday Bookings Discount Code

Mark Warner have given me a discount  code to share with my readers who would book a Summer 2015 or 2016 holiday with them before 31st July 2015. 

For a £50pp discount on all Summer 2015 & 2016 bookings made by 31th July 2015 quote AnnieBlog50.

This discount is not valid for free child place and can’t be offered in retrospect.


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0 replies on “ Review of our family holiday at Mark Warner Levante Resort, Rhodes, Greece ”
  1. we are off here in 15 days and counting and now i am so so excited – we are the same re other families we love our space so its nice to hear we can escape too 😉

  2. amazing photos Annie. I was wondering whether the holiday would be your thing as it’s not the kind of holiday you would usually choose, so it’s good to hear that you all enjoyed it & would go back again. It looks so peaceful…

  3. Ah I loved reading this review Annie and the photos are beautiful- this is so helpful to someone considering booking the resort. I was like you the first time with childcare, I never saw myself as one of those mothers who would put their kids in childcare on holiday, but both my girls absolutely loved it and myself and Mr E really appreciated just a couple of hours to relax in the mornings which we never do at home as there is always a job, housework or work to be done.
    I have since been away and tried the childcare somewhere else and after one day decided it wasn’t for us, but the MW childcare seems to suit our family well. We loved Levante and I am glad you did too, especially as you weren’t sure you were the package holiday kind of family. It looks like you all had a great time. x

  4. I think you are spot on about the childcare. Our Austin went every morning and had an incredible time, trying the sailing, tennis and other activities he hadn’t experienced before. Gwen was a little more reluctant (she was only 2, and is a real Mummy’s girl), but the staff were very caring and attentive to her needs. It IS a busy place at dinner time – we went in the first week of the Summer hols – but there was enough space around the pools, and plenty of activities around the resort and elsewhere on Rhodes, to make sure the place never felt crowded during the day. I’ve been recommending these holidays to anyone and everyone since we went – they really are top-notch, and I’m so glad you enjoyed your time there.

  5. First Mummy Daddy Me and now you too, I am so sold on this resort even though it’s the last place I ever would have imagined going on holiday. Looks and sounds amazing, even through your gritted teeth 😉 xx

    1. Ha ha good question Carolin, the answer is simple – it was so quiet being out of school holiday times! That and the fact that I tried really hard not to snap any randoms in their bikinis for fear of being branded some sort of creepy person!

  6. Children’s menus are hard to get right. I imagine they offer what they think the kids will eat. It would be great if they added in a few other items too.

    Fab photos – looks like you had fun!

  7. What a fabulous review Annie, so comprehensive but also so you. I am desperate to get to a MW resort, everything I read is amazing. Mich x

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