Food, Dining, Bar & Service
There is only one restaurant on site (Kima Beach Club) and for me this was probably the only draw back, or maybe not so much the lack of other restaurants but the lack of Emma-friendly food. Of course the menu was pretty varied for a normal person but when like me you can’t eat fish, seafood or red meat (unless burnt to a crisp) and you have the tastebuds of a 5 year old, an adult only hotel probably won’t cater for you. So this was a negative for me but most likely not for you guys. However there were quite a few things on their menu which weren’t available, about 6 options in total which were very key dishes to the menu, and that was the case for our entire stay. As they run the restaurant on a farm-to-table basis I can only assume that there must have been an issue with sourcing the produce. This was disappointing for Simon who likes to try new dishes but for me I just ate margarita pizza consecutively, bar a daring attempt to eat the beef burger which sadly wasn’t cook as well done as I needed it, so it was sent back in exchange for another margarita pizza…no complaints about those pizzas though. We spent on average 60eur per evening on our diner, which is pretty expensive for a pizza, Diet Coke, beer and another main, but hey it’s the only restaurant so I wouldn’t really expect any less, just be prepared for this expense before you go.
On our first day we shot some pictures around our suite and pool and then decided to check out the bar before dinner, much to Simons annoyance the draft beer wasn’t available, but there were 3 bottled beers to choose from. Being a non-drinker I wouldn’t know if that’s good or bad but as Simon loves a beer he deemed that ‘not great’. They had Diet Coke (the tiny bottles of course) so I was happy and I checked out their cocktail menu out of curiosity and it looked plentiful with some of the usual suspects and some specialist house cocktails. Bar service wasn’t the best, we were often waiting for 5-10 minutes to be served even though there wasn’t anyone else around, literally no one else at the bar. The food service was a bit odd too come to think of it, you could sit where you like which was great, and they have a beautiful veranda if you want to have the alfresco dining experience (but be warned you will be bitten to absolute shite). Once you’re seated someone comes to greet you and give you the menus, then someone else comes along with a little electronic device to take your order and then someone else serves the food, and a barman brings the drinks. I’m not sure why you need 3 to 4 separate people to do all these things but it did make things difficult when you had a question/request or for example on the night I tried the burger, it took me 15 minutes to get someone to take it away and put an order in for a pizza. On the same night Simon ordered a side of vegetables and they didn’t arrive until 10 minutes after he’d finished his pork chop. These might be menial things, and I have to admit they really didn’t bother me that much but I want to be as accurate as I can with this review, and as I paid for the hotel myself I feel like I can actually do that. On a more positive note the profiteroles were probably the best thing I’ve ever tasted in my life! Breakfast (included if you book B&B) is served buffet style and there’s a lot of choice whatever your tastebuds desire; muselis, yoghurt, fruit, bacon, eggs, cheese and meat, pastries, bread and these little things labelled ‘Energy Bars’…well I ate about 5 of those and they were delicious. With a buffet being ‘self-serve’ I had no issues with the service, although you do have to make an order from a server for your tea, coffee and orange juice and once you’ve been served one cup, you might find it difficult to track them down for a second.