Quite often you see blog posts about hotels only raving about how good they are. Fair enough, we want people to see the good about where you are hoping to book them. I also believe that we need to let you know the bad stuff too. Now this isn’t a blog to tell you not to go to Jungle Aqua Park, on the contrary, we loved it but there are a few things that you should know.
We took the Thomas Cook flight from Gatwick, a perfectly pleasant experience, on time and comfortable.
It’s a short 15 minute transfer from the airport to Jungle Aqua Park and a very easy efficient check in. You feel welcomed from the moment you arrive. If arriving late then the Kaiser restaurant reopens at 10pm so you have time to get to your room have a quick freshen up and then get a late meal.
The resort is huge! I mean huge! It’s all low storey buildings, no more than 2 levels, and spread around a large area. Each section of rooms has it’s own pool which is great if you fancy a quiet afternoon. Our pool was for just 40 rooms and was very crowded. Now the rooms themselves are where you have to be fairly open minded. In layout and cleanliness they are fabulous. A large double bedroom with a separate area with bunk beds and a single bed for the children. And then the best bit they lead straight out to your own patio and the pool. There’s a tv, safe, mini fridge, everything you need in a hotel room. They are just a little tired. If you can look past the wobbly door handles and a few paint marks here and there then the rooms are great. They may look a little run down but are exceptionally clean and functional. I always want to make people aware if there is something not completely up to standard with a hotel and this is one of them but if you know about it before you go then it doesn’t become a problem when you are there.
We had room 2053 which was great. Right next to the Aqua Park and a nice distance from the restaurants and bars that you don’t hear any noise if you fancy a quiet night. I would recommend trying to stay in blocks 1000, 2000 or 3000 if you can, some of the others can feel like you a bit far away.
The AquaPark is the star of the show at this hotel. It’s amazing for an onsite waterpark. A huge small kids area with plenty of slides and water features to keep them entertained and then the 18 big slides which are fantastic. There are a few height restrictions in place but not too many and our 6 year old (he is tall) was able to go on every slide. There are some due to weight that they have to go on with a parent. We spent at least half of every day at the waterpark, for the best sunlounger spots get here at 9:30 just before they open and you’ll have your pick of where to camp yourself for the day.
The pool scene really is what makes this hotel, there is so much choice, from your pool outside your room, the Aquapark and the main pool that stretches from one end of the resort to the other. If it’s a pool based holiday you are after then you really can’t beat the Jungle Aqua Park.
There is lots of talk on review sites of the food and restaurants being poor. Ignore them. The food isn’t gourmet or 5* like at Club Med, we weren’t expecting it to be, but there is plenty of choice to keep everyone happy. We never went hungry and none of us had a meal where we could find anything. There are 6 main restaurants that are all buffet and have different themes. We tended to stick to the Mediterranean restaurants for breakfast and lunch as it was the biggest and the most choice and then our favourites for dinner were La Marche and L’asiatique. Much smaller restaurants which in turn are much quieter and a nicer experience for dinner – we also found the food very good.
The staff we all really friendly and helpful, we never felt that we had to tip but when the service was good then a small tip goes a long way. We only used the Kids Club a couple of times during the week and the staff we really good with the children and our son had a great time. He just wanted to spend this holiday in the pools!
All in all we had a fantastic holiday at the Jungle Aqua Park and would certainly return, as long as you go knowing what to expect then it’s a fabulous family holiday.
If you would like to discuss your holiday to the Jungle Aqua Park please do give Sarah a call on 01603 343555.