Our second time with CML (we stayed in Fuerteventura August 2010). Really like the hotel it has a lot to offer with plenty of activities. We would have liked to see Spin classes (as on the programme of activities in Fuerteventura). A lot of the information is only printed in German so you feel like you are missing out on all the detail.
We enjoyed the a la carte Mediterranean and Thai, however, we didn't try the Egyptian. The system for booking changed whilst we were there last week to 9.00 or 9.30am to make a reservation for the following evening, but I can't exactly remember the time.
The coffee room in the tower is lovely and my son especially like the Sachertorte!
We sunbathed by the pool on our first day which has plenty of parasols and sunbeds but it was a little too busy for us. Great for joining in activities but our son didn't want to so we used the beach for the rest of the holiday.
The beach is fantastic, loads of sunbeds all day, anytime!!! Toilet facilities in wooden huts which are kept immaculate, constantly being checked and cleaned. The security guards make sure that no-one from other hotels try to use the facilities and you can see why as it really looks so much nicer than any of the other hotels. If you wander down one of the jetties and look back at the coastline you'll see what I mean. The gardens are truly beautiful and the garden staff work tirelessly to manicure the fabulous, pretty surroundings. The Assistant Manager is very hands on and you see him wandering around checking and monitoring.CML have got this formula right with great staff with a proactive approach. The reef is stunning with so many beautiful fish.
Now to the flight....Thomson Airways. If you are under 5'3" I think you will be OK but I'm guessing you're probably taller than that - as are most adults. The leg room is torture on a 6 hour flight. No entertainment and only snacks available to buy which consists of a choice of bacon butty, chips or chicken fajata wrap - all extremely overpriced. On the outbound flight I stocked up with botteld water in Boots in the airport once we'd gone through Passport Control and Security(It's £1.60 for 500ml on the flight so it's much cheaper to buy in Boots). Also bought some little salads and chopped fruit from Asda beforehand and took in a lunch box for the outbound flight. Coming home was just awful with no chance of being able to buy anything refeshing, only stodge on the flight.
Years ago a Thomson (Britannia) flight of this length would have consisted of in-flight entertainment with free headsets, complimentary newspapers, hot towels, a hot meal, hot bread rolls and 2 cups of tea or coffee with a Thorntons Diplomat chocolate, a seperate coffee and biscuits service along with the bar and duty free services. What's happened? It now is a shambles, I even asked to buy a Hello magazine which are advertised but none were available on either flight. There's no in-flight entertainment, a cup of tea or coffee costs £2.30, no meals only the overpriced snacks mentioned earlier.
We won't be rebooking to go on this holiday only because the flight is such an endurance test and spoils the holiday. The cabin crew as always are professional and they are having to work with the tools they are given but it's just a big black cloud waiting for you at the beginning and end of a lovely holiday. Oh and a nearly forgot to mention that you need to take planty of layers for the flight if you are sat near a door, as it cost £5 for a blanket! Years ago they too were complimentary but now you have to buy one not borrow one!
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