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Published March 6th 2014
The Water Park
Now this isn't the type of resort I would stay at if I didn't have kids, but it's funny what parenthood does to people. I am not saying I didn't enjoy myself - I actually enjoyed myself immensely at Zagame's Paradise Resort. My children enjoyed themselves even more and seeing their smiles as they discovered yet more and more 'cool stuff' to do in our resort room, within the resort grounds and within short walking distance of the resort. As a parent of 3 kids under 8 years old, I appreciated the conveniences of Zagame's and I also loved having my children say to me on the way home that it was their best holiday ever.
It is the central Water Park that makes this place. If you have a child under 12 then this is the reason to go. There is also a kids club, organised daily activities, various playgrounds and an ice skating rink. Yes, you just read right, ice skating rink! There was also two playgrounds - one indoor one that we avoided because I kind of find indoor playgrounds a little strange. The other playground was outside and adjacent to the new BBQ area that we frequented nightly to cook dinner and watch our children play. Very convenient as we could cook and chat without being hassled by one of our lovely little pygmies for food every 2 minutes as they were too busy playing with their new found friends.
There is a kids club (read: creche) that we didn't use but we noticed it was popular with other parents. Not so popular with their children. I can sympathise - why would you want to be stuck in an indoor creche when there was that spectacular water park outside.
As anyone with a young kids knows, it requires a major expedition just to go shopping so the Mini Mart was useful and the pricing wasn't unreasonable. There are plenty of supermarkets and shops around this area of the coast as well. Main Beach was a 5 minute walk across a couple of roads. You can hire strollers from the resort at a reasonable rate so mobility can be achieved if you forgot yours like we did.
The food at both Bistro and Pool Bar was satisfactory and reasonably priced. Service was quick. Breakfast Buffet was part of our package and we were impressed with the selection of fresh fruits, pastries, cereals, coffee and juices.
Do I have any criticisms of the resort? Yes. There is noise. Children noise. Screaming (both in joy and sadness), yelling, crying, shrieking, you name it. At times it was an auditory assault between 9am and 6pm. Somehow the whole 3 days was still oddly relaxing due to the simple fact that my kids were ludicrously happy and not needing something from me constantly like they do when we are at home. As there were so many kids I could relax, in the knowledge it wasn't only my kids that argue and bicker sometimes. They were occupied, they were well fed, and they went to sleep easily from pure exhaustion each night without conflict. We stayed for 2 nights, but I wouldn't go for any longer. This holiday was purely designed for the kids enjoyment and it succeeded.
I took advice from a friend and went for a room in the newly renovated section of the resort as the older rooms are apparently pretty tired. This is my greatest advice if you can afford it. Book a 'Superior' room as these have been refurbished. Also double check with the hotel by phoning as they all appear to be in the "Captains Quarters". Check out their website for more details.