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Hotel Review: Michelangelo Resort and Spa, Kos island, Greece

August 10, 2015 (Last Updated: May 17, 2020)
by Carolyn
Michelangelo Resort, Kos, Greece

The promise of five star accommodation, three swimming pools and rooms with sea views were the deciding factors in my decision to book at Michelangelo Resort and Spa on the island of Kos for the final week of our recent European holiday. And I’m so glad I did.

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My first impression of the island of Kos wasn’t great but as soon as our taxi pulled up at the Michelangelo Resort and Spa, my apprehension about spending a week here disappeared. We were greeted with a smile and offered a glass of sparkling wine and some canapés whilst our check in was completed, before being whisked off to our room.

The accommodation at Michelangelo Resort and Spa

The Resort’s accommodation is built in terraced blocks with the least expensive accommodation closer to the main building (Reception and main restaurant) and the most expensive accommodation overlooking the infinity pool. There are 231 rooms and 23 Junior Suites in total, built in beautifully landscaped grounds.

Our ‘Comfort View Sea View’ room was the lead-in room type (ie. cheapest in price) but was beautifully furnished with a decent sized bathroom (with bath tub) and a balcony with views over the resort and of the Aegean Sea.

The room also included air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge, TV and free WiFi, which was super-fast. The bed was the most comfortable one we slept on for the whole of our seven week trip.

Kos, Greece, Michelangelo Resort Spa
From our balcony we could also look back over landscaped gardens towards the main pool.

Dining at Michelangelo Resort and Spa

I had booked our accommodation on a ‘half board’ basis which meant that breakfast and dinner were included each day. The Resort offers a choice of two restaurants, the main one “David’s Hall Restaurant” served a huge buffet, with the selection changing most nights, whilst the other, “Mediterraneo” restaurant, which overlooks the infinity pool and Aegean, offers an a la carte menu.

Guests on a half board package can dine at either restaurant for breakfast and they receive a 20% discount if dining at Mediterraneo restaurant for dinner. (Reservations are required the day before if you want to dine at Mediterraneo restaurant).

We ate at the main restaurant each evening and were never bored with the food. Theme nights are held about three times each week (for example, Greek night), with the buffet dishes changing accordingly. Tables are available both inside and outside and the drinks were reasonably priced at €4.50 each for a glass of wine and a large beer.

Meditarreano Restaurant Michelangelo Resort Kos
Casual dining – with an awesome view – at Mediterraneo Restaurant.

On the days we were at the Resort over lunchtime, we ate at Mediterraneo restaurant which offers a good selection of salads, pizza, pasta, fish and meat dishes. Main courses range from €8 to €25. You can also order light meals and snacks (cooked at Mediterraneo) from the pool bar.

A number of guests that were staying at the Resort whilst we were there had booked fully inclusive packages which included three meals per day. They could dine at the main restaurant (full buffet) for lunch or choose from a limited buffet at Mediterraneo.

Personally, I wouldn’t take the fully inclusive option unless the price difference was minimal (this option was not available when I booked my accommodation).

Should you prefer to dine in your room, room service is also available (additional charge).

Michelangelo Resort Kos Mediterraneo restaurant
The food and staff at Mediterraneo Restaurant were great.

Activities at Michelangelo Resort and Spa

The Resort boasts three pools, two jacuzzis and its own private beach. Not surprisingly the infinity pool was the most popular, and our favourite! Built on the edge of a cliff, the infinity pool is 160 metres long and looks straight out over the Aegean.

There are plenty of sun lounges available on the wooden deck beside the pool and as we didn’t usually head to the pool until around 3.30pm or 4pm, we never had any trouble finding vacant lounges. Many of the guests (which were 99% European) would spend all day laying by the pool and were ready to vacate their lounges by the time we arrived.

The narrow private beach also has sun lounges for guests’ use but as the beach was rocky, we didn’t swim here.

During our stay, entertainment was provided four out of seven nights at Juliano’s Bar. Rock ’n’ Roll, Jazz and Greek nights were amongst the themes.

A spa and wellness centre is also available at the hotel (additional charge). My husband and I each booked a massage and I also had a manicure. It certainly wasn’t the best massage or manicure I’ve ever had, but it was OK.

Michelangelo Resort Greece infinity pool view
It’s not hard to see why the infinity pool was so popular. And how blue is the Aegean?!

The staff at Michelangelo Resort and Spa

There’s no doubt that the staff at Michelangelo Resort and Spa have been well chosen. As we rarely ventured away from the resort during our seven night stay, and we were eating in the same two restaurants all the time, we became friendly with a number of the staff. It was almost like being on a cruise ship – without the rocking!

All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful and most spoke very good English.

A couple of acts of staff kindness really stood out for us: a replacement drink for my husband when he couldn’t quite stomach the cocktail he had ordered, and a waiter from Mediterraneo restaurant going out of his way to come and say goodbye to us. “I’m not working tomorrow so I won’t see you again.”

We also loved bumping (not literally) into the porter at various spots around the resort – he always had a big smile on his face and a ready “Hello”.

I would highly recommend Michelangelo Resort and Spa if you are looking for a relaxing getaway on a Greek island. Thanks to great staff, excellent food and lovely accommodation, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would have no hesitation in returning.

Michelangelo Resort main pool
The main pool at Michelangelo Resort is smaller and quieter.

Getting to Kos town from Michelangelo Resort and Spa

The Resort is situated at Agios Fokas, about nine kilometres from Kos town. A public bus service runs from the Resort into town twice per hour for €2 per adult one way (or €1.50 each if you buy your tickets from the Resort’s mini-mart).

Kos airport is about 35 minutes away by taxi and costs €42.

Read more about Kos town and what I did on my visit.

Michelangelo Resort infinity pool at dusk
Farewelling the infinity pool on our final night at Michelangelo Resort and Spa.

I booked and paid for my stay at Michelangelo Resort and Spa through a travel agent. It can also be booked online.  Click here for current prices here.