Overall nice program but a lot of shlepping
As reviewers above commented, the food on the program was great and plentiful. We have never seen such amazing Passover desserts on any program we have ever gone on…really amazing! However, we were not thrilled with other aspects of the program— namely, the kids program or the amenities at the hotel. First, the kids program was only good for young children who needed babysitting services rather than a camp experience. The kids program was more like a kids group at shul versus summer camp in mentality and execution. The planned activities for older kids were unimaginative and boring. After the first day, my kids refused to go to camp with good reason. Second, the entertainment basically consisted of Jewish or Israeli singers which got repetitive and boring after the second act. We wish they would have varied up the entertainment a little. There was one evening with a hypnotist which was definitely a good break. The hotel is very large and not easy to get around with little kids especially if you don’t take a tram on Shabbat or Yom tov. There was a lot of walking and shlepping. Nothing is close by. It is approximately a 10 minute walk from the banquet hall where meals are served to the pool. You can wait for a tram but they are slow to show up. You may end up waiting 15-30 minutes for a tram. Additionally, you need to carry your pool towels to the pool each day and change them out to have clean towels for the following day. This made the whole experience less relaxing because we were shlepping six heavy towels to the pool and back each day. If you are bringing little kids (under the age of 10), I recommend you bring a scooter for them to get around the hotel. Otherwise you will have kids kvetching the whole time about walking back and forth. We were given this advice and brought two scooters. Unfortunately, one was stolen at the beginning of the trip so beware and take your scooter into the banquet hall with you. Outside of the block of rooms reserved for this program is one of the nicest beaches we have ever visited. Unfortunately, in order to get a drink or anything else from the program, we needed to walk back to the mini lobby or pool bar. There was nothing set up on the beach to make it convenient for guests on the program. This is different from other programs we have been on and an easy fix for those in charge. Lastly, the gym at the hotel is very old with very old treadmills. If you are looking to work out in the morning before your kids wake up, it is not an option at this hotel. The gym doesn’t open until after 8 at which point there is a huge line to use the 4 or 5 treadmills available.