London, May 31 : David Barnish was very happy to treat his family to a holiday at a luxury resort, but the British businessman was soon dismayed to find their hotel was dominated by Germans.
And now, Barnish has been awarded 750 pounds as compensation from the tour operator whose actions ruined the family's trip to Greece.
The 47-year-old dad had forked out 4,000 pounds for the all-inclusive trip to the Greek island of Kos.
But on arrival at the 700-room Grecotel Park hotel with wife Karen and his three daughters, David grew suspicious as he noticed all the unoccupied sunbeds draped with towels - and the sound of just one distinctive accent.
"We tried to join a windsurfing lesson and yoga classes but all the instructions were in German. My youngest daughter wanted to attend the kids' club but couldn't understand what was going on," The Sun quoted Barnish, as saying.
"Even the TV was in German, except for one channel," he added.
The finance company boss, of Madeley, Staffs, claimed that the Thomson break for Karen and daughters Molly, 12, Gemma, 19, and 21-year-old Kim was spoiled because the hotel did not cater for English people.
He said: "We entrusted Thomson with our holiday, going for an upmarket Premier Beachclub hotel for its facilities, but we weren't able to use many of them."
On May 31 Thomson holidays was told to pay Barnish the compensation money at Stoke-on-Trent County Court for breach of contract.
Deputy District Judge Naish ruled that a customer going to a hotel featured in an English brochure "doesn't expect to have to press for activities to be accessible in their own language".
He added: "The brochure is significantly misleading."