I stayed with my girlfriend here for a week in May 2013. We'd never been to Turkey before and was a little nervous by what some people have said/warned us about. I have to say first of all that the staff who work in the hotel are great, there is a small English barrier with some of the staff who don't speak any English, but they soon get someone else who does if that's the case. The staff always made conversation with us when we were going for something to eat or just having a drink in the bar, they make an effort to make you feel at home.
My girlfriend was very worried about the food as she's a bit fussy and we'd heard that the food wouldn't be as good as, say Spain or another popular holiday destination. But the food in the hotel was great, a great choice of food for breakfast, lunch and tea. They have a very large food hall and also a bbq area outside where they cook a lot of different types of meat. We didn't get any tummy problems or anything like what I read up before we went.
The location is good apart from the 2 hour drive from the airport but it's all air conditioned and very comfy coaches so you don't realise it's that long.
It's right next to the beach, along with the 3 pools it has, nice jetty to sun bath on, with ladders leading into the sea.
Also there's so many sunbeds you never need to reserve or rush down after breakfast to claim some.
The only thing I want to mention which bugged me and my girlfriend was the maid that didn't speak any English or apparently couldn't read signs as she kept trying to come into our room when the 'do not disturb ' sign was on the door - in Turkish. We had to actually bolt the door to stop her from coming in. We only arrived at 3am on the Friday morning and she was trying to clean our room at 10am, after trying to get her to leave, we had to leave her to it as she ignored us.
That's the only thing that bugged us about the hotel though.
We went with Thomas cook so we went on one of the days out to a few markets, a water fall and a river cruise. I would take other peoples advised on this site about booking the trips separately. The cruise was ok, food a bit bad. The markets were the same as what you can visit on a Sunday across the road from the hotel, which happens every week. The only thing good about the whole day out was the waterfall, which only lasted 45mins. We would of spent the day there is we could of done.
The good thing about the market that happens on a Sunday is that none of it's priced so you have to haggle. NEVER go with what they say at the start and stick to your guns. We wanted a few things while we were there, a football shirt, some belts, bags etc. The football shirts work out about £12 each, obviously fakes, but some do look real, we had Lira so only go up to 30Lira max for a football top which is £12. The first stall I went to wanted 90Lira so just shows. And the handbags we got down to 90Lira for 2 bags instead of first of all been quoted 500Lira for 1. If they mention a ridiculous price, just say no thanks and walk away, they will always give you a better price. Also ask for 2 for 1, I got 2 belts for £12 and they were proper leather. Also don't get the aftershave, we were made aware that it was made up of 80% alcohol after I bought one for £8. Only one squirt then it broke. So just be careful on what you buy.
But all in all one of the best holidays I've been on and we said we'll definitely go back again in the future. Hope this info helps someone in some way as I was reading all the reviews when I booked the hotel and wanted some reassurance lol. Also finally make sure you have £10 with you for the customs :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our All inclusive conceptual Hotel is located in Avsallar Incekum on Jasmine Bay,only 20 km far away from Alanya City Center and 110 km from Antalya International Airport.Before the Grand Opening in 2009 Hotel overall places such as rooms,lobby,reception,restaurants,bars was renovated and an extensive SPA Center has opened.Hotel offers all you need with enriched activities,high service standarts,and its renewed vision. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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