Firstly, I start off by saying that we paid in total £530 for 2 for 1 week though Teletext holidays via Sun Wings. We meet a couple who went through First Choice @ just over £600 EACH (although for 2 weeks but still way too much), so shop around before you book.
Anyways, we were basically expecting what we paid for i.e not great, but the hotel had everything you needed and more.
Although hotel rated as a 5*, it's not. But apparently, in Turkey, the 5*'s are what we would class as 3* and you wouldn't wanna go any less then a 5* in Turkey.
Transfer from Bodrum airport was about 1hr 30mins, although our driver did take us to the wrong hotel first of all (thank god!) and made a few wrong turns so could possible be quicker.
Check-in was smooth - there was approx 20 people checking in at the same time. There was a help yourself bar with hot/soft drinksWe did have to wait some time for the Bell-boys to come meets us and take us to our rooms but me and my boyfriend decided to find our room ourselves.
Our room was very spacious. Double bed – although a few couples got twin beds and went to reception to complain but got moved straight away to a double room. Loads of wardrobe space and draws.
Flat screen LDC TV on the wall but tiny size for the room. TV had 2 News channels, movie (movies I’d never heard of) and Music Channel – but who goes on holiday to watch TV anyway!?
There is a mini Fridge but this is filled with only one bottle of water each day.
Plenty of plugs in the room (European) and loads of Lighting. Full length mirror with large mirror in bathroom and large dressing table mirror.
Bathroom was very clean but yes the shower does leak ….alot! We rolled up the foot towels around the shower to soak up the water and they would be soaking wet when we had finished showering. But no big deal for us – it’s only water.
Oh my god, the swimming pool was FREEZING. We had a day that was about 35c and was still cold. It ended up being a game of who would be the bravest to get in, and then stay in it. Recommend that you just go down the slides so then you got no choice! The slides by the way are great fun – although maybe give the blue one (black hole type slid) a miss as I was told that there is a big bump in the middle of it. The slides are only on at certain times of the day and are manned by a life guard. The pool was massive though with a bit of the pool a spa bit – although this was never turned on. There was a tiny separate kids pool. I would say though that the hotel holds 800 people and there is no way enough beds or space at the bar if the hotel was full.
The only bars that were open was the Beach Bar, Pool Bar and Lobby Bar and the only inclusive alcoholic drinks was beer, white/red wine, gin, vodka, whisky and vanilla liquor. I did dare to look at the cocktail list but quickly walked away from that idea – looking around £8 for a cocktail. The waiters were quick though and know near on every time what you were drinking. There was no favouritism depending on what nationality you were.
There is early Breakfast, Late Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner.
Oh my god the main restaurant was amazing. The staff went all out in decorating it with carvings out of fruit and decorations of food. So much to choose from - from about 20 salad dishes, main food dishes and loads of choice of deserts. Although food is aimed at adults i.e no kiddies food like chicken nuggets or fish fingers or what ever kids eat. There was always a Turkish specialty – different each night on offer. Never made it for early breakfast but late breakfast consisted of the usual sausage eggs, bacon etc and cereals, freshly made omlets, and salad. Bread for toast with about 5 different flavours of jam.
There was smoking aloud in the restaurant, with no smoking areas, but I was told that the smoking ban comes into effect in turkey in June?
Snacks were chips, pizza, burgers and some sort of meat bread. Snakes were served on the outside decking area with gorgeous views over the sea.
There was a part of the day where coned ice-cream was served at the pool bar – Vanilla, Choc and Strawberry. Very yummy and refreshing! Had no complaints with the food what so ever – loads of choice and always fresh and hot.
Beach and Quay.
The hotel is built into a cliff with stairs – landscaped really well – down to the beach area, although this was not a big area. There was a decking area surrounding the beak with beds and also a quay going out into the sea again decked with beds. There is a beach bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks. Didn’t vist the beach much – spent most of the time round the pool.
Only thing that was bad about our stay as the entertainment didn’t exist. Every night there was a disco from about 8 till 1ish – all inclusive finishes at 12. The hotel had only opened for the season a week prior to our arrival and assume that entertainment was yet to be arranged. The Entertainment team did their best though , getting people up in the evening to play a few games although this was repetitive. There was water polo, darts, bowls etc during the day.
There is a spa area with the Turkish Baths, massage rooms and Fitness Centre – and as the hotel is only a year old, these areas are still amazing. The massage areas are filled with scented candles with relaxing ocean music. The Turkish Bath area has a steam and sauna room. Please note though there is an excursion to go out for a Turkish Bath for 10 Euros (£10) but we went on this and worst experience ever. The place we went to was a back street place with dirty Turkish men doing the massages. The place also smelt degusting like dirty water. We all felt cleaner before we went in. Recommend that you pay the extra and have the Turkish bath in the hotel I think it was 33 euros) as it would be well worth it.
Surrounding Area and Shops:
About a 5 min walk you come to local shops selling all the usual tourist things with restaurants/bars. I suggest you try and make it out once or twice for the breakfast as you get a massive full English for about £2!
Walking in a straight line along the main beach about 10 mins walk you will find loads of bars which are open to 4am. Entertainment in the bars are excellent and all the Turks are friendly with waiter service at the tables.
There are loads of shops selling all the fake designer clothes, bags, purses, shoes etc but be prepared to haggle! The shop assistances always start off with a price which is way to much and you could easily get to at least half of what they started at. Sometimes though the shop assistance did get a bit much – always trying to get you in to their shops – word of warning, do not shake their hands as they won’t let go and drag you in to the shop. The PR people outside the bars and Restaurant also stood outside trying to get you to come in but once you said no they got the message.
There were also a few beaty places and Turkes Barbers. Well recommended for the boys to go and get a turkesh shave and the ladies to get a pedicure - £6 for full pedicure – so cheap and you get the full works!!!!
All staff was friendly and helpful.
We did have an issue with our safe – it was already locked on our arrival and took 2 days to sort out, but we never chased them and it was dealt with. On the 3rd day, the actual manager came to our room to apologise for any inconvenience and asked if there was anything we needed. We didn’t even complain and I was so taken back that the manager had got off his own back and came to apologise that I couldn’t think of anything we needed – until I was walking back to the pool and though of a million and one things!
The waiters in the main restaurant didn’t speak very good English but were learning new words by the day and they were all so sweet and wanted to help.
The maids were also very good. Rooms were cleaned top to bottom every day and made pretty patters out of towels and bed sheets on the bed.
We loved it and wanted to stay out for another week – and really would of if it wasn’t for work. But everyone has their own opinions but there is nothing wrong with this hotel unless perhaps you are a snob and expect the earth.
We have been to Mexico, Cuba, Dominican and loads of other places and would defiantly recommend this hotel to anyone and most likely will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday is nice...Having a holiday in Palm Wings Beach Resort is something excellent...Crystal clear sea of the Aegean, very hot sunlight and green nature invite you to the holiday you are dreaming of.We promise that you will have the best moments of your life in Didim, which is one of the unique gifts that sea and the nature togetherness has presented to the Aegean Region...Didim is 150 km far from İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, 80 km far from Bodrum Airport and 3 km from Didim Coach Station. ... more less
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