Thank God that me and my partner did not listen to the bad/negative reviews! We have just returned from Buyuk Anadolu and have nothing but praise for the hotel and the staff that work there. The rooms were thoroughly cleaned every day (towels, bed sheets changed, floors hoovered, bathroom cleaned). The food was different every day, yes you get the same things each day at breakfast (runny/raw eggs seemed to be a persistant problem but that was soon fixed by the cooks/hotel management) but the choice is amazing, there is always something for everyone. The animation team do an amazing job (especially Andrej who made our stay so enjoyable and always greeted us with a huge smile and round up of the days activities, we also loved that he could speak our native Croatian/Bosnian language and always made a huge effort!).
The hotel has a spa where you can use the sauna/Turkish Baths/Gym and Jacuzzi free of charge, beware the 'jacuzzi' is not one you would generally expect and is usually freezing cold because the water gets heated by the sun (even though it is inside)...that was the only disappointing factor as it would have of been nice to take a warm dip when the tropical storm was brewing. There are many different massages on offer, we enjoyed a face mask and massage which cost us 140 lira for 2 people, the rest of the options were a tad too expensive so we left it at that!
We had the odd cloudy day on which we jumped onto a mini-bus that stops right outside of the hotel entrance and transports you into town for 2TL per person, everyone is very friendly and there is almost always space to sit down. The town itself doesn't offer too much but there are quite a few shops offering 'designer' goods, although it would be nice to see a bit more or at least some 'authentic' Turkish shops / restaurants. The prices are reasonable and yes you do have to compromise and hagle but everyone is very approachable and willing to 'talk business'.
The pool area is very clean, the DJ is always present and maintains a great atmosphere, the bar staff always go that extra length to mix drinks and offer you 'specials' whilst on the all inclusive programme. The beach is maintained by an excellent and friendly life guard and his companion, they are up at the crack of dawn cleaning the private beach, they remove the odd sea urchin from the waters and ensure that everyone has a safe and pleasant stay, the water itself is shallow a LONG way out and is wonderful for non-swimmers and those with children. We are already looking at booking again, one of the best holidays we have had, especially in Turkey!
- Also Known As:
- Buyuk Anadolu Didum Hotel Didim
- Buyuk Anadolu Didum Hotel
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