This was our first stay at the Pinar Hotel and Alanya. Indeed it was my first trip to Turkey, my boyfriends second. The hotel was in an ideally situated,, a short walk into the town and to the beach. The shops on the main street or avenue are quite expensive, but the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. Some speak English better then others, so appreciate any attempt on your part to speak Turkish to them, even if it is only to say Hello and Thank you.
The staff at the Pinar Hotel, were always very polite and helpful. The rooms were extremely clean, the only thing that would have been nice, was if there had been a kettle in the room to make our own tea or coffee, last thing at night.
The thing I loved about Alanya was seeing the Lime and Orange Tree's that grew everywhere. I know we have our own apple tree's in the UK, but seeing other fruits growing freely everywhere was a buzz. At the PInar, they also have their own vines and guests are given bowls of grapes to eat for free while sitting in the TV area.
There is something for everyone in Alanya, those who love to buy clothes have much to choose from, We didn't but we were told by other guests that there were many bargains to be had and very good imitation designer wear. For those who like jewellary, there are gold and silver shops in abundance. We were told by other guests who had been to Turkey before, that they had either bought or had jewellary made that was worth a lot more when they had it valued back in the UK. The thing is to shop around and barter for the best prices.
We loved listening to the call to prayer that was heard several times a day, this seemed to irritate some, but to us, it made us feel that we were truly in another country. It is a very spiritual place in that sense and the Turkish people we met were very courteous and hospitable. It is also a place where you can wander around very late at night and feel safe. Things are left outside shops all night, which you would never see in the UK.
The weather was very warm, even if at times it was overcast, we still walked arpund comfortably in shorts and T Shirts. Though at times it could get a little cool at night. We experienced two electric storms while we were there, we think we get rain here, it was nothing like it was there when the heavens opened. The worst storm happened at night, but the next day was boiling hot. So it needed it to clear the air and get rid of the mugginess that had built up over the previous couple of days. We loved Alanya and the Turkish People and would definitely go again.
On a personal note, we have to say, that our stay at the Hotel Pinar was made all the more enjoyable by the company of the other guests, who were staying at the hotel at the same time as us. Especially, Kim and Ursula, Terry and Julia, Wendy and her husband and the newly weds Wayne and Katie. If you read this thanks again for your company and remember if you ever want to touch base with us again, you can just type in spiritual chat and we are top of google on The God Light.
Thanks again to all the staff at the PInar.
Kaz & Leon
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