We stayed at the Melas Lara in Lara Beach for one week in July 2012. The transfer time is 20-25 mins so not too bad. On arrival at the Hotel the Reception area was in darkness, but we were checked in pretty quickly. We were given our room key and the porter took our luggage. He also showed us how to use the safe (which was free) and then left.
On getting up in the morning, around 8am, we struggled to get a sunbed, the pool attendant brought two out for us. Breakfast was fantastic, good choice for everyone, omelettes made for you and warm pancakes made freshly every morning plus usual fried eggs, scrambled, sausage, etc. pool was very clean and water was warm. not the usual freezing cold you normally get.
Lunch was as you would expect, a fantastic choice with something for everyone, including my fusssy 11 year old who normally eats chips and chicken nuggets. There was pasta, chicken, soup, chips and much more. desserts were out of this world. If you have been to the pool, you do have to get dried and changed as they will refuse you entry to the restaurant in wet swimwear.
dinner is similar to lunch, just more choices.
There are two other restaurants you can book, the turkish and the fish restaurants. You can book one per week, if you wanted to go, you would have to book almost at the start of your holiday.
We used the spa for a turkish bath, about 115 euros for 2 adults and 1 child. this was the basic one but very worthwhile.
I would say that the hotel wasmainly German tourists, who are some of the rudest people i have ever met. You just have to be as rude as they skip queues and barge past you. And of course grab all the sunbeds. Most days we had to set the alarm for 6.45am just to get a sunbed. The beach is only a few minutes walk away but there is nowhere else to go if you are not at the pool so a sunbed is a must. This was the only downside to our holiday.
The entertainment team are fabulous and put on some good shows in the evening and the daytime entertainment was definitely a laugh. There were also a couple of professional shows which were pretty good.
There are a couple of shops a few minutes walk away (come out front of hotel and turn left, you will see the shopping centre in front of you, only a handful of shops though. Apart from here, there is really nowhere else to go unless you want to walk a bit further on, but it was too hot (38 during daytime and 31 at night)to walk much further.
Check out is at 12 noon, our flight was very late that evening, but we spoke to the Guest Relations Lady (who was very helpful) and we kept our room on til 2pm for free, which meant we could go to pool, have lunch, pack, check out, then back to pool. We could then use the shower at the spa and there is a hairdryer there too.
All in all, a good relaxing holiday, except for the sunbed issue.
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