As a party of 7, all ages from 8 to 60+, our mixed needs were pretty well catered for by this hotel at a reasonable price. The holiday dates late April-early May spanned a period of the hotel being fairly quiet to very busy with the hotel opening up more facilities in the handover from winter to summer clients.
When we first arrived we thought we had landed in paradise – no early morning scramble for sun loungers, no trouble in getting drinks service in the bar or a table in the restaurant. Then the school holidays hit for a European country. This generated a new energy in the hotel, a livelier busier atmosphere, but the hotel was not able to cope with the influx of guests that took the hotel to about 3/4s full. Suddenly there was a lack of beach towels, getting a table for dinner became a problem, drinks service with dinner meant extravagant tipping just to get the basics (cutlery, napkins, water etc), the beach bar ran out of food at lunchtime. The hotel management team did not respond quickly enough to the higher volume of guests, and the small amount of staff that we had got to know as being friendly were suddenly under huge pressure and were less happy and helpful to guests. It is fair to say that by the time we were ready to leave the hotel was operating more efficiently with the many new faces drafted in to the food and beverage team.
The clientele is very mixed and cosmopolitan from a wide variety of countries, and to avoid bashing any one nationality, it is fair to say that anyone from any country can be accused of being rude, lacking manners and not supervising their children properly. The hotel general manager would be wise to brief his team on nipping problems in the bud early on rather than allow problems to escalate. We made several complaints to the guest relations manager who did nothing, and then the situation, especially in the indoor pool got worse not better. Having a little confidence to ask a minority of guests to ensure their children behave better would ensure that the majority of clients would be happy to re-book.
Niggly complaints aside, the rooms are of a very high standard, the mini bar with daily top up of beer, water and soft drinks was a nice touch, and the food was excellent, with lots of choice on offer at the hot and cold table plus a regular bbq offering of fish, chicken, home made kebabs etc. Amazing salads and fresh fruit available with every meal. The chefs at the bread oven – we salute you, your flat breads, plain and flavoured, were to die for and we miss eating them oh so much! There were some fairly picky eaters in our group and we were all full up at every meal, there is enough diversity of choice to suit all diets and palates.The gardens are gorgeous, with lots of scented plants and little nooks and crannies of shade to enjoy when the heat gets too much.
Entertainment wise, there is a daily programme of activities to keep adults and kids busy if lounging on the beach/at the pool is too boring. The night time entertainment is pretty poor, and scaled new depths as far as I have experienced, but this is a very subjective matter and other people may enjoy the offerings of the in-house entertainment team.
This is not a five star hotel, more like a good 3-4 star in Britain. In all it stacks up as a fairly decent All Inclusive hotel, and there is no such thing as perfection. Just choose your holiday dates carefully as peak time may not be as pleasant and relaxing a stay as mid or low season.
Take ear plugs, Lara Beach is a resort packed with beachfront hotels, and they all have noisy external entertainment, even if your hotel is quiet, noise will travel from one complex to another, so don’t expect to have an early quiet night at all during your stay.
The spa facilities were excellent, do haggle hard on the price of every treatment that you might be interested in with the sales rep. You can use the hamam, sauna and steam room free of charge as a guest, but you do have to pay if you want the full turkish bath experience (scrubbing, soaping and massage) in the hamam.
If you have a night flight and don't want to pay the 60+ euros for a late check out, the spa will let you use their showers and lockers free of charge so you can still enjoy your last day on the beach.
Have fun! The water slides were great fun and kids and adults alike enjoyed bombing into the pool at speed. There were slides for smaller children into a shallow pool, and bigger slides for older children and adults. A brilliant way to cool down in the afternoon.
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