We stayed at the Lara hotel from the 21/7 to 1/8. This was meant to be my last family holiday and even though I was skeptical about going at the the start, the holiday didn't disappoint.
There was a party of five, my parents who are both 50 and me my brother and sister who are 20,17 and 15 respectively.
Not the biggest variety in the world, but overall it was good. Three of our party were vegetaraian and one was Vegan and all of us were happy with the food. I would strongly advise not going for the late breakfast though as the range is limited.
Drinks and Bars
This wasn't the Hotels strongest area, they deliberately limited the drinks you could order in the day even though the drinks were available at the same bar later in the day. When the full range of drinks were available though the selection was quite good. The only exception to this is that the beer was served with no head and flat far too often.
In terms of the bars they were usually good, there were two standard pool bars which were fairly good and the beach bar which we spent a lot of time in. I would recommend it especially when they served lunch and ice cream in the afternoon. Inside the bars were again fairly standard, the best being the bar on the first floor which had a modern feel to it.
The rooms were stylish with strong air conditioning which worked well which and is necessary with the high temperatures in Turkey. The only downsides were the fact that the floor wasn't that clean and that the cleaning staff turned up sporadically, which is very annoying when you want clean towels. There was also a very dirty patch behind our door which stayed dusty and dirty through our whole time there. On one occasion the cleaner took our beach towels but luckily the reception gave us new towel cards which averted a potentially awkward moment.
This was a very mixed bag with the Acrobats being an exceptional whereas the comedy show wasn't funny and in some cases very close to the knuckle. In one scene the lead entertainer "blacked up" his face and imitated the recently dead Whitney Houston which was in bad taste. Another major problem is that the evening shows only have a week rotation which means that if like us you were there for longer you could be left bored in the evening.
Pools and Beach
The beach was clean with ample sun beds and the added advantage on one side of the pier being shallow enough to walk in quite deep. The pools were acceptable with some slides on the main pool which added to the enjoyment. The only disappointment of the three pools is the wave pool were the waves were only on for one hour a day and weren't as strong as those in the sea. There was very little point of having waves like that IMO.
This is were the hotel was let down, both the steam room and jacuzzi were not available for the whole time we were there. The sauna was good, but I would strongly advise not going for the oil massage. It was far too tough leaving marks on by back for days afterwards.
Overall, the holiday was enjoyable and the Lara, although not faultless was an enjoyable holiday, I would recommend it but not too everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa with a view to the enchanting blue of the Mediterranean sea and the monumental presence of the Taurus mountains...Kervansaray Hotels display all the colors of life and the Lara Convention Center & Spa represents "burgundy", which is the "power of the soul", explaining why each and every detail including the features and color of the stone is meticulously elaborated...The fact that the glass covering 80% of the building converts everything into a transparent beauty is not a coincidence.Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa, located on an area of 110.000M² , right at the shore of Lara, was awarded the "Best Building" reward in 2006 among National Architecture Projects with its extraordinary architecture and interior design. Our hotel where the light, water and glass are used together and the day and the night are experienced differently with its post-modern architecture, is surrounded by decorative ponds located on a land of 1500m². Our 9 storey building has 16 elevators, each of which is surrounded by transparent glass.While the precious stones used at every point in the architectural design dazzle your eyes under the night illumination, you will feel that our "U" shaped rooms take you closer to the enchanting view of the Mediterranean Sea. Our hotel building is surrounded by green fields such as orange trees, botany gardens and walking paths, with a landscaping architecture complementing its conceptual theme. Located at a distance of 12 km. From Antalya city center and 9 km from Antalya Airport, Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa is honored to accommodate its guests who are enchanted by its prominent unconventional architecture, in a friendly atmosphere with best quality service. ... more less
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