I have just returned from a 7night stay with my partner at the Saturn Palace 5* Resort in Lara Beach. After arriving late at night my first impressions were the hotel looked very nice at the end of a long line of luxury hotels in Lara Beach. We were shown to our room which we had upgraded to a jacuzzi suite which was on the 4th floor. We then had a look around and were pleasently suprised when the restaurant staff opened up for us to have some hot food which was nice. i would summarise the hotel as follows;
Rooms: Very nicely decorated and very clean with maid service daily. We had upgraded so the room was a little more spacious with a nice balcony. There is a tv but no english channels so its not worth turning on. The fridge is filled daily with free water but you have to pay for other drinks. The air con didnt work , and according to reception is because it wasnt hot enough. Overall the rooms are easily 4*.
Food: The hotel has 1 main buffet restaurant, a beach snack restaurant and an Italian a la carte restaurant. The buffet resturant gets very busy at dinner time and is a little bit like a school canteen, however there is plenty of choice and the food was fairly nice. The breakfast however is mainly continental so we missed it most days (it depends on your on personal preference i suppose). The beach was restaurant was nice and served some of the food from the buffet restaurant. You could also get ice-creams around the pool in the afternoon but when they were gone they were gone. I would highly recommend the a la carte restaurant, in all you get 6 courses which is served from a set menu and was very nice. The restaurant is nicely decorated and the staff are a little more friendly.
Drinks: The hotel has several bars, the main one being in the lobby. Most people sat in here at night as it was cold outside. The lobby bar is also the only bar where you can get all drinks. My partner drinks Malibu and this was only available at the lobby bar, this was a bit annoying if sat by the beach in the day, and i also found it odd that it wasnt available in the a la carte, but if you like vodka or whisky you can get these at all bars. The staff are mostly polite, however they tend to favour the German and Dutch guests before serving the English. One night i got so annoyed i complained to reception only to be told "if you dont like it why dont you stay in the Lara Beach Hotel where the English all go,"....Charming.
Location: The hotel is situated at the end of Lara Beach which i feel is still a developing resort. There are several shopping malls nearby but the goods arnt exactly a bargain. I also found it odd that there was not 1 bar or restaurant nearby, so you are therefore confined to the hotel even if you wanted to go out to eat, unless you get a taxi into Antalaya about 20mins away.
Pools: The hotel as 1 large pool which was alwas quiet in the day, 1 pool with slides where the entertainment and activities are held, with a bar next to it and also an indoor pool and spa. We spent a few days in the spa due to the poor weather, there is a nice sauna and steam room and we also had a massage package which was nice, and reasonable priced. The hotel also has a gym if you wanted to use it. The spa also supplies you with beach towels so i wouldnt bother taking any.
Entertainment: There was daily entertainment and also nighttime shows and themes nights which were fairly good. However most the entertainment was outside so if going in winter take somewarm clothes! The gala night was spectacular and the staff spent all day setting it up, there was also a nice firework display at the end.
Amenities: The hotel has free wifi in the reception area but it doesnt always work. There is also a jewellers, a clothes shop and a mini market. However the mini market was a bit of a joke as there prices changed daily when you went in as nothing is marked. The hotel cats are also rather friendly.
Overall: I would recommend this hotel as i felt it did give value for money however it is not 5*, maybe a 4 at best. The only thing that let this hotel down was the staff serving other guests first becausethey give a tip, which is a little rude i thought, and also the fact you cant get all variety of drinks at all the bars. The hotel was very clean, however i probable wouldnt return because i felt Lara was a fairly quiet resort with not much going on. If you just want to sunbath on the beach all day and dont mind waiting for your drinks then you will be fine here. Other then that i dont really have any complaints.
*book a airport transfer before you go, the taxis arnt that cheap, i booked with suntransfers.com and paid 52 euro return
*book the ala carte restuarant when you arrive becaus it soon fills up, and you wouldnt want to miss out
*dont take any beach towels unless you want extra
*tip the staff at the start of the week - you may get a lot better service!!
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- Also Known As:
- Saturn Palace Hotel Antalya
- Hotel Saturn Palace