We have just returned from Ali Bey after a 10 night stay and really enjoyed it. I spend quite a lot of time looking into the various hotels in Side, and ended up here. We were not disappointed!
First up, on arrival we were greeted and given a welcome drink which is a nice touch after an hour in a taxi. The reception staff were great and explained everything. The reception itself is very nice. Then we got a shuttle round to our room in block 1, which was close to reception but furthest from the beach/restaurant etc. We actually enjoyed the walk back and fourth.
Hotel Grounds - Quite possibly the cleanest hotel we've ever been in, the staff work non stop at cleaning and tidying up everywhere. They are like robots! The grounds are beautiful, my only criticism would be they were very dark at nights, only lit by little lights
Hotel Room - Again spotlessly clean, the maids work very hard. We had a standard room and found it almost perfect. There is plenty of storage (plus point with the better half!) and lots of power points which hotels dont normally have. Shower and bath great. However the room was let down by the tea and coffee facilities. For a 5* hotel they are really unacceptable. No milk, just some powder creamer stuff, we asked for fresh milk for a tea but never got it. Considering there is a fridge in room, a small milk carton can't be too difficult to include. Most hotels of this standard have a good coffee machine aswell, Nespresso etc. The restocked mini bar is a great idea though! Bed was comfy, but not the best we've been in. Another point to note is the walls are very thin. You will hear your next door neighbours talking, babies crying, or in our case some singing!
Restaurant - Moving on from the coffee moan, it was made up for here with the bean to cup coffee machine which was a nice surprise! The food at this hotel is absolutely outstanding, there is so much choice at all meal times, and beautifully presented. The live cooking stations are great for getting a fresh steak or lamb kebab etc. We didn't have much bother getting a table for the two of us, but appreciate that we were deliberately going to the restaurant towards the end of meal times..
Beach - We spent every day at the beach and it was great. The loungers are rearranged every night, the sand is all smoothed out which must take ages! There is plenty space between each set as well so you are not crammed in like sardines. Fantastic. One thing we felt would really add to the beach would be either a drinks service (like the pool gets) or even a small fridge/freezer station with drinks/ice creams. Minor point really. It was cooler at the beach due to the breeze but we prefer that.
Bars - Drinks choice is good, not great. There are various cocktails on choice but being honest, they are made up far too strong, to the point of almost being neat alcohol. Shouldn't complain really, but they are pretty much undrinkable. However the non-alco cocktails are great, and the beer on tap etc is all fine. No cider though! We had lunch a couple of times at the beach bar and the choice is pretty good, burgers, toasties, salads, the usual. Staff here were superb. They were working very hard.
Coffee House - Lovely, the tall young lady was probably the number one member of staff for us (sorry can't remember her name!) nothing was too much hassle. Nice coffees and loads of cakes!
Pool - Didn't lie by the pool once, but it looked very busy whenever we passed. The bar here we found to be a bit more busy.
Entertainment - The entertainment team are superb, they put loads of effort into the routines at night and its a great way to relax after your dinner. The Michael Jackson show, Lion King and Spirit of Anatolia were excellent. Bit chilly sitting out at this time of year though at 10pm at night! There was plenty going on during the day as well like volleyball, football, kids stuff etc which was all good to see.
Spa - We only used the sauna a few times, which was lovely. Really great set up. We intended on using the gym but never went. We did use the Tennis court once which was 10 Euros for the hour, and 8 Euros for the equipment. We felt the court should be free really, as they were empty most of the time. Quite expensive if you want to play every day!
Little Touches - There are lots of little things during the days that add to the experience here. Frozen towels on the beach in the afternoon are ace. Fresh waffles, pancakes, crepes, watermelon etc at various times are all great ideas as well. You will never go hungry at Ali Bey thats for sure!
Overall - Thoroughly enjoyed it. Staff were great overall, and the cleanliness is outstanding. We were hoping for good things, but the hotel surpassed our expectations. A few minor points as stated above, if rectified really would have made this one of the best holidays we have been on. We would definitely recommend it, and will return at some point we think.
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