We took the prepaid bus (transfers) from the airport to hotel. 1hour travel time with cold drinks on bus from .50€ Bottle of water to 3€ local beer. Most places accept euros but you get a slightly better rate if you use Turkish funds. There is not that big curb appeal when you pull up to the hotel, large and grey. The good news is the inside is pretty nice and the staff is really well trained. I tried out both English and German on everyone in the hotel and they all spoke both pretty well with the exception of the house cleaner who went out of her way to show me her name tag and communicate without understanding each others language. We had 3 devices for wifi and they offer 2 log ins so the IT man changed it and we got 3. The hotel is climate controlled at 24c. We were unable to change the temp in our room. I like to sleep in cold so I asked the front desk to change our room to 20 and they did. The sink did not have a stopper so I asked for one at the front desk and It appeared in our room. There is a bazaar on Mondays and Thursdays in Manavgat. You walk to the main road (2 city blocks) and take a bus directly there for 1,50€. 7 kilometer walk to Side along the promenade by the ocean or taxi (€15), bus for 1,50€. The amphitheater ruins are there (free) and the tourist trap bazaar. You can get better deals along the main road mini bazaars if shopping is your thing. Indoor pool was open in April. The gym is small but usable. There are 2 pool tables and a game room. There is also a cinema that plays mostly movies in German but also in English sometimes. There are 2 restaurants that you can use for free 1x each. One is Italian and the other Turkish. The Turkish restaurant Safran was fabulous. Way too much food and 6 courses but great. The buffet was good for all three meals at the 2 buffet restaurants. I never had anything that was bad. Everything ranged from good to very good. By the beach the grill is going for "snacks" mid day as well -great! The thing is that most dishes they change a little with spices to give them the hint of locality. For instance they added dill to paella one evening. The dill was surprising but ok. If I want traditional paella I would go to Valencia. It was on the menu for Mexico night but it is not a Mexican dish. I love sitting by the pool and getting served drinks. The drinks were a bit better than other places and ones that are traditional like margarita, piña colada, and Bloody Mary. The red wine is very dry. I prefer a little sweeter. They were serving lots of rose' and Sekt. I did not experience the construction noise that others mentioned in their reviews. Wifi in rooms if you are near a repeater in the hallway. Ours did not work well but the wifi was ok in the hall, bars, pool, lobby. We had a partial ocean view "meer blick". The Elite Suite is in the middle building and includes a couch and 2 sinks full ocean view. The delux suite is in the right or left building with separated living room. There are four romance suites with tub on balcony, full ocean view. Mornings there are 3 stations with oranges and presses all included. Other place we stayed last year wanted an extra euro for fresh squeezed OJ. Mini fridge in room with 6 choices including 2 beers, free and refilled daily. Instant coffee in room and free safe. Beds were comfy. Fluffy white robes included. There is an a la carte ice cream place here but for lunch they serve ice cream for free if you want it. The beach is sandy. No rocks so special shoes are not needed. There are beach sports for hire including boat rides, paddle boards, wave runners etc. and volley ball nets for free. I will come here again. It was a little more expensive than Saphir Beach Resort and Spa where we stayed last year but the difference in price is made up by the food, stellar service, sandy beach and for us, 18+.
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