This was our first experience of flying from Stansted airport. We arrived at Stansted long stay car park to be greeted by a very abrupt and rude car park attendant. When we asked him what to do, as most airport car parks vary, he replied “Have you not read your instructions” and when we pulled over to see if there was any further information on our instructions we were also shouted at by various car park staff to move on.
Both outgoing and return flights were on time and were completely hassle free.
There was no rep on the dolmus taking us to our hotel. We were handed our arrival letters by the bus driver. The transfer to the hotel was very long winded, sometimes going over roads that we had already travelled on to drop off people at their hotels. So what was supposed to be an hour’s transfer turned into something like 2 hours in extremely warm conditions.
Once at the hotel check in was brisk, although none of the reception staff spoke English. There were bell boys to take our luggage up to our rooms. We found out in the first couple of days that the hotel had been taken over by a Russian businessman at the end of Oct 10, so the hotel was not geared towards English tourists with the Kids Club aimed solely at the Russian/Eastern European guests.
The rooms both had sea and pool views although they were basic with twin beds. There was limited room for storage of clothes, so we found ourselves literally living out of a suitcase for the whole 2 weeks.
The food for the first day and a half started poor but as the holiday went by there was plenty of choice. We tried 2 of the 3 a la carte restaurants (Topkapi and Italian) where we paid 10TL (£4) for a 5 course meal. However, one thing to note, if there is less than 10 people booked into a particular a la carte restaurant, they cancel your booking and you get the chance to move to the next available evening.
The restaurant staff were friendly and helpful, with nothing being too much trouble for them. If you ordered a bottle of wine they were always there to replenish your glass. Waiters to get to know are Sharvin, Yurgchek, Ronaldo, Jorge and Ursel to name but a few.
There were 3 pools in the grounds; the main pool which had all the entertainment revolving around it; a pool for the small children and another pool which had slides and a Jacuzzi. All were well maintained and cleaned throughout the evening. One thing to beware of around the main pool is that the marble tiles are very slippery when wet. Try not to let your children run as we saw a lot of small children fall on their backs.
The beach is a shingle beach, so you will need to have a pair of beach shoes so that you don’t cut your feet. The sea has lots of large smooth boulders which can be slippery. This was very daunting for my husband who is not at all confident in the water.
The entertainment team were very good but during the first week, because of the small amounts of English guests staying at the hotel, they were not really geared language wise, so we ddn’t know what was being said. This was rectified by the end of the first week. Animation team members to look out for are Gutty, Euan, Ali Baba and Lily and of course the Animation Manager, Jimmy.
We decided to do 2 excursions and we feel that we did the best 2. The first trip we went on was the Select Gulet which cost us £50 and was for adults only. We were picked up outside the gates of the hotel and taken to Antalya Marina where we boarded our vessel for the day. Drinks (soft or alcoholic) were available as soon as we boarded. We headed out towards Kemer and stopped after about 45 minutes to make our first swim stop. A photographer was on board taking photographs of couples and at the first swim stop he left the gullet by speedboat. We set off on the second leg, again another 45 minutes for a swim stop but this time we stopped for lunch, which was provided. Lunch was a very nice mixed cold salads with a choice of either meatballs, chicken or fish. After an hour we set off on the final leg which was split into half with another swim stop. Cake and melon were served. The photographer came back at this point with a plate and a ship’s wheel with each couples photos in the middle. He tried to charge me 30TL for the plate and 40TL for the wheel, but after bartering I got him down to 50TL for the 2. However, a lot of people were not buying them which meant that a lot of work had been done unnecessarily. He would have been better just producing a photo in a nice folder for a fraction of the cost. The only down side to the trip was the tannoy message telling people to pick their transport up at the bus park; this information was not relayed to the people on the top deck.
The second trip we did was the Sea to Sky and we felt it was well worth the £55 per person cost. Our guide, Ishmail, was very knowledgeable. Again we were picked up by dolmus outside the gates of the hotel and taken to the entrance to the Tahtali Mountains, where we got off the dolmus and got onto a coach that was to take us up to the cable car station. The ride took about 25 minutes, and once we got to the summit, we got to spend 45 minutes free time looking at the souvenirs as well going outside to take some awesome photos. After a 25 minute cable car ride back, we then mounted the coach, which took us to the Botaniks Restaurant, which was a fish farm. Here we had a lovely lunch. After lunch we went to Phaselis to see the ruins and spend a bit of time on the beach. We were then returned to our hotel by dolmus.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Yes, the hotel is geared towards the Russians and Eastern Europeans but when I spoke to the Thomas Cook rep Neil he informed me that Thomas Cook have removed the hotel from this year’s brochure. Neil, by the way, was one of the best reps I have had on a Thomas Cook holiday. Anyway, having been introduced to the owner last week and in the presence of Neil, I was informed that negotiations are underway between Thomas Cook and the hotel as the owner wanted the English to continue to use the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Phaselis Princess Tekirova
- Phaselis Princess Hotel Tekirova