Party of 3 couples - all of retirement age on an all-inclusive deal. No cause for complaint - quite the opposite!
Very helpful staff. One allocated room was away from the others but there was no problem in changing. Spacious rooms - bedroom had huge beds and lots of storage space, good view, tv and phone. Very modern shower room and toilet - again, ample space, with hair drier and phone. Also big lounge with fridge, tv a spare bed (!), phone, comfy suite and access to a balcony with table and chairs. View across pool and bar from room towards the blue sea - some noise up to 12.00 pm but not enough to keep us awake. Far views of sunsets.
Self service restaurant for breakfast, lunch and evening meals coping well with large numbers but just occasionally running out of soft drinks. Book the much smaller a la carte speciality restaurants with table service for variety of dining place ( Italian; Fish and Anatolian) - all well worth the queue to book we thought.Many outside bars for eats and drinks afternoon tea, for example. Despite being all-inclusive we saw no drunken behaviour - and the hotel staff were persistently polite and cheerful, with few exceptions. Most spoke and understood enough English to cope. Individual cooks scattered everywhere: grilling, baking,replenishing - you can eat till 2.00 am if you put your mind to it! Just one note of caution though - don't come expecting a full English breakfast, or English food. The menu's are predominantly Turkish - which means lots of vegetarian dishes for example rather than varieties of roasted meat. We enjoyed the discoveries!
Lots of entertainment for children. Lots of activities by the entertainment team.Good play area. Only the one evening show we attended was "below par" - so bad we did not return - but there were so many alternatives and the children's shows seemed to go down well with the multi-national audience Good beach; excellent allocation of sunbeds; sea canoes free for 20 mins; same with pedalos. Jet ski's and paragliding available at a price. Free wi-fi if you have your own "kit" and internet for hire if you don't.
We were in the newer block of low rise buildings; no lifts. The main hotel looks like a cruise liner and has lots of floors, and lifts! It also has indoor/outdoor pools; gym; Turkish bath; treatment rooms; games rooms etc (see the hotel website)
Location of hotel is a bit isolated but a bus goes both to Kusadasi for the market (approx £1.50) and to Ephesus (Efes in Turkish) which is a must. The excavations of the old city are excellent. Out guided tour cost £40 - the guide gave a bare minimum of detail; and the trip included places we didn't want to see - such as a gold shop. Not good value for money - bus and hire of audip pack next time! (This had nothing to do with the hotel - and everything to do with the rep). There is a daily visit from reps for Murphy's bar in Kusadasi - pushy but not offensive - they will hunt you down on the beach or around the bars!!
Big range of age, nationality, language and customs. All made welcome as far as we could see.
Excellent value for money in our opinion - Sept temps were in mid to high 20's during the day dropping to teens in the evening - so take a sweater.
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