Eight of stayed at this hotel in August of this year for a fortnight. This was our first time ever for an all inclusive holiday. on our first night there we had problems with the rooms but by the next morning the issue was resolved, so the service was great from the staff. The staff are very friendly and there is a willingness to help. The Manager was extremely helpful when one night my daughter managed to get some gel spray in her eye and needed medical attention. He personally took us to the chemist ( and on Sundays only two named chemists are open), he managed to find one for us and we sought some help. Without him I can assume our task would have been time consuming. The Chef was lovely, he catered for our dietery needs. There is a Customer Relations lady who is around the hotel should you experience any difficulties and found her that she was able to resolve any issue - mainly with issues with trips booked from agents.
There is always plenty of food, breakfast, lunch, afternoon treats, supper and drinks are always availalbe on demand. They don't mind you taking food into your rooms unlike some hotels. I felt my children could walk around and explore the hotel without any danger, except the obvious ones like marble stairs that we're certainly not used to in the UK. The food can get a little boring for vegetarians but the Chef was happy to make us something of our choice, given the recipe.
The staff in the restaurant are always smilng and always happy to help. I wish we had the same in this Country. They apply so much energy and always smiling considering the hours they work - i can only but applaud them.
The view from the hotel is something you cannot capture on photos - you have to be there to see it. We watched the sunset daily. We also watched cruise ships come and go including cruise ships doing 3 point turns !!!! Amazing.
The rooms are cleaned daily and sheets changed every other day, though if you get them dirty,they will change them. Towels are fresh everyday and plenty of them so no need to take any; there is hair dryer in the bathroom though not powerful but on the other hand not needed as you need to stand in the balcony and its dry within minutes. Body washes, shampoos etc are supplied but just as easily available from nearby shops (Migros - 5 min walk from the Hotel) and chemists - brands that we're accustomed too, I would say don't take the unnecessary weight. We may not speak Turkish but the Turkish speak good enough English to understand us.
Laundry service is very expensive at the hotel, so we bought our own washing powder and washed what was necessary. No nearby laudrettes either. :(((
Kusadasi is very small and central to alot of the main attractions in Turkey. Ephesus only 30 minutes away. Half day, i would say would suffice. Take plenty of water, we ran out and there are no shops on route from North to South or vice versa. The Hotel organises alot of the trips and in my opinion are a better option. Though we hired a taxi for one day for 200 TL for the 8 of us for the whole day to Izmir.
If you decide to do a day trip to Samos, Greece then please take with you Euros as they do not accept TL and to try and exchange money at the bank is painstakingly long!!!!!!!!!!!!! Luckily i had my HSBC card which allowed free withdrawels meant we had access to money, after finding a cash point. When you reach Samos there isn't much to do unless you organise beforehand. We should have taken a taxi to the beach but we didn't know. The buses are not regular. So by the time you try and decide what you want to do it's time to get back to the boat. Plan and organise and you'll have a good time and also in addition to say you've seen a bit of Greece. The boat trip was lovely as we saw Dolphins swimming near us - a lovely sight and didn't even have to pay :))
To obtain your visas they will probably charge you an additional 5TL, which they don't tell you about but you have to accept this is there way of making as much money as they can during their holiday season.
When you're shopping be careful not to bargain to the point you're going to insult them - it's not like before where you reduce the price to 1/5. I would say start with just over half the price of what they say and you might keep them interested.
Pamukale is a must - it's one of the wonders of the world as is Ephesus. It's a long day but with air conditioned coaches it's fine. I have to say that the day is rushed. If I did it again, i would take a private taxi and spend the time i want without any guide giving me hours of talk. You want to go there and enjoy being in the water, though unlike before you cannot go down to the lower tiers, top tier only and unfortunately ..... but nonetheless, a sight worth and a must to experience.
The AQUA water park that is part of Disney is the one to go to, we spent the whole day and the children loved it completely - best day of the trip. Expect alot of climbing step ..... :))))
We also spent a day at the Diamond Beach - it was certainly 'diamond' and well worth the day or even two. Just watch the rocks as you enter the sea as my brother in law hurt his big toe badly.
The weather is guaranteed, so not much to say there except plenty of sun screen - which incidently is available there too if you decide not to take too much.
Bags, shoes and clothes are of better quality now unlike some 15 years ago.
Kusadasi is quiet and not many Brits in sight. I think alot of the visitors were from Iran and other parts of Turkey. Not a great deal to do except to absorb the lovely sun, sights and just to relax. Lively at nights as most shops open til early hours of the morning. If you want a holiday that has lots of pubs, clubs and rowdiness then Kusadasi is not for you, try Mamaris.
I wanted to just chill so i was in the right place. Saying that there isn't much for children at the hotel or anywhere that we found nearby, except an open park near the seafront.
I did tell the Hotel Manager that they need a few activities for children - but i guess receiving visitors that are local, it isn't expected.
Overall, i would visit Kusadasi again and again. I loved it. The Hotel provides and i would recommend to family and friends too.
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