As this was to be our first visit to Turkey we decided we wanted to stay at a quality all-inclusive and at the Jiva Beach we weren't disappointed.
First impressions were good when we were checked-in by efficient and friendly staff at reception before being taken to our room by a polite young porter. We were staying in a standard room located on the top floor with a small balcony overlooking the street but with a decent view of the sea to the side. The room was a good size, nicely furnished and equipped with air conditioning, LED TV, fridge and electronic safe. The double bed was firm, but comfortably so, and, at 6ft across, will easily accommodate the expanding figures of those making the most of the excellent food on offer. The bathroom came with complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer and undoubtedly the best shower we've encountered, a large fixed rainfall head with a lower-level handset arrangement and there was always plenty of hot water available. The only negative with the room and, indeed, probably the entire stay, was the lighting available; whilst the general lighting was adequate, the mirrors in both the bathroom and bedroom areas had no nearby light source, which my partner said was making it difficult to apply her make-up. Any excuse eh ;-)
Food was served buffet-style at the hotel restaurant and was of an excellent quality, the wide choice available meaning that only the fussiest of people would struggle here. There was always a good selection of meats and fish along with rice, pasta and potato and an extensive salad bar. There was also an amazing choice of desserts but most of them were incredibly sweet and differed little in actual taste.
Although sometimes busy, finding a table was never a problem and almost as soon as we were seated one of the waiting staff would be over to re-lay the table, if necessary, and to take our drinks order. As we tended to have the same one or two waiters each day, they got to know our tipple and rarely asked before just bringing drinks over to us and they also kept us topped up during our meals. Have to say the waiters/waitresses in the restaurant were the friendliest we've ever met in an all inclusive hotel.
During our stay we tried quite a few of the drinks on offer, all of them decent, and, thankfully, served in proper glasses rather than the disposable plastic cups which blight so many all-inclusives. The Efes beer was excellent and, as wine drinkers, we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of both the red and white wines on offer, and there was nothing of the usual settling-in period of getting used to it.
The hotel has well-maintained, attractive grounds with a pool, terracing, bars and a section of sand/shingle/pebble beach across a quiet road, and all areas seemed to have plenty of sun loungers and parasols available. There are water slides at the main pool but I only saw these in use on a couple of occasions during our 10 days there.
For us the best part of the hotel was the Lukka Lounge, the bar area built over the lagoon adjacent to the pool area and the service and staff here were excellent. With stools around the bar itself and comfy chairs and sofas dotted around the perimeter it was a great place to have a pre-lunchtime drink and to watch the sun go down late afternoon (with a drink of course!). Our first 3 or 4 evenings in the Lukka were decidedly (and, apparently, unseasonably) chilly and it would have been good to have the use of an indoor bar on these occasions, but the evening temperatures did improve, enabling everyone to shed their woollies.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay at the Jiva. The accommodation was smart, clean and comfortable, the food varied and tasty and the staff all extremely helpful and friendly. We'd happily make a return visit.
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- An all inclusive beach resort located on Fethiye Calis Beach. ... more less
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