Returned from Bahar hotel on 8th Oct after a three week holiday. The hotel rooms are lovely, the wet rooms and showers are great, but there just isn't enough drawer space. The food and drink are too limited, I would suggest that the hotel raise their prices and offer more variety. This is not to say there was anything wrong with the food or drink because there wasn't. The chefs did a marvellous job on what must have been a very limited budget. A personal bug bear of mine was having to eat all meals around the swimming pool. The sea was literally yards away but the lighthouse bar in front of the hotel blocked the sea view. Both the hotel and bar are owned by the same family. We asked several staff members if we could eat our breakfast at the tables at the bar ( the lighthouse bar did not open until 11am and breakfast service finished at 10am) but everyone was too scared( i presume of the owner) to say yes.
Just a quick word on the staff, Ian and Melda are exceptional and should be paid extra for their effort and friendliness. The cleaners did not change our sheet for 2 weeks, and towels were changed infrequently. I tipped the cleaners ever day but now wished I hadn't done so.
The lighthouse bar never really got busy and it would have been better if the hotel guests could have had our drinks there on an evening (just the all inclusive ones unless you wanted to pay for cocktails) as the extra people drinking there would have encourage passing trade as most people like a lively bar.
As for Calis, the promanade was wide, tree lined and very picturesque both at night and during the day. However, although the sea was warm, the beach was gritty and pebbly with inadequate sun shades and beach loungers. But the worst aspect was the roaming dogs that were constantly present and fouled the sea wall and pavement. The mess was never cleaned up the whole three weeks we were there. Also When returning from a trip another holiday maker showed me a bit he had got from a dog on the beach. Whoever is responsible for tourism in Calis needs to sort these issues out. Dogs should be on a lead at all times, and fouling should be cleaned up. No one should be bitten by a dog, and especially on holiday. Oh and by the way the rottweiller dog loose on the main street (across the bridge) lost the shopkeepers on this street a lot of money because I would have gone there to buy my gifts if it was chained up.
The restaurants and bars were all great and reasonable. The best english breakfast was at Bambu and the best steak was at Bella Mamas.
All the trips I went on were good, and great value for money. Again though I think that in an effort to keep costs low some aspects of the trips were poor. e.g. the two days Ephesus and Pamuluka trip used a very dirty overnight hotel. Everyone said they were disgusted with it and would have paid more for a clean hotel.
The Bahar hotel could do with some means of warming the pool as it was too "refreshing" most days. We were told that the pool is half drained each night because people pee in the pool and use too much suntan cream and therefore the water is always fighting to getting warm. I can't see that the guests at the hotel were engaging in the first named activity but that's what we were told.
So if your not scared of dogs and don't mind them fouling or biting Calis may be the place for you. I will not return unless this issue hs been sorted out.
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