We booked 2 weeks at the Verano to compensate for the lousy summer at home. We noted that it was 3* and decided that we could put up with shortcomings described in previous reviews. Some of these were justified, although others were not a problem for us. We live in the countryside and are used to animal and poultry noises at all hours.
The plus points were the weather - wall-to wall blue (sea and sky) and the location. The hotel is set in a bay at Kumlubuk, which it shares with some very up-market properties. Us plebs were somewhat overawed by the comings and goings of yachts and helicopters. Still if the place was good enough for them... At one end of the bay were some ancient ruins (NO, not the party from Manchester!) and most folks made the hot walk at least once. The backdrop was rocky and rugged and covered in pines. We explored the area on a hire motorbike and loved the mountain roads to isolated villages and coves as well as the fantastic scenery.
On the negative side we were not happy that clean sheets and towels had to be requested. The carpet in the room was stained and not vacuumed during our stay. The food was simple 'turkish' fare, edible and generally plentiful although the meat was limited to chicken and reconstituted meat in several guises. After 2 weeks it got rather boring. The all-inclusive bar was what rankled most. This was the area that the management had clearly identified as being potentially costly to them and the process of getting a drink (often flat beer and warm wine) was laboured. There being no alternative in the immediate area most folks put up with the seeviice with a philosophical shrug.
We enjoyed our fortnight and on balance feel that we received good value for money. The quality of the experience was greatly enhanced by the diverse group of inmates (sorry- guests). Thrown together at random we quickly gelled and a blitz spirit prevailed.
Final words of warning. The BEES! In September thousands of beehives are brought to this area from Central Anatolia to take advantagee of the pine pollen. The bees are coming to the end of their lives and are blown down from the hills in hundreds. They flop down on towels and sunbeds and splash down in the pool and sea. Most people were stung at least once, oftten by leaning back onto an unseen bee.
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