Just got back having done two weeks half board. A really good hotel, tidy, clean, plenty of attentive and friendly staff .........but it's not all cracked up to be as great as many people reckon. Of course, reviews are personal and subjective but I'll try to offer balance here. Firstly, Thomas Cook's website states "The main restaurant is an a la carte affair, serving Italian, Indian and Turkish cuisine on an exciting, colourful menu"; sounds good and was a key factor for us when booking this hotel but we soon found out for half board guests [which we were], the menu seemed restricted to simple dishes reminisent of a snack bar. You dont get to choose from the main restaurant a' la carte menu. We were provided with ketchup and mayo at every meal, from sachets. Breakfasts went from plain toast, to beans of toast, to egg on toast, to sausage & beans on toast, to chips & sausage, chips & egg and finally the full English, oh sorry, there are cornflakes [I think they were] :- no sight of fresh fruit, yogurt, honey, cold meats, pastries or other typical mediteranean /continental style choices, which was a big let down, but if you're into chips at b'fast, go for it. The evening meal menu had more choice and offered 3 courses in the form of starters, mains, desserts etc. Starters were fine with plenty of choice, but the main event offered typical pizza & pasta [Italian], meat dishes like lamb casserole or lamb /chicken skewers[Turkish], and the Indian offerig was little more than a second rate chicken curry which was nothing to write home about. Most served with chips or rice or a smidgin of salad. Desserts were either a slice of fruit or ice cream or crepe with ice cream. The food is palatable but very uninspiring, lazy and became tedious after only a few days. Apart from the food, the restaurant staff were very smart, polite and for a few days into the holiday, attentive. It does seem they become complacent and only try to impress the turnover of new faces arriving or outsiders wanting to sample the restaurant, as this is a commercial restaurant for non guests as well. Trouble is, the non guests seem to get the better service and menu choices which is so disspointing. There are a couple of guys who appear to act as maître d's but all they do is stand, posing with their hands on their hips looking pretty. On quite a few occassions the food orders were mixed up and these guys shyed away from any kind of action.Just visit the hotels restaurant page -http://www.clubanastasia.com/bellablue - they make a mention of Childrens dishes but no mention of adults choices, food sourcing, ingrediants whatsoever. This restaurant is a big let down. Nonetheless, the hotel pool is brilliant, fun, plenty of activities and lively. The sunbed situation is a typical 'reserve with a tower at 07:00' affair, despite rules stating this isnt allowed. Many concientious guests were actually laying on the sun beds at this time in the morning to reserve thier roasting pitch, which is as sad and as shallow as it gets. There are many facilities including reasonably priced supermarket, hair salons, spa treatments, tattoo parlour [all the rage at this hotel with many works of art being proudly displayed by strutting guys round the pool]. Look, it's a fun place and has appeal to typical Brits abroad but it isnt anything special. PLEASE SORT OUT THE RESTAURANT !
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