Our stay was lovely. The hotel was extremely clean. The staff were superb - especially with younger children. They were friendly, but not over-friendly(!) and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. They carry your bags to your room, and even carried them back to reception when we left. And they didn’t “Expect” a tip – although it’s always nice to give them a small tip.
The rooms aren't huge. At first, they appear a little on the dated side - but on closer inspection it's more a typical 'Turkish' décor; which was quite nice. Bathrooms again - spotless, although very small. Aircon in rooms was lovely - and a must during the hotter months!
The pool was quiet - plenty of free sun loungers, no need to bagsy them with a towel in the morning! The private beach is also very pleasant.
We had no problems with the food. The salads (etc) are very similar each night (but we’ve found this to be the case with most places where evening meals are included). There was a different main course every night, and usually a choice of two. Some examples, Mexican style chicken, mixed grill cooked on the BBQ, spicy Chicken, Stews.
During June/July 2010, the prices (in Turkish Lira) at the 3S Beach Club were as follows. This seemed slightly higher than some of the other bars and restaurants (which is understandable) – but the difference was not too much.
Large Beer, 7tl
All soft drinks, 4tl
House wine (red, white, rosé), 25tl
Average cost of lunch for 2 with 1 drink, 23tl
It’s worth noting that (as with most hotels, and quite fair really) you’re not allowed to bring any food and drink in. If they find it in your room they will confiscate it and charge you.
The hotel is located on the far left hand side of the beach (looking from the sea). It's right on the beach and under 2 minutes walk to the nearest restaurants and shops. Walk along the path for 3 minutes and you'll be in the centre of the Resort... so location is spot on.
The payment system works similar to a credit card. You’re issued with a card on check-in with 200TL credit. You’ll need the card when you want to buy anything, eg at the bar or restaurant. You can settle up at the end, or as you go – whichever you prefer.
Overall, this is a very quiet hotel, in my opinion suited to couples. There weren’t many younger children there. There’s no kids club and not much for kids to do. If you want a peaceful, quiet stay, with an enjoyable atmosphere, and lovely location - I’d strongly recommend this hotel.
A little on the Resort…
Bitez is not a party area. It’s mostly smaller market-styled shops and restaurants. The main part of the area is based around the beach – most beaches are private to the restaurants. For example, if you have a lunch or breakfast at a restaurant, they’ll give you access to their beach all day… so no need to pay for sun loungers etc. Not necessary as the 3S Beach Club has its own private beach too.
Expect the usual hassle from Restaurant staff trying to get you in… although they weren’t rude and weren’t as pushy as some places we’ve been (in particular, Olu Deniz in Turkey and Bulgaria!). Usually a polite “No thanks” or “Maybe tomorrow” got them off your back for the day!!
Bodrum airport is approx 50 minutes transfer from Bitez. The town of Bodrum is approx 15 minutes from Bitez by Dolmus (mini bus) and will cost 3TL per person. Don’t worry about not finding your way back to Bitez as the Dolmus busses are clearly signed, and they all gather together at the bus depot in Bodrum, so you’ll get back no problems!
The Aqua Park is well worth a visit. There are plenty of people selling trips. We used a company called Otan Tours (located near the end of the beach).. they were very good and seemed to give the best deal. Aqua Park is approx 15 mins drive.
Other excursions include Turkish Baths, Ephesus and Pamukkale, Boat Trips, Jeep Safari, Bodrum’s famous open-air night club (Halikarnes), and many more.
To summarise, our stay was great. We would definitely recommend the hotel and we would return to Bodrum and Bitez.
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- Also Known As:
- 3 s Beach Club Hotel Bitez
- 3 s Beach Hotel
- 3 s Beach Resort