We stayed once again from May 24th to 07 June 2010. We were allocation a room in block 7 initially but this was a triple room when we had booked a double so we returned to reception and this was immediately rectified, our new room was on the ground floor facing the pool, same style room as last year with double bed and then single bed and settee down two steps, very spacious, bedding and towels lovely and free, maid serviced rooms everyday and mini bar restocked daily with juice, water, fanta and cola. Air con worked very efficiently as did free safe.
The pool area is still as good some new beanbags from last year. Photographers all new from last year but take some lovely picks, well worth having a look you never quite know when you might have been snapped.
A new a la carte mexican for lunchtime and it was lovely well worth a try, I did eat at the a la carte fish restaurant this year and it was excellent, as was the Turkish a la carte. The lovely lady in the pool bar painstakingly making the lovely filled turkish pancakes daily, she is a star, you must try them. The main restuarant once again was fantastic as were the waiters and waitresses, we have to mention Beber who remembered us from last year and even to remembering my daughters name (she was only 7 last time so not because of romance) Latif also I am sure they have photographic memories, he knew exactly who had which drinks with our meal and there was 7 or us. had an excellent variety and had excellent waiter service. Only the main restaurant was open on La Blanche birthday party and all stops were pulled for this, the display of food was amazing I am just disappointed I didn't take photos to post. There did seem to be a bit of a memory for who is at the bar first which is good for us Brits who like a queue and you did get drinks in your turn, well done staff for that. Kenan and Mehmet to name a couple work their socks off and well done, down to the clearing of plastics cups and empty water bottles from round the pool during the day to collecting glasses and serving drinks in the evening and also having a little banter with guests, lovely guys all round.
The old uncovered jetty has been revamped to a pier bar partly covered with tables and chairs and bean bags on the end. This was being opened as an a la carte italian in the evening (extra charge) or inclusive at lunchtime. Also three new gazebos on the area by the sea wall. We didn't use beds on the beach, pier or sea wall though but there seemed to always be a few available, not so around the pool if you wanted poolside beds, this became a bit of a nightmare during the half term week with towels being put on as early as 3am, this needs sorting before it gets out of hand. Hotel runs its boat trips from own beach this year not the marina, this is a new complany Captain Bar Bossa can't comment on their trip but the guys seemed nice enough chatting to us around the pool and the boat looked lovely. We did a trip North with Destiny which was a really good day out and all boats do the same route so you will meet up along the coastline.
The Animation Team are all new this season and work really hard, not much going on our first week but this picked up a little, pool games, pilates, sea gym during the day and various entertainment in the evening. Mandy is still running the Kids club and works really hard, this seems to have improved from last year with a bit more organisation going on although my daughter didn't take part in anything, she was just happy going up and down the slides all day long. The live music needs to be improved to get guests to want to sit and listen to them, I can honestly say it was dire (quite painful) but you can sit away from the pier so you don't hear it (lol). Various dance troops on at the ampitheatre however we did see the same ones twice during our stay they just gave them a different name so maybe as a suggestion have a two week turnover of these acts to avoid this. Belly dancing and turkish dancers were great.
There are a few shops in the hotel, boutique, gift shop, gemstone stall, silver jewellers and gold centre, Savas from the gold centre is lovely, he is quite happy to let you browse without trying the hard sell and always pleasant (however it worked I did buy some earrings on our last day). The silver shop is really reasonable with lovely earrings from as little as 7 lira (under £4) all put in a lovely gift bag. We also loved chatting to Sam from Cardiff who ran the stall under the bridge, she has some lovely gems and reasonably priced, my daughter bought quite a few items from her. Also an internet/games centre, spa and hairdressers. Didn't use any of these so can't comment however spa prices appear to have doubled from last year. My husband had the turkish shave and would well recommend but it can be had for half the price in the centre of turgutreis.
Once again a fabulous two weeks. We have already booked to go back again same weeks next year, so hope that says it all. Well done La Blanche.
My only warning would be to save plenty of money for drinks in Bodrum airport, it is daylight robbery 5E or 10 lira for a can of soft drink and 3E or 6 lira for water. This needs addressing since you can no longer take drinks past passport control as in previous years they also appear to not have the air con on is this a ploy to get more money out of us?????? 300+ passengers in one gate area it gets pretty hot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Blanche Resort & SPA is located on 22.000 m² large area in the heart of Turgutreis which has a wonderful sunset and sweet tangerine smells. This natural friendly town is the second biggest inhabitant place of the area. With authentical atmosphere, one of the most famous and biggest bazaars is also situated every week in this small Aegean town. La Blanche Resort & SPA serve the unforgettable and memorable holiday with wave breaker and private Golden sand beach which belongs to the most popular and wonderful turquise coast of Aegean Sea. La Blanche Resort & SPA is only 50 Km away from Bodrum – Milas Airport.ROOMSLa Blanche Resort & SPA has a minimalist style of architecture, keeping the typical Bodrum culture particular to modern Turkey. La Blanche Resort & SPA has six different room types which are decorated in a modern and comfortable style to suit all different pleasures. ... more less
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