My wife and I and our 14 year old son have just returned from a 2 weeks all inclusive holiday at the Bodrum Imperial. This is our third successive all inclusive holiday in Turkey and all three of us agree that it is the best yet.
The coach transfer is approx 1 hr from the airport and you are made to feel welcome immediately on arrival. We arrived at approx 1am and were greeted by the rep, waiters offering cold drinks and the porters who took our luggage and brought it to our room shortly thereafter. The check in was painless - just a short form to complete. We were given a map of the complex which was useful and we very quickly learned our way round.
The rooms were fine - better than we expected. Our room had a bed larger than a king size in the UK and bunk beds. The bathroom was good and all in all the room was comfortable. Our balcony view was poor just looking at a rock face at the back of the hotel but to be fair, we didn't sit on the balcony anyway so it was no problem for us. Had it have been an issue, I dare say we could have changed.
If there are any problems with the room, reception are brilliant at sorting it out. We had a problem with the toilet flusher breaking and reported it to reception in the morning. It was repaired when we came back to the room that evening.
There is a daily maid service and she makes the beds, cleans the room and changes towels very regularly.
The welcome meeting led by Ben and Rebecca (both very efficient and friendly Thomsons reps) was very informative with lots if useful tips given out.
The complex is very well designed with lots of grass, plants and shrubs and trees. There is a large family pool with a fantastic helter skelter slide (the one you see on all the photos), a smaller 'relax' pool for over 16's if you don't want the bustle of the main pool and a toddlers slide and small pool.
The one drawback which is not peculiar to this hotel is that people start putting towels on loungers by the pool before 6.30am!! If you are an early riser this may suit you. If however you are like us and don't want to get up that early, there is no need to worry. We never woke before 9.15am and by the time we had had dressed and had breakfast, it was after 10.30am before we were ready to venture out so we would never get a lounger round the main pool. The fantastic thing about this hotel is that the beach is only 50 yards from the main pool. On the beach, there were always plenty of loungers with mattresses available and the shade was better there so if you are like me and burn easy, that is the place to go. The beach is sandy with a shingle strip as you enter the sea when it goes to sand again. The sea is really clear, no seaweed and there are loads of fish.
We had loungers on the beach and could either go in the sea or pool so you really do get the best of both worlds and don't have to choose the pool OR the beach as with the previous hotels we have visited.
There was generally quite a strong breeze which you got on the beach or around the pool and that was quite comfortable as the temperatures ranged between 86F and 110F. Normally they were in the low 90's
The daytime entertainment is provided by Thomsons and is brilliant. It starts around 11.00am with aqua aerobics in the main pool, darts at 12.00pm and then games on the hour thereafter until the poolside quiz a 4.00pm. We did darts and the afternoon activities and it is great fun and a great way to meet new people and have a good laugh. The entertainment team of Jenny, Scotty and JL were really friendly and brilliant at what they did.
They also do the evening entertainment which starts at 8.00pm and goes on to around 10.30 to 11.00pm. This starts with childrens entertainment until about 9.00pm then there are competitions, quizzes, Turkish dancers, belly dancers etc.
Additionally during our stay, there was a beach party one evening and there were acrobats and sychronised swimmers one afternoon.
We found the food great. It is all buffet style. Breakfast is from 7.00am to 10.30am, lunch 12.00pm to 2.30pm and dinner 6.00pm to 9.30pm. There is also a snack bar open from 10.00am to 6.00pm, a pancake lady from about 10.00am to 6.00pm, ice creams available all day (not for just 1 hour as in some hotels) so all in all you won't go hungry. The food is plentiful and delicious. Yes I suppose you could feel it becomes a bit 'samey' but with a huge variety on offer, it would be impossible to have everything different every day. My advice is that you are on holiday so try what is on offer. I have attached some photos to give you an idea of the choice available. The waiters are very hard working and very friendly and amenable and can't do enough for you.
You are also allowed 1 visit per week to the a la carte restaurants. There is a turkish one and a fish one. We went to the Turkish one twice and it was brilliant. Try it!
Drinks are served until midnight free of charge from the various bars and you can also help yourselt to bottled water, again free of charge, from the various fridges dotted around.
There is a spa on the site where you can have a Turkish bath and massage as well as other treatments. We booked one separately through the reps and went to a large Turkish Bath in a local village. Highly recommended as it is a different experience and the massage is very relaxing, but do it at the beginning of your holiday. We also booked a trip through the reps to Bodrum. It was only £4 each. It is a good way to see the local area and you can try your haggling skills in the large market. We also went to Ephesus which was a good experience but a long day with a 6.20am start. I wouldn't recommend this for young children as they would get bored. On the excursions we did, the tour guides were brilliant - extremely knowledgeable and informative.
The hotel is in a village with just one shop (which is very reasonably priced. We found the shop on the complex extremely expensive) and you can walk the150 metres to the shop from the hotel. That is all there is in the locality so if it's a vibrant night life you are after, you would need to get a taxi or dolbus to anothet town or Bodrum.
There is a salon on site. Gents, have a Turkish shave. It's brilliant; and ladies have a manicure, pedicure, hair extensions or beads.
The only things you have to pay for are the water sports, (We did jet-skis, ringos and sonar. It's not the cheapest but try to strike a deal with them. The canoes are free however); all drinks are free until midnight and you do pay for UK branded drinks rather than local brands.
I know this is a very long review, but I hope you find this information useful. All in all we really had a fantastic time as it ticked all the boxes for us. All three of us would happily go back to the same hotel again.
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