We arrived in the dead of night after an unnecessarily long journey, tired and fed up - these feelings instantly disappeared upon seeing the beautiful garden, pool area and a very welcoming bar where we had no problem getting a couple of well deserved drinks.
The hotel itself really is gorgeous, so well thought out, exposed wood everywhere, lovely olive trees (mind your head though, occasionally you have to field incoming fruits! Just adds to the charm in my opinion) and it's small so you get know faces, both staff and other guests, quickly which is always nice.
As previous people have mentioned, the staff (bar one member who crossed the line from friendly to sleazy one evening) are excellent - Mustafa's boat trip.... well, what can I say, an unbelievable way to explore the sparkling blue sea and amazing landscapes of the area.
The food was also lovely, great quality, an astonishing amount and cooked perfectly. Can highly recommend both their BBQ nights (one seafood platter and the other is meat) - a tip on the food out here, I was impressed by the quality & freshness almost everywhere we went - particularly The Hangout & Harry's but the portion sizes are enormous so a couple of starters and main to share was generally plenty for the two of us.
We had a standard balcony room and it was a very good size, very clean and super comfy bed although dark even with every lamp on and because we directly overlooked the pool, couldn't have the shutters open all the time which didn't help. The main doors out to the french balcony didn't shut properly so were fairly useless at keeping the noise at bay - most nights this didn't bother us and could be considered a worthwhile nuisance given the fab location of the hotel but one night we tried to get an early night before heading out on an early excursion (by early, I mean about 12.30am) and didn't manage to get our heads down until gone 3am. We were convinced that the noise issue could have be lessened significantly if our doors had been shut tight.
You're honestly about 2 mins walk from the beach (which we preferred immensely to blue lagoon which, in our opinion, was a waste of time) which is pebbled so a little tip for your first day, visit one of the many many shops down the main strip and buy a pair of beach shoes for about 20TL - you won't regret it!
The bars and restaurants on the beach front are the best quality, most of which have 2/3 floors so if you get there nice and early, nab a table at the front to watch the sunset - the views are incredible as is watching all the paragliders coming in to land.
Now we're back home, and can reflect on our experience there, we can both say with certainty that this is a star of a hotel and can easily see why people love it so much and return again and again - for us, well we're not 100% on whether we'll return - location fab, rooms are lovely but in hindsight, nothing special (especially for the price), nice touches such as the 'self-service' safes which are free to use and easy to work & the housekeeping team are steller. I think you're paying a premium for the communal areas here and given that we were out and about everyday, exploring and/or on the beach we didn't make much use of it. As I say, aside from a few little gripes - problems with one member of staff, dark rooms and the doors not shutting, it's a pretty great place that many of you with upcoming trips will not be disappointed by.
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