My family had a great holiday at the Sahra Su Hotel. For the price we paid, it was exceptional value for money and we had a lovely brand new bungalow at the far end of the site away from all the noise.
The villas look very nice, each having their own mini private swimming pool. Whilst us bungalows have a rather murky water feature out front. I feel that there are a number of safety issues that need addressing here, in fact over the whole resort... for instance, if I had young children I would be worried about the amount of un-guarded water and other areas. All fine for big ones and grownups though. Still, would def go for villa next time. Villa 4 looks to be in the best position, just opposite where we stayed. Unfortunately though, they appear to be unavailable to us Brits as it now seems that the German operator FTI have taken all the best accommodation.
We were probably the first customers on site and were given a warm welcome when we arrived on the 1st June, attended by all staff. We were tired but enjoyed the food and drink brought to us and our luggage all taken care of down to our bungalow by reception manager, Mahomet. We drove from the airport and following the SatNav on our phone found the dirt track Sahra Su is at the end of, miracurously in darkness at 1.20am! - The hotel manageress was even amazed we found it although by the end of our 8 days a large sign had been placed out on the main road.
It was a beautifully peaceful place for the first few days but then soon filled up to capacity with the majority of guest being German but all very friendly. One thing we noticed was that everyone smoked, even at eating times. It was very difficult to get away from the cigarette smoke most of the time. Never noticed it on holiday before but that might be that we normally book a villa and do not smoke ourselves.
The hotel appears to have been built in a hurry; the bungalows will require a lot of maintenance in the future if they are to stay looking good. There were many snags for the management to sort out but this didn't detract from our enjoyment although a few times maintenance staff just walked in when we were washing or dressing to check on various things, one day a team changed all the locks on the fronts doors. On the Sunday night they announced to everyone that Monday would be a free all inclusive day long boat trip for all for the inconvenience. We didn’t go and enjoyed the peace time around the pool. It must have been opportunity for them to perform snag fixes.
The food was acceptable, we are vegetarian plus dairy and fish etc. but it did get boring by about the 5-6th day. One night was whole griddled fish by the main pool. I’m not sure that big meat eaters will be totally satisfied but we were happy. Seafood is absent and it would have been a nice touch to have king prawns etc. perhaps in a bbq, it’s possible that they don’t catch seafood locally. Lots of eggs and beans!!!
Overall they try hard to please the guests; there are many things I would change. They have no drinks service so you have to go to the bar and ask for any drinks, there are no cocktails, overall very basic beverages in my opinion. I have only been on one other all-inc to Mexico and that was the complete opposite with fantastic seafood etc. and cocktail and fruit smoothie bars dotted around the resort. Maybe things have changed as it was 15+ years ago now. - Most waiting staff do not speak English and cannot decide on what the want to serve you without additional charge. - i.e every morning we went to the bar to get orange juice at breakfast... after 4 days of this they said there would be a charge now for orange juice. This also happened after a couple of days of ordering alcohol free fruit juice cocktails so we gave up asking in the end.
A few days before we left they placed red Astroturf over all walkways as they have not been tiled which looks kind of funny!
The beach (olu deniz) is a 20min car ride away but the hotel does provide a twice a day shuttle there and back. If you hire a car (works out cheaper than the coach transfers for a family) the drive to Gimbeli beach is well worth a visit, just beyond Hisonaru where there is a large rustic cove, you pass through a deserted Byzantine town en route which is fairly interesting although 6TL pp to enter and it's about the same again to drive onto the beach per person (so get the kids to bob down in the back).
Really these star ratings for foreign hotels mean very little.. You will have a nice holiday here but it is not 5 stars, it does not have the feeling of an exclusive resort it is clearly aimed toward the mass tourist market. Having said that, the Sahra Su is very nice at the moment as everything is new. A week is enough though and if I were to go back I would probably book the Ocakkoy Holiday Village cottages which are along the same dirt track but nearer the main road. They look fab and get top reviews.
Overall I would recommend the Sahra Su Hotel, the staff are great the hotel is comfortable, but the Spa small and smelly.
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