1 week stay, first week of Aug 2011 - Family with 3 children, 10, 8, 4 year's old.
We chose Side primarily for the weather, we were not disappointed with 35+ every day, 29 at night, and 28-29 deg in the water!
This hotel is a big machine and located a bit away from the beach. This means most rooms have poor views. The best ones have a view over the main pool. The walk to the beach is about 200m, which doesn't sound that much but can be a pain with almost 40 deg heat and 3 young children.
On the beach, each large hotel has its area with a restaurant and many deck chairs, with always plenty available. The sandy beach is clean and very kids friendly, with shallow waters and small surf. The all coast is full of peaple, in fact I had never seen so many deck chairs in my life.
Guests of the Monachus are entitled to borrowing a windsurf (against international certificate ??), a kayak or a pedalo, once a day at the watersport center. Their staff was particularly unwelcoming though, and I was never allowed a ride, as they are too busy selling rides behind their power boats. Quite disappointing for us...
The service was generally very good is the hotel, with friendly staff that doesn't overdo it either. Impeccable room service. The food was really the high point there, with a very large choice of salads, vegetables, fresh fish every day, soups, wide choice of deserts and plenty of junk food as well (chips, sausages etc.)
Drinks are available all day, soda dispensers, lager and wines. There's even ice-creams give aways twice a day!
The pools are cleaned every night and open until 19:00.
The Spa was quite good with friendly and well trained staff. We tried Turkish bath and hot stones massage. Both are recommended. Good value.
There is a young animation team trying to get you to silly pool games. They're not pushy though. They have a show in the evening, involving kids. The whole atmosphere is pretty laid back.
Hotel population is mostly german. There are a few Brits and Dutch as well as Russians. Mostly families. Everyone is "well-behaved" and I haven't witnessed anyone behaving improperly, being drunk.
All prices are in Euros and I advise you to avoid the TRL as prices will be higher if you use the local lira.
The area around has very little cultural interest. Side has some nice ruins but the village is really just a gigantic shopping center, with hundreds of shops selling pretty much the same. If you're into counterfeit goods, you'll find happiness there, from fake watches to copied designer clothing. Knockoffs joints as far as the eye can see...
The coast presents little interest as well, as it is basically one long beach.
If you want a week by the pool, with nice food and guaranteed sun, go ahead. But beware, the place is purely functional and has no charm what so ever.
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- Also Known As:
- Monachus Park Hotel
- Monachus Park Colakli