We’ve just come back from the Tropical Hotel having spent a fortnight there. What a fantastic place, the room was adequate, clean and with a bath. The food was great the pools were fantastic and the beer was palatable.
My husband, myself and our 4 year old little girl arrived early hours of Sunday morning. We’ve never done all inclusive before and were delighted with the choice.
The restaurant had ample seating for everyone and the staff were quick to clear away any plates or top up your glass of beverage.
The weather was fantastic so we were quick to get to the pools, we arrived at about 10am and there was no beds to be had except by the child’s fun pool which was great as there are three water slides going into the pool and the pool is about thigh high at the deepest end. If you wanted to have a bed around the main pool then get up early and place your towel….we had an argument by throwing three towel off unused beds and using them for ourselves, the owners of the towels didn’t pitch up until midday and the lifeguards were involved in our dispute. There are signs up saying no reserve of beds but if the management don’t enforce it then it will happen!
There are large coca-cola fridges everywhere with bottled water to keep you hydrated. The beer was okay and the local spirits were fine. If you want the real thing then you have to pay for it and the payment is put onto your room and you pay when you check out.
We had 3 exertion trips booked at the Sarigerme village through Basket travel. We paid £36 (for the 3 of us) for an all day 12 island trip with lunch, whereas Thomson/first choice wanted nearly £100 for the same trip….that’s a no brainer.
We used Basket travel for 3 trips, doing the 12 island one twice, as the choices of trips are limited when you only have a small child with you.
I had a massage at the hotel and wish I hadn’t bothered. I booked this through a chap who comes around the pools selling the Turkish bath and massage, he says that they are sports massagers and they tell you at the end if there is anything wrong with you. I love massages back in the UK and even the one in the Middle East did not compare to this one. I was completely bruised and battered by it, the masseuse told me at the end that I had a limp on my right leg, which I interpreted to be lymph nodes up my right leg and I had a collection of salt between my shoulders. What a load of rubbish! I told him my legs were perfectly fine and that there was no groin injury or swelling of my lymph nodes (that’s what you get with lymph nodes in your legs) and that I didn’t have any sodium or chloride patches on my back and that he neglected to notice that I have lower lumbar back problems. I don’t think he was aware that I would know any medical terminology. What they do is try to get you to book more sessions with them to obviously sort out your limps and salt packs, I do not recommend this and the bruises are only just fading after a week.
Our apartment was quite spacious and it had a lovely big bath and power shower, the beds were rock hard so be prepared for achy bones in the morning.
Kids club was well organised, my little girl when to the First Choice one, stayed her 2 hours but didn’t want to go back again. She did however go to the kids club organised by the hotel, theirs is called “Captain Popcorn” and the kids do loads more stuff than the First Choice one and they do a dance academy where the kids get to do a dance routine on stage after the kids disco at 8pm, I think this is every 3rd night. My little girl loved it and they get a certificate for their trouble.
We went to the market in the town which is every Sunday morning, it’s a nightmare, keep small and young children close by as the traders will try and put clothes and bracelets on them, it’s then hard to take a bracelet off a child who has already seen and is wearing it. The market mainly sold clothes. If you are a female and have a size 7 foot or above, you will struggle to get shoes to fit as Turkish females have small feet, I ended up buying my shoes in the town shop and the shopkeeper had trouble finding a 7 for me. I didn’t buy any bags but you can pick up a nice looking one for about £5, a genuine Turkish fake.
In the market the shoes are about 4 pairs for 20 lira (£7), at the hotel they want £3 for one pair of shoes. My advice is shop in the market or in the village for shoes.
The beach at the hotel is a bit rubbish, the sun beds are quite a way from the water and the beach slops off quite sharply into the sea, it is not suitable for children.
We caught the tractor from the village which takes you to a private beach owned by one of the hotels, it costs 5 lira to get onto the beach and you have to pay for your beds which was about the same price, the beach is lovely and clean and like English beaches it goes out knee deep before it gets deep, its ideal for children.
Take insect repellent as we were bitten to death (much more than we have ever been when visiting the Greek Islands). We took two Jungle formula Plugins but they get you in the evenings when you’re watching the shows or drinking at the bars.
The evening entertainment I thought was great, the dancers work so hard and it was really enjoyable to watch. However with a 4 year old we didn’t stay up much after 10 pm.
They sell knock off DVD’s cheap near the bars in the hotel, which they say are good quality, they are not! If you can get it to work, the sound quality is poor, you can hear the audience talking and the picture often freezes half way through the film, so save your money.
There is a Chill Out Bar near the beach which does great toasted sandwiches for snacks and is very relaxing to sit in. We often went there in the evening and just say and chilled out (hence the name). If you want an alcoholic drink (except beer) it will be charged to your room as they only have the branded names.
The hotel grounds are immaculate and the staff are constantly tiding and cleaning. It’s spotless.
There are 3 additional restaurants that you book into, Chinese, Italian and Turkish. You pre-book these at no cost but if you wish to go again there is a charge. They are al a cart and small portions. We had the Chinese and the Italian but cancelled the Turkish as our little girl struggled to find anything to eat on the menu.
You are supplied with a card to collect a fresh towel every day, when you return the towel you get a card back in return. It would have saved on luggage space if we’d have known this as you can take the towel on exertion trips too.
This village is superb and you won’t be disappointed. We however won’t go back as we prefer the freedom of self catering, choosing where we wish to eat at nights and travelling around the islands that we have booked onto. But I would recommend this place in a shot for families but not for middle aged couples or people with no children.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Village Turkey Sarigerme Hotel Sarigerme
- Holiday Village Turkey Hotel Sarigerme
- Sarigerme Holiday Village Turkey