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“End Of Season!” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Sarigerme, Sarigerme, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Sarigerme
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“End Of Season!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Me and the o/h went here on our first holiday together, in 2011, he had never been abroad to somewhere warm, we went end of season, (Last week) and it was fantastic, hotel was practically empty, locals were great, and we often 'wandered' into town to grab a beer or have something to eat, always chatty and never 'pushy' to sell anything! Would recommend this to anyone! We want to go back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I can understand why people would make the comparison - there are similarities between the concepts. In particular, entertainment is laid on day and night by a dedicated and professional team. Also, like Butlins, the staff - particularly the First Choice employees - are always friendly and polite and go out of their way to help. Lastly, like Butlins, the main attraction of this hotel is the entertainment and facilities for children, and so do not expect to go at any time of year without being surrounded by children.

Anyone who compares the food to 'Butlins food court' or 'school canteen' has obviously not eaten in either for a very long time. Well, I have had the joys of experiencing both in the last 12 months, and I can say that the Holiday Village food is nothing like either (unless we're talking about the kind of school dinners served up at top public schools such as Eton and Wellington).

There is an amazing choice (perhaps too much) in the buffet restaurant at meal times, and much of this is freshly cooked in front of you. OK, some o fthe food combinations - if put together - would not be very appealing. I would not choose to eat chicken curry with pasta and pesto, but who says they are supposed to be eaten together? Do people really need a sign saying 'if you've chosen the curry then you should have rice wiht it'? The a la carte restaurants were easy to book and the food quality and service were excellent. OK, it was a bit of a pain having to pre-order food when you book the table, but most families with very young kids benefit from being able to get in and out of a restaurant before the inevitable 'I'm bored - can we go now' sets in.

I really don't get the sunbed situation at all. We always managed to find 'desirable' beds at 8:00 am - front row next to the kids pool. There is no need to get up at stupid o'clock unless you absolutely HAVE to have a particular spot.

The bedrooms were clean and well-maintained, and everything worked. Unlike Butlins, the walls were not paper thin, and we rarely heard our neighbours at all. OK, the furnishings were not the most modern; the rooms are being fully refurbished this winter.

People also moan about queuing. Anyone who has REALLY been to Butlins knows all about queues! There were no queues to get into the entertainment amphitheatre (and you can always get a seat) and no queues to get into the restaurant. The queues at the bar - although appearing long - actually moved incredibly quickly due to the efficiency of the bar staff. OK, they didn't have time to 'stop and chat' but a 'thank you' was always appreciated with a 'you're welcome'.

To avoid queues, simply avoid peak times. Don't go for ice cream at 3:00 when it first becomes available - go at 4:00 and the queue will be gone. Don't go for dinner at 19:30 with the entire resort - go at 18:30-18:45 or after 20:30 and the queues at the buffet will be non-existent.

Yes, alcohol is served in plastic cups in the outside bars (and the chill-out bar during the day). who wants a glass splinter in their foot when they're walking by the pool? Drinks are served in glasses in the lobby bar and restaurant if you MUST have them in a glass. The beer is weak, although the word 'undrinkable' (a term I have often heard used to describe it) is a great exaggeration. The wine - unlike most AI resorts I have stayed in - is very nice.

Like Butlins, you will come across all sorts of people. Some you would probably choose to socialise with, some you may not. I think the same could be said for any large holiday resort. If you don't like having to share your space with other people, book a villa. Unlike Butlins, I didn't see any fights, nor any adults who were falling-down-drunk. We did go in the most expensive week of the year, however, which may have had a bearning on the type of clientele we holidayed with.

Pools were lovely and warm. On some days they were not quite cool enough. We had to resort to going in the FREEZING indoor pool on one afternoon in order to cool off. Special thanks has to go to Megan in the Swim Academy who gave our son two 1-to-1 swimming lessons and managed to teach him to tumble-turn in half an hour.

The kids club staff were fantastic and work so hard. They manage the fine balance between being crowd-controllers, babysitters, entertainers and educators very well considering how young most of them are.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel to any family with young-ish (uner 12) children. Would I go again - most definitely!

Room Tip: Suites are in a quieter location. All rooms are being refurbished this winter.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Travelled to Turkey in October with my family and we all absolutely loved it! The place has had quite a bit of bad press in the past but I couldn't find any fault in it at all. We stayed for 2 weeks, which would have been way too long if it wasn't for all of the activities on the complex!

There was always something for everybody to do and the beach was a 5 minute walk away from the main pools. The sand was more like dirt but when you get your feet into the sea, you just forget about it! Absolutely lovely. I've read some reviews saying that the pools were cold, which is true. However, with the sometimes unbearable heat, jumping into an ice cold pool was just perfect! There is also an indoor pool so people who don't like cooling off in the colder pool outside could have easily gone back inside!

The food was perfect and there was always something for everybody. We never went hungry - breakfast was just amazing and such a brilliant way to start the day. The snacks throughout the day kept us all going until lunch and dinner and there was always a huge variety. Personally I ate the same thing pretty much every day but that was my own fault for not being adventurous enough to try new things!

Our family room was cleaned every day and we always had fresh towels.

We also went out of the complex once or twice and walked the 10 minute walk to the nearby town (the heat was too much the first time so we took a taxi the second time we went). We went on a jeep safari which was absolutely incredible! Highly recommended. Our guide took us to lots of beautiful rivers, lakes, caves and up a mountain overlooking an amazing view - definitely not an excursion to be missed!

The only down-side to the whole 2 weeks was the final day - we had to vacate our room at 11am and our flight was at 1am the next morning. We were told that we could pay extra to keep our room for the rest of the day so that we could get some extra rest before we left. Unfortunately, when we went to pay for another day in our room, we were told that our room was actually booked and we had to wait in the lobby for 13 hours before our flight. Although it wasn't the fault of the staff, they were not really too concerned about a family of 6 with 4 young children having to sit in a lobby for 13 hours. There were many other people around us, which suggested that this is a regular occurrence at the hotel! By the time we flew home we were extremely tired, grouchy and could have really used more time in our room.

We had a fantastic holiday and would consider returning again :)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

When we discovered the toastie bar it was like heaven. The FINEST toasties ive ever laid eyes on
absolutely divine! I could easily eat 5 a day, in about 5 months time im paying £700 to go back to the holiday village to eat as many toasties as possible.They were the highlight of my holiday, even the wasps wanted them.

and as for the pancakes, i didnt even like pancakes before but these pancakes were something else, id advise sugar and lemon juice, throughout my week stay i defiantly ate over 50 pancakes and gained 7lb weight but it was worthit. One of the only reasons im going back is for the toasties amd pancakes, if your planning a visit to the holiday village you have to try them! youll be missing out if not and if the holiday village stop serving them im sure they will end up getting no bookings.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Booked an October half term break two adults two kids. About £2220 all-inclusive. So not a bad price. The food was amazing even for 2 Of us that were vegetarians. The place was a little remote. 15 minute walk or five minute taxi to local village. But there wasn't much there. Plenty of bars not much in the way of Adult evening entertainment. But a little for the children. Lots of huge pools. But they were freezing they really needed heating. The beach was a beautiful setting but I found it a bit manky With plastic cups cans and Fag butts everywhere. The Turkish staff were very friendly. The reps were okay but all very young! But it was very safe and generally quite good.

Stayed October 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is the most terrible holiday i have ever been on and before people call me a snob ive stayed in 5 star hotels and ive slept on the roof of a landrover so pretty laid back and easy going. The pools were so cold people were getting colds the sea was actually warmer than the pools. The food was good and plenty of it. The first choise reps were too busy flirting to do their jobs and then one made a racist comment on the intro which i found terrible. The adult pools were filled with kids so there isnt an escape from other ppls children even though they are supposedly quiet pools. The only good thing were the turkish staff who were lovely and friendly. Do NOT buy jewellery from the hotel shop as they send it for sizing to get it the day you leave and by the plane trip home your entire finger is Green! She also rips up the receipt when u collect so no chance of going back if u tried. Lots for kids but if you want then to be sick from freezing pool temps avoid!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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tthotel, General Manager at Holiday Village Turkey Sarigerme, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
We appreciate your kind remarks with regards to our food and staff. Our kitchen team take pride in maintaining their high standard of cuisine, and our staff aim to make your holiday a happy and friendly experience.

Our pool temperature, depending on the time of year, will vary, so for example mid-August will be much warmer than mid-October which is only to be expected. Our hotel is a family hotel and advertised clearly as this in the brochure, so there will be children around having fun in the pools. It would have been better if you raised your issues with us whilst on holıday as we have a great Team of Public Relation staff who are there to help with any queries and resolve any problems.

We have undergone a brand new renovation ready for this summer. A new addition to the facilities for summer 2014 in the Holiday Village is free Wi-Fi access in all rooms and public areas as well as tea and coffee facilities in our guests rooms!

Thank you once again for your feedback.


Kind Regards,


Erol AKKUŞ
General Manager
Holiday Village Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Stayed here in June for 2wks.Complex is a bit remote but has everything on site that you need.Good variety of food on offer throughout the day,rooms were a good size and kept clean and tidy.Entertainment throughout the day was varied and all the staff were very friendly, which led to a good holiday. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sarigerme, Sarigerme, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Sarigerme
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Sarigerme
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Village Turkey Sarigerme 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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