Let me start with the positive: 1) the views are spectacular, probably the best I have ever seen, and I have been to Rio, Spain, Riviera, western US, etc. 2) Bar perched on the edge of the cliff is one of the best places I have been. Cool bartender, cool music, starry nights. Will always have memories of sitting in hammocks sipping wine, listening to Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" with a thousand foot drop below us and shooting stars in front of us. 3) Pool of absolutely clear, chlorine-free water (freshly cycled so always clean) is one of the best swimming experiences I have had.
Now the negatives: our room was, to say the least, spartan. This may be part of the appeal for some people, feeling they have gone to the end of the earth. We called the bar "the bar at the end of the world." Sheets were coarse and rough, something like towels in a military barracks. Beds were single mattresses and hard. Screens on windows had holes, so we had various creepy crawlies in the room all week-- spiders, mosquitoes, other odd bugs, so two or three nights I woke up with welts from bug bites all over me. I started to get afraid to go to sleep. Water in the showers is so hard that it is basically salt water. Maybe some people like this but my hair was like straw after a week, and skin felt crusted in salt. Dishes we washed all had salt flavor. Walls were paper thin so we heard all kinds of noise from neighboring rooms (and I assume they heard us). Pieces fell off the faucet from time to time, leading to a flood one day. Windows had no springs so were like guillotines that could slice down on you. One screen entirely popped off and stayed unrepaired. None of the rooms appears to have the great view you can see from the pool and bar: they all seem to have big bushes in front of them that obscure the view. So... if all of this is not a problem, go for the views. We felt it was like camping. For a few days it is great but after a while you just feel campy and dirty.
Staff was generally helpful and friendly but English ability was spotty and one German staff woman was fairly grumpy.
Breakfast is not free- costs around $10 and does not include orange juice-- instead they have "Tang" (created in the factories of Dupont chemical company). So much for natural nutrition! Flies circle all over the breakfast buffet.
Ride from the nearest airport is 2 hours including the last half hour over cliffside rutted roads. Our bus broke down on one steep hill. Dizziest roads I have ever been on, (including all of above mentioned places) but plus side is drivers do drive carefully.
Downside of terrific views is you cannot walk to the ocean, but there is a regular shuttle down to the seaside.
Overall-- this is NOT a luxury hotel. It is one step up from camping, in one of the most spectacular areas of nature in the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The inner complex offers guests an indoor pool with a countercurrent system, a spa pool, a sauna and medical care. Furthermore, there is a gym and tennis courts as well as a climbing wall and abseiling equipment available. The younger guests will enjoy the swimming pool with paddling area, a playground, a children's house, a kids' club, a games room and a petting zoo with many animals. The babysitting service may be used on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loryma Hotel Turunc
- Loryma Resort Hotel