We arrived here on the Monday around 4.30pm and were greeted well at the hotel by the bell boy taking care of our suitcases and then we were given drinks whilst we waited to be checked in.
They were aware of the fact we were a Honeymoon couple, so we were taken to our room which was sea facing and covered in flowers, and bedsheets were styled in shape of swans etc! Room was lovely and very clean (standard of cleanliness throughout was top class) and having a mini bar with some beer, water, and pepsi was fantastic!
Food wise - buffet was excellent. Although the food was very similar most nights, it was always cooked so well that we couldn't complain. You can go to the a la carte restaurants (Turkish, fish, cuban) - we went to Turkish and Cuban which were both very nice - however slightly similar to what you get in the buffet.
Pool bar was a welcome change with foods like pizza, toasties and chips available. Also they made freshly made crepes and waffles to have with ice cream, chocolate sauce etc - must try these - yummy!!
We spent some days at the beach, and others at the pool. Due to the fact it was a bit quieter at that time of year we never had a problem getting a lounger anywhere no matter what time of day it was. Also went to the indoor pool which was lovely and warm when the first few days we arrived were a bit colder to lie out.
Staff were excellent and always so helpful. We didn't tip constantly as we hardly carried any money and to be honest I would say don't feel like you have to tip all the time like others have said. We had several barmen help us out with drinks, and many times we used to walk into the lounge and our regular drinks were sitting or being made for us.
There's also a nightclub in the hotel, which was a bit quiet but it was fun to go to and have a bit of a dance.
The animation team were good, and it breaks up your night going to one of their shows. I have to say it was different to watch Grease in German and the songs in English but enjoyable none the less. The animation team (especially Ozzy) were friendly and always made a point of coming over to talk to us.
Mini bar was replenished each day which was excellent!
We took a walk into Side, we only managed to walk an hour and a half and then got a bus the rest of the way!! Not much in Side we felt as it was more of the same shop wise. Some of the ruins were pretty interesting though, but after our long walk we fancied getting the bus back. The little buses (white mini vans basically) were excellent. They stop for you anywhere and always toot in case you want a lift. V cheap also!
The only downside was at one side of the hotel was a little zoo full of birds mainly (with some monkeys). These birds get woken up usually by the call to prayer and then starts the rooster. If our door was open we could hear them faintly and it's pretty annoying!! If you're lower down and round the side a bit more then i'd imagine it could get a bit unbearable!
Also one strange thing was the bathroom had a window in it which you could see through to the rest of the room, therefore there were times where I could see my husband on the toilet. Definitely not the most appealing thing!
We'll definitely be back, however we think we'll be off to the next door hotel Alba Queen as we'd like to take our little girl next year and the Alba Royal is adults only.