We have just returned from our 2 weeks in the Honeymoon Suite at (Elixir Art) Sabrinahs House, Bozburun.
Firstly the situation of the hotel was beautiful, all the room were very tastefully decorated and unique; the honeymoon suite was wonderful and faultless- lovely outside private hot tub and large balcony.
However, there were some areas which need to be improved. The staff were very willing and hardworking, but needed proper training, Assim, the manager worked hard to please everyone, but needed better back up from his staff as he was fairly stressed running around most of the time. Service at times was akin to Faulty Towers! It took 40 mins to get 2 ice creams one day. When we arrived there was no clear information given about the routine of the hotel, we found out by accident that complimentary tea and cakes were served between 1600-1700 most days. There should be a better hotel guide with useful tips in it. No mini bar prices and a rather stern notice about not bringing in food and drink or it would be stored securely away!!
The prices for the drinks was exorbitant.; worse than London prices. I am sure more people would spend more time at the bar if the drinks were less and therefore boost overall profits. Happy hour had 30% reduction in drinks, the time changed while we were there, but again we found out by accident- they seem to have real communication difficulties at times.
The hotel speedboat only had 2 complimentary trips per day into the village 1100-1200 at 1800-1900- this should be increased to at least four times per day as only giving one hour in the village does not allow for lunch out. It is as if the hotel staff do not want you go over and spend money in the village, but stay in the hotel all the time. It is of course acceptable to pay for the hotel boat taxi service outside the times, but if you had the boat to yourself (per couple) it was 20TL each way, if more people joined it was 15TLper couple per journey, at times we had 3 couples which meant the hotel were creaming in 45TL per trip which again is a bit of a rip off for customers. Trips out were cost prohibitive, we were quoted by Figan the Elixir rep, to hire a car with driver for the day would cost 500TL (£250 approx)- again this was a ploy to dissuade guests to explore the area which is a real shame as it is so beautiful. The one trip we were able to do was the complimentary village tour, we really enjoyed it, the guide was very informative and the lunch fantastic.
We ventured on the gullet trip- it was 200TL per person- roughly £200 per couple. Then to be charged for bottles of water on the trip was a disgrace, even a couple of beers should have been included as with previous gullet trips we have enjoyed with Exclusive Escapes when a full cooked lunch, wine and afternoon tea was served at half the price. The lunch we had consisted of ham and cheese rolls, 1 bowl of village salad and 3 bowls of noodles between 6- very unimaginative and very disappointing. The gullet is not taken out very much, it is sitting outside the hotel for the majority of time; if the trip was better value for money then we and many of our fellow guests would have done the trip more than once and the gullet would have been more regularly used.
We would recommend the Fisherman's House & Bozburun Restaurant in the village - we did manage to escape a few times! We also enjoyed the Yacht club and the next but one restaurant to the seafood restaurant along from the hotel ( sorry forgot the name- this was probably our best meal out and the cheapest) - they come and pick you up and bring you back by boat.
We did have a lovely time, as it was a place to chill out, but we will probably not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accessed via a picturesque and quiet coastal road, remote Bozburun is only minutes from the charming villages of Selimiye and Orhanive, and better yet - Orfoz - voted the finest seafood restaurant in Turkey. This far-flung village is also home to Elixir Art, the landmark hotel that has turned Bozburun into a preferred destination for the well-traveled elite.Arrival at Elixir Art is by five-minute boat ride from Bozburun. The charming, distinctively-uniformed staff greet you with fresh lemonade, flavoured with mint. Well-tended gardens and paths are dotted with cushioned sun-loungers, hammocks, shades and gazebos while timbers overhead provide cool elegance. The hotel's long expanse of shore-side teak decking has a pool. Also at the water's edge there is a brand new infinity pool. Relax in the calming water and soak up the view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elixir Art / Sabrinas Haus In Bozburun Hotel Bozburun