Achtung. This hotel is wonderful. Stayed here from 14th to 28th of Sep and enjoyed every minute of it. About 50% of the guests are German but das ist gut. They don't take no sheissse which means you'll benefit from the standards that they command. Also they are pretty friendly and say guten morgen with a smile, unlike the Russians who thankfully only make up about 5% of the guests. 30% are Brits with the rest made up of mainly Belgian, Dutch and other Europeans.
The pools are beautiful. They are also huge. I expect you've seen the photos but they don't really prepare you for the scale of things. That bit that looks like an Olympic size pool I measured at about 57 metres and the free form pool it is attached to must be around 100 meters in length. The other long pool is of similar length and the adult only pool is about 30 meters long. They are also quite cold, but not after you've dipped your shoulders, which I thought was surprising at this time of year. There were also lots of sun loungers and shades and you really didn't need to get up early to find a place.
The beach is nice too, also with plenty of sunloungers and shades. The sea is warmer than the pools and the beach is nice and sandy.
The food is top notch for a Turkish AI. You cannot compare it with fine dining in London but it's definitely right up there for All Inclusive. Not only is there a different theme every night but there are also many choices within that theme, so you could easily have something different for every meal. It's all beautifully presented too. The food options around the pools are for lunch only but I have to tell you that the pizzas are the best I have ever tasted. The KFC style chicken is rather tasty too and so is the fish and chips, (even though it doesn't look like it's been cooked properly). The drinks are nice too.
The gym is pretty good with quality treadmills and cross trainers, a rowing machine and four bikes. There are loads of stacked weight machines but not much in terms of free weights. You should easily be able to keep things under control what with all that extra eating you are bound to be doing. The sauna's are very good and there is also a steam room and a couple of jacuzzi's that are all free to use.
The room was very nice, cleaned daily and the fridge topped up.
The staff were all lovely and we received a high standard of service throughout our stay.
The shows were fantastic with lots of circus performers and dancers which were professional acts brought in. The only shows provided by the animation team were competitions for the guests which I'll let you into a secret, you won't be embarrassed and the prizes are worth winning. There is also plenty of sport and films to watch either in your room or in the lush bar.
If I haven't mentioned anything it's because I didn't use the facility but from the outside looking in all seems well.
Ordinarily I would never go back to a hotel because it's a big world out there are there are lots of other nice places to visit but I can honestly see myself going back here, and that will be a first.
Finally, one other thing I'd like to mention. I do pretty well in comparison to most on getting "Helpful Votes" on Trip Advisor but the reality is that almost 9000 people have read my reviews and out of that lot, well you can see for yourself I've only received about 40 votes. So do me a favour and book yourself a holiday to Baia Lara Beach and give me a helpful vote Schnell, Schnell.
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