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Baia Lara Hotel
Ranked #3 of 234 Hotels in Antalya
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 22, 2012

This hotel is just great. The staff are helpfull and effiicient, the swimming pool water quality is amazing. The food taste and choice is excellent and the rooms are spacious and clean. It is just so easy being in this hotel. No stress, clean safe environment for the children and being all inclusive no hassle paying for food and drinks as you go! Highly recommended with very little if anything to fault.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

I stayed in Baia Lara in March this year with my friend and enjoyed it that much I went back with family and I wasn't disappointed. Hotel is spotless, rooms are spacious with free mini bar and safe.It was my birthday when there and I received a cake and bottle of wine in my room which was an unexpected surprise. My family have food allergies so through the guest relations I spoke to the restaurant manager who was very helpful, writing me a letter to show the chefs so I could make sure the food was suitable. Bar and waiting staff were all friendly and helpful . Entertainment team were all great but have to give a special mention to our friend and dart buddy Cem who is a credit to the hotel and they are very lucky to have him as part of their team. I would have no hesitation recommending this hotel to family and friends and will hopefully return myself in the near future.

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6  Thank Jim M
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Just back from a perfect week at The Baia Lara. What can I say. The hotel is stunning, the weather was fab and the staff were excellent. It is spotless and there is something for everybody. The food is wonderful and so much choice you can pretty much eat the clock round, they even come round the pool several times offering you more food. It thoroughly deserves it's five star rating and I would recommend it to anyone. If you are going don't bother with Turkish Lira as they would rather any currency than their own, mainly Euro's or Sterling.

Room Tip: Take your mosquito plug in as we got bit during the night.
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7  Thank furry46
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Just returned from a fabulous week at the Baia Lara. We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children aged 6 and 2 and arrived at the Baia Lara evening time where we were pleasently surprised by the warm temperature of 22 degrees and warm welcome. The hotel is elegantly finished and is emaculately clean in all area's. The food in the main resturant was very good with a wide variety of choice my son especially loved the fresh pancakes at breakfast time, he ate that many!!!!! The food on offer at lunch time was great ranging from Chicken, freshly made Pizza (well worth a try), Salad to the best Kebabs ever.The A'La Carte resturants are well worth a visit the food was divine with excellant service in great surroundings by the beach. All pool area's were clean with large swimming pools the childrens pool even had small sun loungers for children which we thought was an excellant touch.The beach was lovely and very clean with its own shaded children's play area. It was my birthday while we were there and I was treated to a bottle of wine and a lovely fresh fruit cake. All in all a we had a great holiday, lovely hot weather (approx. 32 degrees) and great facilities. One down side was the British were a very small minority, but at least we didn't leave our manners at home! Last downside, but not related to the hotel, was the 8 hour delay we encountered on our return journey which we heard was not unusal and had happened on the return Manchester flight the previous weeks. The sandwich which we were provided at the airport was not pleasent at all in the 8 hours we were delayed we got 1 sandwich and 1 bottle of water which we thought was not enough, also the reps at the airport did not seem at all interested in keeping us up-to-date with information. In conclusion cannot fault the Baia Lara Hotel at all, well presented, large bedrooms, good quality of facilities, great selection and quality of food and most of all exceptionally clean. Would definately return!

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9  Thank MJB73_12
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We spent a week at the hotel 5-12 October 2012. Arrived late afternoon and booked in with no welcome but not that much of an issue, hotel was exceptionally clean and room was lovely with loads of toiletries, no balcony which was a bit of a shame especially on a evening. The daytime around the pool was great with very clean areas and no issues at all finding a sunbed no matter what time. We found this hotel very quiet during the day which was very refreshing with no loud music or being bothered by entertainment staff at all. The food at the buffet similiar to other hotels we have stayed at in this area which essentially is good and varied. The food stalls during the day were superb with either buffet but more likely the various food stalls with pizza kebabs chicken salads etc cracking. The a la cartes were impressive and service great well worth the 10 euro pp. Our only negatives were the service in the buffet area where generally you had no service so if you wanted a drink you got it yourself from the bar again not a major issue but have been other hotels where the service was better and made the eating experience much nicer. Our only other negative was on the evening, unfortunately the weather on the evening was not great and due to the rain the bars outside were closed which meant the evening was spent in the lounge bar which was like a airport lounge with no atmosphere and to be fair boring,we accept that the weather did not help and i know the hotel is due a refurbishment and that this may be addressed. Overall a lovely hotel and we enjoyed the daytime but found the evenings lacking atmosphere and decent entertainment.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Jason Y
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Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

I was lucky enough to be treated to a holiday by my husband to this fantastic hotel. We arrived late at night to a friendly welcome and speedy check in and were still able to get some food at the late dinner buffet. There are mixed reviews around the food and service for the Baia Lara and I really cannot see why. I am quite a selective eater but did not have any complaints at all. Breakfast was a huge buffet style selection of cereal, fruit, meats, cheeses, breads, pastries as well as a whole host of hot foods, there really was something for everyone. Lunch consisted of the buffet restaurant as well as a selection of food huts serving chicken, pizza, salad, doner meat, gozleme (Turkish style bread) and pizza as well as waiter service at the White Bar with a varied menu. All of which were excellent. We didn't try the a la carte restaurants for dinner (so can't comment) as we didn't feel we needed to as there was so much choice again at the buffet restaurant. Theme nights catered for everyone and the quality at all times was excellent. Not once did we experience any issues with service (as some people have indicated). All the staff were polite and friendly and were always busy clearing and setting tables ready for the next diners. We didn't tip anyone until the end of our stay and don't feel we received any lesser quality service as a result. All the bars were excellent and their different locations ensured we never got bored of going to the same place. We had a land facing room which was lovely, had more than sufficient space, was cleaned immaculately and the mini bar and toiletries always fully restocked. The daily entertainment was very good. I did water aerobics a few times and my husband and I also played darts. These were both a good way of getting to know fellow guests. The swimming pools were just amazing, so much space not once did it ever feel over crowded despite the hotel being almost full. The evening entertainment was good and the shows we saw were excellent. One member of the entertainment team, Cem, was a pleasure to meet and was especially good at his job as he really did entertain! He knows 5 languages and really went out of his way to talk to everyone and although being English we were small in numbers here he made us feel very welcome. We were really lucky to meet a lovely German family and an English Mum & Daughter who we are still in touch with. To summarise, we had a faultless stay, an amazing holiday and did not experience any of the issues other guests have commented on. We would not hesitate to return for another holiday to the Baia Lara as our overall experience was fantastic.

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3  Thank JetSetterJones
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We (my wife, my 11 year old son and myself) stayed a Baia Lara for the second successive year for 10 nights (4-14 Oct 2012).

Thomas Cook flight was usual - grin and bare it. Arrived at Antalya at 1am and 20 min transfer time to Baia Lara which is good. On arrival at 2am there was no particularly friendly welcome and no welcome drink in Reception which was poor after the journey. We were taken to our room - 4307 which was on the 4th floor. We were then informed to make our way to the Lobby Bar where we could grab a bite to eat.....on going there....nobody to be seen and then we were informed to go out to the White Bar for something to eat. On going there we were offered a drink and a sandwich which was fine but some fruit or similar would have been nice.

Room

Comprised of small bathroom with decent shower over bath (loads of toiletries), single bed, queen size bed, large sofa/table, 32" LCD tv (numerous English channels) DVD player, kettle, tea/coffee etc and mini bar replenished daily (still/sparkling water, Efes beer, Coke, Fanta and juice cartons. There was also a decent size balcony with side Sea/Mountain view. The only negative with the room was - badly fitting bed sheet/duvet and noisy air conditioning.

Dining

We either ate in the main Buffet restaurant for Breakfast/Dinner and Poolside for lunch. The main Buffet Restaurant offers a good range and is immaculately presented......but.......resembles a cattle market at busy times. This could be easily rectified by staff meeting residents at the door, taking them to a table either inside or out and a waiter being allocated the table. As such one is left hunting for a table....like musical chairs and on finding one the service was very mixed with some waiters clearly not interested.......certainly not 5 star! Although we chose not to eat in the A la Carte restaurants we did hear that the Mexican was very good. Lunch at the poolside buffet area was very good with pizza corner being a must......service again was disappointing at times.

Pools

The pools are all spotless and cannot be faulted. The free towels could do with being replaced and a number of loungers were damaged, however, I am sure this will be sorted during the winter refurb. The grounds are also spotless with loads of places to chill if that's your thing. A special treat is the Delivery of fresh Cucumber at 11am, Melon at 1230 and hot Sweetcorn at around 2pm. Slides are open 10-12 and 2-4.....pity they weren't open all day for the kids.

Beach

Clean and lots of loungers available. We hired a Beach Lodge for the day (25 euro) with full waiter service, drinks, fruit, water and ice creams. If you go.....definitely hire a Beach Lodge. Our waiter Sehmus was just great and is a credit to Baia.

Entertainment

Compared to last year - the Entertainment team was poor. Apart from Mustafa who again is a credit to Baia, there was little encouragement to get adults or kids together for the activities. The evening entertainment was generally good but - Bingo was a bit repetitive and the same Live Band played twice.

Bars

Lobby Bar badly needs some injection of Ambience and atmosphere. White Bar is nice to relax. The Sea Lounge bar is also nice day or night....well done to Ozkan....very friendly and couldn't be more helpful.

A special mention must go to Ahmet - the ice cream man who always had a smile and a joke. The man (sorry didn't catch your name) on Guest Relations is a true professional and couldn't be more helpful.

I know I may have dwelled on the bad points but it did appear that the standard had fallen slightly since our first visit....perhaps due to the staff being temporarily unemployed during the planned winter refurb. The main issue which requires to be addressed is the main Buffet Restaurant - seating/table allocation and waiter service.

Will we return.......I think we will because I am sure the Baia Team will listen to resident comments and get it right.

Having read many hundreds of reviews for Lara Beach Hotels.......do not overlook Baia Lara.....they deserve to be at the top!!!

Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
2  Thank onemanjazzband
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Address: Site Mevki Kemeralti Mah. Kundu Bolgesi Tesisler Cad. Kundu Turizm Yolu No:384 Lara, Muratpasa, Antalya 07000, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Antalya
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 234 Hotels in Antalya
Price Range: $139 - $529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Baia Lara Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 399
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baia Lara is located on the beautiful shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Lara region. Baia Lara hotel stands out for its minimalism design and privileged high quality service…. After you saw Baia Lara, you will have only one wish on your mind – to stay in Antalya forever and to forget about the existence of rest of the world… ... more   less 
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