After staying last year at the Concorde the inevitable comparison was always going to happen.
Whilst anyone who stays here won't have a problem whatsoever I personally preffered the Concorde.
There were just a few things wrong with the Baia that a couple of tweeks won't cure,the first being the bar at the pool. The White Bar doesn't open until 12 each day so if you(and being summer you will!) want refreshments you have to go to the other side to do so. Now it's not a million miles away but if (like we were) your sunbeds were on the right hand side as you come out of the hotel then it was still a bit of a pain having to walk right the way round every time up to 12. Why can't they open the White Bar just for drinks before 12?
At 12 when the White Bar opens they make fish and chips which whilst looking the part doesn't really deliver on the cooking side as the fish we found undercooked a couple of times.
The second thing wrong (and other people have commented on this) is the complete lack of storage. The "wardrobe" does not have the space to hang half of the clothes we brought so they had to be left in the case. They could have easily added an extra wardrobe at the side. Then for some unknown reason the have a curtain to cover the wardrobe instead of doors! This is totally at odds with the reast of the room which was immaculate and modern.
There is a flat screen tv with a dvd player and a kettle with coffee and tea being replenished daily. Our room had a balcony at the front of the hotel which whilst not have a lot to look at was quiet. The beds were huge and very comfortable and the maid(thank you Ferida) cleaned the room to a very high standard each day.
Getting a sunbed wasn't a problem as I am up early anyway but I noticed that they were nearly all taken by about 7:30. But if you want to get a bed later then go down to the pier as these were never taken. The towel desk opens at 8am and shuts at 6:45 pm, just hand the amount of cards for the amount of towels and when you give the towels back you will receive the cards back for the next day(although some were handing the towels back,getting the cards and then asking for new towels in order to put down on the sunbeds for the next day!)
The pools are immaculate and (thank God) cold! The water slides open from 10am-Midday and then from 2pm -4pm. There are 3 of them and two of them are very fast the blue curly one is so slow that you have to propel yourself at the bottom!
At the start of our holiday the British were the majority,but by the time we left the Germans were. They have a nice Pie chart in the lifts each day so you can see what percentage of nations are staying at the hotel each day.
Check -in was a bit of a let down as although first in we were last to be sorted as they said our room wasn't ready. The reception staff were a bit miserable and we didn't get the service we would have expected. However the bags were brought up quickly so no problems there.
I am not going to say much about the food as it was excellent and a wide variety that should ensure everbody finds something that suits. We had an great waiter(Emre) who had wine on our table each night(I think the tips helped!!). Also if you can try and speak a little Turkish to them as they appreciate the attempts.Even please(Lutfen) and Thankyou(Tesekkur..pronounced Teshekooor) helps.
The 3 a la carte restaurants are free to use and you book these at guest relations between 10am to midday. However you can only dine in each one once a week. The 3 are Italian,Mexican and Turkish. We went to the Italian and Mexican and was very dissapointed with the lack of service in each. In the Mexican for the main course it is either Chicken Fajita or Beef Fajita. I would have thought there would have been more choice and if I have had to pay for it I would have been even more dissapointed.
I used the gym which was excellent and opens around 8am.
We went scuba diving and tried to use the hotels diving centre but they weren't interested and asked us to come back later...no thanks. We used the Concorde's diving centre and they were fantastic..honestly if you want to go scuba diving use these guys you won't be disappointed. The cost for my son and myself diving and my wife snorkelling was about 500 lira(about £170) which included a dvd of the dive.You depart about 9:30 and get back approx 3 hours later.
We rented a cabana for our final day which is 40 euros and this was excellent. As you arrive there is fruit waiting for you on the table and a large dish full of beer/water/fantas etc covered in ice cubes. The waiter was great constantly filling the dish back up with fresh ice cubes and getting us drinks from the bar, although they should(like the Concorde) give you a ice cold flannel as this was a great idea.
We decided to go into Antalya and was amazed when they didn't have a shuttle bus so we decided to get the bus. This service is an absolute steal. A brand new single decker bus, air conditioned and for the 3 of us to Antalya(about 25 mins away) was 12 Lira(£4) RETURN!!!
Get the bus(LC07) outside the hotel(opposite side of the road).
There are two pool tables and some video games in the games room and also a two lane Ten-Pin bowling alley. I expected to see the snooker tables that were in the brochure but these have been taken out and a bar with comfortable seats/sofas installed instead.
So in summary a very nice hotel,very clean and modern and I wouldn't have a problem staying here again,however if I had to choose it would be the Concorde....
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