My wife and I booked for a week in the beginning of December.I was pleasantly surprised how good this hotel was.The rooms were a really good size and had very modern decor.The mini bar was all included and always topped up and from what I can see is that they more or less cover anything you would want on a holiday.
The food was amazing and better than any all inclusive holiday selection and quality we have come across.They had whole salmons, sea bass , pizza station made to your spec,omlettes made to your spec etc.You could eat virtually 24 hours a day if you wanted.
The hotel had mainly German guests and they normally dont put up with any old nonsense.There were also various other nationalities.I played boccia with some of them every morning and afternoon which was a good laugh but not for them if they lost.The entertainment group were very good and kept you laughing.
There was a cinema with a great selection of films.One day we were in there and the audience were staring at a blank screen for a long while so I went and got the entertainment guy to come and sort it out.We were going to put our own film on but it would have been unsuitable for families.
The wine served with the meal was surprisingly good.The waiters would put it in a bucket with ice next to the table.The wine was locally produced Turkish wine.I have tried to get it in England but with no luck.
The spa area was lovely with heated pool, large jacuzzi, two huge saunas and one steam room.There was also a Hammas where you lie on wet slabs of marble.I couldnt see much point in it but some people loved it.I went in the sauna one day and there was a German lady with no clothes on .I tried very hard not to look.She gave me a bit of a dirty look and I wasnt sure if it was because she thought I was loooking or because I hadnt taken my trunks off.
The tennis courts were excellent and the outside pool was superb.It was hot enough to sunbathe on the beach.What we liked in December was that there were only about 200 guests when in season you have 2000 guests so maybe thats why you get such good service and attention.
If you get a chance visit some of the other hotels.If you turn up outside at just before 4.00pm someone comes out and gives you a guided tour.
You can get a bus into Antalya old town for about 70p (equivalent).One thing I liked about it was that you dont get people hassling you to buy things all the time.The economy in Turkey has boomed and their average standard of living is better than the UK.
The hotels including this are like Las Vegas hotels and its great you can book a very reasonable all inclusive.It would cost a fortune if you went bed and breakfast like in Dubai etc.
I would like to go to more other places but this would be a hard act to follow.
If you have to pay for your prescriptions in the UK then stock up here on tablets, antibiotics , inhalers etc as they are much cheaper and you can buy over the counter.
We would definately go back again.
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- 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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