Just returned from a week at the Barut Lara Resort Spa and Suites. We were recommended to stay at this resort by a friend and I was a little worried that it would not live up to her very high praise. I needn't have worried - everything about the holiday was great. ( really think I must have stayed at a different place to the previous person posting on here). The grounds and pools are large and were kept immaculately clean and tidy.
We stayed in a Junior Suite which was immaculately clean and designed in an understated, elegant way. The room was cleaned each day and then a turndown service was provided each night with towels arranged into hearts or swans with petals on bed. The mini bar in room was replenished daily with international brand drinksand as others have stated was free of charge. Other perks of the junior suites were separate check in arrangements, use of an executive lounge with free internet use and drinks and cookies available, free room service and priority booking for the a la carte restaurants.
During our visit the hotel had two of the a la carte restaurants open but we didn't use either choosing instead to use the main Divan restaurant which was excellent. The choice of food at this restaurant was amazing and the only trouble we had with the food was trying to choose what to have - hence have put on 5lbs!! Food was hot and there were chefs in the centre cooking some of the options in front of you at all mealtimes. At lunchtimes we sometimes used the other place down by the beach where you could order meals and more snack type items such as jacket potatoes and crepes. All the food and drink were of good quality and my daughter who is veggie felt there was a lot of choice for her - much more than in other hotels we have stayed. We also visited the patisserie each day - this was a lovely treat. You could get good coffee, cookies and cakes from 12noon until late evening and to have these included was great.
The lobby bar was very nice with a pianist on in the early evening and. We had no issues with the service and found that most staff spoke some English. All were very polite and efficient.
The entertainment was ok. The entertainment and activities staff work hard to ensure guests enjoy. They mingle in the evenings and offer activities for both adults and children in the day but there is no pressure to join in. On two of the evenings the entertainment was professional dancers and this was excellent. On the other nights entertainment was provided in house. Although not as much our cup of tea it was ok and I have to say that the women v men game was the funniest thing I have seen in ages! Our daughter did join in with the club for her age group and enjoyed the activities on offer.
As the grounds are so spacious we felt like there were lots of things to do. We made most use of the pools and garden areas and the pool with slides is fun for the kids. The indoor pool in the spa is heated but is salt water so we mainly used the first pool which is also heated but not as warm as the spa one. The other pools are really cold!
The weather was really good - for early April we thought it was hot and we wouldn't be able to cope with the heat there in Summer. .Make sure you take loads of suntan lotion with you as this was really expensive to buy over there.
All in all this was a fantastic, relaxing week of lovely weather in a super hotel. The all-inclusive is exactly that - we never needed to leave the resort and apart from tips and pressies spent nothing.
I would highly recommend this hotel and can't wait to go back.
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- Also Known As:
- Barut Lara Resort Spa And Suites
- Barut Lara Hotel Antalya
- Hotel Barut Lara
- Lara Resort Spa
- Barut Lara Turkey