Me and my family have just recently returned from a 8 night holiday in Side. There was me, my boyfriend, mum, dad and 3 sisters. When we first arrived we did have a bad day at first, our transfer driver had no idea where he was going (fortunately there was a rep waiting outside the hotel for us - amazing) and the first two apartments we were given were not very nice (my families one being way to small for the 5 of them) and my and the boyfriends room literally falling apart. However as we did not arrive until 4am in the morning we were unable to see the manager until 8am (in which Idris arrived earlier then usual just to help us out - in the mean time the two receptionist guys were amazing and very helpful)
Once we were settled into our new apartments with no fuss what so ever from Idris (who is lovely and the new apartments were amazing, 3 balconies and pool view LOVELY) The food was lovely (albeit the breakfast a little repetitive) at dinner there was always a selection, freshly cooking food in front of us, turkey, freshly cut tuna and beautiful chicken kebab. Just remember you wont find much pork in turkey!
The guys who worked on site were very very helpful, always making sure we were okay. The hotel also offered currency exchange (although the rate not as high as the local banks and post offices - very helpful once those had closed) For example my father had his wallet stolen and the reception allowed him to make the calls necessary to cancel all his cards !
The pools are beautiful - they are cleaned every night. Open from 8am til 8pm so days by the pool are epic and necessary. The first pool is by the bar so it is rather loud as they are always playing music (mostly being modern pop music) and the second pool is considered the quiet pool, either way they are fun. There are the 1.4m pools for the adults and confident children who swim, then you got the 0.4m pools for the toddlers. Only bad aspect is there is never a life guard so keep an eye on the children.
The bar is amazing, you can get as many drinks as you want throughout the day - however there is extra charge for imported drinks and cocktails. Although they are value for money, we paid 20 TL for a fishbowl which is about £8 and it took four of us to finish it ! The entertainment is mostly for the children but is fun to watch.
The local area is very good, local supermarket and souvenir shops and they don't pester you, the trips are amazing, we managed to get a day boat trip for the seven of us and quad biking for 4 of us for around £180. The boat trip was from 9 until 5 with pick up and drop off, this included two stops at an island where we could swim, plus another stop where people were invited to jump of the boat! Plus lunch which was beautiful. The quad biking was very good, this included pick up and drop off and included 2 hours of driving. If you were unable to drive yourself you were given a guide to drive the bike so you could still experience the fun.
As a mention if you are going to eat out i would highly recommend The Crown which is 2 minutes from site and Sultan Blue which is 5 minutes from site. Both are lovely restaurants and both cost me and my boyfriend 50-60 TL !! Which is about £20 for the meals, drinks and extra's !!
I would love to say a massive thank you to all those that work at Sunlight Gardens thank you for making our holiday amazing :)
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- Also Known As:
- Sunlight Garden Side
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