We are currently at the Royal Dragon resort in Side. It's our first time in Turkey and the resort appears nice and well appointed but Thomas Cook failed to fill us in on a couple of points when we booked over the phone:
First, they didn't state that around 95% of the people that come here are German. Whilst this in itself isn't a major problem (although we have found many of them to be somewhat ignorant), everything here is geared up for Germans. The food is German biased, the staff greet us in German, the entertainment is in German etc etc.
Second, they didn't tell us that the aqua park and Luna park don't open until Wednesday which is the 5th day of our 8 day stay.
Aside from these points, the hotel is very comfortable, the duplex room we are in is spacious, stylish and clean.
We have come here on an all inclusive package which is a first for us as we usually go bed and breakfast. The food is plentiful with breakfast, lunch and dinner laid on with unlimited drinks and snacks available throughout the day although you are best advised to make a mental note of the times that the snack bars are open as they aren't open all day.
The shops here on site include;
A drug store which appears to be a general store selling a range of goods including toys.
There is a leather jacket shop with a nice range of jackets but beware in here, the chap "Thomas" needed a firm "no" before allowing us to leave the shop. He did come down from 650 Euros to 200 Euros on a jacket that I tried on but I wasn't going to buy it even at that price.
A watch shop selling copies of many of the big brands. They actually appear to be very good copies although rather pricey.
A clothes store also selling copies of big brands and once again they do seem to be very good quality copies and reasonably priced.
The local town Side has a range of shops selling copies of clothes, electrical goods, toys, watches and so on. Here is where the shop keepers try the hard sell and once again a firm "no" is often required. We found that the copied items here are not as good quality as the ones in the hotel shops although we did buy our daughter a copy of an ICE watch for around £7.
So far we have enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to the rest of our stay.
A quick note about the wifi. If you are thinking about bringing iPads etc, the wifi is practically useless, requiring you to connect and then authenticate via a web page. Most times it won't connect and when it does, it's slow and drops out after two minutes. Very frustrating.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Royal Dragon
- Royal Dragon Side