Travelled from Glasgow on Sat 29th June with another couple & 9 year old. Things got off to a bad start with a 5 hour delay at airport, not informed when we checked in, just displayed on board then an announcement to collect a voucher for food for £8 that we could spend in a few different places. Airline was Pegasus which we only found out when we received our tickets from Thomas Cook. We only lost sleep but there were a lot of kids aswell which must have been a nightmare for parents. Arrived in time for breakfast on the Sunday morning. Also delayed over 2 hours on return so for that reason i probably wouldn't fly Pegasus again.
Now about the hotel, good points & not so good!
Very large hotel with 3 large buildings & at least 4 floors maybe more on each, we were happy with floor same level as reception & view of the pool. Room had twin beds but we pushed together so not a big problem. Friends room upstairs had a double & a single bed & was a bit bigger than ours, Aircon worked fine in rooms & you needed it because it was so hot outside.
Food- Buffet Restaurant was massive with more food than you could imagine, most dishes had description in several languages including british but some didn't so not always aware what it was.On the first night we went for dinner just after 7pm & found a table for 5 at the start of the restaurant near the kiddies one & the waiter was very attentive with drinks etc & on leaving we gave him a tip. At breakfast we sat at same area & again good service, same waiters. When we arrived at night our drinks were already poured! This went on throughout the week & we tipped the waiter a few euros every night & were delighted with the service but on Friday night our waiter was off so we sat in another area & we were totally ignored, had to ask several times for drinks & our table was not cleared & plates piling up, if this had have been our first night we would be very disappointed, not the service expected in a 5 star hotel, the waiter was not interested at all so here is a tip, if on the first night you are not happy with the service then next night/day move to another table, if you are happy then tip the waiter & return to same area & i'm sure you will be looked after. Most guests are German, Dutch Russian etc so British not really catered for but so much choice, i loved the fish night & the steaks. One other little gripe would be that there is no menu up to tell you what food is available so you have to walk up & down & look over people's shoulders to see what's cooking. You could spend a good 10 minutes walking around to decide what to have, personally i think there was too much food & too much waste by fellow guests! There was beautiful bread & rolls but the bread was not sliced so everybody was just holding it with one hand & cutting with the other, this is very unhygenic so i never ate any of the bread just the rolls as you could pick them up with tongs, i don't understand why a very large hotel like this would allow this to go on, it definately wouldn't be allowed on a cruise ship & i've never seen this in a hotel before. I did have a sore tummy for a couple of days but everyone else in my party were ok.
There were places to eat around the pool at different times of the day, ice cream only availble between 2 & 4pm. From 12 you can get Pizza from Turkish tent & ladies making crepes, baked potatoes, kebabs from 12-3, 4-5pm you could get hotdogs, corn on cob, crepes, donuts etc
Pool/beach- Spent everyday at the beach on loungers as no loungers at the pool after 9am, cooler at the beach so we preferred this & just went up & down to the pool. There is a beach bar for soft drinks, bottled water, beer & a few spirits.
Entertainment was quite good, catering for all different nationalities, mini disco from 8.30 then main show at 9.30 then after that some singing/music at the beach bar although not enough seats at the beach bar to accomodate everyone who was in the ampi theatre watching a show. The best night for me was the beach/foam party on Thursday, it was fab so go along to that & let your hair down, all ages loved it. Others have commented on Michael Jackson show but that wasn't on so maybe that is once every 2 weeks? We also missed the comedy night on the saturday as we left hotel at 1pm. Funfair was good opened only for a few hours a day & closes at 9.30pm.
We all had a fantastic time but it was a bit busy especially in the restaurant , i would have preferred more waiter service although we did try the turkish restaurant & it was lovely & we could all eat together instead of up & down to buffet. It is 12 Euros to eat in more than one a la carte but book early. The hotel seems to work in Euros but when we asked to change money they could only give us lira? Shopping centre across the road also priced in euros but will take whatever you have. One last thing, we got a Dolmus bus 5 minute walk away from hotel, go out hotel go left then right down to main road & it is 3 lira each so less than a pound for a ride to Manavagat, it says on the bus where it goes, We then got a river cruise with trip to waterfall for 40 lira each so £14 each which we thought was ok, don't know how much hotel charge but probably more than this. Husband done the Jet Ski from the beach @ 40 Euros & we all went on a speedboat trip for an hour @ 20 euros each & 10 for children. We did not see the Thomas Cook rep at all & got flight information from a board in reception. I wouldn't call it 5 star but it was a lovely hotel & we had a great time.
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