We booked this holiday to Turkey with Thomsons for 7 nights, after reading all the fabulous reviews of the hotel Barut Arum . I travelled with my husband, and two children aged 8 and 3. We had booked a private taxi for our transfer from the airport to the hotel, as in the past we have encountered a long journey before getting to your own hotel. When we were shown to the taxi we were amazed as it was a shuttle bus and we had it all to ourselves. The transfer time was approx 45 minutes. Once we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by the doorman, who was friendly and took our luggage. We checked in, but our room was not ready, so we checked out the hotel, and first impressions were brilliant, it was clean and had lovely swimming pools with amazing gardens. We had some lunch as they served food 24 hours of the day! once our room was ready we went straight there, we booked a family room and were allocated this on the 4th floor in the main building with pool and sea view, I must say it was lovely. the kids had their own room with bunk beds and there was so much space. In the bathroom we only had a shower, which was a little disappointing as my 3 year old likes her baths!
The hotel was full, but we did not feel over crowded at all. The buffet restuarant was great, I am a vegetarian but there was a huge choice. The kids buffet was boring, it had the same type of food everyday, so both my children used to choose from the larger sections. I felt that the waiters were not very friendly and most of them did not speak much English. But as few days went past we found some friendly staff. The food did get boring on day 3, but we managed to find something to eat. The desserts were delicious, and boy you feel the weight piling on! I and my husband ate in one of the Al a Carte restuarants and the food was lovely. Our holiday was brilliant as we met some friends from London, and we all got on really well, so kids were all happy. I must say the beach was clean, slightly pebbley though. The poolside was spotless, however you would have to get up early to get sunbeds as most people had the same idea, so by 10am there would be no sunbeds available. This is something the hotel needs to look into especially in high season. I would recommend that if you are travelling with young children then try and book a room in the quieter part of the hotel, as we found that it was quite noisy by 7am, with people walking and cleaners hoovering. Although the view is great from the room, there is not much peace. The kids club was quiet, although my son enjoyed it. They also had fun at the kids disco every night. We watched the entertainment most nights, but the hotel really needs to review this as it was at times mediocre. All this used to take place in the Ampitheatre, this is was really nice as the weather was so warm in the evenings. I would definitely go back to this hotel again.
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