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“An excellent hotel with wonderful staff”
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Barut Arum
Ranked #5 of 227 Hotels in Side
Certificate of Excellence
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“An excellent hotel with wonderful staff”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

For our recent holiday to Turkey (18-25 March) we chose to stay at the Barut Arum hotel. This was our fourth consecutive spring-break to Side - which should tell you something - and we enjoy the generally relaxed ambiance as the area begins to wake after the winter season. During our stay the hotel seemed fairly quiet, with a mixture of mainly mature couples, mostly German, but with some British and other Europeans. The weather this time round was excellent with temperatures typically 14-15 overnight and a very pleasant 20-23 by lunchtime, winds remained light and rainfall totally absent.

We managed the holiday on-line through Thomson, receiving 20kg luggage allowance, pre-booking our seats, registering our API and checking-in. We flew from Birmingham on a Thomson Boeing 737-800 (Winglets). No in-flight entertainment was provided, other than flight information on drop down screens, but we used our gadgets to pass the time. As previously, our transit through Antalya airport was uneventful (this year we had obtained our Entry Visas on-line and this worked really well) and following the 45 minute coach transfer the check-in experience was handled in a friendly, professional manner.

Our overall holiday experience exceeded our expectations - greatly assisted by the very welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic staff, who showed warmth and humour to our clumsy (but well intentioned!) attempts to speak a little Turkish. We would say the staff in the main buffet restaurant and promenade, pool and lobby bars were right up there with the very best people we have ever met in our travels. A real asset for the hotel.

We were allocated room 1446 – a part sea-view upgrade – which was well featured and maintained, with the mini-bar and hot beverages replenished daily. This room is on the fourth floor and central to the resort, being positioned above the outside access doors. The (free) room safe is huge. There is also plenty of general storage available. The en-suite washroom has a walk-in shower with towels and consumables provided. There is a good selection of lighting permutations, a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. Outside there is a good sized balcony with chairs, table and clothes drying rack. On arrival in the room we received some complementary fresh fruit - a nice touch which we enjoyed!

There is free Wi-Fi in the rooms and reception/ lobby area which is fine for email and light browsing – we were even able to ‘Skype’ friends and stream low resolution media. There was some evening entertainment provided, which was relaxed and unobtrusive.

The resort was very clean and well maintained and the grounds were a joy to walk with pathways leading through nicely tended gardens. We could always find a free sun-lounger, or quiet place to sit and relax either around the resort or at the beach. The public toilets were of a similar standard to the rooms and were kept clean and fresh. The outside pools were not heated and were therefore ‘quiet’, but the indoor pool was heated - and generally quiet too - and of a reasonable size for a relaxing short swim.

The main buffet restaurant provided a good range of foods for most tastes – the freshly cut oranges were stunning as were the fresh salads and the drinks we chose (refreshing Effs beer, a very smooth red house wine and banana milk-shakes) were very enjoyable.

We again made daily use of the superb seafront promenade, heading into town early to peruse the open ruins, museums, shops and café’s before heading back for a pre-lunch drink at either the promenade, or pool-side café areas. The walk took us around 35-40 minutes (one way). The town itself was generally pleasant and we never felt hassled, although we felt there were a lot more more cars parked up around the harbour area.

The old Side ruins again provided an enjoyable detour, but we were surprised to find the Apollo Temple area with metal fencing around it and conservation/ reconstruction work ongoing on the Temple of Athena and adjacent buildings. Once we had recovered from the initial shock we found we were able to walk into the area and observe proceedings.

We took one excursion (arranged through Thomson) on which our knowledgeable guide Mehmet (spelling?) took us to a fixed price clothing market, the Manavgat waterfalls, the Manavgat street market and a pleasant afternoon river cruise, which included lunch.

We enjoyed another relaxing and value for money break in Turkey and we will definitely be returning to the Barut Arum, which was an excellent hotel with simply wonderful staff.

Room Tip: Room 1446 is on the fourth floor, central to the hotel and offers a partial sea-view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Arum, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear Zak,
We appreciate you taking the time to write a beautiful and detailed review about your stay with us. Thank you very much, also on behalf of the team, for recognizing and praising their work, efforts and friendliness so much. We are glad to know that you have enjoyed every aspect of your holiday, the spotless grounds, the pools, the ideal location. Also glad to know, you have enjoyed our varied cuisine and exceptional service. We are looking forward to welcoming you again to Barut Arum in a future for another memorable experience.

Best regards,
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2014

My. Wife and I stayed at the Barut Arum in late August.
We had a wonderful holiday.
The. Hotel is spotless throughout ,food is varied and delicious . Pool area is also kept clean and safe.

We used the beach more than the pool and there are plenty of sun beds there.
Would recommend this hotel to everyone.

Room Tip: Rooms to the rear are quiter
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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9 Thank James M
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Arum, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear James,
We would like to thank you for your stay at the Barut Arum and for sharing your feedback with us. We are delighted to hear you had such an amazing time during your stay! We cannot wait to see you again in the future!

Best regards,
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

From the moment I arrived the main hotel was beautiful! Very spacious and luxurious looking with a bar, a caf�� and a selection of shops on the ground floor. We stayed in one of the apartments by the main restaurant, sounds like a bad thing but it wasn't! The rooms were cleaned each day and the rooms were brilliant; amazing quality. We were right in front of the pool and could see the whole resort from our balcony. The restaurant had a massive range of food of all ethnicities (I personally preferred it to the A la Carte restaurants -There is a choice of 3- which is funny as the A la Carte food was divine!

The resort staff were amazingly fast and competent, and so friendly to everyone and constantly asking us if we wanted anything (refills mainly) as we went A.I.

The resort is located about a 1 minute walk away from the beach, from the main building, and less than 5 minutes walking from the beginning of the shops, carrying on both to the left and right.

I highly recommend this Hotel to everyone and anyone who is looking for the best and most relaxing holiday of all time!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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7 Thank Kelbo M
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Arum, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear Kelbo M,
Thank you for staying with us and taking time to post a review of our hotel. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Barut Arum experience and we appreciate your positive review in relation to our service and staff. Thank you very much for mentioning that we were able to provide a good value given our service and extensive facilities. We would be more than happy to welcome you again in the future.

Kind regards,
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Wendover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We would recommend this hotel to anyone. All staff were very friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble. There was an excellent standard of cleanliness throughout the hotel and gardens and outside areas were very well maintained. Food choice variety and quality were excellent. Head chef and his team deserve full marks for everything they produced, whatever your taste in food no-one would go hungry. Entertainment was limited but that was no problem to us. A special mention to Ahmet for who nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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3 Thank Val H
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Arum, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear Val H,
We are delighted to read you had such an amazing time during your stay at Barut Arum. Your comments regarding our remarkable cleanliness, varied food and exceptional service are highly appreciated. Thank you for recognising and mentioning our kitchen team. We will inform them how they helped to make your stay unforgettable. We look forward to exceeding your expectations again soon.

Best regards,
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Frederiksberg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2014

First time back in turkey after a 10 year period of trying Spain, Italy and Greece. We stayed 2 weeks a family of 2 adults and 2 children (3,5) + 1 week of grandmother + brother. I must say that the hotels offers excellent value for the money despite it not being cheap by any means - believe me when I say it is worth it.
From the minute we sat food in the hotel lobby to the day we had to leave back to Denmark we had almost impeccable service in most of the hotels areas and I must say that the food was extraordinary as was the service in the buffet. The waiters instantly remembered you and your family and made sure the table was set, the usual drinks was served and that everything was filled up again when needed. Food was varied, with theme nights and with one spectacular "galla" night with ice sculpture and marvelous seafish. The hotel had 4 other small restaurants, but we tried NONE of them simply because of the great food and service in the buffet.

Pool area was great, although you need to get up early to get the good spots. Kids entertainment was great and free and even though our kids are to small to understand english or german the staff did a wonderfull job of getting them to participate and have fun a few times during our stay.

The beach is good and the beach bar is great when taking a break for the heat. Water is a bit rocky, but clear water when there is not to many in the water. Great place to snorkle and look a fisk and rock. not so great if you have small children, but the pool area offers many slow entrances where small children can play with ease

all in all, best all inclusive hotel I have ever been to and much better than Sunwings or Blue villages

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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8 Thank Henrik G
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Arum, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear Henrik,
We are really impressed with your amazing review regarding your vacation with us. We were happy to read that we were able to provide you with an exceptional service and exceed your highest expectations. Thank you for recognizing the hard work and attention to detail that our team members deliver each and every day! Thank you so much for your time. We would love the opportunity to welcome you back to the Barut Arum in the very near future.

Warmest regards,
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2014

I came here to the Barut Arum last year with my husband and my disabled 8 year old and we had a fantastic time.The people are so lovely and friendly,the food is wonderful for all ages and pickyness, and the rooms and grounds are great. We loved it so much that we have already booked for end of july to return.I know they will not remember me,but i will be happy to see their friendly faces again.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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4 Thank MrsTEvans
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Arum, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear Mrs. Evans,
We are so delighted to read your kind words about your stay with us. It is really a great honour that we managed to win you back as our guest. Our team members exert every effort in providing a superior guest service and ensure everything is at its best down to the smallest details. It's customers like you that make what we do so enjoyable! Rest assured that we remember you and your family and look forward to welcoming you soon in July to your second home - Barut Arum.

Warmest regards,
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

This hotel gives 110% in every department management and staff could not do enough for us no need to go hungry always enough selection for everyones choice Christmas & New Years Eve Garla meals Excellent

Margaret & Geoff

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Arum, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear Margaret & Geoff,
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit. We are pleased that once again you were able to enjoy many of our amenities throughout the hotel. We appreciate your continued loyalty to the Barut Arum and look forward to your return visit.

Kind regards,
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Additional Information about Barut Arum

Property: Barut Arum
Address: Kumkoy Yolu PK.78, Side, Manavgat 07330, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Side
#4 Luxury Hotel in Side
#5 Family Hotel in Side
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Barut Arum 5*
Number of rooms: 288
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