This is a bit lengthy but also comprehensive and honest.
Just spent a week in the Seven seas hotel/resort and were more than impressed. This was our 1st all-inclusive resort holiday so we don't have much to compare to but the hotel areas were clean and tidy, the grounds are very well kept and much more impressive than other nearby hotels which we check out during our holiday.
The 2 pools were large enough to allow us to swim or float about on lilo's without hassle and the 2 flumes and the crazy river were good fun if you fancied a quick rush of adrenalin.
The staff were very friendly and looked after us well and although we travelled as a couple we saw them playing with other kids and families.
The eating areas we're a bit hectic at times but this is bound to be the case with a large family resort, the hotel provided adult only areas in both the restaurants and sunbed areas which was a fantastic escape from the noise. I would agree that the food was repetative at both breakfast and lunch however there is plenty to choose from if your not fussy and most evenings we easliy had different 3 course meals without repetatition over a week and the food that was on offer was of a very high standard and was very well presented. Out of the 2 al a carte resturants we ate at the international, which we did not think much of, as the dishes served looked very similar to those on offer in the buffet but the service was impressive as always although not much english spoken but it was a luxury being waited on.
The beach was nice but did't spend much time there as it was coarse sand and shingle. The sea became very deep very quickly and seemed quite rough so not suited to weak swimmers. Although there was plenty of shade and sunloungers available and it tended to be cooler with the sea breeze. Also a nice spot to stop with a free ice cream. We used the free kayaks/canoes from the water sport company next to the resort.
The accomodation was impressive. We stayed in a suite directly above the reception which was beautful. It was very large with one separate bedroom and dressing room and was carpeted throughout which was not in other standard rooms. Beds were comfortable and large. No balcony though which we thought we would get as advertised with Thompson. Our room was more than comfortable for 2 of us but did hear from other guests that double rooms were not of the same standard.
There were 5 bars on site and tea/coffee/soft drink facilities in the resturant, The drinks included were suitable but only local spirits were free with all premium spirits (Smirnoff/Jack Daniels etc) all at about 10Euro's a glass. They had on offer in the evenings free punch, cocktails and in the Pool bar slush puppie style ice drinks which could be topped up with a spirit mix to spice it up a bit. There was also happy hour offers at the lobby bar from 5:30 till 7pm which made the premium cocktails only 3Euros each.
The local area was quite remote with only a few shops in walking distance and a couple of other resorts there wasn't much else to do unless you jumped into a bus and made your way into Side. We made this trip only once but would have to suggest you definatly try it, costing only 1Euro for a 15min bus ride its well worth it. The walk from the bus station takes you past loads of ancient ruins and into the main town of Side which has some nice views, a lovely harbour and a fabulous sunset.
We did only one excursion with Thompson which was to the market and Manavgat falls, well worth the 29Euros but not all stops were necessary, maybe staying longer at each spot would have been nicer.
Overall a fabulous holiday for us, well worth the money spent and would highly recommend. This has to be the best hotel in the area. Take a moment to learn a few turkish phrases... it wins the hearts of the locals and staff. We were treated differently and people seemed to make allowances when we made the effort to use their language.
P.S. We had read in other reviews before going about the amount of non-english guests and this is true but it had no impact on our holiday. We became friendly with a few english people but also SOME of the other nationalities were plesant and friendly but certainly not all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The five star Otium Hotel Seven Seas makes the dreams come true with its matchless coast, comfortable rooms, pools and aqua park. Just 7 km to Side and 70 km to the airport. Otium Hotel Seven Seas is an indispensable option for those who want to have an entertaining and pleasant vacation thanks to its privileged holiday concept. Combining its authentic and magnificent architecture with nature, Otium Hotel Seven Seas awaits you with its affordable accommodation alternatives. Services : Lobbybar, Cafe Turk, Patisserie corner, Cocktail Bar, Wave Bar, Cave Bar, Amphitheatre Bar, Beach Bar, Disco. Spa&Wellness Center (Turkish bath, Sauna, Beauty Center). Here is an invitation to flavor with 3 A'la Carte restaurants where you will taste the rich alternatives of the world cuisines in company of the Mediterranean scenery. Turkish A'la Carte restaurant free of charge once a week, for second or more use 5 € / per person cover charge is taken. Local Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks included to cover charge. At Fish A'la Carte Restaurant and Mariachi Maxican A'la Carte Restaurant 5 € / per person cover charge is taken. And the main Palm Garden Restaurant offers you perfect services with indoor and outdoor sitting areas, kids buffet, diet buffet, gluten free food (on request), ice cream service (at lunch and dinner), baby chairs. Snack restaurant on our private beach with Snack service, Tea time and ice cream service (certain times). Pools/Beach/Animation : 1 activity pool, 1 Wave pool, 2 kids pool, 2 water slides, 1 Crazy River (raft slide). 140 m private beach with blue flag certificate; sunbeds, parasols, cushions, beach/pool towels are provided. The Pavilion service is offered for rent. Besides there is a shaded kids play area for our little guests on the beach. Fitness center, 2 tennis courts, tennis equipment and tennis lesson (extra charge), dart, basketball, aerobic, table tennis, beach volleyball, stretching, water gym, mini football, mini golf, volleyball, water sports (motorised and non-motorised), day time activities, shaded kids pool. Evening entertainment in amphitheatre, mini disco and live music. Kids Club with own animation activities for children. Rooms : There are totally 364 rooms in the facility (disabled rooms available). All rooms have shower bath. The rooms include central air-conditioner, LCD-TV, Wi fi, safe box, hairdryer, tea-coffee set and it is possible to place additional bed. The room floor is tiled. The rooms have either balcony or terrace. Take a journey in Otium Hotel Seven Seas to have a peaceful mind and spirit, rejuvenate and feel as if you were at home with your Otium Family's warm welcoming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seven Seas Imperial Hotel Side
- 7 Seas Imperial