After your initial "where the hell are we" thoughts, and you will have them, especially if you arrive at night. WS turns into a gem of a complex with friendly staff, good restaurant and cracking swimming pool. Add to this well maintained apartments and you have the ingredients for a great holiday.
Location- Situated on a hillside about 2 miles from the centre of Kusadasi, initial thoughts are that you are miles from anywhere, in reality you are about 6/7 Min's away in a taxi £6 approx e/w or 10 Min's in local bus ,about 75p e/w. The No1 bus stops at the end of the road and comes about every 15 Min's, walk another 2/3 Min's for the No6 on the main road, which comes every 5 Min's.
A NOTE OF CAUTION , Turks find it very hard to say whispering sands, so make sure they understand where you want to go, otherwise you will end up at the Ephesus Princess 30Min's in the other direction. Sounds nothing like WS I know, but believe me it does to them, and an hour long round trip in 38 deg is no fun lol.
Facilities- As mentioned earlier great pool which gets the sun from early morning to late into the evening, an on sight gym, kids club with decent facilities, Restaurant and bar to rival most in Kusadasi centre.
The apartment was clean and tidy, and having the on suite shower room helped greatly, especially with two teenagers in tow, as did having a washing machine to keep them in clean clothes.
Staff- All the staff are really friendly and try very hard to make your stay enjoyable, they all seem to enjoy working at WS and it shows in the way they interact with the holiday makers. PLEASE remember though they are there to make your stay enjoyable and not to be used as lackeys, one woman sitting on her tush asking one of the guys to move her parasol 2ft for her, so she could sit in the shade and another sending one guy to the bar to get the T shirt she had forgotten. Treat the staff the way you would like to be treated and you will have a great time.
Miscellaneous- If not eating at the Restaurant I recommend The Mayflower, Murphy's, Casablanca and somewhere quiet, The Green Garden These are all excellent restaurants and a meal for 4 with drinks costs around £40/45,
Izmir is only 1 hour 15 away on air conditioned coach and well worth a look, cheap as well at around £7 return.
The only downside is the lack of an information brochure at the resort, normally detailing transport links, area map, local sites and trips. However after a few days you will have your bearings and bean advised on every trip and site around by the various vendors in Kusadasi.
Finally- A good allround resort, family friendly and a great no smoking policy. Whatever your age or situation you should definitely try Kusadasi and Whispering Sands.
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