Let me say at the outset that I and my wife are in our 70’s and our views are consequentially subjective. We stayed from the middle of October for two weeks and perilously close to the end of season, as we later found out. The hotel is a large block and the web site shows the layout of the hotel, pools and facilities etc. The side extension block has views across the pools and is full frontal to the nightly entertainments. Any rooms with a rear view in this block will look out onto a side view of the hotel next door only a few metres away!
The hotel complex was run very much as a holiday venue for families with children. The Animation Team did a wonderful job keeping the younger generation entertained with Darts, Ping Pong, Volleyball Petanque and mini golf - just a few of the facilities available. The only problem with this was that we had to endure the nightly entertainment by the team with the heavy music Dum Dum Dum Dum beat depriving anyone with a desire to retire early (prior to midnight) with the task of either numbing oneself with an excess of alcohol, or trying to find suitable earplugs to defy the beat. (Curiously, the shop in the foyer sells ear protectors at a pricey 20 Euros! but these are more suited for keeping ears warm than for sound blocking to heads on pillows.) There was little we found, however, to entertain our generation other than the bar, cards, dominoes or health spa. Excursions were an alternative. Ephesus, Pamukkale, a trip to Samos or a day at sea on an Aegean Breeze are but a few. There was also the town of Kusadasi a short and inexpensive bus ride away from the front of the hotel. (Be sure to pay with Turkish Liri as Euros cause chaos.) Kusadasi is a haven for shoppers with a hankering for a bargain and a ready wit to counter the Turkish banter of pestering salesmen. Never pay the full price and be aware that most “imported” handbags, watches and tee shirts etc. sold are genuine fakes. The old town is historic and the Port and Sea front well worth exploration also.
Back to the hotel: The food was buffet style and eatable but unexciting. I found breakfast cereal particularly disappointing. There was an equivalent of corn flakes that bears more resemblance to corrugated cardboard, something that looks like coco-pops but has no taste, and muesli. Salads and “hot” food are served every lunch and dinner and there was something to suit most people most days. I did find some of the casseroles to be barely warm on a number of occasions during our stay. Desserts were a collection of sugary or honey sweetened mini cakes, jellies and full sized cream cakes. The latter were left with a knife and spoon as the only delivery method to a plate. After only a few guests had their servings, the waste was horrific and the leftovers best described as a dog’s dinner. Having said all that, we did return from the holiday with extended waistlines so it can’t have been all bad! The hotel grounds are plagued with the towel booking of sun-beds brigade - a practice I find objectionable, especially as many would not use the “booked” facility until later on in the day – and some – not at all!
The rooms were clean and well maintained. Bed sheets and towels were changed daily. Only one supply of aerated drinks was made to the room mini bar. The waiters were generally very helpful and, we found, respond exceptionally if tipped in advance. As we found out to our cost, the A La Carte restaurants closed without warning within our first week, including the on site non-inclusive A La Carte restaurant leaving us with no option but to eat off- site when celebrating two birthdays within our group. This can only be attributed to the hotel casting off staff due to dwindling guest numbers and not having enough resources left to keep these running. The beach was reasonably clean and supplied with sun beds, mattresses and sun-shades. The sea was quite warm but access hampered by a narrow stretch of pebbles and stones within the first 2 metres of shallow water.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay – largely due to the company of our friends and a few other guests we met. However, I always judge the holiday by asking “Would I come back?” Sadly this is unlikely to be in the affirmative here.
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