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Batihan Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #10 of 156 Hotels in Kusadasi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 29, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Choose a sea view if you can put up with the noise to midnight.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Having checked previous reviews on Trip Advisor we had no hesitation in booking our holiday to this hotel. We arrived round about Midnight on the Saturday 28th September for our 2 week stay and there was food laid on for us.

There were a couple of small negatives that we will get out of the way first. We found the beds were far too hard which makes getting quality sleep a little difficult! The only other negative was that there was music from after breakfast until around 11.30pm and the music just got louder and louder both outside and in the restaurant. We did speak to the Customer Relations lady in the end and for one day the music in the restaurant was background music, not deafening but she was unable to assist with the level of music outside, which you could not get away from. We do like music but when you are getting the same music day in day out and for the most part no consideration was given to the fact that ages ranged from small children to pensioners it gets a bit wearing. That said in every other way the hotel was great. If the management could just make sure the level of the music (inside and out) is more as background the hotel would be perfect.

The food was varied and plentiful every day and the facilities are great. We would recommend, if you can, that you budget for at least one visit to the Spa, it's well worth it.

The resort is fantastic and we have no doubt that we will return one day.

If you wish to venture out for sightseeing, there is a taxi rank just outside the hotel. Have a chat with one of the drivers who are more than happy to drop you off, wait for you and when you are ready bring you back (which is when you pay them). They do display set prices for return trips to such places as Ephesus and for Prienne, Melitus and Didyma.

For those of you who love steam trains there is a hidden gem at Camlik, which is near Selcuk. They have 36 very large engines and we had the run of the place for the price of 5 Lira each!

For those that like history Ephesus, Prienne, Melitus and Didyma are a must. Well worth the entrance fees.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Tutantommy
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We took our 17 month old little girl on her first holiday abroad,previously having holidays in the UK with her, and we were not dissapointed with our choice.

The hotel was lovely, it was clean and all the staff were very freindly and paid lots of attention to our little girl, who loved being spoilt. Our room was not on the large side, but the sea view which we paid extra for was amazing. Our only issue with the room was that it was very close to the area where the evening entertainment was which often did not end until almost midnight, our little girl was not remotely bothered by this she slept well every night, but as our daughter is an early riser we wanted an early night and the overly loud music was a little off putting. however in sure that if our daughter was a few years older and was able to enjoy the entertainment and junior disco then this would not have been an issue. The house keeping staff were very nice and always had a smile and hello for us.

The food was delicious and there was always a good choice, the evening meal was a little late for our daughter so she oftern slept though it but there was plenty of food and snacks available during the day for her to have. She especially loved the daily free icecream she was treated too.

The childrens facilities were very good, and she loved spending time in the Ball Pool and colouring! there was an outside play area also with well maintained toys for her to use. Because we went late in the season the lovely swimming pools were a little cold, me and my partner did brave the water slides which were great fun and our daughter dipped her feet and legs in the childrens pool.

The beach is on the hotels doorstep and the bar there is a lovely place to sit and enjoy lunch, The sea was much warmer than the pool.

we did find as per most hoildays that sun loungers and parasol were marked with towels very early in the morning, we always managed to get a sun lounger during the day, but the parasols were always taken up. some groups of people taking 2 or even three, this was not a massive problem as the temp high was 25/26 but in peak season I would sadly have to be one of those people hogging loungers and parasol and 7 in the morning so that my child can have some shade.

The Buses into Kusadasi came every 5 Mins through out the day and took around 15 mins and they stopped outside the hotel, this was very convenient for us.

We used the spa facilities one morning and were impressed that they were happy to have our little girl running around as it would have been a shame not have had a turkish bath when the facility was right there.

Overall we really enjoyed our holiday, and would definetly return to Turkey. I would recommend the hotel but would say to get a room away from the evening entertainment if you fancy an early night.

Room Tip: Requst a room in the new buliding its further away from the noisy evening entertainment
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Jayne G
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

This hotel was clean, we had a select family room which was nice & I would recommend. However the service in the hotel was prob one of the worst I have experienced. Maybe it was because it was the end of season but smiles were few & far between.
It's a very noisy hotel entertainment around the pool, then music around the garden area aswell, no quiet areas.
Food was average, standard buffet. Nothing wrong with it but not outstanding. The a la carte was nice on the one night we ate there but again service was lacking.
I had a nice holiday but overall just not for me.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank travel197371
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Good holiday, stayed for 10 nights. Food good in particular breakfast but got a bit repetitive. Large main pool but could get crowded. Animation team worked hard and some of evening entertainment worth watching. Easy to catch dolmus from opposite hotel to town.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
1  Thank jacs1980
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

The hotel is quite a way out of Kusadasi - but a Dolmus ride sorts that, the meals at the hotel were excellent, rooms are small but adequate, Beach & pool towels were in very short supply everyday & should have been nearer the pool not in the spa, which involved quite a number of steps.Staff were very friendly & helpfull

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Brenda M
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Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

Brill holiday lovely food fantastic people brill breakfast at pocoloco if fancy a change with cheeky alex all in all fantastic close to beech very clean hotel also the bus service is helpful that takes you to town,which is every 5min.all in all great holiday would recommend.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank Craig R
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Additional Information about Batihan Beach Resort & Spa

Address: Ilica Mevkii, Long Beach, Kusadasi 09440, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Aydin Province > Kusadasi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Kusadasi
#7 Spa Hotel in Kusadasi
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Kusadasi
#8 Luxury Hotel in Kusadasi
#15 Romantic Hotel in Kusadasi
Price Range: $76 - $620 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Batihan Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 340
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