As a couple we loved our stay this October. From the moment we walked in we nodded with relief that we were somewhere we felt suited us as, hate to say it, 'middle class'. Everywhere is spotlessly clean and well maintained; from the large reception/atrium bar to the rooms, stairways, pool, toilets, spa area, etc. The location is perfect; 10 mins walk from Bodrum Marina, 20 mins to Bodrum town centre (up-market resort town) and only 15 mins into Gumbet (pizza, beer and chips party central in season). The beach is small but quite sandy. The outside pool is very nice to be around (but unheated so not for use after September) and the indoor pool / jacuzzi is included and is clean, warm and refreshing. We loved the buffet. It was varied each night and had a good mix of meat, fish and vegetarian. There was a staggering array of salads, cheeses and olives available for all meals and some very weird and wonderful desserts too. You won't find your English chavvy meals here like American style pizza, chicken nuggets and ketchup but you will get chargrilled or salmon chicken fillets, sea bass, vegetable moussaka, ground meat pita bread, goats cheese and spinach parcels, etc. Our room was clean and well appointed with a good shower that was hot and powerful. We found the food on the a la carte was lovely (except the Tiramisu, which was mis-named). As for the staff, well, they are nice but, like many developing countries, their approach to service is a little more relaxed than our English one. If you treat them gently at first, leave a few tips but most of all banter with them they warm up and they are as good as you'll get in a Turkish resort. They are smartly dressed, well managed and do their job. The restaurant oozes efficiency with the chef and sous chef visibly taking pride in what they do. The main reception area serves as the main bar and is a very relaxing place to chill in the evenings with views out over the Aegean sea (you can just see Bodrum castel). The drinks on the fully inclusive tariff are what you'd expect (one beer, local spirits, etc). I merry got drunk on vodka and soda every evening :-) What would I 'warn' people about? Well, there are quite a few stairs (about 3 storeys from reception down to the pool/restaurant) because it's built on the hillside so if you're overweight (or have joint problems) and don't like stairs don't go to Salmakis. The gym area is VERY smart and well appointed but they do charge 30TL per day per person to use it (that's about £12) so we didn't. The indoor pool is free though. Overall, a great time spent with my girlfriend and we both agreed it is one place we would not mind going back to in the future. Having looked through the travellers photos on this site, they are all completely representative (yeah we had a loose grab rail on the bath too but who cares!) As a guide we paid £500 each for one week fully inclusive through Thomas Cook including flights and transfers, end of October.
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- Also Known As:
- Salmakis Beach Hotel Bodrum
- Salmakis Beach Resort And Spa
- Salmakis Hotel Bodrum
- Salmakis Bodrum