I stayed at the Royal Asarlik Beach for a week in mid June with a friend. We booked the hotel as it was all inclusive and quiet. I have to say, it met my expectations and then some.
When we checked in, we were given a map of the hotel and after studying it we went for a wander. For anyone that wants to go on holiday and do nothing but completely relax, this was the place. There were things to do in the hotel though: 3 a la carte restaurants, spa, hairdressers, entertainment on an evening.
Our room was really spacious and lovely and clean. We stayed in room 1316 which was at the front of the hotel. There was quite a bit of noise on an evening from the bars down the street up to a certain time but it wasn't massively disruptive.
There were 2 pools at the hotel. One was the entertainment pool (which we didn't visit) and the other was meant to be the relax area although as this was where the kid's pools were, it was far from relaxing. We therefore spent most of our time on the small manmade beach which was right next to the sea and a lot quieter. Be an early riser in this hotel however. All sunbeds were gone by about 8:30-9am. If it hadn't have been for my friend getting up at 6am to put towels down, we'd have struggled to get beds. This seemed to be a massive problem for the hotel. Literally not enough beds for guests.
Personally, i thought the food was excellent. Breakfast consisted of the usuals; eggs, fruit, cereals, toast, lots of meats and cheeses. At lunch and dinner, there was always a cold buffet with salads, grilled vegetables etc and a hot buffet with Turkish dishes such as meatballs, rices and seasoned meats. They also had chefs outside cooking fish and chicken each day which was lovely. As the restaurant is on the top floor, the views are amazing so take a camera up. However, i would say beware. Everything is cooked in olive oil which might be fine for most people but by about day 4, it really started to disagree with us which made mealtimes a lot less fun! We visited the Turkish a la carte and it was lovely. Very traditional and we were stuffed. We also visited the Chinese a la carte. Nice, however i would always class chicken or steak fajitas as Mexican...? Either way it was really tasty.
Being two young females, the male staff were always extremely helpful and on hand to top us up with drinks etc. By the end of the week though, it was getting quite tedious to the point we started avoiding some of them in the restaurant! The staff from the spa and hairdressers though were lovely and even though they were trying to sell their services throughout the day on the beach, they always came over for a friendly chat. They were lovely.
We decided to book an excursion through our rep which was a day to Dalyan at the mud baths. The mud bath experience was fun and the trip itself was really good although it was 3hours on the coach to get there and about 4and a half back. For the length of the journey, i would not recommend doing this excursion.
Unfortunately, i cannot say much about Gumbet as we didn't venture out on an evening as we took advantage of the all inclusive drinks i the hotel. We did go into Bodrum one day though. The Dolmus (bus) is 2.50 lira and i would recommend it, quite an experience. We got some bargains but you have to be prepared to haggle with them.
Prior to us coming to Turkey, we changed all of our currency into Lira. The Turkish love the british pound though so if i went again, i would take half and half.
To sum up, the hotel was great. So much so, we didn't veer far from it. Turkey is a beautiful place and i would definitely go back to explore the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Asarlik Beach is a modern built seaside hotel overlooking Gumbet Beach, 3 km away from Bodrum city center and 35 km away from airport. With the belief of " away from noise but close to the fun " it is waiting to fulfill the guests' holiday expectations. Royal Asarlik Beach is a modern built seaside hotel overlooking Gumbet Beach, 3 km away from Bodrum city center and 35 km away from airport. With the belief of "away from noise but close to the fun" it is waiting to fulfill the guests' holiday expectations. 7 Days a week the animation team will liven up the guests' holiday with daytime activities, shows, competitions, sketches and special themed show night. 4-12 Aged mini club is waiting their children. Water sport possibility on the beach. The guests will definitely find something fitting to their enjoy. In a 6 story main building there are 353 rooms. Modern and classic style decorated rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, safe box, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, balcony or terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Asarlik Beach Gumbet
- Asarlik Beach Hotel
- Royal Asarlik Beach Hotel Gumbet