This was me and my boyfriends first holiday together, we have never been to Turkey before and are aged 18 and 19.
The hotel is surrounded by nice flowers that make it very inviting, the reception area is very spacious. There is also a pool table next to reception. The whole hotel is decorated to a very good standard and the dining area is outdoors with a big wooden roof that provides shade and gives the area a nice atmosphere. To get to most of the rooms you have to cross over little bridges which are very charming. The pool is very long and wide in some places. There is plenty of space to swim or play and a good size for swimming lengths. The shallowest part of the pool is 1.25 meters. Most of the pool is 1.5 meters. This wouldn’t be great for children but there is a small kid’s pool just next to the main pool. There’s also a small children’s play area with a slide and swings etc. Sunbeds are provided free of charge and most have cushions that are really comfortable. To get the Sunbeds next to the pool you have to be up early although there are plenty and we never couldn’t get a bed. As well as sunbeds there are also swing seats which are nice to sit on in the evening. Also next to the pool is a ping pong table.
The rooms are furnished better than average. We had a double room, beds were comfy, only problem was thin pillows. Other furniture included a sofa bed, armchair, table, dresser, fridge, sink, mirror, cupboard, bedside tables and drawers. Hangers were provided in the cupboard which were very handy and we had ample space for our clothes. In the room we had a painting of a winter scene which seemed strange. The walls were painted light pink and it was nice and big. The bathroom was very clean and well decorated with all your usual amenities. Only problem is the shower pressure is a bit variable. We had a top floor room with a balcony and sea view. On the balcony we had loads of space and a table and chairs which made it a lovely place to sit at night, one evening we even saw fireworks. The air conditioning was really needed as the weather was scorching. This was free, and really good it came with a remote to change settings and is honestly the best air conditioning I’ve experienced abroad as it actually worked and the settings could be changed at night so it wasn’t too loud.
Staff could speak enough English to get by. Those in the reception areas are significantly better English speakers than the bar staff and love to have a chat. We didn’t encounter any problems with staff and they were all really nice. Turkish people love the English and go out of their way to ensure you’re happy.
All inclusive consists of Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Breakfast had the things you’d expect such as cereals, boiled eggs and toast. On top of this each day they would do a couple of extras such as cheese on toast, sausage in sauce, fried egg and pancakes. Lunch and dinner followed similar formats with soup and bread being available as well as a selection of hot and cold foods then a dessert table. The food was cooked to a very high standard and was delicious. As picky eaters we both found plenty to eat and enjoyed every meal. There was a great variety of food each day and the menu didn’t often repeat. The staff are also fast to clear tables. Everyday a huge cake is baked for lunch and dinner and each day there would be a special dish that the chef would be cooking such as kebab and churros. The selection of drinks was sufficient and there are self service drink dispensers available all day. It never took long to get a drink, bar staff were efficient. Spirits and beer seemed of a lower alcoholic content than local bars but they’re free and did the job.
The hotel provides entertainment a couple of nights a week including Turkish night and a show. Turkish night was very entertaining and included a raffle (I won a ring). On our first week the show was Caribbean dancers, the second was Chinese martial arts. Both were a good experience.
The location was great for the beach, only a minutes’ walk away. We recommend Gumbet Beach Resort Hotel Bar just as your turn the corner, staff are lovely, the pier is great and they make up random drink offers so drinks are always good value. The beach is sandy and very long, be careful if you walk all the way down because you have to walk back again and it gets tiring. There are plenty of shops nearby and the main bar street is only a steady ten minutes walk away. Transfer from Bodrum airport was less than an hour and not too unpleasant.
One excursion to highly recommend is the boat trip. We booked with Indiana travel agency that’s on bar street and had a great time. The owner of the boat also has a restaurant, uncle festers. He is crazy and one of the nicest people I have ever met. When we booked this we got a free Turkish bath which was also great and were glad we tried it.
The only problem with the whole holiday was the other guests in the hotel. English people are definitely in the minority and this was my first experience of polish people who I found were extremely rude and ignorant. The benefit of this is they don’t speak English, so you can moan about them while they’re stood in front of you in the food queue and they’re none the wiser. An example is some young polish guests waking us up at 4:30 am drinking and being noisy on their balcony below us. However when we mentioned this to reception they assured us if the problem reoccurred this would be sorted, fortunately they left the next day.
I would strongly recommend this hotel to everyone. We didn’t want to leave and are planning on returning on our next holiday. Ignore the bad reviews it’s a great place with many plus points.
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