We chose this hotel based on the previous TripAdvisor reviews....and we were NOT disappointed! :-) All reviews regarding this hotel on this site are pretty accurate, even the one entitled 'Horrible' (which apart from the unfortunate incident to the reviewers mother) mentions the lack of space around the pool and seashore. Yes, there was less space around the pool and private beach than I've been used to in previous 4*+ hotels that we've stayed at but it didn't feel like we were crammed in.
The food in the restaurants was vast in it's selection and was delicious. Tables were no closer than you'd expect in a busy restaurant. All of the staff were friendly and professional, without exception (very rare in my experience). The 'Animation team' (in charge of daytime and night-time activities) were superb! Although evening entertainment could have been more substansive (childrens shows for 45 minutes or so from 9pm followed by only 30-45 minutes of entertainment for the adults). It would have been more atmospheric to have music playing in some of the bars around the complex.
I agree with a previous reviewer that the selection of 'all inclusive drinks' was fairly limited, but we didn't choose this hotel for a week of drinking, simply for a week of total relaxation which we certainly had and in considerable comfort.
The hotel is located some way away from bodrum so is very peaceful. It share's a small cove/bay with another hotel, but the Samara enjoys it''s own private beach and quay side. The beach is very gently shelving and suitable for all ages. The water is so clear that swimming goggles/mask are a must to enjoy the thousands of fish swimming around you.
The majority of guests were French, Belgian and German with perhaps only 5% (max) being British, but we liked this. I've been on a number of holidays that have had 'incidents' involving a small number of Brits 'enjoying' far too much all inclusive alcohol.
In summary we had an amzing week here and will definitely be returning :-)
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- Samara Hotel Bodrum