This hotel is exceptional. It is the first time I personally have been on an all inclusive holiday but was assured by my travel companions that it is of a very high standard. Branded spirits and a 24 hour bar really add to this place being a cut above the rest.
We stayed at the resort for two weeks arriving at around 1.30am on the 2nd of September. We had booked a Double room which sleeps 3 (from other reviews I was expecting us to be sharing a room with a double bed and sofabed but this didn't bother us as we weren't intending on spending much time in there) We were the only party dropped at Voyage from the transferral bus (the journey was around 20-25 minutes) and the bellboy came promptly for our bags and showed us straight to our room. We were pleasantly surprised to find, on arrival that we had been upgraded to a small apartment. The couple I was staying with had a double room and I had the choice of two single beds in another room! Both rooms had their own Air conditioning system and flat screen TV. We also had a large hallway with sliding wardrobe and a nice sized bathroom with a double shower and large sink cabinet. All rooms/apartments have a fridge which is restocked daily with various soft drinks, beer and peanuts and also a code-operated safe. Apartment doors lock automatically and are opened with a key card, a replacement for which can be easily obtained from reception. As soon as we arrived we were invited to visit the buffet for a midnight snack which we did straight after freshening up (by now it must have been around 2:30) there was a large selection of salad and the chef cooked us some small scewered chicken kebabs (which were really tasty, but we never saw again the entire time we were there which gave me the impression they were winging it a bit, no problems here, extremely accomodating!) after we finished eating we noticed a few people dotted around with drinks so we followed the stairs up into the Panorama bar and had our first run in with Kazim!
Kazim is the man in charge of the all-night drinking and what a lot of drinking there was! Really good barman, very entertaining and very friendly (I was the only girl on holiday with a gay couple I got very well looked after. All the male employees were aware I had a boyfriend at home, however, so I never felt that a line was crossed. It was all playful, rather than creepy)
We spent our first few hours at voyage enjoying a multitude of extremely strong cocktails until eventually the sun came up over the resort, the main pool and what we suddenly realised was the sea, all in view from the bars balcony!
If I was to describe every day at Voyage the same way I just have, anyone reading would be here all night so let me attempt a run-down of the facilities
Buffet - Really excellent choice. Something for everyone. I stuck to eating healthily for the duration as the drinks were far too tempting and we intended to book a few A la cartes but that didn't even SLIGHTLY limit my choice. The salads, condiments, grilled meats & fish were plentiful as was the fresh fruit which was always perfectly ripe. I know I was on holiday but I figured, why binge on sugar when I was just as unlikely to find all those vitamins in one place back home! However, for anyone wishing to indulge, the dessert table was Ri-DICULOUS! I wouldn't like to muse over how many different options there were but there were still daily changes as the boys often tried things they'd not come across before.
A la cartes - We tried the Greek, Turkish, Italian, Mexican and chinese restaurants. All had a lovely atmosphere and great service. I have read reviews saying they were difficult to book but we never had an issue. Maybe because we weren't in the middle of high season? I would particularly reccommend the fried Banana dessert at the Mexican, the swordfish main at the Greek, the chicken main at the Turkish, the Duck main at the Chinese and the Panna Cotta Dessert in the Italian. However, the greek had the best atmosphere and has a slightly exclusive feel to it on account of it being the only one that isn't at all open-air. (they let us go back a second time but shhhhhh) We booked the Turkish restaurant through guest relations on the evening of the day we checked out which I thought was a very nice touch as we had twelve hours before our airport transfer and were still able to use all the facilities.
Snack bars - should you miss dinner, not have been hungry or be having a day when you were PARTICULARLY hungry, fear not! As there are various places around the resort where food is available while the buffet is not open (not that that amounts to many hours a day anyway) at the back of the Sky bar was a noodle house, near one of the pools there was a burger/pizza/chips or tukish chicken kebab with rice option and not far from there a turkish pancake/toasted sandwich hut where you could see the pancakes being authentically made and cooked by a very friendly lady.
Bars - They are NOT shy with the measures at this resort, nor is any of the booze watered down as I have heard of happening at other hotels so if you don't like a strong drink, make sure you specify! Truly, the mixers here are only for colour which suited us down to the ground. There was a good choice of spirits with brands most would recognize including absolut vodka, havana club rum and various cocktails. Only the Panorama bar had a cocktail menu but you could either remember them, ask for something that wasn't on the menu (which the bar staff were always happy to have a bash at) or let them make you a "barmans special" in terms of drinking, we were pretty much up for anything and got lot's of treats as a result including multiple fish bowls and one time, a carved out watermelon complete with straws and sparklers (courtesy of Mustafa in the Sky Club - really, really nice guy who we met after hours at another hotels' pier further down the beach midway through the holiday.) The best of bars are definitely Panorama and Sky but the Tropical and deluxe bars provided easy access to drinks while on the beach and the drink choice was pretty much consistent throughout with a wide choice in soft drinks and coffee/iced coffee/english tea/turkish tea/herbal. No complaints at all. The service was fine and most bars served warm bowls of nuts and chickpeas if you got peckish while drinking.
Beach - The beach was lovely, in my opinion. The left side of the main pier was our spot of choice. The water was tame and clear enough for me to have my first ever proper swim in the sea. We saw fish in there most days too but nothing threatening. We rarely had a problem securing loungers at any time of day despite there being an awkward number of us and "Mr. Coolbox", as we called him, came round regularly with water and other softdrinks and a selection of walls ice creams for anyone getting a bit warm. If you missed him, there were two large fridges on the beach front one containing water and the other containing cans and bottles of coke/fanta/sprite etc. The beach led on nicely to the adult area and the Sky bar which was always open for if you needed to use the toilet.
Entertainment - The entertainment at the Amphitheatre was a little hit-and-miss but it was nearly always worth going to check because we saw some things there, the tickets for which would have cost a lot of money in their own right. The shows were generally around 45 minutes long with particular highlights being the dance show "Burlesque" and the Mongolian circus who pulled off some truly jaw-dropping feats.
Most nights there was live music in the Sky bar which was generally of a very high standard. The in-house DJ wasn't much to write home about but the big party night on Tuesday is well worth a visit. Lazers, acrobats, podium dancers, electric violin players, DJ sax... Don't miss it!
Spa & Wellness- We went on our first full day for a Turkish bath and deep tissue massage. The prices will be inflated compared to what you would pay in Bodrum but we had taken only a small amount of spending money intended for just that so we negotiated and went for it! Very relaxing and a much more even tan! The price is just added to your room number and paid upon leaving.
The on-site market - Very reasonably prices cigarettes. Unfortunately that was the only thing priced reasonably haha. Should you need more suncream, any over-the counter medicine or basically anything else they sold in there, I'd suggest you leave the resort and jump a Dolmus in to Bodrum. even with the 3TL (around 80p) each way, we once went to bodrum purely to buy aftersun, there was three of us and we STILL saved money! We were lucky that the day we got there a family were leaving and very kindly gave us their lilo, purchased in the shop. We made sure to pay it forward before we left :)
Rooms - very neat and modern monochrome designs. Cleaned and re-stocked daily including new towels un less you hung them up which indicated to the maid or porter that you were willing to re-use. Beds were not too soft or too hard, Nice balconies with table, chairs and ashtrays for smokers all rooms had mosquito nets and could be maintained at any desired temperature.
Resort aesthetics - beautiful flowers and full of modern art. Voyage Torba is set over 52,000 square metres and is extremely pleasant to walk around. It takes you a fortnight to find where everything is! Well, it did me, but I have an appalling sense of direction. The entertainment never resulted in any kind of sound pollution in our experience as the music in the Sky club was turned down around midnight (still plenty loud enough to dance to, just not intrusive to other guests) we did meet a friend who was staying private too and go and have a toe-dip in their pool. I wouldn't pay the extra to stay there unless I had that kind of cash lying around (as it was we saved up all year for this holiday and had minimal spending money) but for someone wanting the peace and exclusive feel that going private promises, it definitely provides it.
Staff - LOVELY! I'm missing them already. The animation staff were hilarious and always very enthusiastic, the maids and grounds keepers worked round the clock. A LOT is done to maintain this resort and it can't be easy coz it's all so shiny! Everything was collected up every night, washed and replaced every morning there was a lot of white linens, glass, light coloured tiles and chalky stone so there was nowhere to hide. Also, not ONE flower looked even vaguely wilted. The hotel apparently employs 650 staff members and you STILL wonder how they keep on top of it! We never experienced any long waits in the bars, our apartment was always spotless when we got back to shower before dinner and everyone was very friendly and obliging. The manager (grey beard) was like a sorcerer! Every time even the tiniest hint of mischief was going on he would appear as if from nowhere no mater where you were. It became a running joke while we were there. We quickly learned, though, that any problems were the fault of the staff and, as we didn't want to get anyone in to trouble, we reigned it in a bit. The language barrier was negligible. We always managed to get across what we were trying to say as did they. We made some real friends there which are a large part of why we'd want to go back.
Special mentions go to Kazim in the Panorama bar (problem? No problem!) Mustafa in the Sky Bar (who gave me three birthdays in a row!), "Peanut", Remzi, Tolga, Recai and Recep (identical twins on the restaurant staff, really good fun), Recep number 2 in the Greek A la Carte and the dark haired Ukrainian girl on the animation staff who's name we never learned to pronounce. I feel terribly saying that. She came and sat with us one lunchtime and she was lovely! Really wish we'd got to know her more although it would only make being home now even harder.
All in all, if you're wondering whether to book, just DO IT! We have it on good authority, from our journey back to the airport, that we were in BY FAR the best hotel around. Envied, we were!
Flashing our voyage bands like celebrities lol. Such a beautiful place that I'd recommend to anyone. Absolutely going to have to try and go back. If anyone from the staff is reading this, please send the people mentioned above LOADS of love from Cat, Mark and Luke. (room 1256 if that helps in any way?? haha)
We WILL be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful summer at Voyage Torba! A heartbeat away from Bodrum’s beautiful Torba Bay, Voyage Torba offers its guests a wonderful holiday surrounded by wonderful nature and full of vibrant Aegean nights. Positioned in a natural environment full of olive trees and traditional Bodrum bougainvillea, on a flat area, the hotel is a perfect holiday haven promising unforgettable memories to families with children. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Voyage Torba Hotel Torba
- Hotel Voyage Torba
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